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Cowlitz Indian Tribe

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor



Title:  Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
Schedule: Monday through Friday 8 am to 5 pm  
Location: Longview, WA
Classification:  Full-time (40 hours)
Opening Date:  January 11, 2022
Salary Range: $21.00 to $25.00 per hour DOE
Closing Date: Open Until Filled  

Position Summary: Provides eligible Native Americans and Alaskan Natives with Vocational Rehabilitation services which are consistent with their individual strengths, resources, and abilities so that they may prepare for or engage in gainful employment. Assists in plan development, determines eligibility of VR customers, and networks with professional colleagues staying current on community resources available to VR customers.

***If you are an American Indian/Alaska Native or a Veteran and would like this status to have preference in hiring, please note this on your cover letter and/or resume***

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

1. Conducts initial overview of the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Program. Describes eligibility requirements and program benefits. Conducts interviews with potential VR consumers. Provides intake paperwork and obtains required signatures.
2. Collects all required documentation and determines eligibility for each applicant.
3. Works collaboratively with clients to develop an Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) and Portfolio.
4. Conducts or provides referrals for assessments and evaluations to determine appropriate VR services.
5. Works Holistically toward empowering individuals with disabilities by maximizing their employment opportunities, economic self-sufficiency, independence, inclusion and integration into society.
6. Assists each person in becoming an active participant in the rehabilitation program by providing meaningful and informed choices about the selection of a vocational goal and other rehabilitation services.
7. Perform case management and Data Base duties.
8. Maintain current and correct files and update file information as required.
9. Develops knowledge of community resources, including colleges and network assistance, to assist participants and obtain comparable services.
10. Upon approval, purchases services and goods for VR customers as needed, maintaining fiscal guidelines
11. Provides information and outreach health/mental health care providers to identify potential VR consumers and to make referrals to the Program
12. Coordinates the delivery of programs with the WA State Department of Vocational and Rehabilitation services and other social service agencies to maximize the availability of services to consumers in an efficient, professional, and timely manner.
13. Maintains a data system to identify and follow-up on individual and family participants.
14. Works with schools to promote transition of students with disabilities from school to vocational training, employment and adult education opportunities.
15. Makes presentations to service providers, schools, hospitals, employers and private service organizations and clubs.
16. Maintains client statistics and submits activity reports. Assist with conducting audits for effectiveness and contract compliance.
17. Informs and consults frequently with the VR Program Manager regarding program activities, issues and concerns.
18. Conducts outreach to Employers for collaboration regarding placement and/or Work Experience opportunities.
19. Works well independently and as a team.
20. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

• Must have a valid WA State driver's license and provide proof of insurance.
• Obtain and maintain a variety of required training.
• Participates in training and professional development activities.
• Possess knowledge of federal and state laws, rules and regulations governing Vocational Rehabilitation under AAC54.600-630, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended in 1992 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990.
• Knowledge of Vocational Rehabilitation counseling techniques, and practices.
• Ability to learn technical aspects of rehabilitation program service delivery, evaluate aptitudes, skills, interest and educational situations.
• Familiar with Native American culture; and the availability of resources from Tribal and community agencies.
• Maintains client confidentiality, knowledge of HIPAA
• Telephone and computer skills.
• Ability to operate general office equipment.
• Professional work ethics, manner and appearance.
• Ability to communicate orally and in writing.
• Works cooperatively within office, Tribe and other agencies as needed.
• Must be punctual and dependable in regular attendance.
• Analytical Requirements: Assignments frequently involve decisions based on a wide knowledge of many factors where application of advanced or technical concepts are predominantly used.
• Decisions and Judgment: Exercises judgment and problem solving to determine eligibility for services and seek out similar benefits through other community resources.
• Ability to make public presentations.
• Conduct Home Visits as needed.

Education and Minimum Qualifications:
Minimum:  B.A. or Three (3) years of experience in Social Services
Preferred: Masters
Field of Study: Vocational Rehabilitation or Social Science/Services
Minimum: Two to Five years.
Preferred: Five plus years.

• This position requires qualified applicants to be fully vaccinated including COVID-19 vaccines on their first day of employment.
• Must submit to and pass a criminal background check and drug screen

***If you are an American Indian/Alaska Native or a Veteran and would like this status to have preference in hiring, please note this on your cover letter and/or resume***

Please mail or email resume and cover letter to:

Human Resources Department
Cowlitz Indian Tribe
P.O. Box 2547
Longview, WA 98632
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The Cowlitz Indian Tribe is a Drug & Alcohol-Free workplace. - Potential candidates must submit and pass drug screening and a criminal background check. The Cowlitz Indian tribe is an Equal Opportunity Employer, except as provided by Title 25 CFR, Section 472 which allows for Indian preference in hiring, the Cowlitz Indian Tribe does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, sex, national origin, physical handicap, marital status, politics, or membership or non-membership in an employee organization.

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