Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

Oregon Department of Human Services
January 19, 2023
500 Summer Street NE, E-15 Salem, Oregon
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Are you passionate about assisting Oregonians with disabilities? Would you enjoy an opportunity to connect people with disabilities to resources that will support optimal independence and employment outcomes?

If you're looking for a career that will make a difference in the lives of more than 1 million Oregonians, join our team! Join our Team!

The Office Vocational Rehabilitation Program, part of the Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS), is looking for talented individuals with a passion for public service to apply for our Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC) position. As a VRC, you will work on increasing employment and advancement opportunities for persons with disabilities. You will complete the initial interview, and eligibility determination determines the nature and scope of services necessary to address disability barriers and ensures identified services are provided and/or coordinated with various partnerships. You will provide information and referral to adjunct services that impact independence and enhance employment outcomes.

You will lead to providing culturally appropriate services where individuals are treated respectfully, compassionately, and effectively in a manner that recognizes, affirms, and values the worth of children, individuals, families, and communities, protecting and preserving the dignity of each. This includes culture, language, national origin, class, race, age, ethnic background, disability, stage of development, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and other differences/diversity factors.

Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS), A place to belong and make a difference!

  • When you join the ODHS, you join a community of over 10,000 employees dedicated to serving and helping  Oregonians achieve well-being and independence through opportunities that protect, empower, respect choice, and preserve dignity.
  • Connect with ODHS Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and find a place to belong, build community and participate in shared learning. ERGs are employee-driven committees that support each other as well as the ODHS' overall mission and vision.
  • We are committed to building an antiracist and equitable agency. Equity is foundational to our role as a human services agency, and we are committed to integrating equity into all we do. The Equity North Star has four points that explain the agency's goals related to equity, inclusion, and racial justice.
  • We know that life is unpredictable and ODHS cares about keeping you well. Enjoy a work-life balance, 11 paid holidays a year, flexible work schedules, and competitive benefits packages including health, dental, vision and much more!
  • If you have federal student loan debt or are thinking of going back to school, then you might benefit from the Student Loan Forgiveness Program. If you make 120 qualifying payments on your student loan while working full-time for a qualifying employer, your student loan debt may be forgiven.


What you need to qualify


A Bachelor's degree in a related field, such as one that promotes the physical, psychosocial, or vocational well-being of individuals with disabilities AND two years of full-time work experience vocational rehabilitation-related services


A Master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling OR be certified by either the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), the Certified Insurance Rehabilitation Specialist (CIRS), OR the Certification of Disability Management Specialists Commission as a Certified Disability Management Specialist (CDMS), AND six months full-time work experience providing vocational rehabilitation-related services


A Master's degree in psychology, counseling, or a field related to vocational rehabilitation (such as one that promotes the physical, psychosocial, or vocational well-being of individuals with disabilities) AND one-year full-time work experience providing vocational rehabilitation-related services

There is no direct experience substitute for a Bachelor's degree.

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