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VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION COUNSELORS

VACANCY ANN#: STOI-24-050
TITLE: VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION COUNSELORS
DEPARTMENT: HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
SUPERVISOR: DIRECTOR VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION
STATUS: REGULAR, FULL-TIME, NON-EXEMPT
RATE OF PAY: $21.40 – $26.25 / PER HOUR
OPENING DATE: JUNE 21, 2024
CLOSING DATE: OPEN UNTIL FILLED 

 

INTRODUCTION:

The mission of the Spokane Tribe Vocational Rehabilitation Program (STVRP) is to provide culturally appropriate Vocational Rehabilitative services to Native Americans with disabilities living in our region (Ferry, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens and Kootenai counties) who have a functional limitation and need assistance maintaining, obtaining, or regaining employment.  We fulfill our mission by providing job training opportunities, assistive technology services, and job placement services to eligible people.  An estimated 20% of Native Americans living in our region are eligible for our services.

 

The Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC) provides services to Native Americans living with disabilities and who want to work.  The VRC assesses clients’ eligibility; and for eligible clients, the VRC assists in building an Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE).  The VRC provides services as outlined in IPEs with the overall goal of assisting clients in becoming fully self-sufficient.  Through this process, VRCs create rapport with clients, prospective employers, agency programs, and external partners.  In addition to the usual routines of other VRCs, this position may require development of relationships with regional school systems as well as the youth in transition.

This position serves eligible people throughout the service area and is housed in two offices:  one in Spokane and one in Wellpinit.  All program staff are assigned hours in each office; hours per site are based on the program’s needs.

 

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

This job focuses on services for adults:

·         Efficiently manage a caseload of up to 50 clients, providing the following services:

o   Conduct intake interviews

o   Coordinate and synthesize necessary medical, psychological, social, educational, vocational, and financial information to determine eligibility

o   Effectively provide Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) counseling, develop individualized plans for employment with each eligible client, monitor clients’ progress, and arrange VR services that may include VR guidance and counseling; vocational assessment; transition from high school to work; job training, placement and retention, medical restoration; assistive technology/independent living; benefits planning; supported employment; and any other VR services required to achieve and maintain the employment.

o   Maintains relationships with secondary school staff

o   Provides school-to-work transition services to eligible high school students

·         Responsibly assess impacts on clients’ other related services, such as Social Security Disability Insurance, Temporary Aid for Needy Families, General Assistance, etc.  Assists customer in identifying and using comparable benefits that may be available to them for obtaining required VR services designed on the IPE.

·         Manages expenditures within an allotment of case service funds, and only authorizes funds necessary for diagnostic evaluation of the customer or required for the implementation of VR services identified on the IPE.

·         Efficiently keep electronic and hard-copy client records (up to 25% of this job includes routine data entry and routine reporting)

·         Other duties as assigned, which may include but is not limited to:

o    Public event coordination and participation

o    Lead group workshops and related activities for consumers to facilitate informed choice, job search and/or preparation for employment

o    Lead group trainings and discussions for coworkers to facilitate team members’ professional growth

o    Provide backup for other case managers as needed, including youth related services

o    Explore online information, advise leadership, or write reports.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES REQUIRED:

  • Demonstrate the ability to guide and assist consumers in selecting employment goals that are well suited to their individual needs and circumstances, including options for self-employment
  • Knowledge of Spokane Tribe community and/or Native American cultures/traditions/languages
  • Demonstrate experience with and sensitivity to non-dominant cultures, including people with disabilities
  • Demonstrate creativity in applying multiple counseling techniques to meet the varied needs of clients
  • Demonstrate dependability, keeping confidential information secure, establishing firm boundaries, maintaining professionalism, keeping accurate and current records (both written and electronic)
  • Ability to effectively use technology including
    • learning specialized software
    • routine technology, such as printers, computers, internet, new software, etc.
    • Microsoft Office products such as Word, Excel, and Outlook

·         Ability to apply technical knowledge of medical and psychological aspects of disabling conditions, labor market information, transferable skills analysis, assistive technology, job modifications

  • Ability to understand VR laws, regulations and professional standards which include:

A)   Federal Rehabilitation Act statutes and regulations

B)   Spokane Tribe Vocational Rehabilitation Policies and Procedures

C)   Washington State Department of Vocational Rehabilitation Policies and Procedures

D)   Washington State Administrative Code

E)   Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification Code of

Ethics.

  • Availability to occasionally travel to business meetings and trainings outside of the region for up to a week at a time
  • Demonstrate the ability to negotiate with vendors, and other rehabilitation professionals.
  • Ability to effectively network with employers, colleagues and other social service

organizations

  • Must be able and willing to learn Salish language, expected to routinely use Salish salutations within one year of hire
  • Ability to assist consumers in exercising informed choice to make collaborative decisions that are consistent with appropriate vocational rehabilitation practice
  • Knowledge of community organizations and training/employment resources
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships
  • Manage multiple and competing priorities within prescribed timeframes.
  • Ability to work independently and exercise good judgment in making decisions
  • Professional experience providing excellent customer service

·         Must be able to keep an organized calendar.

  • Communicate effectively with all levels of team members, guests, and outside contacts.
  • Work effectively in a professional environment

·         Able to work periodically under conditions of urgency.

·         This position serves Native Americans with disabilities.  Must have the ability to show compassion and sensitivity

 

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

·         Undergraduate Degree (i.e. 4-year degree from an accredited college or university) in social work, behavioral health, psychology, disability studies, rehabilitation, or related field

  • Two years of relevant experience, such as paid or volunteer experience with people living with disabilities, case management, etc.
  • Must be able to pass a drug test and background checks as required by the Spokane Tribe of Indians
  • Valid driver’s license and good driving record, or ability to obtain within 30 days of hire.
  • Communicate effectively with all levels of team members, guests, and outside contacts.
  • Work effectively in a professional environment

·         Able to work periodically under conditions of urgency.

 

*Indian Preference grants preference to any enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe.

 

*Safety Sensitive Background – requires a higher standard or performance and behavior.

 

 

APPLY ON-LINE; https://spokanetribe.bamboohr.com/careers/322?source=aWQ9MTg%3D

 

 

Contact: Sabrina McCoy or Empero Corral

P.O. Box 206 Wellpinit, WA 99040

509-458-6583 or 458-6527

E-mail: hrfrontdesk@spokanetribe.com

Applications must be received in the Human Resource Department no later than 4:30 p.m. on the closing date.

The Spokane Tribe reserves the right to hire according to its Indian Preference Policy

All Applicants are subject to a Pre-Employment Drug Test

All Positions with the Spokane tribe of Indians are subject to a 90-day orientation period