Voc Rehab Counselor I
Under the direction of the Director of Active Treatment, Training and Development (ATTD), the Vocational Rehab Counselor, is responsible for the planning, coordination, development, and implementation of the vocational programs of the facility in accordance with applicable regulatory provisions and within the framework of the stated philosophy of the facility. The Vocational Rehab Counselor assures the delivery of quality care, support, vocational training for residents who attend work. The Vocational Rehab Counselor develops and implements tracking systems to ensure required documents are timely with quality standards in mind. Familiar with the Department of Labor Laws in relation to resident workers. The Vocational Rehab Counselor is responsible for working cooperatively with other divisions and departments and ensuring harmonious working relationships with the unit staff and disciplines. The Vocational Rehab Counselor is responsible for supervisory, consultative and administrative duties in addition to Administrative Assistant tasks. This position will serve as the direct supervisor for the Vocational Managers. Some travel will be required and work schedule may vary situationally or as needed. Works under general supervision with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgement.
Essential Job Functions:
Attends work on a regular basis and may be required to work a specific shift schedule or, at times, even a rotating schedule, extended shift and/or overtime in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned.
Provides consultative services and technical assistance to plan and implement effective program services. Monitors service delivery in the work center, to ensure effective and efficient programs are carried out according to the residents worker's Action Plan. Oversee negotiations for business contracts with various companies. Ensures that resident/staff health and safety is maintained throughout the day. Maintains compliance with applicable rules, standards and regulations. Ensure that the Department of Labor Laws is followed when pertaining to resident workers and school age children. Coordinates departmental activities with other organizational components. Manages departmental staff in a fair, consistent and effective manner. Coordinates departmental activities with other organizational components. Maintains knowledge in relevant areas of administration and delivery of services.
Other duties as assigned include but are not limited to actively participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the agency's obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation. Such participation may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location.
Knowledge Skills Abilities:
Working knowledge of the vocational rehabilitation/training process. Knowledge of skills and adaptations necessary for employment of people with disabilities. Knowledge of psychological, social, vocational, and independent living issues faced by people with intellectual disabilities pursuing gainful work activity. Knowledge and understanding of caseload management principles and practices. Knowledge and ability in training and supervising employment services staff to provide vocational training and supported employment services. Knowledge in Department of Labor guidelines related to the Fair Labor Standards Act, subminimum wage authorization, time studies, and prevailing wage.
Proven ability to: Successfully plan, implement, supervise and evaluate vocational service delivery system. Written skills in order to develop effective memos, reports, proposals and procedures.
Registration or Licensure Requirements:
Must possess valid Texas driver's license or obtain it no later than 90 days after hire date. Applicants with an out-of-state driver's license must provide an original certified driving record from the state of driving licensure. Eligible driving record required based on HHSC Fleet Management policy.
Initial Selection Criteria:
A Bachelor's degree in related human services field preferred. College coursework in related field supplemented by one (1) year experience in working with people with intellectual disabilities as Vocational Supervisor or a job readiness/supported employment work. Knowledge of state and federal, and local policies relating to vocational services OR 4 years of experience working as a vocational trainer, job coach, or job-readiness trainer with the individuals with intellectual disabilities. Two years of the above work experience can substitute for each one year of college education.
Salary Note: The salary offered will follow HHS starting salary guidelines which are typically made at or near the minimum of the salary range.
Applicants must pass a fingerprint criminal background check, pre-employment drug screen, and registry checks including the Client Abuse/Neglect Reporting System (CANRS), Nurse Aide, Medication Aide and Employee Misconduct and HHS OIG List of Excluded Individuals/Entities. Males between the ages of 18 – 25 must be registered with the Selective Service. All SSLC employees are subject to random drug testing. Flexibility in work hours may be required for this position. The position may be required to work overtime and/or extended hours. All applicants must be at least 18 years of age to be considered for employment at a state-operated facility.
All new hire candidates will be required to receive COVID-19 medical screening (nasal test) as part of the due diligence process.
Military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position may include: 4C0X1. All active duty military, reservists, guardsmen, and veterans are encouraged to apply if qualified to fill this position. For more information see the Texas State Auditor's Military Crosswalk at http://www.hr.sao.state.tx.us/Compensation/JobDescriptions.aspx.
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In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line application, contact the HHS Employee Service Center at 1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the interview.