[NFB-NM] Job Announcement -- VR Counselor in Albuquerque, Closes March 1

Tonia Trapp nfbnewmexicosecretary at gmail.com
Fri Feb 16 04:25:25 UTC 2018

Tonia Trapp, secretary
National Federation of the Blind of New Mexico
nfbnewmexicosecretary at gmail.com

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-----Original Message-----
From: Salas, James, CFB [mailto:James.Salas at state.nm.us] 
Sent: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 4:58 PM
Subject: Job Announcement -- VR Counselor in Albuquerque, Closes March 1


Would you please distribute this announcement to the NFBNM list?  Thanks so



We are recruiting to fill a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor vacancy with
the NM Commission for the Blind.  The position is in our Albuquerque office
and serves the extended metropolitan area. 

The caseload serves adults and generally consists of approximately 50-65
cases.  The most relevant portions of the job posting are provided below my
signature block.  The closing date is March 1. 

To reach the job posting, 
1. Visit the following link to go directly to the posting: 


2. Go to the NM State Personnel Website at 
www.spo.state.nm.us, click the link for View Job Opportunities And Apply,
enter the job title in the search field, and look for the VR Counselor
vacancy in Albuquerque.

Applications are accepted through the New Mexico State Personnel Office
online application system only!

Note to screen reader users: Recent updates to this online application
utility have made it very difficult to complete independently using screen
reading technology.  Screen reader users who experience difficulty with the
application utility should notify Ms. Andrea Rivera-Smith of the State
Personnel Office at (505) 695-5606 for assistance.  She can also confirm
that your application (including uploaded transcripts, licenses, etc.) has
been successfully received for consideration.  

Interested individuals can contact either Ms. Daphne Mitchell or me to
discuss the position.  Ms. Mitchell is the program manager on my VR team and
can be reached at 505.383.2253 or at Daphne.Mitchell at state.nm.us.  

Thanks much.


James L. Salas
Deputy Director 
NM Commission for the Blind
Phone 505.383.2251
James.Salas at state.nm.us

New Mexico Commission for the Blind
Vacancy Announcement
- Job Title: Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
- Full/Part Time: Full-Time
- Regular/Temporary: Regular - Permanent
- Closing Date: March 1, 2018
- Pay Grade: 65
- Salary: The salary range for this position is $31,782 - $55,307 annually
($15.28 - $26.59 hourly).  Offered salary will be based on education and
- Benefits: Full State of New Mexico benefits, including health insurance,
life insurance, retirement, sick leave, annual leave, and ten holidays.
- Purpose of Position: To help blind/visually impaired individuals obtain or
maintain employment by providing vocational rehabilitation services such as
adjustment counseling, career assessment, education/training, assistive
technology, and job placement services.
- Minimum Education and Experience requirements: Bachelor's Degree from an
accredited college or university in Vocational Rehabilitation, Sociology,
Psychology, Guidance and Counseling, Social Work and/or Special Education
with no experience required. 
-- If selected, incumbent with only a Bachelor's Degree will be required to
complete a Master's Degree program in Vocational Rehabilitation counseling
within four years of hire at the employer's expense.
- Employment Requirements: 
-- Must obtain and maintain Certified Rehabilitation Counselor certification
(CRC) issued by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification, or
be eligible to sit for the CRC examination;
-- Must obtain and maintain New Mexico rehabilitation counselor licensure as
defined in the New Mexico Public Education Department Rules (6.63.11) NMAC. 
- Regular travel within service territory required, including Occasional
overnight travel. 
-- If you have indicated in your application that you have an education
higher than a high school diploma or GED, you must attach a copy of your
unofficial transcript to the application. Your application WILL NOT be
considered for further review if you have failed to provide this
- Statutory Requirements: 
-- Must hold or be eligible for state licensure requirements in
Rehabilitation Counseling as defined in the New Mexico Public Education
Department Rules (6.63.11). 
(Note: To "hold or be eligible" for this license is not a requirement for
- Working Conditions: 
-- Work is performed in an office setting with exposure to Visual/Video
Display Terminal (VDT) and extensive personal computer and telephone usage.
-- Regularly works with individuals with secondary disabilities, some of
whom exhibit challenging behaviors.
-- Occasionally exposed to service animals.
- Bargaining Unit: This position is covered by a collective bargaining
agreement and all terms/conditions of that agreement apply and must be
adhered to.
- Agency Contact Information: Kelly Quintana, (505) 476.4456
- There are also approximately ten questions addressing education,
experience, and specialized qualifications. 
-- End

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