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Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist II

Recruitment #130117-K21B-02

Introduction

Position is located at VR #31 – OKC. 

Essential Functions: This position is responsible for working with Deaf and Hard of Hearing clients that use ASL to communicate.  Duties include providing employment services in Oklahoma City in terms of meeting problems of personal, social and vocational adjustment; interpreting and analyzing the applicants mental or physical conditions, social and economic situation, attitudes and aptitudes, work experiences, functional limitations, educational background, and personality traits to determine kind and extent of disability and rehabilitation possibilities. Additional duties include consulting with physicians, psychologists and other appropriate disability professionals regarding findings of examinations; administering and interpreting psychological tests when indicated; determining eligibility for rehabilitation services on the basis of law and policy.  The VR Specialist will participate in job readiness, job seeking and job placement activities in preparation for successful case outcomes.  Candidates that are proficient in American Sign Language are preferred.  Applicant must be willing to perform all job related travel.  Probationary period (or trial period if applicable) is required. 

Background Check:  Effective January 1, 2012, the successful candidates for positions at the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services will be required to pass an Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation criminal investigation and background check.

STATE EMPLOYEE INFORMATION

ALL SOURCES – Applicants, without previous classified state service, those that are in the unclassified status OR currently in probationary status, must apply through the Office of Personnel Management OKCAREERS on-line applicant system (www.ok.gov/opm/).  Current State of Oklahoma employees with permanent status in the classified service, or those having reinstatement rights; Submit one (1) complete set of all of the following application materials:  A cover letter that contains the Job Announcement Number, Job Title and Job Code of the position for which you are applying, a telephone number where you can be reached during office hours, your home mailing address, your e-mail address, your current classification and job code and a completed Office of Personnel Management Personal Data Summary Sheet (OPM-4B).  DRS’ requires applicants to provide copies of performance evaluations at the interview process.   
   
Send OPM 4B and Cover letter to:
Department of Rehabilitation Services
Attn:  Human Resources Unit
3535 NW 58th Street, Suite 500
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73112
Fax: (405) 951-3543 

If you have questions regarding this position or the application process, contact Calvin Small at (405) 951-3527.

BASIC PURPOSE

Positions in this job family are assigned responsibilities for performing complex professional work in program consultation and monitoring; in guidance and counseling; client training; and specialized job placement for the vocational rehabilitation of individuals with physical or mental disabilities, blindness or visual impairments.  Assigned responsibilities also include evaluating client work capacities, providing assistive technology services and administering tests to determine vocational aptitudes, interests, abilities, and potential of clients.

LEVEL DESCRIPTORS

This job family consists of four levels of work which are distinguished by the level of complexity and diversity of the specific job assignments, the level of expertise required for the completion of duties assigned and the responsibility assigned for assisting, training and supervising others.
 
Level II:
This is the career level where employees are assigned professional responsibilities for the maintenance of a caseload/workload with a moderate level of supervision that includes, but is not limited to, oversight, guidance, mentoring, and signature authority for case closure.  Specialists at this level may have signature authority for eligibility decisions, development and amendment of individualized plans for employment and/or independent living, written evaluation reports, written assistive technology assessments and authorization for services.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Level II: 
Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling or human resources with a rehabilitation counselor major that has been awarded by a program accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE); OR any master’s degree and is eligible to sit for the certification/licensure exam specific to the professional job duties such as Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Certified Vocational Evaluator (CVE), or the Professional Vocational Evaluator (PVE) certification.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT

Some positions in the Department of Rehabilitation Services will require proficiency in the American Sign Language as demonstrated by the successful completion of a competency test administered by the Deaf and Hearing Impaired Unit of the Department of Rehabilitation Services.

Applicants must be willing and able to perform all job-related travel normally associated with this position.

Selection Plan

Scores based on:  100% Evaluation of Education and Experience listed on supplemental questionnaire. 

***NOTE:  Names of eligible applicants can be made available to State agencies upon their request, immediately following the closing date and time.


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