[NFB-NM] FW: VR Counselor Vacancies with the Commission for the Blind

nfbnewmexicosecretary at gmail.com nfbnewmexicosecretary at gmail.com
Tue Feb 22 02:16:59 UTC 2022

Best wishes,

Tonia Trapp, secretary
National Federation of the Blind of New Mexico

-----Original Message-----
From: Salas, James, CFB <James.Salas at state.nm.us> 
Sent: Monday, February 21, 2022 2:07 PM
To: nfbnewmexicosecretary at gmail.com
Subject: VR Counselor Vacancies with the Commission for the Blind

Hi Tonia, 

Would you please post the following vacancy announcement to the NFBNM list?




We are recruiting to fill two Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor vacancies
with the NM Commission for the Blind.  The positions are in our Albuquerque
and Santa Fe offices and serves the extended Albuquerque metropolitan area
and Northern/Northeastern New Mexico. 

The positions serves both adults and transition students. 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
www.spo.state.nm.us,  click the link for View Job Opportunities And Apply,
enter the letters CFB in the search field, and look for the VR Counselor
vacancies in Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

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. Andrea Rivera-Smith of the State
Personnel Office at (505) 695-5606. You may request assistance with the
application.  She can also confirm that your application (including uploaded
transcripts, licenses, etc.) has been successfully received for

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.  

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: Open Until Filled 

- Pay Grade: 65

- Salary: The salary range for this position is $34,226 - $59,553 annually
($16.45 - $28.63 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
related experience. 

- 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. Education Department Rules
(6.63.1 1) 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
adhered to.

- Agency Contact Information: Ms. Chelsea Harvey, (505) 476.4460

- There are also approximately ten questions addressing education,
experience, and specialized qualifications. 
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