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Pre Employment Transition Rehab Counselor 43777

Job Summary
DEED's State Services for the Blind (SSB) has been serving blind, visually impaired and DeafBlind Minnesotans since 1923. It does so with a staff of 130 dedicated personnel, over 650 skilled volunteers, an active State Rehabilitation Council for the Blind, and a host of community partners. Each year SSB assists thousands in leading full, active and productive lives. Come be part of a great organization in a great state!
This position plans, authorizes, and coordinates service delivery of individualized vocational rehabilitation (VR) services in partnership with blind, visually impaired, or deafblind students, ages 14 - 24. Counselor works to enable student/youth customers who possess substantial impediments to employment to achieve successful employment outcomes. This position participates in all aspects of implementing the mission and purpose of the Workforce Development Unit of State Services for the blind.
 
Job Duties
  • Work with students to provide job exploration counseling, work-based learning experiences, counseling on opportunities for transition and post-secondary education, workplace readiness training, and instruction in self-advocacy.   
  • Monitor case services budget.
  • Conduct a comprehensive assessment of all factors relevant to the development and preparation of an Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) in accordance with federal and state law and applicable policies and procedures. 
  • Develop individualized plans for employment (IPE)
  • Plan and provide individualized services needed to facilitate the achievement of the consumer's vocational rehabilitation goal.
  • Provide support to the overall mission of the Workforce Development Unit through a variety of activities.
  • Plan and provide individualized pre-employment transition services needed to facilitate the achievement of the customer's vocational rehabilitation goal.
  • Monitor case services budget for accurate reflection of the pre-employment services and supports needed by each customer to reach an employment goal.
  • Conduct a comprehensive assessment of all factors relevant to the development and preparation of the IPE in accordance with federal and state law and applicable policies and procedures. The IPE must coordinate with and compliment the student's Individualized Education Plan.  Working in partnership with the customer, parent/guardian(s), and the EIP team, implement and successfully complete an IPE resulting in the provision of pre-employment transition services.
  • Provide support to the overall mission of the Workforce Development Unit through a variety of activities. 
Minimum Qualifications
This vacancy is being posted at two (2) different levels. Only one (1) position will be filled, dependent on the qualifications of the successful candidate.  

Rehabilitation Counselor Senior:
Masters Degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling, Blind Rehabilitation Teaching, Social Work, Psychology, Disability Studies, Human Resources, Education, Special Education, School Counseling, or related degree as determined by the appointing authority
Skill in Human Relations to build cooperative working relationships with the customer as well as with partners throughout the vocational rehabilitation process.
 
Rehabilitation Counselor Career:
Masters Degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling, Blind Rehabilitation Teaching, Social Work, Psychology, Disability Studies, Human Resources, Education, Special Education, School Counseling, or related degree as determined by the appointing authority
AND
Three (3) years of related work experience which demonstrates knowledge of one-to-one counseling, caseload management, development of rehabilitation plans, customer assessment, and job placement services
Skill in human relations to build cooperative working relationships with the customer as well as with partners throughout the vocational rehabilitation process.
 
Preferred Qualifications
For both classifications:
Experience working with individuals who are Blind, visually impaired or DeafBlind.
Proficient in a second language.
Ability to interpret and explain in plain language complex information such as guidelines, regulations, policies, medical and psychiatric reports.
Ability to analyze assessment information sufficient to identify and address the customer’s vocational rehabilitation needs.
Experience applying counseling techniques sufficient to conduct an effective diagnostic interview, to assist the client in completing the rehabilitation plan, and address any issues that emerge during the customer’s rehabilitation process.