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Job: Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor(Job Id 38189)

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PHOENIX 0.00-42,000.00


Providing Opportunity, Assistance and Care for Arizonans in need!


All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.



Division of Employment and Rehabilitation Services

Rehabilitation Services Administration

2455 South 7th Street

Phoenix, AZ 85034


We are seeking an experienced individual to join our team as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor. The individual selected for this position will work and maintain a Behavioral Health caseload. This position will report to the Supervisor/Program Manager and provides vocational rehabilitation counseling and guidance to individuals with disabilities to address impediments to employment and gain the skills to enter, gain, or retain employment.

Based on your qualifications, you will be placed in one of following tiers:

-        Entry Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

Bachelor's degree in a field of study reasonably related to rehabilitation counseling or another field that reasonably prepares individuals to work with individuals with disabilities and employers and two years of experience working with individuals with disabilities.

-        Intermediate Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

Master's degree in a field of study closely related to  rehabilitation counseling  and one year of experience working with individuals with disabilities

-        Senior Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Meets Intermediate credential requirements plus has a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) certification

            Annual salary is commensurate with education and qualifications, ranging from

            $42,000.00 to $48,000.00


Entry Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

-        Works with Behavioral Health clients in the vocational rehabilitation program including program eligibility criteria and client’s right and responsibilities.  

-        Reviews client’s medical and/or psychological information to identify employment needs and goals as well as available services and resources.

-        Provides vocational counseling, career exploration, and labor market exploration to determine suitable employment goals. 

-        Meets with clients on one on one basis to problem solve and establish or modify an Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE).

-        Provides case management and maintains regular contact with clients, service providers, and collaborative programs, and assess services and IPE progress. 

-        Manages fiscal resources including authorizing, reviewing, and payment of services.

Intermediate Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

Same duties as listed above and the following duties:

-        Provides case management to clients with complex needs and goals

-        Serves as program liaison for specialized groups

-        Provides guidance to Entry Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors

-        Senior Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

Same duties listed above and the following duties:

-        May serve as back up to the Rehabilitation Supervisor

-        Provides case management to clients with high complexity level  


-        Must have a bachelor's or master’s degree in a field of study reasonably related to vocational rehabilitation such as vocational rehabilitation counseling, social work, psychology, disability studies, business administration, human resources, special education, supported employment, customized employment, economics, or another field that reasonably prepares individuals to work with clients and employers

-        Knowledge of Federal and State laws, statutes, rules, regulations pertaining to vocational rehabilitation services.

-        At least one year of case management experience.

-        Experience working with individuals with disabilities.

-        Broad knowledge of physical, mental, and cognitive disabilities.

-        Familiar with referral and community resources.

-        Understands computer access technology and assistive aids & devices.

-        Knowledge of occupational opportunities and labor market trends.

-        Ability to motivate clients in achieving goals.

-        Effective oral and written communication.

-        Strong time management skills.

-        Resourceful and problem solver.

-        Excellent interpersonal skills.   



-        Apply for and show proof of a valid Arizona Fingerprint Clearance Card that meets Level One requirements

-        Driving is required; individuals may be required to use their personal motor vehicle

-        A current, valid state issued driver’s license; employee is subject to driver’s license record checks and must maintain an acceptable driving record, valid motor vehicle insurance and registration and complete any required training (see Arizona administrative code R2-10-207.12)

-        Successfully complete the Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify), applicable to all newly hired state employees

-        Be subject to a search of the Child Protective Services Central Registry and the Adult Protective Services Registry


 The Department of Economic Security offers a comprehensive benefits package to include: 

-        Sick leave

-        Vacation with 10 paid holidays per year

-        Health and dental insurance

-        Retirement plan

-        Life insurance and long-term disability insurance

-        Optional employee benefits include short-term disability insurance, deferred compensation plans, and supplemental life insurance


Positions in this classification participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS). 

Please note, enrollment eligibility will become effective after 27 weeks of employment.


If you have any questions please feel free to contact (602)542-0928 for assistance.

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by contacting 602-364-3981. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.


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