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Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor and Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor - in Training 

Job Announcement Code(s): 13-02947

County(ies):
*Statewide
Classification Title: / JAC:
  Job Working Title:
VOCATIONAL REHAB COUNSELOR-IN TRNG 13-02947
    Voc. Rehab. Counselor - in Training

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor 13-02947
    Voc. Rehab. Counselor

Type of Employment:
Full Time (40 hrs/week)
Salary:
The Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC) In-Training position is in pay schedule & range 12-07, starting pay is $42,050 per year with benefits. The Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC) position is in pay schedule & range 12-08, starting pay is $45,484 per year. Pay upon transfer, demotion, or reinstatement is based on the compensation rules applicable to the transaction. A 12-month probationary period is required for these positions.
Special Qualifications:
The minimum requirement for these positions is the possession of a Masters degree in Professional Counseling or an approved equivalent area. The Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor-In Training position requires applicant to obtain a Professional Counselor Training license from the Dept. of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) PRIOR to starting employment. The Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor position requires possession of a current Wisconsin Professional Counselor license from the DSPS.
Contact:
Nikki Brown-Huss, HR Specialist, 608-266-7757, NABJobs@dwd.wisconsin.gov
Bargaining Unit:
Non-Represented
Area of Competition:
Open
Deadline to Apply:
Open
Exam Information:
49160 -  002  Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor and Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor in Training 
Preview Exam  


Do you enjoy working with people with disabilities and assisting them in reaching their employment goals? 


Do you have a Masterís Degree in counseling or a Professional Counselorís license in WI? Or, are you within four months of receiving your Masterís degree in Counseling?  Do you need to gain your supervised counseling hours, and would you like to earn a livable wage while doing so? 


The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation uses a Team approach to providing counseling and vocational supports to persons with disabilities.  Positions are located throughout the state at Wisconsin Job Centers. Here's a chance to use your counseling skills, gain supervised counseling hours if you need them, and help improve the lives of many of Wisconsin's citizens.  Click here for more information about the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. 

Job Duties:   Counsel persons with disabilities and their families to identify and resolve problems; plan individualized vocational rehabilitation programs and provide support and direction during the rehabilitation process; arrange for medical and psychological evaluation and vocational testing and/or work evaluation; place clients in jobs; attend meetings, seminars and training sessions.

Special Notes:   

To be eligible for a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor-In-Training position, the applicant MUST have a master's or doctoral degree in Professional Counseling or be in an approved related field.  The ability to obtain a Professional Counselor Training License per s. 457, Wis. Stats. is required upon appointment to a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor-In Training position. 

As a condition of employment in a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor-In Training position, the incumbent must maintain a Professional Counselor Training License.  The incumbent must also obtain a Professional Counselor License within four years from the effective date of his/her appointment

Applicants within four (4) months of graduation are encouraged to apply.

To be eligible for a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor position, the applicant MUST possess a current Wisconsin Professional Counselor license from the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services.

If you have not already started your licensure application process with the Department of Safety and Professional Services, you are encouraged to immediately begin this process to expedite your consideration during the hiring process. 

Applicants with a background in Vocational Rehabilitation are especially encouraged to apply.

The names of eligible candidates may also be referred for consideration for Project or limited term Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor positions.  Those in project positions may not be eligible for all benefits available to a person in a permanent position.  Those in limited term positions are not eligible for benefits.

Due to the nature of these positions, a Criminal Background Check will be required before an offer of employment is made.

Job Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:   Knowledge of physical and mental impairments and their effects on vocational and social adjustment; experience with psychological tests and other evaluative techniques; knowledge of target population; experience with techniques and principles of diagnostic interviewing; knowledge of counseling and placement of persons with vocational/occupational handicapping conditions; knowledge of Federal, State and community programs providing services to persons with disabilities; oral and written communication skills.

Positions which counsel persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may require fluency in American Sign Language.  Other positions may require fluency in Spanish/English or Hmong/English. 
Travel is required for all positions.

How To Apply:   Applicants have two options of applying: Online (preferred) or hard copy (postal mail, eímail or fax).  Both methods require the following materials: A resume and letter of interest, application for State Employment and responses to the exam questions


Apply Online: You will need to create an account in Wiscjobs to apply online, if you donít already have one. For instructions on how to create an account click on the following link: http://wisc.jobs/public/links_page_detail.asp?pageid=756. Apply by using the "Log in to Apply" button, located at the top and bottom of this webpage.   Please combine your letter of interest and resume as one document and upload that as the resume.  Complete the exam. Remember to ďSave and FinalizeĒ once you have completed the exam.


Or submit the above listed documents by: Fax (608-261-0707) or email (NABjobs@dwd.wisconsin.gov) or mail (DWD/Human Resource Services; P.O. Box 7946; Madison, WI 53707-7946)



Please use only one application method. Application materials are also available at:
http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/asd/joboprs.htm


Materials will be reviewed and the names of those persons meeting the requirements will be placed on the employment register. 
 

Questions regarding the examination can be directed to Nikki Brown-Huss at (608) 266-7757 or NABJobs@dwd.wisconsin.gov.  If you encounter technical issues or need assistance using the system, please contact the Office of State Employment Relations at wiscjobs@wisconsin.gov or 608-267-1012.

DWD is an equal opportunity employer.  Women, persons with disabilities and persons from racial or ethnic minority groups are encouraged to apply.

 

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