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Mental Health Specialty Qualified Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor - New Bedford

Company: State of Massachusetts
Location: New Bedford
Posted on: May 13, 2019

Job Description:

The Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) and the Department of Mental Health (DMH) are seeking to improve competitive employment outcomes for individuals who are shared consumers of DMH and MRC through the development of a robust vocational rehabilitation network of services, supports, counseling and guidance. The purpose of this program is for MRC to provide appropriate, individualized, vocational rehabilitation services and supports for DMH consumers enrolled in DMH's Adult Clinical Community Service (ACCS), with the ultimate goal of competitive, integrated employment.MRC Mental Health Qualified Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors (VRCs) will work with job seekers to explore their interests, assess their needs, and determine the best pathway to ensure successful integrated competitive employment. MRC will provide an array of comprehensive and coordinated employment supports, including procuring services from the provider community to assist job seekers with achieving their employment goals as part of an overall career pathway.Employees in this position will lead and facilitate an Integrated Resource Team (IRT) approach to meet the needs of an individual job seeker. The IRT model utilizes a combined team approach, maximizing wrap around services to support the job seeker with ongoing partnerships and communication.The work of VRCs is community-based. VRCs will meet with job seekers in a variety of settings that could include, but are not limited to, community programs, DMH offices, MRC offices, and other community settings.This position is located in the South region, is affiliated with the Fall River and New Bedford offices, and will have New Bedford as the home officeDuties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary and not all inclusive):* Fosters an "informed choice" model of professional vocational counseling for individuals with persistent mental health/behavioral health conditions and/or co-occurring disorders who are receiving services from DMH.* Incorporates ongoing engagement strategies within the VR system while providing on-going supports to facilitate completion of activities outlined in the Individualized Plan for Employment.* Determines eligibility for vocational rehabilitation services under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014.* Administers functional capacity assessments, interest tests, aptitude tests, transferable skills analysis and other vocational assessments and shares information with job seeker and others as authorized by the job seeker.* Reviews and analyzes diagnostic information through tests, records, interviews, and observations.* Leads and facilities the collaborated team to develop, implement, and monitor Individualized Plans for Employment in a manner that allows eligible job seekers the opportunity to exercise informed choice in employment outcomes.* Recommends the purchase of services, equipment, and materials including Assistive Technology.* Facilitates services and skills training in individual and group settings.* Provides opportunities for job seekers to select service providers or MRC placement team to deliver job development, placement, and retention assistance.* Partners with public and private organizations including, but not limited to, other agency staff, employers, community rehabilitation providers, state agencies, workforce partners, and schools to promote and market agency programs, collaborate, and coordinate in the delivery of consumer supports and services.Preferred Qualifications:* Knowledge of counseling and job placement of persons with vocational/occupational barriers, including physical, emotional, psychological and intellectual disabilities;* Familiarity with utilizing psychological tests and other evaluative techniques;* Commitment to lifelong learning in relationship to their own professional development;* Outstanding organizational, written and oral communications skills; attention to detail;* Capacity to gather, analyze, and evaluate significant case information pertinent to rehabilitation of an individual;* Ability to serve as a mentor and provide guidance to others;* Proficient usage of Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel and Outlook; prior use of client database systems.About the Agency:The Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) promotes equality, empowerment and independence of individuals with disabilities. These goals are achieved through enhancing and encouraging personal choice and the right to succeed or fail in the pursuit of independence and employment in the community. The MRC provides comprehensive services to people with disabilities that maximize their quality of life and economic self-sufficiency in the community.Total Compensation:As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, you are offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of services to the diverse populations we serve - but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider towards your overall compensation, including:* 75% state paid medical insurance premium* Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans* Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs* Low cost basic and optional life insurance* Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan* 11 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time* Tuition Benefit for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities* Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options* Incentive-based Wellness Programs* Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities* Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness ProgramPre-Offer Process:A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit http://www.mass.gov/hhs/cori.Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division's Hiring Guidelines.Education and license/certification information provided the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records law and may be published on the Commonwealth's website.For questions regarding this requisition, please contact DCS Central Office Human Resources at 1 (800) 393-9324.Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume for the Mental Health Specialty Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Requisition.First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS:Applicants must have at least (A) Master's degree or higher in Rehabilitation Counseling from a Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) accredited university program, or a certification as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) by the Commission of Rehabilitation Counselor Certification or licensure as a Licensed Rehabilitation Counselor and (B) two (2) years of full-time or equivalent part-time experience in vocational counseling, job placement, career counseling and guidance, assessment and vocational evaluation, job development and services for employers, or (C) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.Applicants working with deaf and hard of hearing consumers must be proficient in American Sign Language (ASL) and may be required to demonstrate ASL proficiency through assessment by agency staff.Based on assignment, travel is required; incumbents who elect to use a motor vehicle for travel must have a current and valid motor vehicle driver's license at a class level specific to assignment.Substitutions:I. A Master's degree or higher in a related field such a Rehabilitation Administration/Services, Disability Studies, Vocational Assessment/Evaluation, Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Social Work, Human Services, Education, Special Education, Occupational Therapy, Counseling (Mental Health, Education, Psychology), or Substance Abuse Therapy and one (1) year of full-time or equivalent part-time experience in vocational counseling, job placement, career counseling and guidance, assessment and vocational evaluation, job development and services for employers may be substituted for the required (A) education. Relevant internship experience will be considered.An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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