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Title:  Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor I

Application Deadline Date:  04/18/2021
Req ID:  13861
Department:  Disabilities Aging & Independent Living

St Albans, VT, US

Position Type:  Permanent
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $22.36


The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation 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, and collaboration with many community providers. Good computer skills are essential, and must be proficient in MS Office as well as various video platforms (MS Teams, Zoom, Facetime, etc.). Frequent travel will be expected once pandemic related virtual only services are lifted.

Who May Apply

This position, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor I (Job Req #13861), 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. 


Level I: Job Requisition 13861


Level II: Job Requisition 13901


If you would like more information about this position, please contact elizabeth.harrington@vermont.gov.
Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.
Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail.  You must apply online to be considered.


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 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 counseling, psychology, social work, special education or counseling or related counseling fields.


Master's degree in education with a focus in special education or counseling.

Preferred Qualifications

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

Special Requirements

Special Requirement: 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

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
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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.

Nearest Major Market: Burlington Vermont