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Voc Rehab Specialist - Certified

Pay Grade14

Salary  $4,229.56

Employment Type


Hiring Agency

Education & Workforce Development Cab | Department of Workforce Investment


McDowell Center for the Blind

8412 Westport Rd
Louisville KY 40242 USA


We are seeking a certified Orientation and Mobility instructor at the McDowell Center for the Blind to provide expert services to individuals with disabilities who are seeking to obtain independent living skills and/or prepare for or retain gainful employment.

The Education and Workforce Development Cabinet’s mission is to educate, prepare and train Kentucky's current and future workforces. Our goal is create and make continuous improvements to an education and workforce system that prepares Kentuckians for the 21st century workforce, while helping businesses find the skilled workers they need to compete and create jobs in the Commonwealth.

The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation empowers individuals with disabilities to maximize employment, achieve economic self-sufficiency and independence, and to contribute back to society. We also help businesses and employers recruit, retain and accommodate employees with disabilities.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Serves as a team leader in certified field of expertise, Orientation and Mobility (O&M), and is responsible for the direction, oversight, and meeting the training objectives of blind and visually impaired consumers and the rehabilitation program.
  • Evaluates and develops specialized training plans and instructs blind and visually impaired consumers in services such as O&M, business travel, public transportation navigation, and other services that can lead to obtaining a successful employment outcome or independent living skills.
  • Modifies, enhances, and fabricates rehabilitation technology devices to meet the individual needs for persons with significant disabilities.
  • Provides consumer and employers with information on accessibility, reasonable accommodation, disability awareness and etiquette, and American Disabilities Act (ADA) information training.
  • Interprets and explains state and federal rules and regulations and agency policy. Assists in writing guidelines, department materials, and policy.
  • Maintains partnerships with private and public entities. Serves as a resource person for transportation engineers, the community, and other rehabilitation personnel. Serves on task forces and/or special teams.

Minimum Requirements

EDUCATION: Graduate of a college or university with a master's degree in rehabilitation, rehabilitation teaching or therapy, guidance and/or counseling, psychology, sociology, orientation and mobility, social work, special education, education with emphasis in vocational counseling or a related field.


EXPERIENCE, TRAINING, OR SKILLS: See Special Requirements.






SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS (AGE, LICENSURE, REGULATION, ETC.): Must posess at least one certification listed below. For additional information relating to certifications refer to web link.
Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC)
Orientation and Mobility Specialist (O&M) or
Certified Vocational Evaluator (CVE)
Rehabilitation Engineer Technologist (RET)
Certified Rehabilitation Drivers Specialist (CRDS)
Association of Education and Rehabilitation of Blind and Visually Impaired (AER)
National Library Service Braille Competency Certification
Certified Work Adjustment Vocational Evaluation Specialist (CWAVES)
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Must maintain any required licensure(s), certification(s), or other credentials for the length of employment in this classification. Employing agency is responsible for ensuring employee possesses and maintains required licensure(s), certification(s) or other credentials.

Working Conditions

Work is performed primarily in an office setting. Occasional travel will be required to coordinate services between customers and the agency.

Probationary Period

This job has an initial and promotional probationary period of 6 months, except as provided in KRS 18A.111.

If you have questions about this advertisement, please contact

An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D



Phone: 502-338-9046

Cert: COMS