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Rehabilitation Counselor Trainee (Option SSV, Spanish Speaking - Vocational Rehab)


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Agency: Department of Human Services

Location: Rockford, IL, US, 61107

Opening Date: 1/19/2024

Closing Date: 2/01/2024

Salary: Anticipated Salary: $4,611 - $6,685 per month ($55,332 - $80,220 per year)+Bilingual Pay  

Job Type: Salaried Full Time

County: Winnebago

Number of Vacancies: 1




Posting Identification Number 10-49-34868


Position Overview

The Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) is the state’s lead division serving people with disabilities committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and racial justice. The mission of the Division is to assist individuals with disabilities in achieving their goals of employment, education, and independent living. This position coordinates customer case records and documents in a field office pertaining to the service delivery activities to customers in the Bureau of Customer and Community Field Services/Vocational Rehabilitation Program. This position will receive formal and informal training not to exceed twelve months to learn the rules, regulations, and policies of the Vocational Rehabilitation Program to ultimately manage a caseload providing services to individuals with disabilities to gain competitive integrated employment. This position interprets and translates information into Spanish for limited English-speaking individuals.? The Division of Rehabilitation Services is seeking to hire a self-motivated and detail-oriented individual with good communication skills.


Job Responsibilities

  1. For a period not to exceed twelve months, receives formal and informal orientation in the principles, techniques, procedures, and policies related to rehabilitating persons with disabilities in a general vocational rehabilitation, transition, Secondary Transition Experience Program (STEP), or specialty caseload.
  2. Studies and becomes proficient in utilizing the Division’s case management system.
  3. Travels to attend and participate in staff meetings, conferences, workshops, and in-service training related to the discipline of rehabilitation counseling.
  4. Performs other duties as assigned or required which are reasonably within the scope of the duties enumerated above.


Minimum Qualifications

  1. 1. Requires possession of a Master’s Degree from a college or university program accredited by the Council On Rehabilitation Education (CORE). OR A Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in rehabilitation counseling, rehabilitation administration, clinical psychology, counseling psychology, deaf education, special education, or a closely related field.
  2. Requires the ability to speak, read and write Spanish at the colloquial skill level.


Conditions of Employment

  1. Requires ability to travel.

*The conditions of employment listed here are incorporated and related to any of the job duties as listed in the job description.


Work Hours:  Mon-Fri 8:30am-5pm  
Work Location: 
171 Executive Pkwy Rockford, IL 61107-5224  

Division of Rehabilitation Services 

Bureau of Customer and Community Field Services

Region 2

Agency Contact:

Job Family:  Social Services  



Phone: 13127931889

Cert: Any Certification

About the Agency:

The Illinois Department of Human Services serves families in need all across Illinois. Our mission is providing equitable access to social services, supports, programs and resources to enhance the lives of all who we serve. We are committed to the core values of Human Dignity, Equity, Community, Urgency, Transparency and Kindness.


As a State of Illinois Employee, you will receive a robust benefit package that includes the following:

  • A Pension Program
  • Competitive Group Insurance Benefits including Health, Life, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • 3 Paid Personal Business Days annually
  • 12 Paid Sick Days annually (Sick days carry over from year to year)
  • 10-25 Days of Paid Vacation time annually - (10 days in year one of employment)
  • *Personal, Sick, & Vacation rates modified for 12-hour Work Schedules (as applicable)
  • 13 Paid Holidays annually, 14 on even numbered years
  • Flexible Work Schedules (when available dependent upon position)
  • 10 Weeks Paid Maternity/Paternity Leave
  • Deferred Compensation Program - A supplemental retirement plan
  • Optional Pre-Tax Programs such as Medical Care Assistance Plan (MCAP), Dependent Care Assistance Plan (DCAP)
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program and Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program eligibility
  • 5% Salary Differential for Bilingual Positions
  • Commuter Savings Program (Chicago only)

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