Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist

Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation · Juneau, Alaska
Department Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation
Employment Type Full Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level
Compensation $24.45 - $35.10 DOE


Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist 


Job Class: Specialist
Department: TVR
Type of Position: Non-Exempt
Location of Work: Juneau, AK
Covered Position: Yes
Salary Grade(s): 8/9
Hours of Work: M-F, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Employment Category: Regular, Full-Time


Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor works independently making decisions related to the rehabilitation process, managing a caseload and providing vocational rehabilitation counseling to clients who experience physical, mental or cognitive disabilities to obtain employment.  Actively participate with TVR team in reviewing, discussing and problem-solving client situations, and plans.  Incumbent will make decisions concerning eligibility, development of individualized plans for employment (IPE), and is actively involved in job development and placement activities.


Reports To: TVR Manager
Supervises: N/A
Liaison To: N/A


• Conducts initial intake interviews with applicants

• Explain vocational rehabilitation programs to clients including eligibility requirements and client rights

• Provide specialized counseling, to include but not limited to assessment of individual needs; diagnosis and treatment planning including recommendations; career (vocational) counseling; referral and service coordination; advocacy with employers; consultation, advice to partner agencies to improve their ability to serve individuals with disabilities and job analysis, development and placement

• Ensure compliance with federal criteria, and determine client eligibility 

• Determines if medical, psychological, or vocational evaluations are needed and makes necessary arrangements

• Evaluate functional and vocational capacities of client, develop IPE 

• Work with employers to develop employment opportunities; arrange for job coaches, if necessary, place client and conduct follow-up

• Authorize expenditure of funds for client services

• Assist client in becoming an active participant in his/her rehabilitation program and aid the client in making meaningful and informed choices about the selection of a vocational goal and other rehabilitation services

• Develop community resources in order to assist clients in achieving their vocational goals

• Travel to rural areas to provide services to clients and promote utilization of community resources and schools

• With the client’s active participation, design and implement an IPE based upon an evaluation of diagnostic information and the needs of the client.  

• Apply information and knowledge of assistive technology and recommend modification in work sites or equipment that will allow the client to perform work tasks



Spending Authority: N/A
Other Authority: N/A      


• Considerable knowledge of vocational rehabilitation principles and practices; techniques of team development and communication; resource utilization; counseling techniques and practices; medical and psychological aspects of disabilities; job development, analysis, and placement.

• Ability to counsel clients in acknowledging disability limitations and barriers, identifying realistic goals, making appropriate vocational choices, and taking advantage of using assistive technology or other resources.  

• Ability to assist, persuade, and motivate clients to make appropriate vocational choices and to take an active role in the attainment of their vocational goals.

• Ability to maintain composure and instigate techniques to immediately calm applicants and clients during stressful situations; ability to communicate effectively with applicants, clients, service providers and employers from diverse sector of society.  

• Ability to manage a full caseload of clients independently; make accurate and empathetic decisions concerning rehabilitation plan development and implementation.

• Ability to use a client data base system, ensuring compliance with federal regulations governing confidentiality, ethics and program services.  

• Ability to work compatibly in a team environment and apply the principles and practices of a self-directed team and individual empowerment; provide training and assistance to lower level staff.

• Knowledge of area and issues specific to Southeast Alaska

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (education, experience, skills)

• A Bachelor’s Degree in Vocational Rehabilitation, social services or behavioral science, or a closely related field. 

• One year of paraprofessional or professional experience providing social assistance services to people with disabilities.

• Alaska Driver’s license

Substitution for Bachelors:   

High School Diploma or GED

4 years’ experience as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Associate or equivalent may be substituted for the degree requirement on a year for year basis.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS (education, experience, skills)

• 3 years’ experience of professional level counseling experience with a vocational rehabilitation program.  

• Drug and Alcohol Counseling Certification


The majority of work is performed in a professional office setting and is generally sedentary, requiring routine walking, standing, bending, and carrying of items weighing less than 40 lbs.  Travel on small aircraft or ferry may be required.


• All employment at Tlingit & Haida is “at will”.  This means that the employee or Tlingit & Haida may terminate employment at any time and for any reason. Unless specified in writing, no term of employment is expressed or implied for this position.

• Tlingit & Haida is a no tolerance workplace.  All regular employees may be required to pass a pre-employment and subsequent random drug and alcohol screening to be eligible for and maintain employment.

• Tlingit & Haida requires a criminal background check be conducted on all employees. All employment offers are conditional until federal criminal background check results verify your eligibility to work for Tlingit & Haida.

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  • Location
    Juneau, Alaska
  • Department
    Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Employment Type
    Full Time
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    $24.45 - $35.10 DOE