Rehabilitation Counselor I - Portland (Multiple Vacancies)

at State of Maine, Bureau of Human Resources in Portland, Maine, United States

Job Description

Rehabilitation Counselor I – Portland (Multiple Vacancies)

Portland , Maine , United States | Employment Services | Full-time Apply by: June 20, 2022 Apply with Linkedin Apply

Department of Labor

Opening Date: June 3, 2022

Closing Date: June 20, 2022

Job Class Code: 3081

Grade:19 (Professional/Technical)

Salary:$36,337 – $48,422

Location: Portland, ME

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This position is located in the Portland CareerCenter. The selected individual will support the delivery of vocational rehabilitation services to individuals with mental health, intellectual and physical disabilities in Cumberland and York Counties.This position requires extensive collaboration with a variety of stakeholders including individuals with disabilities, families, employers, schools, workforce system partners, and community providers. Due to the nature of the work responsibilities, the individual selected for this position may be subject to fingerprinting as part of the background process upon a conditional offer of employment. The person selected for this position will primarily provide vocational rehabilitation services to transition-age (14-24) youth and young adults with disabilities but will also work with adults based on operational need.

Given the nature of the job responsibilities, certain positions may be subject to fingerprinting as part of the background process, once a conditional offer of employment has been made.

Tasks include (but are not limited to):

+ Delivering career exploration activities in collaboration with area schools.

+ Delivering virtual and in-person career exploration activities to consumers of all ages.

+ Providing VR Orientation for new clients.

+ Assisting with client intake appointments.

+ Assisting with outreach and follow-up tasks to keep caseloads current and active.

+ Following up with clients in rehabilitation plans to determine progress and need for further services.

+ Supporting Summer Employment opportunities for Transition Clients.

+ Coordinating with high schools, families, and community providers.

+ Scheduling and conducting career exploration assessments and workshops.

+ Assisting with the coordination and delivery of Career Exploration Workshops in high schools and Career Centers.

+ Establishing a counseling relationship and partnership with consumers.

+ Maintaining accurate documentation using a computer-based client data system.

+ Clerical support – including business communications, billing and paying invoices.

This position requires:

+ Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.

+ Flexibility and problem-solving skills.

+ Knowledge of the local labor market.

+ Ability to work well as a member of a team.

+ Excellent prioritization, organization and time management skills.

+ Detail oriented documentation.

+ Frequent local and occasional statewide travel.

+ Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with diverse populations.

+ Ability to promote positive work attitudes.

+ Ability to conduct work interviews.

+ Ability to prepare resumes.

+ Ability to provide job coaching and support in a classroom and on the job setting.

The successful candidate will demonstrate knowledge of:

+ Working with persons with disabilities – youth and adult.

+ Group facilitation skills.

+ Successful use of technology.

+ Rehabilitation services.

+ Standard office procedures.

+ The current, local labor market.

+ Strategies to develop working relationships with clients, community partners and businesses.

Minimum qualifications:

A four (4) year combination of training, experience, and/or education in vocational rehabilitation program development and implementation.

Contact information:

Questions about this position should be directed to Division Director, Libby Stone-Sterling at

Application Instructions:

Interested applicants need to apply online by selecting the “Apply for this opening” button along with uploading a cover letter, current resume, and copies of any transcripts or certifications you wish to have considered while evaluating your application. In order for us to properly determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for any posting, you must be sure your resume includes month and year for any experience listed along with the duties and responsibilities associated with each particular time period. Any experience that was not full-time employment should be identified as such.

If you require a paper application, please download and print one here or contact our office at 207-623-6700. Paper applications for this posting should be submitted along with cover letter and resume before the closing date to Security & Employment Service Center, 45 Commerce Drive, Augusta, ME 04330 or faxed to 207-287-2018. Be sure title of the job you are applying for is included. Applications cannot be accepted after the posting closing date.

Benefits of working for the State of Maine:

No matter where you work across Maine state government, you find employees who embody our state motto-“Dirigo” or “I lead”-as they provide essential services to Mainers every day. We believe in supporting our workforce’s health and wellbeing with a valuable total compensation package, including:

+ Work-Life Balance – Rest is essential. Take time for yourself using 13 paid holidays, 12 days of sick leave, and 3+ weeks of vacation leave annually. Vacation leave accrual increases with years of service, and overtime-exempt employees receive personal leave.

+ Health Insurance Coverage – The State of Maine pays 85%-100% of employee-only premiums ($9,893.52-$11,057.52 annual value), depending on salary. Use this chart to find the premium costs for you and your family, including the percentage of dependent coverage paid by the State.

+ Health Insurance Premium Credit – Participation decreases employee-only premiums by 5%. Visit the Office of Employee Health and Wellness for more information about program requirements.

+ Dental Insurance – The State of Maine pays 100% of employee-only dental premiums ($350.40 annual value).

+ Retirement Plan – The State of Maine contributes 13.16% of pay to the Maine Public Employees Retirement System (MainePERS), on behalf of the employee.

+ Gym Membership Reimbursement – Improve overall health with regular exercise and receive up to $40 per month to offset this expense.

+ Health and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts – Set aside money pre-tax to help pay for out-of-pocket health care expenses and/or daycare expenses.

+ Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness – The State of Maine is a qualified employer for this federal program. For more information, visit the Federal Student Aid office.

+ Living Resources Program – Navigate challenging work and life situations with our employee assistance program.

+ Parental leave is one of the most important benefits for any working parent. All employees who are welcoming a child-including fathers and adoptive parents-receive four weeks of fully paid parental leave. Additional, unpaid leave may also be available, under the Family and Medical Leave Act ( .

+ Voluntary Deferred Compensation – Save additional pre-tax funds for retirement in a MaineSaves 457(b) account through payroll deductions.

+ Learn about additional wellness benefits for State employees from the Office of Employee Health and Wellness ( .

Maine State Government is an Equal Opportunity employer.

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Job Posting: JC215406101

Posted On: Jun 05, 2022

Updated On: Jun 25, 2022