Orientation and Mobility Specialist and/or Vision Rehab Therapist

Basic Information

Date posted: 07/28/2022

Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado

Posted by: State of Colorado, Dept of Labor & Employment, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

Salary: $53,484.00 - $59,688.00 Annually

Contact Information

Address

720 N Main Street, Ste 320
Pueblo, CO 81003

Phone

719-565-8455

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Qualifications

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS, SUBSTITUTIONS, CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT & APPEAL RIGHTS

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from a program fully accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP), or for graduation prior to July 1, 2017, accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE)

OR

Possession of a current certification in Orientation and Mobility and/or Vision Rehabilitation Therapist from the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP), or a Commission on Rehabilitation Counseling Certification credential (CRCC)

OR

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master’s degree in Counseling, Psychology, Special Education, Social Work, Behavioral Science, Disability Studies or closely related human services field

AND two (2) years of experience providing services appropriate to the work assignment directly with individuals who have disabilities.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Professional experience working for a state vocational rehabilitation agency
  • Professional experience working to assist people with disabilities to achieve successful employment outcomes
  • Experience in vocational, career counseling, academic advisement
  • Experience using the AWARE software system

Conditions of Employment:

You must pass a thorough background check prior to employment which will include the E-Verify process.

Effective September 20, 2021, employees will be required to attest to and verify whether or not they are fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Employees who have not been fully vaccinated may be required to submit to serial testing in the future. Upon hire, new employees will have three (3) business days to provide attestation to their status with proof of vaccination. Vaccinated employees must provide proof of vaccination.

Note: Fully Vaccinated means two (2) weeks after a second dose in a two-dose series of the COVID-19 vaccine, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two (2) weeks after the single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine, as defined by the most recent State of Colorado’s Public Health Order and current guidance issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment.

 APPEAL RIGHTS:

If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for this position, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board or request a review by the State Personnel Director.

An appeal or review must be submitted on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative. This form must be delivered to the State Personnel Board by email([email protected]), postmarked in US Mail or hand delivered (1525Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver CO 80203), or faxed (303.866.5038) within ten (10) calendar days from your receipt of notice or acknowledgement of the department’s action.

For more information about the appeals process, the official appeal form, and how to deliver it to the State Personnel Board; go to

spb.colorado.gov; contact the State Personnel Board for assistance at (303) 866-3300; or refer to 4 Colorado Code of Regulations (CCR) 801-1, State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director’s Administrative Procedures, Chapter 8, Resolution of Appeals and Disputes, at spb.colorado.gov under Rules.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION:

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact: [email protected]

Minimum Qualification Screening

A Human Resources Analyst will only review the work experience/job duties sections of the online job application to determine whether you meet the minimum qualifications for the position for which you are applying. Cover letters and resumes WILL NOT be accepted in lieu of the official State of Colorado online application,

CDLE does not accept attachments of any kind during the application process.

Part-time work experience will be prorated.

Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications to continue in the selection process for this position. Work experience and qualifications must be specifically documented on your online application. Do not use “see resume” or “see attached” statements on your application.

CDLE does not accept attachments of any kind during the application process.

Comparative Analysis Process – Structured Application Review

After minimum qualification screening, the comparative analysis process for this position will involve a review and rating of all the information you submit with your application materials. Therefore, it is extremely important to document in the work experience/job duties portion of your online application the extent to which you possess the education, experience, minimum qualifications, and preferred qualifications as outlined in the job announcement. It is also important to thoroughly answer all supplemental questions (if listed) as your answers to these questions will be evaluated during this phase.

Supplemental Questions (see application within http://www.colorado.gov/jobs)

Job Description

Orientation and Mobility Specialist and/or Vision Rehab Therapist

FLSA STATUS: Exempt; position is not eligible for overtime compensation.

OPENING DATE: 07/28/22

CLOSING DATE: 08/15/22 05:00 PM

DEPARTMENT INFORMATION:

A residency waiver has been granted for this announcement.
Applications will be considered from residents and non-residents of Colorado.

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT WILL REMAIN OPEN UNTIL 5:00PM ON MONDAY AUGUST 15, 2022.

The Department of Labor and Employment keeps Colorado strong and competitive. We connect workers with great jobs and assist those who have been injured on the job. We help people who are unemployed through no fault of their own by providing temporary wage replacement and we ensure fair labor practices. We provide an up-to-date and accurate picture of the economy that helps in decision making. And we protect the workplace – and Colorado communities – with a variety of consumer protection and safety programs.

This is a values-driven organization, committed to accountability, agility, collaboration, and respect.

We believe in outstanding customer service, an inclusive culture, continued process improvement and in our role as a trusted and strategic partner. Recognizing that knowledgeable employees drive our success, we are seeking dedicated individuals who exhibit our shared values and our passion for quality and excellence in all we do. In addition to rewarding and meaningful work, we offer excellent benefits:

  • Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement benefits including a
  • PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan
  • plus 401(k) and 457 plans
  • Medical and dental health plans
  • Employer supplemented
  • Health Savings Account
  • Paid life insurance
  • Short- and long-term disability coverage
  • 11 paid holidays per year plus vacation and sick leave
  • BenefitHub state employee discount program
  • MotivateMe employee wellness program
  • Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible schedules, training and more
  • Access to participate in employer-supported employee affinity spaces
  • RTD Eco-Pass Commuter Program

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) has implemented a pilot program on March 1st, 2022 which will award Disability Hiring Preference Points similar to the Veterans’ Preference Points program. During your application process you will be asked if you would like to be considered for either of these programs for additional points in the hiring process. To learn more about Disability Hiring Preference and what will be required to participate, please visit our website:

https://sites.google.com/state.co.us/disability-hiring-preference/home

PLEASE NOTE: With the beginning of this program, CDLE will no longer accept attachments of any kind with applications. Please be as thorough as possible in documenting your education and work history in the application system. Attachments will not be accepted or considered during any phase of the hiring process including minimum qualification screening, comparative analysis, or interviews.

DESCRIPTION OF JOB

This position exists to instruct individuals with visual impairments in independent travel, communications, home and personal management, assistive technology, and other skills to prepare them to reach their highest level of independence at work, home, and/or in the community. Counseling and guidance is provided on an ongoing basis to aid the client in coping with his/her visual loss. Special emphasis is given to helping the client make effective personal choices and accessing community resources.

Analyze and assimilate medical, psychological, vocational, social, and education information into training objectives in Plan that are specific for each individual, designed to meet client expectations and needs and correlate with IPE goals.

Make professional presentations at seminars/conferences; providing training to clients, families, and interested community members.

Attend training and conferences on new technology and approaches in the field and share this information with co-workers and implement the knowledge and skills with clients.

Use appropriate motivational and coaching techniques to build trust and self confidence in client so that he or she can tackle the difficult and challenging task of street crossings, using public transportation, traveling along, finding new locations, etc.

Be able to effectively communicate and coordinate with employers in any work environment to assist client to access job site and acquire appropriate accommodations on the job.

Provide Disability Awareness training to employers to reduce negative attitudes toward blindness and improve the employment outcome for individuals who are blind.

ADAAA Accommodations:
Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources at (303) 318-8200 or [email protected] at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please submit an online application for this position at:

https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/colorado/jobs/3653407/orientation-mobility-instructor-and-or-vision-rehabilitation-therapist

Reach out to the Department Contact to apply using a paper application, including any supplemental questions. Failure to submit a complete and timely application may result in the rejection of your application. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that application materials are received by the appropriate Human Resources office before the closing date and time listed.

 DEPARTMENT CONTACT INFORMATION:  [email protected]
 METHODS OF APPOINTMENT:

Website

http://www.colorado.gov/jobs