STOI GOV: VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION COUNSELOR

Vacancy Ann. # STOI-19-003
Title STOI GOV: VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION COUNSELOR
Supervisor AIVR PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Department HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, AIVR
Location WELLPINIT, WA
Status REGULAR, FULL-TIME
Rate of Pay $16.00 - $19.50/PER HOUR
Opening Date JANUARY 8, 2019
Closing Date OPEN UNTIL FILLED (APP. REVIEW WILL BEGIN JAN. 21, 2019)

INTRODUCTION:

The mission of the Spokane Tribe Vocational Rehabilitation Program (STVRP) is to provide culturally appropriate Vocational Rehabilitative services to Native Americans with disabilities living in our region (Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane and Stevens counties) who have a functional limitation and need assistance maintaining, obtaining, or regaining employment.  We fulfill our mission by providing job training opportunities, assistive technology services, and job placement services to eligible people.  An estimated 20% of Native Americans living in our region are eligible for our services.  This job announcement is to fill a position recently vacated.

The Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC) provides services to Native Americans living with disabilities and who want to work.  The VRC assesses clients’ eligibility; and for eligible clients, the VRC assists in building an Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE).  The VRC provides services as outlined in IPEs with the overall goal of assisting clients in becoming fully self-sufficient.  Through this process, VRCs create rapport with clients, prospective employers, agency programs, and external partners. 

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • This job focuses on services for adults
  • Efficiently manage a caseload of up to 50 clients, providing the following services:
  • Conduct intake interviews
  • Coordinate and synthesize necessary medical, psychological, social, educational, vocational, and financial information to determine eligibility
  • Effectively provide Vocational Rehabilitation counseling, develop individualized plans for employment with each eligible client, monitor clients’ progress, and arrange Vocational Rehabilitation services that may include VR guidance and counseling; vocational assessment; transition from high school to work; job training, placement and retention, medical restoration; assistive technology/independent living; benefits planning; supported employment; and any other VR services required to achieve and maintain the employment.
  • Responsibly assess impacts on clients’ other related services, such as Social Security Disability Insurance, Temporary Aid for Needy Families, General Assistance, etc.  Assists customer in identifying and using comparable benefits that may be available to them for obtaining required VR services designed on the IPE.
  • Manages expenditures within an allotment of case service funds, and only authorizes funds necessary for diagnostic evaluation of the customer or required for the implementation of VR services identified on the IPE.
  • Efficiently keep electronic and hard-copy client records (up to 25% of this job includes routine data entry and routine reporting)
  • Other duties as assigned, which may include:
  1. Public event coordination and participation
  2. Leads group workshop and related activities for consumers to facilitate informed choice, job search and/or preparation for employment. 
  3. Leads group trainings and discussions for coworkers to facilitate team members’ professional growth.
  4. Providing backup for other case managers as needed, including youth related services

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS REQUIRED FOR THE POSITION:

  • Demonstrate an in depth understanding and the ability to use independent judgment consistent with VR laws, regulations and professional standards which include:
  • Federal Rehabilitation Act statutes and regulations
  • Spokane Tribe Vocational Rehabilitation Policies and Procedures
  • Washington State Department of Vocational Rehabilitation Policies and Procedures
  • Washington State Administrative Code
  • Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification Code of Ethics.
  • Demonstrate professional skill in applying a technical knowledge of medical and psychological aspects of disabling conditions, labor market information, transferable skills analysis, assistive technology, job modifications.
  • Demonstrate the ability to assist customers in exercising informed choice to make collaborative decisions that are consistent with appropriate vocational rehabilitation practice.
  • Manage multiple and competing priorities within prescribed timeframes.
  • Demonstrate the ability to guide and assist consumers in selecting employment goals that are well suited to their individual needs and circumstances, including options for self-employment
  • Demonstrate experience with and sensitivity to non-dominant cultures, including people with disabilities
  • Demonstrate creativity in applying multiple counseling techniques to meet the varied needs of clients
  • Demonstrate ability to effectively network with employers, colleagues and other social service organizations   
  • Demonstrate dependability, keeping confidential information secure, establishing firm boundaries, maintaining professionalism, keeping accurate and current records (both written and electronic)
  • Ability to effectively learn specialized software
  • Ability to effectively work with technology, such as printers, computers, new software, etc.
  • Ability to effectively work with Microsoft Office products such as Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Ability to apply technical knowledge of medical and psychological aspects of disabling conditions, labor market information, transferable skills analysis, assistive technology, job modifications
  • Ability to assist consumers in exercising informed choice to make collaborative decisions that are consistent with appropriate vocational rehabilitation practice.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:

  • Undergraduate Degree in social work, behavioral health, psychology, disability studies, rehabilitation, or other related field
  • Two years of relevant experience, such as paid or volunteer experience with people living with disabilities, case management, etc.   
  • Knowledge of Spokane Tribe community and/or Native American cultures/traditions/languages
  • Professional experience providing excellent customer service
  • Must be able to pass a drug test and background checks as required by the Spokane Tribe of Indians
  • Preference will be given to individuals with disabilities.
  • Must possess a valid, current Washington State Drivers License and be tribally insurable. 
  • At time of employment, must successfully clear a criminal background inquiry.

This position is a safety sensitive position and is subject to drug and alcohol testing at the time of offering, and random drug and alcohol testing for the duration of employment.

Applications Are Available At the McCoy Administration Building

In the Tribal Human Resources Department:
PO Box 206, Wellpinit, WA 99040
Or, can be downloaded online at:
(www.spokanetribe.com)
Contact: Sabrina McCoy or Andrea Flett

Ph#: (509) 458-6583 or (509) 458-6527

E-mail: sabrina.mccoy@spokanetribe.com or andrea.flett@spokanetribe.com             

Applications Must Be Received In the Human Resources Department

No Later Than 4:30 p.m. on The Closing Date

The Spokane Tribe Reserves The Right To Hire According To Its Indian Preference Policy

Applicants Are Subject To A Pre-Employment Drug Test and Random Testing.

Positions with the Spokane Tribe are Subject to a 90-day Probationary Period