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Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

South Dakota State Government
Full Time
Yankton, SD
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Job ID: 19181 Agency: Department of Human Services - Division of Rehabilitation Services Salary: $21.90 or $23.88 per hour, depending on qualifications Pay Grade: GH or GI Closing Date: 05/25/2022

This is a Full-Time 40 Hours Weekly position with the Department of Human Services. For more information on the Department of Human Services, please visit https://dhs.sd.gov/.

The Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor is a key position in the operations of the Yankton Vocational Rehabilitation Office. This position works with individuals with disabilities who need assistance in obtaining or maintaining employment. Vocational Rehabilitation is a successful State and Federal funded program in assisting individuals with disabilities to obtain employment and be self-supporting. The Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor will manage a caseload of approximately 70 individuals. Key job functions consist of making eligibility decisions, developing employment plans, approving services, and providing vocational rehabilitation counseling. Qualifications of the successful applicant will determine the classification level assigned. Wage will be set depending on qualifications. To be eligible to be hired at the Senior Rehabilitation Counselor level, the applicant must be a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC). Travel will be required to deliver services in the assigned territory. This position is typically 8 hours a day, Monday thru Friday.

The Ideal Candidate Will Have:

The candidate must have, at a minimum, a baccalaureate degree in a field of study reasonably related to vocational rehabilitation or human service field of people. The ideal candidate will also have experience and understanding of service options for people with disabilities.

Knowledge of:

  • social, economic, vocational, physical, and emotional issues impacting individuals with disabilities;
  • effective techniques for working with people who have a variety of disabilities and want to enter the workforce;
  • cultural awareness and understanding in working with diverse backgrounds;
  • disability assessments and their applications;
  • technology, including assistive technology and accommodations for individuals with disabilities in employment and
  • independent living settings;
  • employment opportunities, the job-seeking process, and personnel practices that lead to obtaining employment;
  • medical aspects of disabilities and related services;
  • job analysis, job modification, and rehabilitation engineering; and
  • services and resources available in the community for individuals with disabilities.

Skills to:

  • prepare and deliver clear, informative reports containing findings, conclusions, and recommendations;
  • effectively communicate with people with disabilities in a way they can understand the information being provided;
  • effectively manage a full caseload of clients in an independent, orderly and timely manner;
  • work effectively and professionally with businesses, service providers, service organizations, employees, and clients;
  • work effectively with individuals of all ages; and
  • develop positive relationships with public and private service agencies.

Ability to:

  • understand and interpret medical, psychological, academic, and vocational reports for the purpose of determining eligibility and formulating vocational objectives;
  • establish and maintain effective working relationships with individuals with disabilities, family members, and various professionals;
  • maintain composure in stressful situations and constructively resolve any conflict;
  • learn counseling theories and techniques used in the vocational rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities;
  • analyze and integrate occupational and labor market data in a given geographical area;
  • read and interpret laws, rules, and regulations affecting individuals with disabilities, and apply them to specific situations;
  • develop, organize, and maintain a referral network to refer individuals with disabilities to appropriate services and other resources;
  • integrate services such as assistive technology, supported employment, job analysis, work incentives, Social Security programs, independent living, and alternative forms of communication;
  • understand and work effectively with individuals who have physical or mental disabilities;
  • interview and counsel individuals with disabilities;
  • collaborate with community resources in the development of employment planning;
  • use a computerized case management and filing system.


NCRC: If you possess a National Career Readiness Certificate, please submit the certificate with your application. For more information on how to acquire a National Career Readiness Certificate contact a South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation Job Service Office. A certificate is not necessary to be considered.

The State of South Dakota does not sponsor work visas for new or existing employees. All persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and complete an Employment Eligibility Verification, Form I-9. The State of South Dakota as an employer will be using E-Verify to complete employment eligibility verification upon hire.

The State of South Dakota offers employer paid health insurance plus eleven paid holidays, generous vacation and sick leave accrual, dental, vision, and other insurance options, and retirement benefits. You can view our benefits information at https://bhr.sd.gov/job-seekers/work-for-state-government/. This position is a member of Class A retirement under SDRS.

Must apply online: https://sodakprod-lm01.cloud.infor.com:1443/lmghr/xmlhttp/shorturl.do?key=HX3 You must apply online, emailed resumes or submissions will not be accepted.
South Dakota Bureau of Human Resources Telephone: 605.773.3148 Email: [email protected] http://bhr.sd.gov/workforus
"An Equal Opportunity Employer"

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