YOUTH TRANSITIONAL VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION COUNSELOR

Vacancy Ann. # STOI-17-020
Title YOUTH TRANSITIONAL VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION COUNSELOR
Supervisor AIVR PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Department HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES/AMERICAN INDIAN VOCATION REHABILITATION PROGRAM
Location WELLPINIT, WA
Status REGULAR, FULL-TIME
Rate of Pay $15.00 - $19.00/HOUR
Opening Date MARCH 9. 2017
Closing Date MARCH 23, 2017

INTRODUCTION:

The American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Program (AIVR) strives 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. 

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Up to 50% of this job focuses on services for eligible youth:
  • Develops, strengthens and maintains relationships with secondary school administrators, guidance counselors and special education teachers within the region
  • Provides school-to-work transition services to eligible high school students, managing a caseload of up to 25 AIVR-eligible high school students
  • Develops sustainable relationships with employers interested in high school age employees
  • Develops sustainable relationships with training programs, trade schools and higher education programs best suited for AIVR-eligible high school students
  • At least 50% of this job focuses on services for adults:
  • Efficiently manage a caseload of up to 30 clients, providing the following services:
  • Conduct initial 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
  • Responsibly assess impacts on clients’ other related services, such as Social Security Disability Insurance
  • Other duties include routine data entry, routine reporting, providing good customer service, staffing promotional events, etc.     

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in social work, behavioral health, psychology, disability studies, or other allied field
  • Professional and/or personal experience working with people with disabilities
  • Knowledge of Spokane Tribe community, federal Vocational Rehabilitation programs, Native American cultures/traditions/languages
  • Experience negotiating with vendors and/or job recruiters
  • Knowledge of American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation federal grant authorized through the Department of Education
  • Technical knowledge of medical, psychological and other aspects of disabling conditions, including chemical dependency
  • Ability to creatively design reasonable job modifications, including the use of assistive technologies

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  • Associate’s degree with intent to pursue an undergraduate degree in social work, behavioral health, psychology, disability studies, or other allied field plus two years’ related experience
  • 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
  • Valid motor vehicle license, good driving record and insurability
  • This position will be housed in Wellpinit at least 50% of its time, and travel throughout the four-county region up to 50% of its time
  • Availability to travel occasionally outside of the region for business meetings and trainings
  • Knowledge of community organizations and training/employment resources
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships
  • Ability to work independently and exercise good judgment in making decisions
  • Knowledge and experience with Microsoft products such as Word and Outlook
  • Ability to effectively learn specialized software
  • Must be able to pass a drug test and background checks as required by the Spokane Tribe of Indians

 
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 Geraldine Abrahamson

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

E-mail: sabrina.mccoy@spokanetribe.com or hrfrontdesk@spokanetribe.com          

Applications Must Be Received In the Human Resources Department

No Later Than 4:30 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