- Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist II
- What will I be doing?
- Do I qualify?
- Can I be successful?
- How do I apply?
This is professional and supervisory counseling and vocational rehabilitation work with persons with mental illness, developmental disabilities, and/or physical disabilities.
Supervises vocational rehabilitation activities as the specialist-in-charge of a program of limited scope, or serves as the supervisor of a phase of a larger program.
Administers a variety of aptitude and psychological tests to clients; interprets results in terms of the vocational rehabilitation of individual clients; recommends 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; formulates 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.
Participates in the planning, development, and administration of the vocational rehabilitation program; assures compliance with accreditation standards and federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
Analyzes a variety of jobs to determine specific skills, physical requirements, and other worker characteristics necessary for effective vocational placement.
Contacts community groups and employers to develop employment opportunities for clients who are to be discharged; supervises job placement and follow-up to assist released clients in maintaining progress toward complete vocational adjustment; and confers with employers, social workers, and medical personnel regarding client progress.
Supervises a small number of employees and/or students engaged in vocational counseling and job placement when necessary to provide optimum rehabilitation services.
Prepares and maintains job opportunity files including job requirements and employment trends; prepares vocational case reports.
Trains lower-level staff and/or graduate students in vocational counseling techniques.
Receives general supervision from a department or administrative designee who reviews work to ensure coordination with the total treatment program and conformity with facility policy and objectives; exercises considerable independence of judgment and discretion.
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.)
Two or more years of experience as a Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist I with the Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System.
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; and,
Three or more years of professional experience in vocational rehabilitation or related vocational guidance and counseling work, including a minimum of one year working with persons with mental illness, developmental disabilities, and/or physical disabilities.
Please note that documentation that supports your eligibility (i.e. transcripts, employment records, etc.) may be required at any time during the application and hiring process. If you do not possess the minimum qualifications, please consider one of many other employment opportunities with the State of Missouri.
Do you possess the key skills which are considered essential for successful employment in this classification?
Comprehensive knowledge of the use and interpretation of standard tests of aptitude, abilities, and interests.
Comprehensive knowledge of the theories, techniques, and principles of vocational counseling and rehabilitation.
Comprehensive knowledge of occupations, employment trends, job opportunities and requirements, and community resources available for job placement.
Intermediate knowledge of abnormal behavior and its relation to vocational maladjustment/adjustment.
Intermediate knowledge of psychiatric and medical terminology.
Ability to train staff and/or students in the various aspects of vocational rehabilitation.
Ability to effectively use available facility and community resources to meet the needs and resolve the problems of individual clients.
Ability to prepare and maintain case records and to analyze reports and records regarding client progress.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, employees, community groups, and employers.
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