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Title:  Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor II: Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Application Deadline Date:  03/07/2021
Req ID:  11901
Department:  Disabilities Aging & Independent Living

Various, VT, US

Position Type:  Permanent
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $23.67


VocRehab is seeking a counselor to provide VR counseling and casework services to individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing. This position will serve six district offices and location of base office will be determined by successful candidate's locale. Office to office travel to visit with consumers will be expected once pandemic related virtual only services are lifted.  Duties include development and monitoring of case plans in consultation with consumers and provision of training and assistance. Proficiency in American Sign Language (ASL) and technologies used by individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing is required.  Must be proficient in MS Office as well as various video platforms (MS Teams, Zoom, Facetime, etc.). Master's degree in rehab counseling, social work, psychology, or special education is preferred. Note: This position is being recruited at three levels (Associate, Level I and Level II). If you meet qualifications to apply for all three levels, you will need to submit an application for all three levels for which you wish to be considered.

Who May Apply

This position, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor II: Deaf and Hard of Hearing (Job Requisition #11901), 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 Associate: Job Requisition 12101


Level I: Job Requisition 12102


Level II: Job Requisition 11901

If you would like more information about this position, please contact donna.curtin@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 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 AND one (1) year or more at a professional level in the provision of vocational rehabilitation services to individuals with disabilities.


Master's degree in psychology, social work, special education or counseling or related counseling fields, or master's degree in education with a special education focus, plus completion of the following graduate courses: (1) Medical of Psychosocial Aspects of Disabilities: (2) Vocational Counseling; (3) Vocational assessment and Evaluation; and (4) Job Placement or Occupational Information AND one (1) year or more at a professional level in the provision of vocational rehabilitation services to individuals with disabilities.


Special Requirement: Ability to communicate effectively in American Sign Language.

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.