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VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION SPECIALIST I/II

Recruitment #21-005165-0026

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 -- ASTD Grade 12
VR Specialist II -- ASTD Grade 13

LOCATION OF POSITION

2301 Argonne Drive

Baltimore, Maryland  21218

Main Purpose of Job

This is a contractual position responsible for planning, implementing, and coordinating employment services for individuals being served at the Workforce & Technology Center. This position works in partnership with the local business community to develop job opportunities, and provides job placement and coordinates job supports, as needed, to promote successful worksite integration, and assists consumers in obtaining and maintaining employment. This position also works as a member of an interdisciplinary team to ensure the delivery of comprehensive services and to ensure the application of federal and state laws, regulations and Division policy in the provision of job placement services that will result in individuals with disabilities obtaining and maintaining gainful employment consistent with their skills, capacities, and vocational choices as defined within their developed Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE).

POSITION DUTIES

Place individuals into employment and provide support services. Perform job development and job placement activities for DORS consumers who have graduated from WTC Training Programs and support employment services to other regions as needed; provide job seeking skills training; consult on job readiness and placement issues, labor market trends, ADA and accommodation issues for DORS staff and consumers; interface with businesses throughout the state to develop employment, internship and on-the-job training opportunities and to provide information and technical assistance on employment of individuals with disabilities; assist in staff training on job development/placement and labor market issues; maintain liaison with organizations and committees concerned with employment; give presentations as needed related to employment; maintain files on businesses, job ready consumers, and job orders; document consumer contact and job placement activities.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education: Possession of a Bachelor's Degree.

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.

DESIRED OR PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

       Experience in the VR and/or Human Services - related field.

       Experience with providing career counseling and case management.

       Professional experience working with Individuals with disabilities.

       Experience with preparing others for employment, using job seeking tools and resources.

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 #21-005165-0026. The Application must clearly demonstrate that the applicant meets the prerequisite Minimum Qualifications for the position. Please do not put "See Resume" in the job duties section of your application; your application will not be considered. 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 410-554-9394. 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. Applicants must consent to State Police Investigation (fingerprinting) as a routine procedure for all employees with this Agency.  

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As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity. People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.