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VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION SPECIALIST I/II

Recruitment #14-005165-002

Introduction

Division of Rehabilitation Services

GRADE

Level I - Grade 12

Level II - Grade 13

LOCATION OF POSITION

10461 Mill Run Circle 

Owings Mills, MD  21117

Main Purpose of Job

To ensure the application of federal and state laws, regulations and Division policy in determining the eligibility of individuals with disabilities for vocational rehabilitation services and to plan and implement vocational rehabilitation services to assist those individuals maintain, prepare for and obtain gainful employment consistent with their skills, capacities and vocational choices within a reasonable period of time as defined within Individualized Plans for Employment.

POSITION DUTIES

Assists persons with disabilities in preparing for or obtaining employment; determines eligibility for vocational services; provides individual career/counseling to people with disabilities; reviews medical, psychological, and vocational data to evaluate the nature and extent of the disability; coordinates and provides services to eligible individuals  necessary to accommodate their disabilities and obtain employment; obtains services from other community agencies for people with disabilities; and provides job placement, post-employment, and follows-up services.

MINIMUM EDUCATION OR GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

Education:   Possession of a Bachelor’s Degree.   

Experience:  

Level I – Professional experience in a behavioral or social science related filed is preferred.    

Level II - Two years of professional experience in a behavioral or social science related field is required; a Master’s Degree in a Behavioral or Social Science related field may be substituted for one year of the required experience. 

SELECTIVE QUALIFICATIONS

Knowledge of:  principles, procedures and regulations involved in providing rehabilitation services; Professional counseling, interviewing, and evaluation procedures; 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: communicate effectively; effectively plan and organize assigned work and meet established performance standards; coordinate and deliver multidisciplinary services required to support rehabilitation programs; analyze and interpret complex and varied medical, psychological, and vocational reports; skill in adaptive and assistive technologies; establish and maintain appropriate relationships with clients, employers, representatives of public and private organizations, providers of rehabilitation services, general public, and government officials. 

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 (#14-005165-002). 

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.