Title:  Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor I

Application Deadline Date:  03/04/2024
Req ID:  49404
Department:  Disabilities Aging & Independent Living

Springfield, VT, US

Position Type:  Permanent
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $25.43


HireAbility Vermont is looking for an experienced human service professional with an ability to support high school students and young adults with physical, psychological, or cognitive disabilities. The VR counselor would assist individuals in preparing for employment through surveying their interest and skills and facilitate career exploratory activities and work experiences. As the student transitions from high school, the VR counselor would help the student identify post-secondary employment, education, and training options, and assist them in engaging in these activities. The position involves a close working relationship with local area high schools. Experience in counseling and/or background in employment services is beneficial. Previous work with adolescents is extremely helpful.


Job duties include

  • Assessment, guidance, and counseling
  • Assisting in finding employment and work experiences
  • Case management & documentation
  • Collaboration with many community providers.


Good computer skills are required and must be proficient in MS Office as well as various video platforms (MS Teams, Zoom, Facetime, etc.). Frequent travel is expected.


This position is being recruited at 3 levels: VR Counselor I & II which requires a Master's degree and an Associate Counselor level which requires a bachelor's degree with the expectation of earning a Master's in Rehabilitation Counseling. The preferred degree is a Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling, but Masters in Counseling, Social Work, Psychology, Education and others will be considered. (Note: applicants must apply for each of the levels for which they qualify and wish to be considered.)


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Who May Apply

This position, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor I (Job Requisition #49404), is open to all State employees and external applicants.


Please Note: This position is being recruited at multiple levels. If you would like to be considered for more than one level, you MUST apply to the specific Job Requisition. 


Associate Counselor: 49367

Counselor I: 49404

Counselor II: 49405

If you would like more information about this position, please contact William.Pendlebury@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.

Environmental Factors

Duties are performed in a variety of settings including Department offices, consumer homes, institutions, work sites and premises of service providers. Substantial travel is required, for which private means of transportation must be available. Some work outside of normal office hours may be required.

Minimum Qualifications

Master's degree in rehabilitation counseling, psychology, social work, special education or counseling, education with a special education focus, or a related counseling field.

Preferred Qualifications

Professional level experience involving human services casework, preferably with individuals with disabilities.

Special Requirements

Successful applicants without a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) or master's degree in rehabilitation counseling will be required to make a written commitment to secure, within three years of hire, graduate level credits in the following core courses:
1.    Medical or Psychosocial Aspects of Disabilities
2.    Vocational Counseling
3.    Vocational Assessment and Evaluation
4.    Job Placement or Occupational Information

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.

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 and a dental plan at no cost for employees and their families
  • Work/Life balance: 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan
  • State Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FMLI)
  • Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Flexible spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts
  • Low cost group life insurance
  • Incentive-based Wellness Program
  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

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Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of Vermont celebrates diversity, and is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect and meaningful inclusion that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The State does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, membership in an employee organization, family medical history or genetic information, or family or parental status. The State’s employment decisions are merit-based. Retaliatory adverse employment actions by the State are forbidden.