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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!
The counselor position for intake and eligibility conducts group and individual intake and orientation meetings to ensure that interested individuals have a complete summary of the scope of services provided by SSB and if they choose to apply for VR services, they understand that they intend to achieve a competitive integrated employment outcome. This position determines eligibility of applicants and ensures that all pertinent documentation for beginning services is collected. This position is also responsible for a smaller adult caseload and so plans, authorizes, and coordinates service delivery of individualized VR services in partnership with blind, visually impaired, and DeafBlind individuals.
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
  • Monitor case services budget.
  • Provide orientation and intake to interested individuals.
  • Collect necessary documentation to assess eligibility for services.
  • 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. 
  • Working in partnership with the customer, implement and successfully complete an IPE resulting in gainful employment.
  • Plan and provide individualized placement 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.
Minimum Qualifications
This vacancy is being posted at two different levels: Only 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.