Rehabilitation Counselor II - Portland

Portland, Maine, United States | Professional/Technical | Full-time

Apply by: July 7, 2022
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Department of Labor, Bureau of Rehabilitation Services, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

Opening Date: June 23, 2022

Closing Date:  July 7, 2022 

Job Class Code: 3082
Grade: 22 (Professional/Technical)
Salary: $41,537 - $55,744 (A 4% general salary increase will be implemented July 3rd.)
Location: Portland

The Maine Department of Labor (MDOL) is now hiring for a Rehabilitation Counselor to join the Maine Apprenticeship Program team as the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services Apprenticeship Navigator! This position will be based in Portland but have statewide responsibilities as part of a team of hardworking professionals who support the expansion of apprenticeship for businesses and development of career opportunities for job seekers with disabilities across Maine.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Serves as a resource connector for job seekers with disabilities, employers, and Registered Apprenticeship and Pre-Apprenticeship stakeholders, including Secondary Schools, Career and Technical Education Centers, Industry Associations, Community Colleges, and other Workforce System Partners.
  • Provides technical assistance to Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors on Registered Apprenticeship and Pre-Apprenticeship opportunities for their clients.
  • Provides outreach to businesses to understand their workforce needs and helps strategize how to meet those needs through apprenticeship and other MDOL programs and services.
  • Establishes a counseling relationship with Vocational Rehabilitation clients, interpreting disability related information and determining rehabilitation needs that will result in a successful employment plan.
  • Educates workforce system partners on resources and strategies that promote the inclusion of people with disabilities in employment, including reasonable accommodations, assistive technology, Work Opportunity Tax Credits, and other support services, such as transportation and childcare.

The successful candidate must also have good computer knowledge to include Microsoft Office suite and virtual meeting platforms, such as Microsoft Teams and Zoom, and possess the ability to use independent judgment in handling work assignments, priorities, and schedules

Minimum qualifications:

A bachelor’s degree in a field related to vocational rehabilitation and 2 years of experience demonstrating knowledges and abilities in assisting individuals with disabilities, employers and other stakeholders with their employment and workforce needs.

Given the nature of the job responsibilities, certain positions may be subject to fingerprinting as part of the background process once a conditional offer of employment has been made.

Preference will be given to those applicants:

Preference will be given to candidates who have experience working with individuals with disabilities. 

Contact information:

Questions about this position should be directed to Peter Diplock at Peter.D.Diplock@Maine.gov.

Application Instructions:

Interested applicants need to apply online by selecting the "Apply for this opening" button along with uploading a cover letter, current resume, and copies of any transcripts or certifications you wish to have considered while evaluating your application.  In order for us to properly determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for any posting, you must be sure your resume includes month and year for any experience listed along with the duties and responsibilities associated with each particular time period.  Any experience that was not full-time employment should be identified as such. 

If you require a paper application, please download and print one here https://www.maine.gov/bhr/state-jobs/application-process or contact our office at 207-623-6700.  Paper applications for this posting should be submitted along with cover letter and resume before the closing date to Security & Employment Service Center, 45 Commerce Drive, Augusta, ME  04330 or faxed to 207-287-2018.  Be sure title of the job you are applying for is included.  Applications cannot be accepted after the posting closing date.  

Benefits of working for the State of Maine:

No matter where you work across Maine state government, you find employees who embody our state motto—"Dirigo" or "I lead"—as they provide essential services to Mainers every day. We believe in supporting our workforce's health and wellbeing with a valuable total compensation package, including: 

  • Work-Life Balance – Rest is essential. Take time for yourself using 13 paid holidays12 days of sick leave, and 3+ weeks of vacation leave annually. Vacation leave accrual increases with years of service, and overtime-exempt employees receive personal leave. 
  • Health Insurance Coverage – The State of Maine pays 85%-100% of employee-only premiums ($9,893.52-$11,057.52 annual value), depending on salary. Use this chart to find the premium costs for you and your family, including the percentage of dependent coverage paid by the State.  
  • Health Insurance Premium Credit – Participation decreases employee-only premiums by 5%. Visit the Office of Employee Health and Wellness for more information about program requirements. 
  • Dental Insurance – The State of Maine pays 100% of employee-only dental premiums ($350.40 annual value). 
  • Retirement Plan – The State of Maine contributes 13.16% of pay to the Maine Public Employees Retirement System (MainePERS), on behalf of the employee.  
  • Gym Membership Reimbursement – Improve overall health with regular exercise and receive up to $40 per month to offset this expense. 
  • Health and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts – Set aside money pre-tax to help pay for out-of-pocket health care expenses and/or daycare expenses. 
  • Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness – The State of Maine is a qualified employer for this federal program. For more information, visit the Federal Student Aid office. 
  • Living Resources Program – Navigate challenging work and life situations with our employee assistance program. 
  • Parental leave is one of the most important benefits for any working parent. All employees who are welcoming a child—including fathers and adoptive parents—receive four weeks of fully paid parental leave. Additional, unpaid leave may also be available, under the Family and Medical Leave Act 
  • Voluntary Deferred Compensation – Save additional pre-tax funds for retirement in a MaineSaves 457(b) account through payroll deductions. 
  • Learn about additional wellness benefits for State employees from the Office of Employee Health and Wellness. 

Maine State Government is an Equal Opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.