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State of Massachusetts Qualified Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor I in Plymouth 38 Industrial Park Rd, Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) is seeking dedicated and compassionate individuals who desire a rewarding career making a difference in the lives of individuals with disabilities to obtain and maintain employment. The Qualified Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor I will coordinate vocational rehabilitation services from intake through plan development and placement as mandated by federal statutes and guidelines. The ideal candidate will administer functional skills analysis, review and analyze assessment tests, interview and conduct observations, develop plans, partner with service providers and provide access to successful job placement.

_Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary and not all inclusive)_:

Provide professional vocational counseling within a continuum of services to help clients achieve success and to remove barriers by identifying unique strengths, resources, and abilities related to planning and achieving employment outcomes; Administer residual functional capacities assessments, interest tests, aptitude tests, transferable skills analysis and other vocational assessment tools; Develop, implement, and monitor Individualized Plans for Employment (IPE) through onsite visits, job fairs and career seminars; Engage clients in activities of employment preparedness, job seeking and development; Facilitate appropriate concepts, individually or in group settings, to improve skills necessary for all stages of vocational development; Monitor, evaluate, and track client progress with respect to relevant goals in an accurate and timely manner; Establish, maintain and monitor close and cooperative relationships with providers and employers in carrying out supportive services; Monitor on-site job coaching and recommend assistive devices for program and/or service use; Partner with agency regional/district staff, vendor organizations and other constituents in the role and scope of service delivery; Participate in training experiences designed to enhance professional competency in vocational rehabilitation.

_Preferred Qualifications_:

  • Knowledge of counseling and job placement of persons with vocational/occupational barriers, including physical, emotional, psychological and intellectual disabilities;

  • Familiarity with utilizing psychological tests and other evaluative techniques;

  • Commitment to lifelong learning in relationship to their own professional development;

  • Outstanding organizational, written and oral communications skills; attention to detail;

  • Responsible for learning and staying up to date on MRC’s diversity, equity, inclusion and racial equity skills, results and expectations specific to Vocational Rehabilitation programs.

  • Experience working in a team culture that values inclusivity, performance, transparency, and authenticity.

  • Knowledge of and experience in diversity, equity, inclusion, and racial equity and effective engagement across differences.

  • Experience working in a team culture that values inclusivity, performance, transparency, and authenticity.

  • Proficient usage of Microsoft Office products including Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and Outlook as well as technologies supporting a workplace (e.g., Zoom, Microsoft Teams).

  • Solid written and oral communication skills and proficiency establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with a variety of diverse consumers, families, staff, and organizations.

_About the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission_:

The Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) promotes equality, empowerment and independence of individuals with disabilities. These goals are achieved through enhancing and encouraging personal choice and the right to succeed or fail in the pursuit of independence and employment in the community. The MRC provides comprehensive services to people with disabilities that maximize their quality of life and economic self-sufficiency in the community.

_Total Compensation_:

As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of services to the diverse populations we serve - but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider towards your overall compensation, including:

  • 75% state paid medical insurance premium

  • Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans

  • Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs

  • Low cost basic and optional life insurance

  • Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan

  • 12 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time

  • Tuition Benefit for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities

  • Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options

  • Incentive-based Wellness Programs

  • Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities

  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

_Pre-Offer Process_:

A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit http://www.mass.gov/hhs/cori.

Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division's Hiring Guidelines. Education and license/certification information provided the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records law and may be published on the Commonwealth's website.

For questions regarding this requisition, please contact Executive Office of Health and Human Services Human Resources at 1-800-510-4122 Ext. #2.

Applicants should submit a_cover letter_and_resume_for the Qualified Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor I requisition.

This requisition will remain open until filled; however, first consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Applicants must have a (A) Master’s degree or higher in Rehabilitation Counseling from a Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) accredited university program, or a certification as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) by the Commission of Rehabilitation Counselor Certification or licensure as a Licensed Rehabilitation Counselor or (B) the substitution listed below.

Based on assignment, travel is required; incumbents who elect to use a motor vehicle for travel must have a current and valid motor vehicle driver’s license at a class level specific to assignment.

Substitutions:

I. A Master’s degree or higher in a related field such a Rehabilitation Administration/Services, Disability Studies, Vocational Assessment/Evaluation, Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Social Work, Human Services, Education, Special Education, Occupational Therapy, Counseling (Mental Health, Education, Psychology), or Substance Abuse Therapy and one (1) year of full-time or equivalent part-time experience in vocational counseling, job placement, career counseling and guidance, assessment and vocational evaluation, job development and services for employers may be substituted for the required (A) education. Relevant internship experience will be considered.

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job: *Community and Social Services

Organization: *Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission

Title: Qualified Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor I

Location: Massachusetts-Plymouth 38 Industrial Park Rd

Requisition ID: 210002YP

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