LOWER ELWHA KLALLAM TRIBE
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
WORK LOCATION: TBD
SUPERVISED BY: VR Program Manager/Social Services Director
POSITION STATUS: Full-time, Limited Duration Grant Funded
WORK SCHEDULE: 40 hrs. per week
SALARY: Grade 11 (Minimum $17.58 DOQ)
OVERVIEW: The role of the LEKT Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor is to help LEKT Tribal members and other Native American community members with disabilities to obtain gainful employment. The incumbent will work with individuals to provide intensive case management services and vocational planning duties. This position requires sensitivity to the Tribal culture and to have knowledge in networking and job site development for program clients.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF JOB:
- Assist LEKT Tribal members and other Native American community members with disabilities in obtaining and/or retaining employment.
- Prepare Individual Plan of Employment case plans for approval from VR Program Manager.
- Provide counseling and guidance to eligible LEKT Tribal members and other Native American community members with disabilities to formulate a vocational rehabilitation program that eliminates or creates more tolerable barriers to suitable employment posed by each person's functional impairments and leads to employment.
- Develop and maintain records of progress, timetables, and training schedule; monitor service cost within standards for budget management; document procurement of services.
- Evaluate client progress and make modifications to the rehabilitation plan when necessary, performing on-the-job analysis to determine job modification or job readiness and provide post-employment services.
- Prepare and submit all reports to the VR Program Manager as directed.
- Facilitate client progress toward achieving their training/employment goal.
- Work in conjunction with the VR Program Manager in managing caseloads.
- Provide liaison and advocacy between employers, mental health providers, and all programs the client is working with.
- Develop potential job sites for prospective program clients.
- Work in collaboration with the LEKT TANF program in utilizing their contacts for job placement and other services that may benefit program clients.
- Work with employers in the community to develop job training curriculum.
- Assess/reassess program clients for job readiness and placement.
- Advocate for and ensure appropriate ongoing benefits and services to program clients transitioning into successful long-term employment.
- Bachelor's degree in a related field, such as one that promotes the physical, psychosocial, or vocational well-being of individuals with disabilities, and two years of full-time work experience providing vocational rehabilitation related service to individuals with disabilities or similar. -OR-
- Associates Degree in a related field, such as one that promotes the physical, psychosocial, or vocational well-being of individuals with disabilities, and at least three years of full time work experience providing Training or instruction on how to do specific activities, -OR-
- Two years of job placement/job coaching experience which shows knowledge of employment practices and techniques, rules and laws. Prefer at least one year experience interpreting and applying policies, rules, and guidelines to make decisions regarding Vocational Rehabilitation Job Placement with an emphasis on:
- Employment planning and / or placement activities.
- Assessing the needs, strengths, skills, etc., of clients, patients, / customers.
- Assessing multiple community services to assist clients/patients/customers.
- Problem-solving activities including action planning, identifying resources, goals and timelines to resolve issues, etc.
- Contact with organizations, corporations, and other employers involved in hiring people.
- Experience and knowledge of tribal assistance programs such as TANF, GA, WEX, OJT, CRT, DP, EA, Siletz Housing programs, A&D and services offered within the 11 county service area where Tribal members are served.
- Knowledge of client evaluation and individual, group, family, and other counseling techniques.
- Familiar with employment practices such as job developing, job carving and job coaching.
- Understanding of program policies and procedures for client case management and record keeping.
- Ability to work with a wide variety of people and communicate effectively with Tribal clients and program staff.
- Ability to apply eligibility guidelines when helping clients to obtain benefits.
- Ability to work with people of diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds.
- Ability to work under pressure with the flexibility to handle several tasks at one time.
- Ability to work positively with the public and maintain good working relations with coworkers and clients.
- Ability to adhere to the confidentiality of information in accordance with Tribal policies and applicable federal laws and regulations.
- Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, including knowledge of correct punctuation, capitalization, spelling, and grammar.
- Balance of strong people skills and the ability to assess client needs and experience.
- Experience working with word processing, database, and spreadsheet programs.
- Valid Washington Driver's license, reliable transportation, and proof of automobile insurance.
- As with all positions of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, this position is Indian Preference in hiring, in Accordance with P.L. 93-638
OPENING DATE: January 10, 2019
CLOSING DATE: Open until filled
CONTACT: Lorinda Robideau, Human Resources
2851 Lower Elwha Road, Port Angeles, WA 98363
Phone: 360-452-8471 Ext. 7430