Job Openings

Commonwealth of PA

01/25/2024

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THE POSITION

The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) assists Pennsylvanians with disabilities to gain the skills necessary to live and work independently in their communities.  

We are seeking a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor with a comprehensive understanding of vocational rehabilitation services to apply that knowledge in assisting individuals with disabilities to obtain gainful employment. 

If you are interested in experiencing the satisfaction of public service while enjoying professional career growth, the Department of Labor and Industry wants you to apply! 
 

DESCRIPTION OF WORK

 

As a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, you will develop and maintain referral sources to ensure potential vocational rehabilitation customers are identified for services.  You will also have the rewarding opportunity to determine and coordinate the delivery of vocational rehabilitation services to customers.

Individualized attention to detail is vital, as you will be responsible for creating appropriate vocational goals for each individual, providing counseling and guidance services, and assisting with job placement for each customer. 

 

Interested in learning more?  Additional details regarding this position can be found in the position description


Work Schedule and Additional Information: 

  • Full-time employment 

  • Work hours are 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday - Friday, with a 30-minute lunch. 

  • This position may be eligible for an alternate work schedule (AWS).

  • Telework: You may have the opportunity to work from home (telework) part-time, upon completion of the probationary period.  In order to telework, you must have a securely configured high-speed internet connection.  If you are unable to telework, you will have the option to report to the headquarters office in Norristown. 

  • Salary: Most employees will start at the beginning level of the advertised salary.

  • You will receive further communication regarding this position via email.  Check your email, including spam/junk folders, for these notices. 

 

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE, TRAINING & ELIGIBILITY

 

QUALIFICATIONS 
Minimum Experience and Training Requirements: 

  • Successful completion of the commonwealth’s Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Intern program; or 

  • A master’s degree in vocational rehabilitation, mental health, special education, social work, human services, psychology, business administration, human resources, public administration, or a closely related field; or 

  • Possession of an active Certified Rehabilitation Counselor certificate issued by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification; or 

  • Proof of approval to sit for the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) Certified Rehabilitation Counselor certification examination, provided by the CRCC, and completion of a master’s degree.

  • Applicants will be considered to have met the educational requirements once they are within 3 months of graduating with a qualifying degree. 

 

Other Requirements: 

  • You must be able to perform essential job functions. 

 

Legal Requirements: 

  • This position falls under the provisions of the Child Protective Services Law. 

  • Under the Law, a conditional offer of employment will require submission and approval of satisfactory criminal history reports including, but not limited to, PA State Police clearance, PA Child Abuse history clearance, and FBI Fingerprint clearance. 

 

How to Apply: 

  • Resumes, cover letters, and similar documents will not be reviewed, and the information contained therein will not be considered for the purposes of determining your eligibility for the position.  Information to support your eligibility for the position must be provided on the application (i.e., relevant, detailed experience/education). 

  • If you are claiming education in your answers to the supplemental application questions, you must attach a copy of your college transcripts for your claim to be accepted toward meeting the minimum requirements.  Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.  

  • Your application must be submitted by the posting closing date.  Late applications and other required materials will not be accepted. 

  • Failure to comply with the above application requirements will eliminate you from consideration for this position. 

 

Veterans: 

 

Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS):

  • 711 (hearing and speech disabilities or other individuals). 

 

If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodations due to a disability, please discuss your request for accommodations with the interviewer in advance of your interview date. 
 

The Commonwealth is an equal employment opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse workforce.  The Commonwealth values inclusion as we seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most qualified people to serve the citizens of Pennsylvania.  The Commonwealth does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, ancestry, union membership, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, AIDS or HIV status, disability, or any other categories protected by applicable federal or state law.  All diverse candidates are encouraged to apply.

 

EXAMINATION INFORMATION

 

  • Completing the application, including all supplemental questions, serves as your exam for this position.  No additional exam is required at a test center (also referred to as a written exam). 

  • Your score is based on the detailed information you provide on your application and in response to the supplemental questions.

  • Your score is valid for this specific posting only. 

  • You must provide complete and accurate information or: 

  • your score may be lower than deserved. 

  • you may be disqualified. 

  • You may only apply/test once for this posting. 

  • Your results will be provided via email. 

E_mail: mportorrea@pa.gov

Phone: 7179087400

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