[NFB-NM] FW: VR Counselor Vacancy with the Commission
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Wed Aug 3 15:23:26 UTC 2022
From: Salas, James, CFB <James.Salas at state.nm.us>
Sent: Tuesday, August 2, 2022 5:12 PM
Subject: VR Counselor Vacancy with the Commission
We are recruiting to fill a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor vacancy with
the NM Commission for the Blind. The position is in our Roswell office and
serves Southeastern New Mexico.
The position serves both adults and transition students. Caseloads generally
consists of approximately 50-65 cases. The most relevant portion of the job
posting is provided below my signature block. The position is open until
filled, but please apply as soon as you can.
To reach the job posting, go to the NM State Personnel Website at
www.spo.state.nm.us <http://www.spo.state.nm.us> , click the link for Job
Opportunities, then click the link for View Job Opportunities and Apply,
then enter the letters CFB in the search field, and look for the VR
Counselor vacancy in Roswell.
Applications are accepted through the New Mexico State Personnel Office
online application system only!
Note to screen reader users: Should you experience difficulty with the
application utility, please notify Ms. Chelsea Harvey, our HR Manager. She
can be reached in our Santa Fe office at 505.476.4460 or at
Chelsea.Harvey at state.nm.us <mailto:Chelsea.Harvey at state.nm.us> . You may
request assistance with the application. Ms. Harvey 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 positions. Ms. Mitchell manages the Rehab Counselor program on
my VR team and can be reached at 505.383.2253 or at
Daphne.Mitchell at state.nm.us <mailto:Daphne.Mitchell at state.nm.us> .
James L. Salas
NM Commission for the Blind
James.Salas at state.nm.us <mailto: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 $43,954 - $70,326 annually
($21.13 - $33.81 hourly). Offered salary will be based on education and
- Benefits: Full State of New Mexico benefits, including health insurance,
life insurance, traditional defined benefit retirement plan, sick leave,
annual leave, and eleven 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 possesses 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
- 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.
- 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.
-- Regular travel is required within service territory, including regular
overnight travel using agency vehicles.
- 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: Ms. Chelsea Harvey, (505) 476.4460
- The online application includes approximately ten questions addressing
education, experience, and specialized qualifications.
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