Aug 142014

Position Information
Working Title:  Rehabilitation Counselor / Rehabilitation Counselor Trainee – RCD
Role Title:  Counselor II – 49012
Job Close Date:  Open Until Filled

Job Type Detail
Definition:   Full-Time Salaried – Non-Faculty- FTS-1
Hiring Range:  Please see notation within job description
Agency: Virginia Dept for Aging & Rehabilitative Service (262)
Agency Website:
Location:  Augusta – 015  (Staunton District)
Position Number:  00389
Job Posting Number:   0081676
Does this position have telework options? Yes
Bilingual/Multilingual Skill Requirement/Preference:  Yes, American Sign Language

Job Description:  The Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) at the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services is currently seeking a motivated Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor RCD (Rehab Counselor for the Deaf) to provide comprehensive vocational rehabilitation services, in compliance with federal, state, and agency policy and procedures, which result in employment and enhanced independent living for persons with disabilities. Core case management services include guidance and counseling, training, physical/mental restoration, and job placement services. Caseloads consist of individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing and a general caseload of adults / students with disabilities.

Responsibilities:  Provides case management services including guidance, counseling, training and physical/mental restoration services. Plans, develops, and implements vocationally focused service plans that identify customer goals, services and costs to help them achieve an employment outcome. Coordinates service provision to include training/vocational preparation, job placement services, job development, job seeking skills training and rehabilitation technology services. Participates in community outreach, collaborates closely with local Community Services Boards and School Districts, and serves as a liaison to other treatment providers in the community.

The agency has the option of filling this job at the Counselor I (Trainee) level if fully qualified applicants are interviewed and not selected. The minimum salary for a Counselor I (Trainee) is $28,782. The minimum salary for a Counselor II (fully qualified) is $37,047.  This is minimum, entry level salary and may be higher based on work history.

Minimum Qualifications Requirements:  Demonstrated knowledge of the social, economic, medical, vocational and emotional issues impacting persons with disabilities; interviewing, evaluation, and counseling techniques; methods and tools for career counseling; ADA compliance; fluency in American Sign Language; extensive knowledge and understanding of the communication, cultural and psychp-social needs of persons who are deaf and hard of hearing; working knowledge of Windows based software; and demonstrated ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with community resources and individuals from diverse environments.

Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling or closely related field or current CRC credential are required of fully qualified Counselor II candidates. To be considered as a Counselor I (Trainee), individuals must have a Bachelor’s degree in a human services or related field and applicable work experience. An individual hired as a Counselor Trainee will be required to sign a Conditions of Employment and must enroll within six months of being hired in an academic program to obtain a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling or a closely related field. Successful candidate must pass criminal background investigation. College transcripts must accompany application and must display the date the degree (Master’s or Bachelor’s) was awarded.

Preferred Qualifications:  Special Requirements – This is a sensitive position, and the successful candidate will be fingerprinted, and a background investigation will be conducted.

Transcripts, copy of current CRC credential or documentation of CRC eligibility MUST accompany the application. Please note that transcripts MUST display the date that the degree was awarded.

Special Instructions to Applicants The Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services ONLY accepts and reviews FULLY completed online state applications for all employment opportunities.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 804-726-1919 for assistance. Minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. EEO/AA/TTY.

To learn more about the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) Certification and or eligibility requirements, please visit the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) website at:
Optional Applicant Documents Other Document
Required Applicant Documents Transcript

Contact Information:
Name Human Resource Services
Phone 804-726-1919
Fax 804-662-7662
Address: Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services
8004 Franklin Farms Drive
Henrico, VA 23229

Aug 142014

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Aug 072014

Community Events for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Families, Friends and Professionals

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Aug 062014

Restaurant worker, behind counter, signs with customer.BREAKING NEWS: July 12, 2014. USA Todayreports that when Steve Walker was a student at Gallaudet University (Washington, D.C.) in the 1980s, the school for the deaf and hard of hearing was a very different place than it is today. Students then were advised not to venture outside the campus, because most people in the surrounding neighborhood didn’t speak sign language. Students didn’t feel welcome in the outside community, and struggled to communicate in restaurants where they couldn’t understand the servers. As the school celebrates its 150th anniversary, Walker says that has changed.

These days, the northeast Washington neighborhood around the school, including the upscale Union Market food hall next to the campus and those same restaurants of nearby H Street, accommodates the deaf community. Walker says what is happening in the area around Gallaudet is a serious change in cultural sensitivity. “Wow, there is a big shift in what I’ve seen,” Walker says, raising his eyebrows as he signs. “Back in the ’80s, when I was here, students basically did not feel welcome on H Street. But now, I see a lot of students, faculty, and alumni going anywhere they want to go. And especially, it’s nice to see people on H Street using American Sign Language to be able to communicate with us, because that makes us feel even more welcome.”

Have your student(s) watch this short sign language exercise that teaches some of the signs used in a restaurant and other dining situations. Signs in the video include “restaurant,” “waiter/waitress,” “order,” “food,” “table,” “drink,” and more. Or, watch this short skit by deaf teenagers which offers practical tips for communication with non-signing deaf persons such as: the importance of visual cues (pointing to items on a menu), the need to look at any person who is deaf when you are communicating with them, and more.

For further study, browse our catalog and be introduced to over 200 titles in the Sign Language section of the DCMP media library. Or, if your students like the skit by teens listed above, introduce them to other titles in the series by teens that present challenges and solutions to different real-life situations.

- Thanks to DCMP Media Library