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Requisition No: 10115 Agency: Department of EducationWorking Title: VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION COUNSELOR - 48004344Position Number: 48004344 Salary: $30,902.28 Posting Closing Date: 05/13/2017 DIVISION OF VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION AREA 2, Ocala, FL VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION COUNSELOR Position Number: 48004344 Minimum Hiring Salary: $2575.19 Monthly *The salary may be negotiable dependent upon years of experience, education level and available salary rate. Our Mission is "to help people with disabilities find and maintain employment and enhance their independence." Our Vision is "to become the first place people with disabilities turn when seeking employment and a top resource for employers in need of qualified employees." This position works in Ocala, FL as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Minimum Requirements:Establish and maintain education and experience requirements, to ensure that the personnel have a 21st century understanding of the evolving labor force and the needs of individuals with disabilities.Bachelor’s degreeAttainment of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a field of study reasonably related to vocational rehabilitation, to indicate a level of competency and skill demonstrating basic preparation in a field of study such as: vocational rehabilitation counseling social work psychology disability studies business administration human resources special education supported employment customized employment economics another field that reasonable prepares individuals to work with consumers and employersYears of ExperienceFor each year of work experience required in the qualifications, an applicant shall have 12 months of full-time work experience to receive credit for an entire year.Bachelor’s degree plus not less than 1 year of paid or unpaid experience consisting of: direct work with individuals with disabilities in a setting such as an independent living center direct service for advocacy activities that provide such individual with experience and skills in working with individuals with disabilities direct experience as an employer direct experience as a small business owner or operator direct experience in self employment experience in human resources experience in recruitment experience in supervising employees experience in training experience in other activities that provide experience in competitive integrated employment environmentsAdvanced DegreeAttainment of a master’s or doctoral degree from an accredited college or university in a field of study such as:vocational rehabilitation counseling law social work psychology disability studies business administration human resources special education management public administration another field that reasonably provides confidence in: the employment sector in a disability field or in both business-related and rehabilitation-related fields Years of ExperienceNo work experience is required with an advanced degree listed above.PreferencesPreference given to applicants who are bilingual in English and SpanishJob Description:This position is responsible for providing professional vocational rehabilitation counseling to individuals with a diversity of disabilities in order that they may attain employment and for providing and coordinating services. The incumbent of this position will access client information, maintain case records, produce correspondence, and perform other automated functions within the scope of the position's responsibilities. Assesses medical, psychological, and vocational information to determine eligibility for services. Develops, with full participation of the customer with a disability, an Individualized Plan for Employment to determine employment outcomes. Conducts in-depth interviews of individuals with disabilities requiring rehabilitation strategies to determine eligibility for vocational rehabilitation services and the feasibility for achieving an employment outcome. Provides professional vocational rehabilitation counseling to individuals with a diversity of disabilities in order that they may attain appropriate employment outcomes. Provides information to assist individuals with disabilities in making informed choices regarding services, service providers, and employment outcomes. Authorizes, coordinates and/or negotiates services leading to successful employment outcomes. Negotiates with individuals with disabilities regarding plan development. Develops and utilizes job placement opportunities to assist eligible individuals with disabilities to obtain appropriate employment. Develops employer contacts and serves as liaison with employers. Provides selective job development and placement. Collaborates with team members in placement activities. Utilizes the resources of community rehabilitation providers in securing appropriate job placement for eligible individuals with disabilities. Manages resources to ensure financial accountability according to state and federal regulations. Collaborates with community partners to assure appropriate use of available resources. Participates in training experiences designed to enhance professional competency in vocational rehabilitation. Performs other duties as required.KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:Knowledge of the theories and techniques of counselingKnowledge of the principles and techniques of effective verbal and written communicationKnowledge of the methods of compiling, organizing and analyzing dataKnowledge of medical and psychological aspects of disability groupsKnowledge of interviewing techniquesAbility to interview clients in order to determine eligibility for vocational rehabilitation servicesAbility to compile, organize and analyze medical and psychological dataAbility to provide counseling and guidance in the area of career planningAbility to develop individual vocational rehabilitation programsAbility to assess test resultsAbility to plan, organize and coordinate work assignmentsAbility to communicate effectivelyAbility to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others ***Information contained in responses to Qualifying Questions concerning education, experience, knowledge, skills and/or abilities must also be disclosed on the State of Florida Employment Application.***Background Screening Requirement:It is the policy of the Florida Department of Education that applicants for employment undergo level 2 employment screening in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 435, Florida Statutes, as a condition of employment or being permitted to serve as a volunteer. All applicants for employment or to volunteer who are selected for an interview will be provided with the Consent to Background Screening form for level 2 screening, the Affidavit of Good Moral Character, and the Notice of Rights. The leading candidate for employment or to volunteer will be required to execute the Consent form and Affidavit, report to a designated location, and submit fingerprints for level 2 screening. No applicant for a designated position will be employed or permitted to volunteer until the level 2 screening results are received, reviewed, and approved by the Department. Level 2 background screening shall include, but not be limited to, fingerprinting for statewide criminal and juvenile records checks through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and federal criminal records checks through the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and may include local criminal records checks through local law enforcement agencies.STATE OF FLORIDA EMPLOYEE BENEFITS State of Florida Retirement - 3% Employee Contribution Required 10 Paid Holidays annually Employees with up to 5 years of creditable service earn 8.667 hours per month, with 5 to 10 years earn 10.833 hours per month and those with over 10 years of service earn 13 hours per month. Career Service employees earn 8.667 hours of sick leave credits per month Health Insurance for Individual or Family Coverage – State pays 80% of premium Life Insurance – State pays premium for $25,000 basic term life insurance for full time employee Additional supplemental insurances available such as dental, vision, etc. Tax Deferred Medical and Child Care Reimbursement Accounts available Tax Deferred Savings Program available through payroll deduction Benefits information can be found on the following website: The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code. Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here. All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. .

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