Voc Rehab Counselor Assnt Manual Communications

Grade 13

New York State has approximately 4 positions* in this title statewide. You may view a breakdown of positions by county. This position exists in Education, Dept of. View links to all New York State agencies including agencies that have this title. For more information, New York State employees can contact the Career Mobility Office at (518) 485-6199 or (800) 553-1322. If you are not a current New York State employee, you can use the Department of Civil Service Web site to explore possible employment opportunities.

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Career Ladder

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Summary of Job Description

As a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Assistant (Manual Communications), you would be a part of a rehabilitation unit in a district office and perform a variety of paraprofessional tasks to support the counselors in assisting individuals with physical, mental, or learning disabilities in obtaining or retaining employment. You would follow the individualís progress through the rehabilitation process; conduct interviews and orientation sessions; review eligibility for financial assistance; monitor training records; and verify employment which might require site visits to rehabilitation facilities, schools, and training centers. You might authorize necessary medical diagnostic examinations; prepare financial and statistical records and reports; and prepare routine correspondence to individuals and their families, vendors, and other agencies concerning individualís status and progress. You might also assist to arrange needed transportation, TTY telephone connections, interpreters, readers, and independent living services for disabled individuals.

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Summary of Minimum Qualifications

Please note: qualifications for this position may be subject to change. If substitutions for education and/or experience are allowed, this information would be available on the announcement.

You must take and pass a Civil Service examination in order to be considered for this position.

There are two examinations held for this position. Please note: New York State employees may qualify for both.  

For employees of New York State on or before the date of the examination, the candidate must be a qualified employee of the New York State Education Department and have had three months of permanent competitive, non-competitive, labor class, or 55-b/55-c service in a position allocated to a Grade 6 or higher.

For all other qualified individuals, on or before the date of the examination, the candidate must have:

1. a bachelorís degree in social work, psychology, counseling, or vocational rehabilitation;


2. 60 semester college credit hours and one year of qualifying experience;**


3. three years of qualifying experience.**

**For experience to be considered qualifying, the primary responsibilities of a position must have involved professional or paraprofessional duties in one of the following areas:

A. providing direct services beyond routine personal care or supervision to physically, mentally, or learning disabled adults or adolescents in a rehabilitation program or facility. (Qualifying examples include casework, counseling, daily living skills training, benefit advisement, or peer mentoring. Clerical duties such as answering the telephone or scheduling appointments are NOT considered qualifying experience);


B. providing vocational or educational services to adults or adolescents with physical, mental, or learning disabilities in the areas of assessment, counseling, job coaching, guidance, placement, or job development.

If you are selected for appointment as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Assistant (Manual Communications), you will be required to demonstrate proficiency in that language. Proficiency must be at a level which will permit you to perform the duties of the position satisfactorily.

For informational purposes only, click on the examination number(s) listed below to see the current or previous examination(s) that are used to fill this title.

00-396 26-419

How to Apply

When this examination is scheduled to be held, the announcement can be found on the Department of Civil Service, Examination Announcements web page. If you do not see an examination currently scheduled please check back on a monthly basis or sign up for announcement notification by email so that you will automatically be notified when new examinations are being offered.

Career Mobility

Career mobility is not just limited to the titles in the Career Ladder, above. Additional movement may be achieved through other examinations, additional education and/or work experience or transfer opportunities. For additional information or clarification of transfer determinations, current State employees should contact the Career Mobility Office. Visit ELMS Online to view established open-competitive, promotion, and transition eligible lists. If you are not a current New York State employee, see Employment Opportunities with New York State and find out how to become a New York State employee.

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