[NFB-NM] VR Counselor Vacancies in Farmington, Las Vegas, and Albuquerque
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Tonia Trapp, secretary
National Federation of the Blind of New Mexico
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From: Salas, James, CFB <James.Salas at state.nm.us
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Sent: Tuesday, August 20, 2019 5:14 PM
Subject: VR Counselor Vacancies in Farmington, Las Vegas, and Albuquerque
Would you please post the following notice to the NFBNM list? Thanks very
We are recruiting to fill three Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
vacancies with the NM Commission for the Blind. The positions are in our
Farmington, Las Vegas, and Albuquerque offices. The Farmington position
serves Northern/Northwestern New Mexico, the Las Vegas position serves Santa
Fe and Northeastern New Mexico, and the Albuquerque position serves parts of
the extended Albuquerque metropolitan area.
The Farmington and Las Vegas positions serve both adults and transition
students, while the Albuquerque position serves adults. Caseloads generally
consists of approximately 50-65 cases. The most relevant portions of the
job postings are provided below my signature block. The positions are open
until filled, but please apply as soon as you can.
To reach the job postings, go to the NM State Personnel Website at
<http://www.spo.state.nm.us> www.spo.state.nm.us, click the link for View
Job Opportunities And Apply, enter "blind" in the search field, and look for
the VR Counselor vacancies in Farmington, Las Vegas, and 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 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 manages the Rehab Counselor program on
my VR team and can be reached at 505.383.2253 or at
<mailto:Daphne.Mitchell at state.nm.us> Daphne.Mitchell at state.nm.us.
James L. Salas
NM Commission for the Blind
<mailto:James.Salas at state.nm.us> James.Salas at state.nm.us
New Mexico Commission for the Blind
- Job Title: Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
- Full/Part Time: Full-Time
- Regular/Temporary: Regular - Permanent
- Closing Date: Open Until Filled
- Pay Grade: 65
- Salary: The salary range for this position is $32,427 - $56,413 annually
($15.59 - $27.12 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.
- Why does the job exist? To provide vocational rehabilitation services to
persons who are blind or severely visually impaired in order that they may
obtain, maintain, or advance in employment.
- How does it get done? Incumbent determines an applicant's eligibility for
Commission services; identifies any and all disabilities and medical
conditions that may represent impediments to employment; coordinates
adjustment counseling; coordinates blindness skills training; conducts a
career assessment to identify a vocational goal that is consistent with the
client's unique strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities,
capabilities, interests, and informed choice; jointly develops an
Individualized Plan for Employment that describes the services that are
necessary to achieve the vocational goal; coordinates the delivery of the
services described in the Individualized Plan for Employment;
provides/coordinates job placement services as necessary; and coordinates
post-employment services as necessary.
- Who are the customers? Persons with blindness or severe visual
impairments, family members, school personnel, and employers.
- Ideal Candidate: Individual possessing a Master's degree in rehabilitation
counseling, rehabilitation counselor certification, and three years of
- Minimum Qualifications: 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
-- 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.
-- You must attach a copy of your unofficial college transcript to the
application. Your application WILL NOT be considered for further review if
you have failed to provide this information.
- 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 is required
within service territory, including occasional overnight travel
(Albuquerque) and regular overnight travel (Farmington and Las Vegas).
Agency vehicles are available to use for business travel.
- 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
- Agency Contact Information: Kelly Quintana, (505) 476.4456
- There are also approximately ten questions addressing education,
experience, and specialized qualifications.
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