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Position Information
Working Title:  Rehabilitation Counselor / Rehabilitation Counselor Trainee - RCD Role
Title:  Counselor II - 49012
Job Close Date:  Open Until Filled

Job Type Detail
Definition:   Full-Time Salaried - Non-Faculty- FTS-1  
Hiring Range:  Please see notation within job description
Agency: Virginia Dept for Aging & Rehabilitative Service (262) Agency Website:
Location:  Augusta - 015  (Staunton District) Position Number:  00389  
Job Posting Number:   0081676  

Does this position have telework options? Yes
Bilingual/Multilingual Skill Requirement/Preference:  Yes, American Sign Language

Job Description:  
The Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) at the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services is currently seeking a motivated Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor RCD (Rehab Counselor for the Deaf) to provide comprehensive vocational rehabilitation services, in compliance with federal, state, and agency policy and procedures, which result in employment and enhanced independent living for persons with disabilities. Core case management services include guidance and counseling, training, physical/mental restoration, and job placement services. Caseloads consist of individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing and a general caseload of adults / students with disabilities. 

Provides case management services including guidance, counseling, training and physical/mental restoration services. Plans, develops, and implements vocationally focused service plans that identify customer goals, services and costs to help them achieve an employment outcome. Coordinates service provision to include training/vocational preparation, job placement services, job development, job seeking skills training and rehabilitation technology services. Participates in community outreach, collaborates closely with local Community Services Boards and School Districts, and serves as a liaison to other treatment providers in the community. 

The agency has the option of filling this job at the Counselor I (Trainee) level if fully qualified applicants are interviewed and not selected. The minimum salary for a Counselor I (Trainee) is $28,782. The minimum salary for a Counselor II (fully qualified) is $37,047.  This is minimum, entry level salary and may be higher based on work history.  

Minimum Qualifications Requirements:
Demonstrated knowledge of the social, economic, medical, vocational and emotional issues impacting persons with disabilities; interviewing, evaluation, and counseling techniques; methods and tools for career counseling; ADA compliance; fluency in American Sign Language; extensive knowledge and understanding of the communication, cultural and psychp-social needs of persons who are deaf and hard of hearing; working knowledge of Windows based software; and demonstrated ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with community resources and individuals from diverse environments. 

Master's Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling or closely related field or current CRC credential are required of fully qualified Counselor II candidates. To be considered as a Counselor I (Trainee), individuals must have a Bachelor's degree in a human services or related field and applicable work experience. An individual hired as a Counselor Trainee will be required to sign a Conditions of Employment and must enroll within six months of being hired in an academic program to obtain a Master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling or a closely related field. Successful candidate must pass criminal background investigation. College transcripts must accompany application and must display the date the degree (Master's or Bachelor's) was awarded.  

Preferred Qualifications:
Special Requirements - This is a sensitive position, and the successful candidate will be fingerprinted, and a background investigation will be conducted. 

Transcripts, copy of current CRC credential or documentation of CRC eligibility MUST accompany the application. Please note that transcripts MUST display the date that the degree was awarded.  

Special Instructions to Applicants The Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services ONLY accepts and reviews FULLY completed online state applications for all employment opportunities. 

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 804-726-1919 for assistance. Minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. EEO/AA/TTY. 

To learn more about the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) Certification and or eligibility requirements, please visit the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) website at:
Optional Applicant Documents Other Document Required Applicant Documents Transcript  

Contact Information: 
Name Human Resource Services
Phone 804-726-1919
Fax 804-662-7662
Address: Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services
8004 Franklin Farms Drive
Henrico, VA 23229  




Interpreting in the Vocational Rehabilitation Setting  

~ a free upcoming online training opportunity ~ 

A collaboration between NCIEC and pepnet 2

Dates: May 19 - June 29, 2014


This introductory course (QuickClass) is designed for interpreters who are interested in learning more about working in the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) settings. Participants in this class will be introduced to VR as a system, explore the factors that make the system unique, meet the different professionals and consumers in VR, and address the particular ethical dilemmas that this setting poses. Participants will discuss the rewards of working in the VR system and learn more about the resources and supports that are available. Participants will be given an opportunity to assess their own suitability and attitudinal aptitude for working in this interesting and diverse environment.

Facilitators: Kathy Schwabeland and Lisa Caringer of pepnet 2

Location: Online, asynchronous

Cost: Free

Pre-requisites: Participants must have worked a minimum of six months as professional interpreters.  Experienced interpreters who have NOT worked in a vocational rehabilitation setting are also welcome.

Time Commitment & Requirements: You are not required to be online at any specific time but you will have weekly deadlines to turn in work.  The anticipated time commitment, for these six-week courses, is a minimum of 5 hours per week.


Credit Available: Pre-approved for CRCC (Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification) CEs and RID (Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf) CEUs.
Register: Limited slots available.
For more information:
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