VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION COUNSELOR - WELLPINIT

Vacancy Ann. # STOI-17-059
Title VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION COUNSELOR - WELLPINIT
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 MAY 17, 2017
Closing Date MAY 31, 2017

INTRODUCTION:

The vocational rehabilitation (VR) counselor interviews clients to discuss possible new career paths by considering the person's current overall capabilities and interests. VR counselors often aid clients in overcoming roadblocks to employment that arise from disabilities. VR counselors assess clients’ eligibility (which may require referring clients to medical, psychological, or occupational evaluations), administer assessment and aptitude tests, and consider the personalities of clients to help determine appropriate career paths. VR counselors also arrange vocational education and training, and make contacts to help clients find jobs within a chosen occupation.

REASON FOR HIRE:

The mission of the Spokane Tribe Vocational Rehabilitation Program (STVR) 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.  The program needs to expand its capacity in order to further reach more eligible people.


MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • This job focuses primarily on services for adults:
  • Efficiently manage a caseload of up to 50 clients, providing the following services:
  • Conduct initial interviews and counsels applicants on the availability of VR services for which they may be eligible
  • 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 (IPE) 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
  • Integrate Native American and/or Spokane Tribe cultural customs, traditions, and values into daily work
  • 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.
  • Professionally partner with allied organizations, such as Washington State Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, other American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation programs throughout the U.S., or area colleges and universities
  • Up to 10% of this job includes the following other duties:
  • Routine data entry and routine reporting
  • Providing good customer service, staffing promotional events, etc.
  • Providing backup for youth related services:
  • 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
  • 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
  • Directly assists customers who conduct self-directed job searches, including referrals to allied Washington State governmental agencies.
  • Leads client workshops and related activities.    

KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED FOR THE POSITION

  • Demonstrate an ability to learn and retain knowledge of VR laws, regulations and professional standards, which include the following:
  • A)   Federal Rehabilitation Act statutes and regulations
  • B)   DVR Washington Administrative Code
  • C)   DCR Customer Services Manual
  • D)   DVR Administrative Policies
  • E)   DSHS Administrative Policies
  • F)   Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) Code of Ethics.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use independent judgment consistent with VR laws, regulations and professional standards.
  • Demonstrate an ability to learn and implement professional skill in applying a technical knowledge of medical and psychological aspects of disabling conditions, labor market information, transferable skills analysis, assistive technology, and job modifications.
  • Demonstrate the ability to assist customers in exercising informed choice to make collaborative decisions that are consistent with appropriate vocational rehabilitation practice.
  • Demonstrate an ability to learn and implement negotiation skills regarding vendors and other rehabilitation professionals.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply multiple counseling techniques to meet the varied needs of consumers.
  • 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

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • Any combination of higher education and related experience adding up to four years.  Preference given to those with a four-year degree in social work, behavioral health, psychology, disability studies, vocational rehabilitation, or other allied fields. 
  • Working knowledge of federal, state, tribal communication protocol
  • 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, but may occasionally travel throughout the four-county region
  • 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
  • Ability to maintain composure in stressful situations
  • Strong written, verbal and listening communication skills
  • 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
BuildingIn 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 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