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Date:  Jun 1, 2023


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Requisition No: 795394 

Agency: Department of Education


Position Number: 48004253 

Salary:  $3,332.79sutton 

Posting Closing Date: 06/13/2023 

LOCATION:  Tallahassee
POSITION TITLE: Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant

Position Number: 48004253
Minimum Hiring Salary: $3,332.79 Monthly*


*The salary may be negotiable dependent upon years of experience, education level and available salary rate. 

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is a federal-state program that helps people who have physical or mental disabilities get or keep a job. VR is committed to helping people with disabilities find meaningful careers.  Our Mission is "to help people with disabilities find and maintain employment and enhance their independence." Our Vision is "to become the first place people with disabilities turn when seeking employment and a top resource for employers in need of qualified employees."

This advertisement may be used to fill current and future vacancies for up to 6 months

Gaps of employment of 3 months or more must be addressed on the application and each field (address, city and state, dates, phone numbers, etc.) must be completed.  Periods of employment should be entered with the most recent/current listed first.

Preference will be given to persons with rehabilitation counselor certification (CRC). Information concerning the certification process can be found at


An applicant being recommended as new hire to the division and possessing a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) certification shall receive an additional $3,000 added to their annual salary ($250 monthly).

Background Screening Requirement:

It is the policy of the Florida Department of Education that applicants for employment undergo level 2 employment screening in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 435, Florida Statutes, as a condition of employment or being permitted to serve as a volunteer. All applicants for employment or to volunteer who are selected for an interview will be provided with the Consent to Background Screening    form for level 2 screening, the Affidavit of Good Moral Character, and the Notice of Rights. The leading candidate for employment or to volunteer will be required to execute the Consent form and Affidavit, report to a designated location, and submit fingerprints for level 2 screening. No applicant for a designated position will be employed or permitted to volunteer until the level 2 screening results are received, reviewed, and approved by the Department. Level 2 background screening shall include, but not be limited to, fingerprinting for statewide criminal and juvenile records checks through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and federal criminal records checks through the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and may include local criminal records checks through local law enforcement agencies.



  • Responsible for providing independent professional vocational rehabilitation counseling to individuals with complex and diverse disabilities who require vocational rehabilitation strategies in order that they may attain appropriate employment outcomes.
  • Provides technical assistance on vocational rehabilitation issues to internal and external customers, and developing resources and implementing special projects to expedite and expand services on Area-wide
  • Provides independent, professional vocational rehabilitation counseling to individuals with diverse disabilities with the provision and coordination of complex services in order that they may attain or maintain employment.
  • Access client information, maintain case records, produce correspondence, and perform other automated functions within the scope of the position's responsibilities
  • Provides consultation to VR Counselors and Supervisors
  • Assesses medical, psychological, and/or vocational information to determine eligibility and to develop individualized services to achieve vocational outcomes
  • Conducts and/or provides assistance to counselors in providing in-depth interviews of individuals with disabilities requiring complex rehabilitation strategies to determine eligibility  for vocational rehabilitation services and developing an employment outcome.
  • Consults with internal customers regarding, and provides counseling and guidance in career planning for, individuals with disabilities who require complex rehabilitation strategies and coordinates or negotiates services leading to successful employment outcomes
  • Develops and provides consultation to the Area staff regarding employer contacts and serves as liaison with employers.  Devises placement opportunities to assist eligible individuals with disabilities in obtaining appropriate employment
  • Provides selective job development and placement and provides technical assistance on the use of employment strategies to internal and external customers.  Coordinates, collaborates, facilitates, or directs, with a team approach, other placement activities including, but not limited to job development, job         analysis, job forecasting.
  • Provides technical assistance and training to internal and external customers.
  • Manages resources and/or provides technical assistance regarding financial accountability according to State and Federal regulations and policies
  • Assesses needs and develops appropriate resources for the Area.
  • Assesses training needs, provides technical assistance, and conducts specialized training to internal customers
  • Participates and provides training experiences designed to enhance professional competency and the understanding of policy, procedures, and good practices in vocational rehabilitation.
  • Performs related duties as required.


Conducts client intake.

  • Assesses client's resources.
  • Performs job placement and job development activities for clients.
  • Performs follow-up and maintains client contact through telephone calls and home visits.
  • Interviews, counsels, and evaluates patients to determine individual therapeutic activity needs.
  • Consults with other professionals and team members concerning recommended programs.
  • Prepares reports on patients' progress and their reactions to various activities.
  • Evaluates rehabilitation therapy programs and makes recommendations for adjustment and revisions.
  • Conducts in-depth interviews with a diverse group of blind and visually impaired clients to determine their eligibility for rehabilitation services and the feasibility for achieving a vocational independent living or educational goal.
  • Determines existing problems and evaluates individual needs for achieving independence in daily living, in acquiring communication skills and/or obtaining suitable employment.
  • Develops community contacts for employment opportunities, similar benefits and socialization.
  • Assists in the establishment of policies, standards, rules, regulations and guidelines for program planning.

Attendance is essential function of this position.

Minimum requirements:

Bachelor’s degree: 

Attainment of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a field of study 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
  • another field that reasonable prepares individuals to work with consumers and employers      

 Bachelor’s degree plus not less than 3 years of paid or unpaid experience consisting of: 

  • direct work with individuals with disabilities in a setting such as an independent living center
  • direct service for advocacy activities that provide such individual with experience and skills in working with individuals with disabilities
  • direct experience as an employer
  • direct experience as small business owner or operator
  • direct experience in self employment
  • experience in human resources
  • experience in recruitment
  • experience in supervising employees
  • experience in training
  • experience in other activities that provide experience in competitive integrated employment environments 

Advance degree: 

Attainment of a master’s or doctoral degree from an accredited college or university in field of study such as: 

  • vocational rehabilitation counseling
  • law
  • social work
  • psychology
  • disability studies
  • business administration
  • human resources
  • special education     
  • management
  • public administration
  • another field that reasonably provides confidence in:
    • the employment sector
    • in a disability field
    • or in both business-related and rehabilitation-related fields 





Knowledge of:

  • The theories and practices of vocational rehabilitation counseling
  • Case work principles, practices, and techniques
  • The professional ethics relating to vocational rehabilitation counseling
  • The vocational rehabilitation process as it relates to the purchase of services for clientele

Ability to:

  • Assess training needs and develop and conduct training programs
  • Utilize problem-solving techniques
  • Develop individual vocational rehabilitation programs for severely disabled clients with limited resources
  • Develop and review programs and their effectiveness and to recommend policy and procedural changes
  • Understand and apply applicable rules, regulations, policies and procedures
  • Communicate effectively
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others


  • State of Florida Retirement package – 3% employee contribution required
  • 10 Paid Holidays annually
  • 104 Hours of Paid Annual Leave annually
  • 104 Hours of Paid Sick Leave annually
  • Health Insurance for Individual or Family Coverage – State pays 80% of premium
  • Life Insurance – State pays 80% of premium
  • Additional supplemental insurances available such as dental, vision, etc.
  • Tax Deferred Medical and Child Care Reimbursement Accounts available
  • Tax Deferred Savings Program available through payroll deduction

Benefits information can be found on the following website:


If you wish to submit a resume with your application, please attach when applying for this vacancy.


The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Certain service members may be eligible to receive waivers for postsecondary educational requirements.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. 

Nearest Major Market: Tallahassee