48004557-51191433-20161017133007 Agency Name: Education


Working Title: SENIOR VOCATIONAL REHAB COUNSELORBroadband/Class Code: 21-1015-03Position Number: 48004557-51191433Annual Salary Range: $34,087.44 - 45,213.72Announcement Type: Open CompetitiveCity: ORLANDOFacility: Pay Grade/ Pay Band: BB007Closing Date: 11/1/2016

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Senior Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

Position Number: 48004557

Minimum Hiring Salary: $2,840.62 Monthly

Our Mission is "to help people with disabilities find and maintain employment and enhance their independence." Our Vision is "to become the first place people with disabilities turn when seeking employment and a top resource for employers in need of qualified employees."


**Anticipated Vacancy

This Advertisement may be used to fill current and future vacancies for up to 6 months.

Minimum Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree:

Attainment of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a field of study reasonably related to vocational rehabilitation, to indicate a level of competency and skill demonstrating basic preparation in a field of study such as:

  • vocational rehabilitation counseling

  • social work

  • psychology

  • disability studies

  • business administration

  • human resources

  • special education

  • supported employment

  • customized employment

  • economics

  • another field that reasonable prepares individuals to work with consumers and employers

Years of Experience: For each year of work experience required in the qualifications, an applicant shall have 12 month of full-time work experience to receive credit for an entire year.

Bachelor’s degree plus not less than 2 years of paid or unpaid experience consisting of:

  • direct work with individuals with disabilities in a setting such as an independent living center

  • direct service for advocacy activities that provide such individual with experience and skills in working with individuals with disabilities

  • direct experience as an employer

  • direct experience as small business owner or operator

  • direct experience in self employment

  • experience in human resources

  • experience in recruitment

  • experience in supervising employees

  • experience in training

  • experience in other activities that provide experience in competitive integrated employment environments

Advance degree:

Attainment of a master’s or doctoral degree from an accredited college or university in field of study such as:

  • vocational rehabilitation counseling

  • law

  • social work

  • psychology

  • disability studies

  • business administration

  • human resources

  • special education

  • management

  • public administration

  • another field that reasonably provides confidence in:

  • the employment sector

  • in a disability field

  • or in both business-related and rehabilitation-related fields

Years of Experience: Master’s degree plus not less than 1 year of paid or unpaid experience.

For each year of work experience required in the qualifications, an applicant shall have 12 months of full-time work experience to receive credit for an entire year.

Job Description:

This is independent professional counseling work providing vocational rehabilitation services to eligible disabled individuals to attain employment; and providing technical assistance to vocational rehabilitation counselors.

This position is responsible for providing independent professional vocational rehabilitation counseling to individuals with a diversity of disabilities in order that they may attain employment; providing and coordinating complex services; and providing technical assistance on vocational rehabilitation issues to internal and external customers. The incumbent of this position will access client information, maintain case records, produce correspondence, and perform other automated functions within the scope of the position’s responsibilities.

Assesses medical, psychological, and vocational information to determine eligibility for services. Provides technical assistance to internal and external customers. Develops and implements with full participation of the customer with a disability, an Individual Plan for Employment to determine employment outcomes.

Provides professional vocational rehabilitation counseling to individuals with a diversity of disabilities who require complex vocational rehabilitation strategies in order that they may attain appropriate employment outcomes. Provides information to assist individuals with disabilities in making informed choices regarding services, service providers and employment outcomes.

Authorizes, coordinates and/or negotiates services leading to successful employment outcomes. Negotiates with individuals with disabilities regarding plan development.

Devises job placement opportunities through job placement activities, including job analysis, job development, and labor market information to assist individuals with disabilities to obtain appropriate employment outcomes. Develops employer contacts and serves as liaison with employers. Utilizes the resources of community rehabilitation providers in securing appropriate job placement for eligible individuals with disabilities. Coordinates or collaborates with others in other placement activities. Provides technical assistance to internal and external customers.

Conducts in-depth interviews of individuals with disabilities regarding complex rehabilitation strategies to determine eligibility for vocational rehabilitation services and the feasibility for achieving a vocational goal.

Manages resources to ensure financial accountability according to state and federal regulations and policies.

Collaborates with community partners to assure appropriate use of available resources.

Provides technical assistance and specialized training to internal customers. Participates in training experiences designed to enhance professional competency in vocational rehabilitation.

Performs other duties as required.

Attendance is an essential function of this position.

Employee must be productive under tight time frames, balance multiple and competing priorities and maintain goal-directed behavior and performance sometimes under stressful conditions; employee must interact courteously with others; employee’s performance and behavior must demonstrate consideration of the workload concerns of others and must not negatively affect productivity and morale of the unit.


  • Knowledge of the theories and practices in vocational rehabilitation guidance and counseling; interviewing techniques; medical and psychological aspects of disability groups; principles and techniques of effective communication; employment resources and vocational rehabilitation resources; and, methods of compiling, organizing and analyzing data.

  • Ability to compile, organize and analyze medical, vocational and psychological data; administer tests and analyze results; provide counseling and guidance in the area of career planning; develop individual vocational rehabilitation programs and place clients in appropriate vocation; communicate effectively; and, establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.

  • Ability to use and analyze information from the management information system.

  • Ability to interpret state and federal vocational rehabilitation regulations and policies.

  • Ability to devise employment strategies for individuals with disabilities.

  • Ability to use automated systems.

  • Skill in the development and use of community resources and comparable benefits.

*Information contained in responses to Qualifying Questions concerning education, experience, knowledge, skills and/or abilities must also be disclosed on the State of Florida Employment Application. *


  • State of Florida Retirement – 3% Employee Contribution Required

  • 10 Paid Holiday's annually

  • 104 Hours of Paid Annual Leave annually

  • 104 Hours of Paid Sick Leave annually

  • Health Insurance for Individual of Family Coverage – State pays 80% of premium

  • Life Insurance – State pays premium for 425,000 basic term life insurance for full time employee

  • Additional supplemental insurances available such as dental, vision, etc.

  • Tax Deferred Medical and Child Care Reimbursement Accounts available.

Benefits information can be found on the following websites:


  • Insurance Benefits:

  • Deferred Compensation:

  • Pretax Benefits: (see link on next line)

  • Retirement Benefits:

Background Screening Requirement:

It is the policy of the Florida Department of Education that applicants for employment undergo level 2 employment screening in accordance with the requirement of Chapter 435, Florida Statutes, as a condition of employment of being permitted to serve as a volunteer.

All applicants for employment or to volunteer who are selected for an interview will be provided with the Consent to Background Screening form for level 2 screening, the Affidavit of Good Moral Character, and the Notice of Rights. The leading candidate for employment or to volunteer will be required to execute the Consent form and Affidavit, report to a designated location, and submit fingerprints for level 2 screening.

No applicant for a designated position will be employed or permitted to volunteer until the level 2 screening results are received, reviewed, and approved by the Department.

Level 2 background screening shall include, but not be limited to, fingerprinting for statewide criminal and juvenile records checks through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and federal criminal records checks through the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and may include local criminal records checks through local law enforcement agencies.

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or the People First Service Center (1-877-562-7287). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455.F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.


To obtain revised and updated information on Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements, clickhere. Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, applicants eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply. However, applicants claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each application submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code. All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. Applicants may also fax their supporting documentation to People First at 1-888-403-2110.

If you wish to submit a resume with your application, please attach when applying for this vacancy. Applicants may also fax their resume to the People First Service Center at 1-888-403-2110, or mail it to People First Staffing Administration, PO Box 6850, Tallahassee, FL 32314. Be sure to include the Requisition ID number48004557for this specific vacancy on each page of your resume.