VCB Workforce/Rehab Counselor




Job Title: VCB Workforce/Rehab Counselor

If you are interested please email your cover letter and resume to Ruben P. Coellar, Chief Program Officer, rcoellar@visionsvcb.org

 

Summary

The Workforce Counselor provides a range of prevocational and job readiness skills training to legally blind participants enrolled in the Vocational Rehabilitation Center (VRC) programs at the VISIONS Center on Blindness (VCB) campus.  Such programs may include vocational skills training courses, internships, work experience training, and work readiness classes. 

The primary function of the Workforce/Rehab Counselor is to work with participants enrolled in the VRC sessions helping them identify, prepare for their vocational goals and maintain successful employment.  The Workforce Counselor must follow the Pre-ETS curriculum to provide this instruction which also needs to be done in a group setting and/or one-on-one with participants. The Workforce Rehab Counselor must ensure the instruction follows an individualized plan.   Additionally, the Workforce/Rehab Counselor meets with the participants to provide information, counseling, and when necessary, technical assistance which might be necessary on campus or off campus. The Workforce Counselor provides participants with technical assistance in completing applications, developing resumes and cover letters, and improving interview skills.  The Workforce counselor also focuses on assisting the participants with job retention and completion of internships prior to paid employment.

The Workforce/Rehab Counselor will also need to provide Work Readiness instruction to Adult participants enrolled in the Adult Residential Vocational Rehab Services program (VRS) who are also referred for Residential Work Readiness. 

Additionally, the Workforce/Rehab Counselor will need to provide Work Readiness Instruction at other offsite locations in the lower Hudson Valley region as needed by the Valhalla office of the NYSCB. 

The Workforce/Rehab Counselor will take on referrals for summer WET placements.

The Workforce/Rehab Counselor may, as needed, be assigned to other programs within the VCB campus.

The Workforce Counselor accomplishes these responsibilities with dependability, initiative, and creativity.  This position requires a strong ability to multitask.  This position also requires solid interpersonal skills, an ability to work well in a team setting, careful attention to detail and the treating of personal information with confidentiality. 

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

VRC Pre-ETS 15-Week Program

  • Assess participants’ job readiness including qualifications, practical skills, career interests, strengths and weaknesses.
    • Develop Individual Learning Plan for each participant
  • Coordinate the administration of the TABE tests to all students during the first week of their respective program
  • Provide daily Instruction following Pre-ETS curriculum to all participants registered for the 15-week programs so that participants are ready to begin work experience by weeks 10-12 of the program.
    • Conduct research to find interesting and engaging topics and assist with the planning and facilitating of group instruction
  • Assist participants with job readiness, job search techniques, resume development, job applications, and interviewing techniques. Establish and maintain a regular meeting schedule with an assigned caseload of participants during each program session and maintain comprehensive case notes.
  • Provide National Retail Federation customer service group training to all participants enrolled at the VRC. Document progress notes and share written summaries with Director.
  • Coordinate team project exercise for all participants to work on and present at the graduation ceremony for each semester.
  • Ensure participants graduate the program with a full portfolio that consists of a solid resume, cover letter, references, and any other supportive information to aid them in placement services and finding a job.
  • Prepare Progress Reports (Phase 1, 2, 3 and 4 when necessary) and final reports on each participant within a week of the end of each Phase and/or graduation date.

Externship/Internship/Work Experience Development

  • Maintain relationships that have served as work experience, job shadows, worksite tours, and internships locations. Cultivate one new relationship of each type during each semester.
  • Conduct job tasks and environmental analyses of prospective externships, positions and work sites.
  • Coach the participants to ensure they perform adequately.
  • Monitor the participant internships and work experience activities for attendance, proper timesheet submissions and technical support, as needed.

Work Readiness Training

  • Implement delivery of an 8-day residential Work Readiness Program for Adults 18+ using the established curriculum. It is expected that 3-5 such trainings will take place annually
    • Complete Work Readiness Baseline and submit service report
    • Complete Work Readiness Training and submit service report
  • Provide Work Readiness Training at offsite locations when requested by NYSCB as a day service over 5-days or 35 hours. It is expected that two or more such trainings will take place annually.
    • Complete Work Readiness Baseline and submit service report
    • Complete Work Readiness Training and submit service report

Work Experience Training (WET) Placement

  • Work with youth referrals in need of placement for summer WETs.
  • Develop and cultivate relationships with employers interested in providing work experience opportunities. Help to educate them about the capabilities people who are blind have, overcoming misconceptions and how to make reasonable accommodations.
  • Ensure all necessary HR documentation is properly completed.
  • Prepare and submit all necessary services reports

General Duties

  • Offer counseling to job seekers of all ages, to assist them in overcoming any barriers to success. Such barriers may include, but are not limited to: difficulty with adjusting to blindness, workplace anxiety, other health conditions, housing issues, loss of benefits, and family problems
  • Maintain an organized system of recording and tracking participant progress towards their training and/or employment goals. Case notes should document services such as specific plans for placement, milestone achievements, telephone or face-to-face meetings, and any follow-up activities.
  • Support VISIONS expansion of Placement Services into the lower Hudson Valley region by providing any of the following when necessary: Job Placement Assessment, Job Seeking Skills, Job Development, Placement in employment six/90 days, Customized employment, and DVE’s
  • Independently complete all required written reports in compliance with standardized departmental guidelines and submit reports to the Director.
  • In collaboration with other VISIONS workforce staff, assist in the development of new curricula/lesson plans for the work readiness training.
  • Represent the agency, as requested, at job related functions with business, government, and community agencies (this includes job fairs, networking opportunities, employer awareness events and educational conferences).
  • Other duties as assigned.

 

Qualifications

The successful candidate will be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 

Education and/or Experience

  • Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, Education, Mental Health Counseling, Social Work or other related field is required.
  • Experience in a work readiness setting and/or training environment.
  • Familiar with assistive technologies used by persons with impaired vision (e.g. screen-readers, screen-magnification, video magnifiers, refreshable braille displays, OCR systems, electronic note takers, smart phones, etc.), a plus.
  • Proficient in use of all standard PC office applications (word-processing, spreadsheet, Internet, and email communications.
  • Knowledge of barriers to employment faced by individuals with disabilities.
  • High expectations for success of participants, a positive attitude and ability to motivate participants.
  • Must be organized, self-starting, assertive, resourceful and goal-oriented.
  • Must be able to work independently, and accomplish certain tasks with minimal supervision.
  • Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to relate well with populations of all ages and cultural backgrounds.
  • Fluency in Spanish a plus.
  • Ability to work evening and weekend hours.

Salary: Commensurate with education and experience. Generous health and other benefits including 4 weeks paid vacation.

 

Primary Location:

This full-time exempt position is based from VISIONS Center on Blindness campus, 111 Summit Park Road, Spring Valley NY, 10977.  Scheduled evening and weekend hours will be required.  Part of the work about 20% of the time could be completed remotely when feasible. 

 

VISIONS is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit vision rehabilitation and social service agency incorporated in 1926.  VISIONS provides service for blind and visually impaired people of all ages in the Greater New York Metropolitan Area.

 

VISIONS is an equal opportunity employer.  All job candidates, consultants, volunteers, and interns 18 years of age and older, must consent to a background investigation, reference and education verification.

Rev. Dec, 2020

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