Title: Placement Counselor - #ARS00475
Hiring Range: Minimum starting salary at $44,100 commensurate with experience
Agency: Dept for Aging & Rehab Svcs
Location: Aging & Rehab Svcs
Agency Website: https://www.dars.virginia.gov/
Recruitment Type: General Public - G
This position is located in Petersburg, Va.
The Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARs) is seeking a Placement Counselor. The DRS Field Rehabilitation Services Division assists individuals with disabilities to make informed choices that will maximize their employment through coordinated service delivery. In collaboration with the Workforce Network, we deliver quality workforce services to individuals with disabilities who want to work and employers seeking to hire them.
In partnership with persons with disabilities, provides comprehensive vocational rehabilitation services which result in employment and enhanced independent living in compliance with federal, state, and agency policy and procedures. Core case management services may include guidance and counseling, employer engagement/cultivation, Pre-Employment Services and Counseling, Job readiness training services and job placement services. Caseload may consist of students, youth, and adults with varying disabilities including, but not limited to serious mental illness, substance abuse, hearing impairment and all other disabilities. This position is housed in the Petersburg Office. Coverage areas include Petersburg, Hopewell, Colonial Heights, Prince George, Dinwiddie, Surry, Sussex, Brunswick, and Emporia.
Experience in developing prospects and implementing marketing strategies. Collaborates with Business leaders to identify job openings and to promote the benefit of career development and placement services. Develops and maintains relationships with business and community partners. Keep abreast of current sources and use of career, occupational, and employment formation in providing labor market information to both counselors and candidates. Demonstrated ability to write for professional and public audiences and conduct training. Knowledge of various software programs such as spreadsheet, word processing, desktop publishing, and database management as applicable to marketing program. Use of the Internet for the purpose of employment outcomes.
Degree in Business Management, Communications, Human Services, Marketing, Vocational Rehabilitation, related field; or equivalent experience to demonstrate proficiency in working with businesses to employ individuals with disabilities. Bachelor’s level transcripts must accompany the application. Please note that the transcripts must display the date that the degree was awarded.
Previous experience working with individuals with disabilities and understanding of best practices related to the employment of people with disabilities is preferred. Working knowledge of human services, adult education, social services and other stakeholders and community partners preferred.
RMS provides a confirmation of receipt when your application and/or résumé is submitted successfully. Please refer to “Your Application” in your RMS account to check the status of your application for this position.
This has been designated a sensitive position under Va. Code § 2.2-1201.1. A fingerprint-based criminal history check will be required of the finalist candidate.
Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during the application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact
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Minorities, Individuals with disabilities, Veterans, Americorp, Peace Corps, and other National Service Alumni are encouraged to apply.
Equal Opportunity Employer State applications will only be accepted as submitted online by 11:55 p.m. on the closing date through the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Job Board/Recruitment Management System (RMS). RMS provides a confirmation of receipt when your application is submitted successfully. Please refer to “Your Application” in your RMS account to check the status of your application for this position.
Name: Human Resources
In support of the Commonwealth’s commitment to inclusion, we are encouraging individuals with disabilities to apply through the Commonwealth Alternative Hiring Process. To be considered for this opportunity, applicants will need to provide their Certificate of Disability (COD) provided by a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor within the Department for Aging & Rehabilitative Services (DARS), or the Department for the Blind & Vision Impaired (DBVI). Veterans are encouraged to answer Veteran status questions and submit their disability documentation, if applicable, to DARS/DBVI to get their Certificate of Disability. If you need to get a Certificate of Disability, use this link: Career Pathways for Individuals with Disabilities, or call DARS at 800-552-5019, or DBVI at 800-622-2155.
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