Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor / Trainee - #00032

The Dept for the Blind & Vision Impaired seeks an Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor / Trainee - #00032 to To provide Vocational Rehabilitation Services to eligible individuals who are blind, visually impaired, and/ or deafblind in order to facilitate competitive and integrated employment outcomes. To provide vocational guidance and counseling, to determine applicants’ eligibility for vocational rehabilitation services, and to plan, develop, implement, and manage a vocationally focused Individualized Plan for Employment for eligible individuals resulting in successful employment outcomes.

The office is located in Richmond, Virginia and territory coverage is in the greater Richmond area.

The agency has the option of filling this job at the Counselor I (Trainee) level if fully qualified applicants are interviewed and not selected. The minimum for a Counselor I (Trainee) is $44,100. The minimum for a Counselor II (fully qualified) is $.49,613.


Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling or closely related field required. Applicants who are within a semester of completion of a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling or a closely related field will be considered if the application is accompanied by a transcript that verifies the anticipated graduation date. To be considered as a Counselor I (Trainee), individuals must have a Bachelor’s degree in a human services or related field and applicable work experience. An individual hired as a Counselor Trainee will be required to sign a Conditions of Employment and must enroll within six months of being hired in an academic program to obtain a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling or a closely related field.

Demonstrated knowledge of theory, principles, and practices of rehabilitation guidance and counseling, interviewing, evaluation techniques, psycho-social assessment, medical terminology, crisis intervention, conflict resolution, behavioral management, career exploration/development, job placement, case management, rehabilitation/assistive technology, and alternative techniques that enhance the independence of blind or visually impaired individuals.

Demonstrated ability to understand tests and their measurements, validity, reliability, and statistical procedures; ability to understand barriers to employment, regional labor market, employment trends, occupational skill requirements, community resources’ criteria and procedures, diversity factors, economic development resources, job analyses, procurement practices, school to work transition, Social Security Administration guidelines and work incentives, and the Americans with Disability Act; to manage a caseload, meet multi-tasked job demands, represent the agency in a variety of settings, function without close daily supervision, set daily schedule, integrate and effectively use data and to effectively make presentations to groups.

Demonstrated skills to arrange and interpret diagnostic evaluations, apply counseling theories and principles, apply program, agency, and state policies and procedures; and skills in communication to establish effective relationships with individuals, the public, and agency staff.

Prefer A current CRC credential educational standards established by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC).

To apply:

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (Vision)
Darlene Klenzmann, HR Talent Acquisition Partner
VA Dept. of Aging & Rehab. Srvcs, Office of Human Resources