[Missouri-l] [Jobs] Job opening in Omaha Nebraska
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VISUALLY IMPAIRED REHABILITATION COUNSELOR I/II
Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Apply in person at Nebraska State Personnel or at
Instructions for completing application:
1. Click on the âTodayâs Jobsâ button
2. In the search box towards the bottom of the page, type in the
word blind and it will bring up the announcement.
3. Click on Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor in the
âpositionâ box, towards the bottom of the page and youâll
be taken to the announcement and can apply from there.
Salary: Commensurate with education
$ 2,581.97/month Counselor I â Bachelorâs Degree
$ 2,983.58/month Counselor II â Masterâs Degree
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
Closing Date: September 1, 2010
DESCRIPTION: Performs routine vocational counseling and guidance
relevant to an individual's overall adjustment to blindness.
Provides job placement in the rehabilitation of blind/visually
impaired individuals. Performs related work as required.
EXAMPLES OF WORK: (A position may not be assigned all the duties
listed, nor do the listed examples include all the duties that
may be assigned.)
Describe the availability of services to new referrals and
gathers information as needed to complete applications for
services. Refers blind consumers to services offered by other
agencies or organizations as appropriate.
Determine eligibility for services based on the applicant's
unique strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities,
capabilities, interests, and informed choice. Gathers medical
information as needed for documentation of blindness or visual
Develop an individualized plan for employment in conjunction with
consumers designed to empower blind individuals to maximize
employment, economic selfâsufficiency, independence, and full
participation in society. Develop an individualized plan for
independent living in conjunction with consumers with independent
living rather than vocational goals designed to maximize their
ability to participate fully in their home communities.
Counsel clients in their overall adjustment to blindness with
particular emphasis on achieving a positive understanding of
blindness based on the belief that blind people are capable of
full participation in society using the alternative skills of
blindness. Promotes opportunities for blind consumers to network
with and learn from positive blind role models.
Coordinate training in the alternative skills of blindness
provided by orientation counselors in the field or at the
Training Center for the Blind. Coordinate vocational training or
other services as needed in preparation for job placement or
achievement of independent living goals.
Provide career exploration, job readiness training, and job
Build trusting relationship with employers and businesses in the
Assist with special programs designed to provide concentrated
training and socialization opportunities for blind consumers in a
small group setting.
Provide follow-up services for clients in all aspects of
vocational adjustment including working with family members.
Monitor progress towards the achievement of personal goals
specified in individual service plans and maintain documentation
of all activities and services provided in case service records
in compliance with federal and state regulations.
Collaborate with public and private schools, institutions of
higher education, health care providers, human service agencies,
consumer groups and organizations, and other relevant community
resources on behalf of blind consumers.
Conduct presentations for the general public and interested
groups designed to promote greater awareness and understanding of
blindness and the capabilities of blind people.
Participate in in-service training conferences, workshops,
courses, and meetings related to rehabilitation of the blind.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES, AND SKILLS REQUIRED (these
may be acquired on the job and are needed to perform the work
Knowledge and understanding of the agency's philosophy of working
with the blind, various educational modalities as they pertain to
the rehabilitation of blind individuals (i.e., Braille, cane
travel, assistive technology, etc.); understanding of problems
arising from blindness, counseling techniques used in the
rehabilitation of the blind and ability to apply techniques in
proper situations; skill in evaluating each client's needs and
the subsequent preparation and implementation of instructional
programs to answer these needs; ability to organize and
coordinate various ongoing instructional programs, effectively
evaluate the results of instructional programs, and revise such
programs as warranted; and establish a strong working rapport
with clients, general public and other service agencies. Minimal
computer skills required.
ENTRY KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES, AND SKILLS REQUIRED (These skills may
be acquired through, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO, the following
coursework/training and/or experience.):
Bachelor's degree in a behavioral science or related field.
Preference will be given to candidates with a Master's degree in
an appropriate discipline.
SPECIAL NOTE: Successful candidates for employment must be able
to satisfactorily pass an extensive criminal background check and
driverâs license screening. All new hires will complete 600
hours of immersion training in Lincoln, at NCBVI expense, at the
Nebraska Center for the Blind to learn the alternative skills of
blindness (cane travel, Braille, assistive technology, activities
of daily living, etc.); those completing the training will be
certified as Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors for the blind.
Work is performed under the direct supervision of a district or
unit supervisor. Field assignments and travel are involved in
Fatos Floyd, CRC, CVRCB
Director, Nebraska Center for the Blind
Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Empowering blind individuals,
and building belief in the blind.
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