Transition Services Specialist (VR Service or Rehabilitation Specialist)

at State of Nebraska
Published August 11, 2022
Location North Platte, NE
Category Default  
Job Type Full-time  


DescriptionAre you interested in a career making a positive impact on the lives of students? We are looking for a Transition Services Specialist to work with high school students with disabilities and help them achieve their goals. If you value autonomy, collaboration, and positivity, you will enjoy working with this team!Watch this video for more information about work-based learning opportunities and the impact you could have!Compensation:The salary range for this position is dependent on education.Successful candidates with a bachelor's degree will be hired as a Service Specialist, within a salary range of $16.752 - $19.262 per hourSuccessful candidates with a master's degree will be hired as a Rehabilitation Specialist, within a salary range of $20.743 - $24.200 per hourThese ranges are based upon available budget funds. The selected candidate's skills, abilities, education, and experience will determine the salary offer within this posted range.*Promotional Opportunity: Employees will be hired as a Service or Rehabilitation Specialist with the expectation of being promoted to a Senior Specialist after the successful completion of two years of successful employment.Teammates Enjoy:We know the opportunity to be part of meaningful work and make a difference state-wide through public service is important to you, but we have even more to offer:Hybrid work locations and workplace flexibilityStable employment and hours with annual salary increasesThirteen paid holidays per yearCompetitive benefits, paid time off, and retirement79% employer-paid health insurance with four plans to choose fromDental, vision, long and short-term disability, flex spending and health savings accounts, employee assistance program, employee discount program, and more!Generous vacation and sick leave earnings each year, plus a variety of other leave types 156% state-matched retirementWide variety of professional development opportunitiesNEW Dependent Tuition Reimbursement Program with six Nebraska community colleges!EEO: NDE is committed to advancing equity, inclusiveness, and diversity in all that we do. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, we encourage applications from ALL qualified candidates and assure they will receive consideration for this position regardless of sex, race, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.Examples of WorkVisits high schools to provide career exploration services and work readiness skills training to high school students with disabilities. Provides education related to resumes, applications, and interviewing skills.Demonstrates beneficial soft skills (e.g., timeliness, dependability) and advises students in informed decision making, interpersonal, and vocational skills. Develops engaging, educational, and interactive group activities.Assists students with strengthening their self-advocacy skills related to their disabilities.Arranges job exploration activities such as informational interviews, job shadows, work-based learning experiences, etc.Develops and maintains relationships with students, parents, teachers, other educational entity staff, and businesses or employers to ensure quality services for each student and provide information about Nebraska VR services.Attends Individual Educational Plan (IEP) meetings to gain understanding of student needs and update school staff on VR involvement.Records accurate documentation and case notes on all interaction with students to inform school staff and parents or guardians, as well as other VR staff.Demonstrates commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment.Rehabilitation Specialist Additional Functions: Including the functions above, Rehabilitation Specialists will also be responsible for the responsibilities listed below.Analyzes and integrates client medical and psychological reports and social, education, and employment information.Approves cases for client eligibility and Individualized Plans for Employment (IPEs).Working Conditions and Travel:This position requires approximately 40% of work time spent in an office environment, the remainder of work time is spent in the community. Employees may be asked, within reason, to use their own personal vehicles for travel.Qualifications / RequirementsMinimum Qualifications:Service Specialist: Bachelor's degree in a related field or bachelor's degree in another field and a minimum of two years of work experience related to the essential functions of the position. Rehabilitation Specialist: Master's degree with emphasis in one of the following areas: Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling, Counseling and Guidance, or another field that reasonably provides competence in the employment sector, in a disability field, or both.Preferred Qualifications:Service Specialist: Bachelor's degree in related field and at least one year of direct experience working with, and advocating for, people with disabilities. Experience working with high school students and understanding of secondary school systems. Ability to manage high volume of cases and provide case management services while collaborating with teachers and other school staff.Rehabilitation Specialist: Master's degree in related field and progressively responsible experience working with, and advocating for, people with significant disabilities. Experience working with high school students and understanding of secondary school systems. Ability to mentor others in managing high volume of cases and providing quality case management services.*In lieu of resume and cover letter, the supplemental "Questions" section of the application assists us in learning about specific, comparable experiences from each candidate. We can then accordingly determine candidates to move forward with using evidence-based equitable practices. In addition to the required Work Experience and Education sections, answering the supplemental Questions completely with requested details is highly encouraged. 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