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Washington State DSHS DVR Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor in Mt. Vernon, Washington


Do you have a passion for assisting young people with disabilities by providing vocational rehabilitation counseling and case management services to assist them in obtaining and maintaining employment? Join the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) and our hard-working team of professionals. Motivated people engaged in providing vocational rehabilitation services to local high school students with disabilities are encouraged to apply. In cooperation with other agencies and service providers, you'll work with clients to complete comprehensive assessments and develop an Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) to achieve their employment goals.

Some of what you will do

  • You will learn to serve a caseload of DVR clients
  • Determine client eligibility for vocational rehabilitation services
  • Provide vocational rehabilitation counseling and support
  • Conduct comprehensive assessments of client needs for vocational rehabilitation services
  • Obtain benefits analysis reports and interpret results to assist and counsel clients
  • Assist clients in developing and implementing an IPE and monitor progress toward completion of employment goals
  • Maintain close working relationships with a federal, state and local organizations; jointly serving clients
  • Support local high school transition programs through coordination of services by attending IEP meetings, consult with teachers and parents, and provide vocational rehabilitation counseling and guidance for potentially eligible students
  • Work with area Transition Consultant to ensure pre-Employment Transition Services are available to students and school districts
  • Promote DVR programs to the public and employers, and conduct outreach in the community to share information about DVR services
  • Lead group orientations, workshops, and related activities to facilitate informed choices and prepare clients for employment

What we are looking for

  • Professionals with in-depth knowledge of disabilities and the models of vocational rehabilitation service delivery that lead to successful employment outcomes for people with disabilities, including supported employment models
  • Commitment to the economic prosperity of people with disabilities who are seeking good-paying jobs and/or advancement in their careers
  • Demonstrated professional ability applying technical knowledge of medical and psychological aspects of disabling conditions, labor market information, transferable skills analysis, assistive technology, and job modifications
  • Strong ability to assist clients in exercising informed choices to make collaborative decisions that are consistent with appropriate vocational rehabilitation practice
  • Negotiate with vendors, and collaborate with other rehabilitation professionals
  • Work effectively with all types of people, especially those who are frustrated by their life circumstances
  • Emotional intelligence, assist in redirecting anger or frustration into positive communication and behavior
  • Desire to develop exceptional vocational rehabilitation counseling skills
  • Enthusiasm for a challenging profession that transforms people's lives
  • Experience working with people with disabilities

Who should apply

  • Current Certification as a Rehabilitation Counselor by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC)
  • Or, a Master's degree in rehabilitation counseling, psychology, counseling, or a field related to vocational rehabilitation (such as one that promotes the physical, psychosocial, or vocational well-being of persons with disabilities)
  • Or, a Master's degree with at least 18 quarter or 12 semester credit hours of rehabilitation counseling courses, and 6 months paid/unpaid vocational counseling, job placement, vocational assessment or other areas of rehabilitation counseling experience


  • Bachelor's degree in vocational rehabilitation counseling or reasonably related field, andaccepted or enrolled in a rehabilitation counseling or related master's program that will be completed within 2 years, and 1 year paid/unpaid experience consisting of:
  • Direct work with people with disabilities in a setting such as an independent living center;
  • Or, direct service or advocacy activities that provide you with experience and skills in working with persons with disabilities;
  • Or, direct experience as an employer, as a small business owner or operator, or in self-employment, or other experience in human resources, recruitment, or experience in supervising employees, training, or other activities that provide experience in competitive integrated employment environments.

Click here for a complete list of alternate desirable qualifications. Starting salary depends on your qualifications.


  1. Submit an application
  2. Letter of Interest
  3. Resume
  4. Provide as attachments: Bachelor's degree diploma and complete transcript of coursework and proof of acceptance or enrollment in a rehabilitation counseling or related master's program; OR master's degree diploma and complete transcript of coursework; OR CRCC certificate

See why people like you chose careers with DSHS. Questions?Email Recruiter, Jenny at or call 360-725-5848; reference 11778.

Supplemental Information

Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history may be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the job. This announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies. Employees driving on state business must have a valid driver's license. Employees driving a privately owned vehicle on state business must have liability insurance on the privately owned vehicle.

Washington State Department of Social & Health Services is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in any area of employment, its programs or services on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity/expression, marital status, race, creed, color, national origin, religion or beliefs, political affiliation, military status, honorably discharged veteran, Vietnam Era, recently separated or other protected veteran status, the presence of any sensory, mental, physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, equal pay or genetic information. Persons requiring accommodation in the application process or this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the Recruiter at (360) 725-5810. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6384.

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Salary: $3,593.00 - $5,466.00 Monthly

Location: Skagit County - Mt. Vernon, WA

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Department: Dept. of Social and Health Services

Job Number: 2019-11778

Closing: 12/15/2019 9:28 AM Pacific

Agency: State of Washington

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