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Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Assistant (Spanish Language), Grade 13 (PEF)

The New York State Education Department’s (NYSED) Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services - Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR) is seeking candidates for a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Assistant (Spanish Language) position in the Manhattan District Office. The incumbent of this position will perform a variety of paraprofessional tasks to support counselors as they provide vocational rehabilitation services to individuals with disabilities, who are interested in becoming employed or retaining their current employment. Duties of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Conduct intake interviews, review eligibility for financial assistance, and monitor training records;
  • Verify employment, which may require site visits to rehabilitation facilities, schools and training centers;
  • Authorize necessary medical diagnostic examinations;
  • Prepare financial and statistical records and reports;
  • Prepare routine correspondence to consumers and their families, vendors and other agencies concerning consumer status and progress; and,
  • Schedule transportation, interpreters, readers, and independent living services for disabled consumers.
Minimum Qualifications: 

Reassignment: Candidates must have one year of permanent competitive or 55b/c service as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Assistant (Spanish Language).

Eligible List Appointment: Candidates must be reachable on the Civil Service eligible list for this title. If you are on the eligible list for this title, you may receive a canvass letter. You must complete and return it as instructed on the letter. Candidates will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the Spanish language at a level that will permit them to perform the duties of the position satisfactorily.  

Section 70.1 Transfer: Candidates must have one year of permanent competitive or 55b/c service in a title SG-11 or higher deemed eligible to transfer under Section 70.1 of the Civil Service Law. For information regarding the transfer options of your current title, please visit the Civil Service Career Mobility Office Website. Candidates will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the Spanish language at a level that will permit them to perform the duties of the position satisfactorily.

Employees of ACCES-VR who are currently in a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Assistant (Spanish Language) position and are interested in transferring to the location indicated on this flyer MUST apply for the position as outlined in the Application section of this posting.

55b/c Appointment: This position is eligible for 55b/c designation and are subject to verification of applicant eligibility. Candidates must possess the minimum qualifications and a current 55b/c eligibility letter.

Provisional Appointment:  In the absence of an eligible list with three or more candidates willing to accept a position, a temporary provisional appointment may be considered.  For provisional appointment, candidates must have: a Bachelor's degree in social work, psychology, counseling, or vocational rehabilitation; OR 60 semester college credit hours AND one year of qualifying experience; *** OR three years of qualifying experience.***

Provisional candidates must take the examination for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Assistant (Spanish Language) when it is next offered and must be reachable on the resulting eligible list to maintain employment.

***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:

Either 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);

Or 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.

Conditions of Employment: 

This will be a contingent-permanent or temporary provisional appointment. Provisional candidates must take the examination for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Assistant (Spanish Language) when it is next offered and must be reachable on the resulting eligible list to maintain employment.  This position is eligible for 55b/c designation and is subject to verification of applicant eligibility. Candidates must possess the minimum qualifications and a current 55b/c eligibility letter. Promotions and transfers may change appointees’ negotiating unit. Applicants should be aware that changes in negotiating units may affect their salary, insurance, and other benefits. Verification of degree and/or transcripts will be required for all open competitive eligible list candidates at the time of interview. Candidates will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the Spanish language at a level that will permit them to perform the duties of the position satisfactorily. This position will require occasional statewide travel (20% of assignment).

All NYSED employees must be vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit to mandatory weekly testing for COVID-19.

*Leads to a maximum salary of $58,374 based on annual performance advances.

** Plus $3,026 annual Downstate adjustment.

Application: 

Qualified candidates should send a resume and letter of interest by December 15, 2021 to accesjobs@nysed.gov (email submissions are preferred). You must include the Box number (ACS-2584/46101) of the position in the subject line of your email and cover letter to ensure receipt of your application. In order to qualify for the position, when you have current or prior New York State employment, you may be contacted by NYSED Personnel for your social security number to confirm your State employment history.

Location: 
Manhattan
Grade Level: 
Grade 13
Negotiating Unit: 
PEF
Salary: 
$45,617
Box #: 
ACS-2584/46101
Deadline Date: 
Wednesday, December 15, 2021
Email Address: 
Office: 
Adult Career and Continuing Education Services

Office Information

Office of Human Resources Management
NYS Education Department
89 Washington Avenue, Room 528 EB
Albany, NY 12234
Fax (518) 486-5631

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