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VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION SPECIALIST I/II

Recruitment #21-005165-0002

Introduction



The Maryland State Department of Education is dedicated to supporting a world-class educational system that prepares all students for college and career success in the 21st century. With excellent stewardship from our divisions, we oversee State and federal programs that support the needs of a diverse population – students, teachers, principals, and other educators throughout Maryland.

GRADE

VR Specialist I -- State Salary Grade 12

VR Specialist II -- State Salary Grade 13

LOCATION OF POSITION

16 West Washington Street

Hagerstown, MD  21740

Main Purpose of Job

To ensure the application of federal and state laws, regulations and Division policy in determining the eligibility of individuals with disabilities for vocational rehabilitation and Independent Living Older Blind services and to plan and implement vocational rehabilitation and Independent Living services to assist those individuals to maintain, prepare for and obtain gainful employment or independent living consistent with their skills, capacities and vocational and independent living choices within a reasonable period of time as defined within Individualized Plans for Employment or Independence.

POSITION DUTIES

Provides individual instruction to clients in the community and/or at the worksite to increase communication skills, the use of visual aids, daily living activities, and mobility skills for individuals with visual impairments; evaluates clients and client data to determine eligibility for services; manages a caseload of clients receiving independent living and/or vocational rehabilitation services from vendors and community organizations; attends and participates in staff development seminars and meetings.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

EDUCATION:

Bachelor’s Degree in from an accredited college or university.  

EXPERIENCE:

Level I – Professional experience in a behavioral or social science related field is preferred. 

Level II – Two years of professional experience in a behavioral or social science related field is required; a Master’s Degree in a Behavioral or Social Science related field may be substituted for one year of the required experience.    

Experience providing teaching services for the Blind preferred.

DESIRED OR PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Knowledge of: principles, procedures and regulations involved in providing rehabilitation teaching services; professional counseling, interviewing, and evaluation procedures; relationship between functional limitations presented by disabilities and independent living/employment goals; social and economic structure of the community organizations, and groups providing services and information for people with disabilities; ability to: communicate effectively; position effectively plan and organize assigned work and meet established performance standards; coordinate and deliver multidisciplinary services required to support rehabilitation programs; analyze and interpret complex and varied medical, psychological, and vocational reports; skill in adaptive and assistive technologies; establish and maintain appropriate relationships with clients, employers, representatives of public and private organizations, providers of rehabilitation services, general public, and government officials.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must consent to State Police Investigation (fingerprinting) as a routine procedure for all employees in this classification.  

BENEFITS

Contractual employees who work for an agency covered under the State Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits Program, have a current employment contract and work 30 or more hours a week (or on average 130 hours per month) may be eligible for subsidized health benefits coverage for themselves and their dependents. As a contractual employee, you will be responsible for paying 25% of the premiums for your medical and prescription coverage, including any eligible dependents you have enrolled. The State of Maryland will subsidize the remaining 75% of the cost for these benefits. You can also elect to enroll in dental coverage, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, and life insurance, but will be responsible to pay the full premium for these benefits.

Leave may be granted to a contractual employee who has worked 120 days in a 12 month period. This leave accrues at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked, not to exceed 40 hours per calendar year.

FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS

Applicants must complete the MD State Government on-line application for employment recruitment #21-005165-0002. The Application must clearly demonstrate that the applicant meets the prerequisite Minimum Qualifications for the position. Paper applications can be completed and faxed to 410-554-9397 or mailed to DORS Human Resource Department at 2301 Argonne Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218. To obtain a paper application visit our website dors.maryland.gov or marylandpublicschools.org. TDD (410) 554-9399. Inquiries can be made to 410-554-9424. Appropriate accommodations can be made for individuals with disabilities.

If you have difficulty with your user account or have general questions about this online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division at 410-767-4850. Proof of eligibility to work in compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act, and travel throughout the State are required.  Any misrepresentation of academic or experience requirements for this position may result in non-selection or termination of employment. TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay As an equal opportunity employer Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity.

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country, and encourage them to apply.  



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