Senr Voc Rehab Counselor

Grade 22

New York State has approximately 98 positions* in this title statewide. You may view a breakdown of positions by county. This position exists in various agencies statewide. 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

A listing of titles that are most commonly used as steps for upward mobility for this title series. The salary schedule for this career ladder is also available.

  1. Voc Rehab Counselor

    Grade 19

  2. Senr Voc Rehab Counselor

    Grade 22

  3. Assoc Voc Rehab Counselor

    Grade 25

Summary of Job Description

Typically, Senior Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor is the first supervisory level involved in the vocational rehabilitation of persons with disabling physical and/or mental handicaps. This distinguishes them from positions of Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, Grade 19 which are directly involved in counseling clients and planning and coordinating the delivery of rehabilitation services and which do not have supervisory authority over professional positions. Incumbents of Senior Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor positions typically supervise a small group of Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors that may range from two to ten professionals plus clerical and keyboarding staff. A few other properly classified Senior Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor positions provide specialized services utilizing most of the abilities and knowledge required of the supervisory positions. Examples of such assignments may be found in the Bureau of Staff Development and Training and the Division of Policy Evaluation and Development of the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation. Senior Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors supervise and direct a unit of Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors who plan and coordinate the vocational rehabilitation of persons with disabling physical and/or mental handicaps with the primary goal being to aid these individuals to obtain and retain optimum employment. Senior Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors are physically located in field offices and institutions throughout the State. Most positions are found in the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation in the Education Department; others are found in the Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped in the Office of Children and Family Services and in the Workers' Compensation Board.

View the classification standard for this title, on the Classification and Compensation webpage.

The NYS Title and Salary Plan provides additional information regarding other titles. If there is a classification standard available there will be a link under the column labeled STD. NO. If no link is available there is no classification standard available at this time for that title.

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.  

On or before the date of the examination, the candidate must be a qualified employee of New York State and have had three months of permanent competitive or 55-b/55-c service as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (Manual Communications), or Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (Spanish Language).

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.


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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