- Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist I
- What will I be doing?
- Do I qualify?
- Can I be successful?
- How do I apply?
This is professional counseling and vocational rehabilitation work with persons with mental illness, developmental disabilities, and/or physical disabilities.
Assists higher-level staff with conducting a vocational rehabilitation program in a state facility.
Assists with administering a variety of aptitude and psychological tests to clients; assists with interpreting results in terms of the vocational rehabilitation of individual clients; and may recommend suitable facility job assignments or other training to further such rehabilitation.
Interviews individual clients regarding previous education and employment and their present vocational interests and aspirations; assists with formulating individual rehabilitation programs; and assists clients with selecting programs and preparing for future employment.
Assists clients with adjusting to placement in facility jobs; conducts periodic follow-up to determine progress; and recommends progressive placement and/or formal training as indicated.
Analyzes a variety of jobs to determine specific skills, physical requirements, and other worker characteristics necessary for effective vocational placement.
Assists with contacting community groups and employers to develop employment opportunities for clients who are to be discharged; assists with supervising job placement and follow-up of clients released from the facility; and confers with employers, social workers, and medical personnel regarding client progress.
Assists with maintaining job opportunity files including job requirements and employment trends; prepares vocational case reports.
Receives general supervision from a department or administrative designee who reviews work to ensure conformance with program objectives and professional standards; exercises some independence within established guidelines.
Performs other related work as assigned.
(The following minimum qualifications will determine merit system eligibility and may be used to evaluate applicants for Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System positions not requiring selection from merit registers.)
A Master’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum of 15 earned credit hours in one or a combination of the following: Vocational Rehabilitation, Vocational Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling, Guidance and Counseling, or Clinical Psychology.
Intermediate knowledge of the use and interpretation of standard tests of aptitudes, abilities, and interests.
Intermediate knowledge of the theories, techniques, and principles of vocational counseling and rehabilitation.
Intermediate knowledge of occupations, employment trends, job opportunities and requirements, and community resources available for job placement.
Introductory knowledge of abnormal behavior and its relation to vocational maladjustment/adjustment.
Introductory knowledge of psychiatric and medical terminology.
Ability to prepare and maintain case records and analyze reports and records regarding client progress.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, employees, community groups, and employers.