VACANCY ANN. #: STOI-20-105
TITLE: VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION COUNSELOR
SUPERVISOR: VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION PROGRAM MGR/DIRECTOR
DEPARTMENT: HHS/VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION
LOCATION: WELLPINIT, WA & SPOKANE, WA
STATUS: REGULAR, FULL-TIME, NON-EXEMPT
RATE OF PAY: $17.00/HOUR – $21.00/HOUR (DOE/DOQ)
OPENING DATE: FEBRUARY 1, 2021
CLOSING DATE: FEBRUARY 26, 2021
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 (Ferry, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens and Kootenai 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 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.
In addition to the usual routines of other VRCs, this position is expected to work closely with youth who are ready to transition to work or higher education. This requires development of relationships with regional school systems as well as the youth in transition.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
This job focuses on services for adults, young adults, and high school seniors:
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.
- Provide youth related services:
- Develop and maintain relationships with secondary school staff
- Provide school-to-work transition services to eligible high school students
- 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:
- Public event coordination and participation
- Leads group workshop and related activities for consumers to facilitate informed choice, job search and/or preparation for employment.
- Leads group trainings and discussions for coworkers to facilitate team members’ professional growth.
KNOWLEDGE SKILLS & ABILITIES REQUIRED FOR THE POSITION:
- 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 an in-depth understanding and the ability to use independent judgment consistent with VR laws, regulations and professional standards which include:
- A) Federal Rehabilitation Act statutes and regulations
- B) Spokane Tribe Vocational Rehabilitation Policies and Procedures
- C) Washington State Department of Vocational Rehabilitation Policies and Procedures
- D) Washington State Administrative Code
- E) 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.
- Demonstrate the ability to negotiate with 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.
- Knowledge of Spokane Tribe community and/or Native American cultures/traditions/languages
- Demonstrate experience with and sensitivity to non-dominant cultures, including people with disabilities
- Desire and capacity to provide long term service and grow professionally in the field of Vocational Rehabilitation.
- Demonstrate dependability, keeping confidential information secure, establishing firm boundaries, maintaining professionalism, keeping accurate and current records (both written and electronic)
- Must be able and willing to learn Salish language, expected to use Level 1/Beginning Salish within one year of hire
- Ability to effectively work with Microsoft Office products such as Word, Excel, and Outlook
- Undergraduate Degree (i.e. 4-year degree from an accredited college or university) in social work, behavioral health, psychology, disability studies, rehabilitation, or related field.
- Two years of relevant experience, such as paid or volunteer experience with people living with disabilities, case management, etc.
- Valid motor vehicle license, good driving record for insurance purposes.
- 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.
- 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.
- At time of employment, must successfully clear a criminal background inquiry.
Applications Are Available at the Spokane Tribal Human Resources Department
Or, can be downloaded at www.spokanetribe.com
P.O. Box 206 Wellpinit, WA 99040
Contact: Sabrina McCoy or Andrea Flett
Ph.: (509) 458-6583, (509 458-6527, Fax: (509) 458-6556
All Applications Must Be Received in the HR Department No Later Than 4:00 p.m.
On the Closing Date
The Spokane Tribe of Indians Reserves the Right
To Hire According To Its Indian Preference Policy
All Applicants Are Subject To a Pre-Employment Drug Test
All Positions with the Spokane Tribe Are Subject To A-90 Day Orientation