[nfbmi-talk] vr counselor opening nebraska

Christine Boone Christine_Boone at comcast.net
Thu Apr 28 20:04:39 UTC 2011

REV:  12/10

CLASS CODE:      C72512

Location:  Kearney Nebraska
Closing Date:  May 2, 2011

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DESCRIPTION:  Under general supervision, performs complex,
specialized vocational counseling, guidance and placement for
individuals with visual impairments and/or other disabilities;
performs related work as assigned.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS:  (A position is assigned to this
class based on the scope and level of work performed as outlined

This class is distinguished from the Vocational Rehabilitation
Counselor I class by the scope and level of work performed and
the amount of independence in which to perform the assigned
tasks.  Positions allocated to the Vocational Rehabilitation
Technician class are responsible to perform a variety of
supportive functions in the rehabilitation of persons with visual
impairment and/or other disability.  Positions allocated to the
Vocational Rehabilitation Supervisor class, on a regular and
recurring basis, supervise a minimum of three rehabilitation
and/or counseling staff.

Positions allocated to the Visually Impaired Orientation
Counselor series perform counseling and provided teaching to
assist clients in adjusting to blindness.

EXAMPLES OF WORK:  (A position may not be assigned all the duties
listed, nor do these examples include all the duties that may be

Performs interviews, diagnostic services, testing, job training
and job placement of eligible clients; confers with clients to
discuss options and goals.

Provides follow-up services for clients in all aspects of
vocational adjustment; monitors and records clients' progress and
ensures goals and objectives are met.

Assists in coordinating training, re-socialization, remedial
education and overall client programming.

Arranges for intelligence, psychological, vocational interest,
aptitude testing and other tests and evaluations to obtain
information in regards to assessing clients' needs and developing
rehabilitation plans.

Assists district or unit supervisors with program needs and
evaluation and may be involved in corollary administrative

Serves as a resource person to the professional staff in
vocational rehabilitation related matters.

Prepares and maintains required reports, correspondence, case
files and records.
Develops and maintains relationships with originating agencies,
schools, community organizations and public employers.

perform the work assigned.)

Knowledge of:  vocational rehabilitation counseling methods and
techniques; human behavior and performance; medical and mental
disabilities and their effects on the rehabilitation process;
adaptive equipment available for clients served; principles and
procedures for training development and instruction; group
behavior and dynamics; basic sign language.

Skill in:  interviewing others to collect essential information;
communicating to convey information; monitoring and assessing
performance and implementing actions; reviewing information to
develop options and implement solutions.

Ability to: learn, interpret and apply provisions of the
Rehabilitation Act; collect, analyze and evaluate data to apply
to the development and implementation of a rehabilitation plan;
maintain accurate records; establish and maintain cooperative
working relationships.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: (Applicants will be screened for
possession of these qualifications.   Applicants who need
accommodation in the selection process should request this in

Bachelor's degree in social science, behavioral science, social
work, counseling/guidance, psychology, sociology, human
development, education or related and three years experience.  OR
Master's degree in any of the above mentioned fields or related
area and one year experience.  Experience providing vocational
rehabilitation counseling or related area may substitute for the
educational requirements on a year-for-year basis.


Positions in this class may require an employee to possess a
valid driver's license, or the ability to provide independent
authorized transportation, and provide a passenger vehicle with
adequate liability insurance in order to perform work-related

Successful candidates for employment must be able to
satisfactorily pass an extensive criminal background check and
driver's license screening.  All new hires will complete 600
hours of immersion training in Lincoln, at NCBVI expense, at the
Nebraska Center for the Blind to learn the alternative skills of
blindness (cane travel, Braille, assistive technology, activities
of daily living, etc.); those completing the training will be
certified as Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors for the blind.
Work is performed under the direct supervision of a district or
unit supervisor.  Field assignments and travel are involved in
varying degrees.

Fatos Floyd, CRC, CVRCB
Director, Nebraska Center for the Blind
Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Our Mission:
Empowering blind individuals,
Promoting opportunities,
and building belief in the blind.
(402) 471-8120

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