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VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION COUNSELORS

VACANCY ANN. #:      STOI-23-006

TITLE:                              VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION COUNSELORS

SUPERVISOR:              VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION PROGRAM MGR/DIRECTOR

DEPARTMENT:            HHS/VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION

LOCATION:                    WELLPINIT / SPOKANE, WA

STATUS:                          REGULAR, FULL-TIME

RATE OF PAY:              $19.81 – $25.00 / PER HOUR

OPENING DATE:         JANUARY 13, 2023

CLOSING DATE:          JANUARY 27, 2023

 

The Spokane Tribe of Indians is a great place to work! We offer competitive Benefits, matched 401K, & incentives that include generous paid time off!  Twenty-two paid holiday/wellness days off per year, plus bi-weekly Personal Time Off (PTO) accrual and cash-out ability!

 

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 (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 may require development of relationships with regional school systems as well as the youth in transition.

This position serves eligible people throughout the service area and is housed in two offices:  one in Spokane and one in Wellpinit.  Office hours per site are based on the program’s needs.

 

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.
    • Maintains relationships with secondary school staff
    • Provides school-to-work transition services to eligible high school students
  • 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:
    • 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.
    • Providing backup for other case managers as needed, including youth related services.

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:

  • 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:
  1. A) Federal Rehabilitation Act statutes and regulations
  2. B) Spokane Tribe Vocational Rehabilitation Policies and Procedures
  3. C) Washington State Department of Vocational Rehabilitation Policies and Procedures
  4. D) Washington State Administrative Code
  5. 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
  • 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)
  • Must be able and willing to learn Salish language, expected to routinely use Salish salutations within one year of hire
  • 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
  • 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
  • Professional experience providing excellent customer service
  • Must be able to keep an organized calendar.
  • This possession serves Native Americans with disabilities. Must have the ability to show compassion and sensitivity.

 

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  • 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.
  • Must be able to pass a drug test and background checks as required by the Spokane Tribe of Indians
  • Valid drivers license and good driving record, or ability to obtain within 90 days of hire.

 

*Safety Sensitive

* Section 101.630:  This position will have regular contact with and/or control over children as part of their job duties.

  

Apply on-line today: https://spokanetribe.bamboohr.com/careers/41?source=aWQ9MTg%3D

 

 

Contact: Sabrina McCoy or Empero Corral

Ph.: (509) 458-6583, (509 458-6527, Fax: (509) 458-6556

 E-mail: hrfrontdesk@spokanetribe.com

All Applications Must Be Received in the HR Department No Later Than 4:30 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

Safety Sensitive Positions Will Also Test for Marijuana

All Positions with the Spokane Tribe Are Subject To A-90 Day Orientation