DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC SECURITY
Your Partner For A Stronger Arizona
Rehabilitation Counselor for the Deaf
Division of Employment and Rehabilitation Services
125 E. Elliot Rd.
Chandler, Arizona 85225
Would you like to be part of an amazing culture that helps Arizonans reach their full potential through temporary assistance? The Arizona Department of Economic Security is looking for individuals that are committed to service, community, and teamwork.
Why Should You Apply?
We offer a competitive benefits package that is unmatched by the private sector and a culture that encourages team success and advocates for personal advancement.
- Affordable Health, Dental and Vision
- 10 holidays per year
- Paid Vacation and Sick time off - start earning it your 1st day
- Life and Disability Insurance
- Contribute to, and participate in the Arizona State Retirement System
- Ride Share and Public Transit Subsidy
- Career Advancement Opportunities
- Tuition reimbursement
Please contact us at (602) 542-0081 to start your career today or apply through azstatejobs.azdoa.gov. Requests for accommodations can be made by calling this number or by clicking this link to access the ADA Job Board.
The Department of Economic Security is seeking an experienced and highly motivated individual to join our team as a Rehabilitation Counselor for the Deaf. We are seeking an experienced individual to join our team as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor. This position will report to the Supervisor/Program Manager and provide vocational rehabilitation counseling and guidance to individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing and or have a combined vision and hearing loss independent of or including other disabilities to address impediments to employment and gain the skills to enter or retain employment.
Based on your qualifications, you will be placed in one of following tiers:
- Entry Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor/ RCD
Bachelor's degree in a field of study reasonably related to rehabilitation counseling or another field that reasonably prepares individuals to work with individuals with disabilities and employers and two years of experience working with individuals with disabilities.
- Intermediate Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor/ RCD
Master's degree in a field of study closely related to rehabilitation counseling and one year of experience working with individuals with disabilities
Senior Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor/ RCD
Meets Intermediate credential requirements plus has a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) certification
Annual salary is commensurate with education and qualifications, ranging from $42,000.00 to $48,000.00
Entry Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
- Introduces clients to the vocational rehabilitation program including program eligibility criteria and client's right and responsibilities.
- Reviews client's medical and/or psychological information to identify employment needs and goals as well as available services and resources.
- Provides vocational counseling, career exploration, and labor market exploration to determine suitable employment goals.
- Meets with clients on one on one basis to problem solve and establish or modify an Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE)
- Provides case management and maintains regular contact with clients, service providers, and collaborative programs, and assess services and IPE progress.
- Manages fiscal resources including authorizing, reviewing, and payment of services.
Intermediate Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
Same duties as listed above and the following duties:
- Provides case management to clients with complex needs and goals
- Serves as program liaison for specialized groups
- Provides guidance to Entry Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors
- Senior Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
Same duties listed above and the following duties:
- May serve as back up to the Rehabilitation Supervisor
- Provides case management to clients with highly complexity level
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Knowledge of Federal and State laws, statutes, rules, regulations pertaining to vocational rehabilitation services.
- At least one year of case management experience.
- Experience working with individuals with disabilities.
- Broad knowledge of physical, mental, and cognitive disabilities.
- Familiar with referral and community resources.
- Understands computer access technology and assistive aids & devices.
- Knowledge of occupational opportunities and labor market trends.
- Ability to motivate clients in achieving goals.
- Effective oral and written communication.
- Strong time management skills.
- Resourceful and problem solver.
- Excellent interpersonal skills.
Licenses and Certifications:
- Arizona Level 1 Clearance Card
- If the position is required to drive on state business, the position will require the possession of and ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver's license appropriate tot the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver's license record checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12).
- Be subject to a search of Child Protective Services Central Registry
- Must demonstrate a minimum of an intermediate proficiency in American Sign Language (ASL) as evidenced by any of the following credentials: Registry of Interpreters for the deaf (RID): Certificate of Interpretation (CI), Certificate of Transliteration (CT), Comprehensive Skills Certificate (CSC), Interpreter Certification (IC), Transliteration Certificate (TC); SC:L (Specialty Certification: Legal); NIC (National Interpreter Certification) or any RID accreditation that is acceptable for state licensure; Board for Evaluation of Interpreters (BEI): Basic; Advanced, Master, Court Interpreter Certificate; Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA): a score of 3.5 or higher; Sign Communication Proficiency Interview (SCPI) rating of INTERMEDIATE or above; or be a native ASL user. If none of these credentials are documented, the candidate will be required to have their communications evaluated by a certified ASL interpreter as part of the interview process.
- Successfully complete the Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify), applicable to all newly hired state employees
- Successfully pass background and reference checks; employment is contingent upon completion of the above-mentioned process and the agency's ability to reasonably accommodate any restrictions.
All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress. Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results. State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.
Equal Opportunity Employer/Program Ÿ Under Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI and VII), and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) of 2008; the Department prohibits discrimination in admissions, programs, services, activities, or employment based on race, color, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetics and retaliation. To request this document in alternative format or for further information about this policy, contact your local office; TTY/TDD Services: 7-1-1. ŸFree language assistance for DES services is available upon request.
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