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Title:  Blind Services Associate Counselor - Limited Service

Application Deadline Date:  03/02/2021
Req ID:  12242
Department:  Disabilities Aging & Independent Living

Springfield, VT, US

Position Type:  Limited Service
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $21.16


The Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired (DBVI) seeks a Blind Services Associate Counselor who will provide counseling and casework duties at an entry professional level. These duties include consumer interviews, consultation on case plans, and employment assistance. Upon receipt of referrals from Counselors or from outside agencies, conducts interviews with consumers to elicit information required for determination of eligibility. Requests medical documentation of disabilities when necessary. Assists, advises and guides consumers in development of Individual Plan for Employment (IPE) and Independent Living Plans (ILP). Prepares eligibility and IPE documents for supervisory review and signature. Through regular reviews, monitors consumer progress toward completion of training or employment and Independent Living goals. May authorize normal expenditures for training, equipment or other consumer needs. Provides training and assistance to consumers in developing resumes, completing employment applications, conducting job searches, and interviewing. Maintains detailed case notes on assigned caseload and processes required paperwork to document case openings and closings. Refers consumers to other organizations for needed services. Assists the regional office with administrative duties including a significant amount of bill paying and office organization.  Provides general assistance to the Division Director and performs related duties as required.


This is a great opportunity to join the DBVI Springfield team. Experience gained in this position can lead to many different career paths in the human services field. It is an opportunity to assist individuals who are blind or visually impaired to meet their employment and independent living goals. A person in this position cares about helping people meet their goals and has great communication and interpersonal skills. Proficiency with productivity software and software for case management are essential. Experience working with people who are blind or visually impaired is preferred.

Who May Apply

This position, Blind Services Associate Counselor -  Limited Service (Job Requisition #12242), is open to all State employees and external applicants.
If you would like more information about this position, please contact Taya.Tarr@vermont.gov.
Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail.  You must apply online to be considered.
Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.


AHS BACKGROUND CHECKS:  Candidates must pass any level of background investigation applicable to the position.  In accordance with AHS Policy 4.02, Hiring Standards, Vermont and/or national criminal record checks, as well as DMV and adult and child abuse registry checks, as appropriate to the position under recruitment, will be conducted on candidates, with the exception of those who are current classified state employees seeking transfer, promotion or demotion into an AHS classified position or are persons exercising re-employment (RIF) rights.

Environmental Factors

Duties are performed primarily within a standard office setting. Some travel may be required to consumer homes and work sites, for which private means of transportation must be available.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree or higher AND two (2) years or more experience at or above a paraprofessional or technical level in a human services program, involving direct client contact.

Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor's degree or higher in a human services field.

Successful applicants will be required to make a written commitment to secure a Master's degree in a field approved by the Department within five years of hire.

Total Compensation

As a State employee you are offered a great career opportunity, but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits that are worth about 30% of your total compensation, including:
  • 80% State paid medical premium
  • Dental Plan at no cost for employees and their families
  • Flexible Spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts
  • Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan
  • Work/Life balance: 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan; many jobs also allow for a flexible schedule
  • Low cost group life insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Incentive-based Wellness Program
  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program
Want the specifics? Explore the Benefits of State Employment on our website.

AHS Affirmative Recruitment

The Vermont Agency of Human Services strives to build a diverse and inclusive community. It is our fundamental belief that in order to create and sustain a healthier Vermont, we as an organization must honor the cultures, beliefs and values of those we serve in order to foster an environment of mutual respect, acceptance and equal opportunity.  We are committed to building and maintaining a multicultural and diverse workforce which reflects the increasing diversity of Vermont. To view the State of Vermont's Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Policy, please click here.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged.

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