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VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION SPECIALIST I/II

Recruitment #14-005165-001

Introduction

Division of Rehabilitation Services

Workforce Technology Center

Career Assessment Services

GRADE

Level I - Grade 12

Level II - Grade 13

LOCATION OF POSITION

Baltimore City

Main Purpose of Job

Provide career assessment services that will enable persons with disabilities referred to the Workforce Technology Center (WTC) to develop a realistic vocational goal in order to obtain employment. Statewide travel required.

POSITION DUTIES

Through observation, assesses vocational potential and makes recommendations based upon consumer’s interests, aptitudes, and functional capacities; interprets diagnostic data, including medical, psychological, work sample results, and behavioral observations, into a comprehensive report to establish vocational goals; provides vocational counseling; administers and scores a variety of tests; and interprets test results and behavioral observations. This includes the interpretation, analysis and synthesis of testing data and behavioral observations presented in a comprehensive, concise written report culminating in recommendations for placement, training or accommodations necessary to assist individuals with a variety of disabilities to begin or return to gainful employment. Position also involves case management duties. Serves as member of interdisciplinary team to develop rehabilitation programs for individual consumers. Statewide travel required.

MINIMUM EDUCATION OR GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

Education:  Possession of a Bachelor's Degree; course work in Career Assessment of Vocational Evaluation is preferred. 

Experience:

Level I - Professional experience in a behavioral or social science related field is preferred.

Level II - Two years of professional experience in a behavioral or social science related field is required; a Master's Degree in Behavioral or Social Science related field may be substituted for one year of the required experience. Prior experience in performing career assessment/vocational evaluation is preferred.

SELECTIVE QUALIFICATIONS

Knowledge of: principles, procedures and regulations involved in providing rehabilitation services; professional counseling; interviewing, basic principles and procedures in assessment and evaluation; relationship between functional limitations presented by disabilities and employment goals; social and economic structure of the community organizations, and groups providing services and information for people with disabilities; practices relating to job search and employer outreach activities; and of laws and regulations governing the administration of vocational rehabilitation, worker's compensation, social security, and social services. Ability to: describe and interpret behaviors observed; communicate effectively; effectively plan and organize assigned work and meet established performance standards; coordinate and deliver multidisciplinary services required to support rehabilitation programs; demonstrate appropriate teamwork and cooperation skills with administration and coworkers; analyze and interpret complex and varied medical, psychological, and vocational reports; skill in adaptive and assistive technologies; establish and maintain appropriate relationships with consumers, employers, representatives of public and private organizations, providers of rehabilitation services, general public, and government officials. Regular attendance and ability to complete work in assigned time frame is required. Statewide travel required.

DESIRED OR PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Knowledge of a variety of disabilities; Experience providing services to individuals with disabilities; Experience writing comprehensive detailed written reports; Experience providing careers assessment/vocational evaluation services; Experience analyzing data and interpreting results.

BENEFITS

FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS

Applicants must complete the online application for employment. The application and any supporting documentation must clearly demonstrate that the applicant meets the Minimum Qualification and possesses the essential requirements for the position. If a paper application is submitted, please indicate the listed vacancy number (#14-005165-001).  Completed paper applications must be submitted to Denise Metzger, Division of Rehabilitation Services, 2301 Argonne Drive, Baltimore, MD  21218.

You may visit the Division of Rehabilitation Services' website at www.dors.state.md.us or the Maryland State Department of Education's website at www.marylandpublicschools.org for additional information or a paper application. All applications must be received by the Closing Date.  

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request.

Proof of eligibility to work in compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act, and travel throughout the State are required.  Any misrepresentation of academic or experience requirements for this position may result in non-selection or termination of employment. 

As an equal opportunity employer Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity.