- Job date: Tue, 20 Oct 2020 22:54:36 GMT
- Expected salary: $19.7 per hour
- Job title: Rehabilitation Counselor II
- Company: Nebraska State Government
- Location: Lincoln, NE
Do you crave variety? Do you enjoy challenges? Are you a team player and customer-service oriented? Consider joining our team! The Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired has a Rehabilitation Counselor II position that might be right for you. The Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired works to help blind and visually impaired Nebraskans achieve full and rewarding lives through independent living skills and assisting with finding employment in Nebraska and across the country. As a Rehabilitation Counselor II, under general supervision, you will perform routine counseling and guidance relevant to an individual’s overall adjustment to blindness. In this position, you will provide job placement in the rehabilitation of blind/visually impaired individuals. Tasks performed vary greatly and are based on the needs of the individual client, families or guardians or consulting agency.
Successful candidates for employment must be able to satisfactorily pass an extensive criminal background check. All new hires will complete 600 hours of immersion training in Lincoln, at NCBVI expense, at the Nebraska Center for the Blind to learn the alternative skills of blindness (cane travel, Braille, assistive technology, activities of daily living, etc.); those completing the training will obtain their CVRCB certification. Work is performed under the direct supervision of a district or unit supervisor. Field assignments and travel, to include the possibility of overnight stays, are involved in varying degrees.
We offer an excellent total compensation package including: 12 paid holidays; vacation and sick leave; State-matched retirement plan; health, dental, vision, and life insurance options! Treating others with dignity & respect – ethically sound – customer always the priority. Sound like you? This might be your perfect fit!
Examples of Work
– Describe the availability of services to new referrals and gathers information as needed to complete applications for services. Refers blind consumers to services offered by other agencies or organizations as appropriate.
– Determine eligibility for services based on the applicant’s unique strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests, and informed choice. Gathers medical information as needed for documentation of blindness or visual impairment.
– Develop an individualized plan for employment in conjunction with consumers designed to empower blind individuals to maximize employment, economic self-sufficiency, independence, and full participation in society. Develop an individualized plan for independent living in conjunction with consumers with independent living rather than vocational goals designed to maximize their ability to participate fully in their home communities.
– Counsel clients in their overall adjustment to blindness with particular emphasis on achieving a positive understanding of blindness based on the belief that blind people are capable of full participation in society using the alternative skills of blindness. Promotes opportunities for blind consumers to network with and learn from positive blind role models.
– Coordinate training in the alternative skills of blindness provided by orientation counselors in the field or at the Training Center for the Blind. Coordinate vocational training or other services as needed in preparation for job placement or achievement of independent living goals.
– Provide career exploration, job readiness training, and job placement services
– Build trusting relationship with employers and businesses in the community.
– Assist with special programs designed to provide concentrated training and socialization opportunities for blind consumers in a small group setting.
– Provide follow-up services for clients in all aspects of vocational adjustment including working with family members.
– Monitor progress towards the achievement of personal goals specified in individual service plans and maintain documentation of all activities and services provided in case service records in compliance with federal and state regulations.
– Collaborate with public and private schools, institutions of higher education, health care providers, human service agencies, consumer groups and organizations, and other relevant community resources on behalf of blind consumers.
– Conduct presentations for the general public and interested groups designed to promote greater awareness and understanding of blindness and the capabilities of blind people.
– Participate in in-service training conferences, workshops, courses, and meetings related to rehabilitation of the blind.
– Builds relationships with public schools to work with transition-age blind/visually impaired students, their parents/guardians, and their teachers.
– Help develop after school work experience for blind/visually impaired students.
– Builds relationships with businesses and employers in the community.
– Empower NCBVI’s clients to obtain their vocational goals.
– Prepares and implements instructional programs for clients to address the necessary skills to deal effectively with blindness such as social skills, net-working, computer use (email, internet, social media, screen readers or low vision applications), cooking and other homemaking skills, Braille and cane travel.
– Perform other work as assigned.
Qualifications / Requirements
REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor’s degree in social science, behavioral science, social work, counseling/guidance, vocational rehabilitation, psychology, sociology, human development, education or related area and two years’ experience; OR Master’s degree in any of the above mentioned fields or related area and one year of experience. Maintaining of the CVRCB Certification, once acquired on the job
PREFERRED: Master’s degree and/or Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for the Blind (CVRCB)
OTHER: Regular and reliable attendance; Must possess a valid driver’s license or the ability to arrange independent transportation.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
– Knowledge and understanding of the agency’s philosophy of working with the blind, various educational modalities as they pertain to the rehabilitation of blind individuals (i.e., Braille, cane travel, assistive technology, etc.);
– Understanding of problems arising from blindness, counseling techniques used in the rehabilitation of the blind and ability to apply techniques in proper situations.
– Skill in evaluating each client’s needs and the subsequent preparation and implementation of instructional programs to answer these needs.
– Ability to organize and coordinate various ongoing instructional programs, effectively evaluate the results of instructional programs, and revise such programs as warranted; and establish a strong working rapport with clients, general public and other service agencies.
– Minimal computer skills required.
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