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VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION SPECIALIST II - V (State Coordinator for Deaf & Deaf-Blind Services)
at State of Hawaii
- Recruitment Information
Recruitment Number 219450
Downtown, Oahu Employment Only
Salaries for the various position levels are as follows:
Level II - $3,744 per month (SR-18)
Level III - $4,079 to $4,968 per month (SR-20, Step C to H)
Level IV - $4,413 to $5,373 per month (SR-22, Step C to H)
Level V - $4,968 to $6,044 per month (SR-24, Step C to H)
Note: Hiring rates will be based on availability of funds, the applicant's qualifications, and other relevant factors.
This continuous recruitment may be closed at any time. The notice of the last day to file applications will be posted on the State of Hawaii's Civil Service Job Opportunities Listing page of our website.
- Duties Summary
This position is located in the Department of Human Services (DHS), Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, and is responsible for conducting statewide planning, development, and evaluation for coordination of comprehensive services for eligible individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf-blind, as the division's State Coordinator in Deafness and Deafness-Blindness, and to coordinate statewide planning, development and evaluation for the division's training and staff development program.
- Minimum Qualification Requirements
To qualify, applicants must meet all of the following requirements:
Education: A bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university.
General Experience: ONE (1) YEAR of progressively responsible professional experience which has provided a general knowledge of training practices, techniques, and requirements in one or more occupations.
This experience must have involved the application of two or more of the following kinds of knowledge and skills:
- Interviewing techniques;
- Knowledge of various occupations and their requirements;
- Social casework techniques;
- Knowledge of the causes and problems of persons with physical and mental disabilities;
- Counseling and/or guidance; and
- Tests and measurements.
For Levels III, IV and V:
Applicants must possess ONE (1) to THREE (3) years of progressively responsible professional experience in one or a combination of the following types:
- Vocational rehabilitation training as a regularly designated responsibility;
- Vocational guidance and teaching work in a recognized vocational rehabilitation program or in a school for persons with disabilities;
- Developmental work in programs of vocational rehabilitation located in an educational institution, government, business or industry;
- Personnel placement or employment placement experience which has provided extensive knowledge of training and rehabilitation requirements necessary to place persons with disabilities in one or more broad occupational areas; and
- Vocational rehabilitation counseling experience involving the adjustment, training and placement of persons with disabilities into gainful employment
Level IV: In addition to meeting the requirements for Level III, ONE (1) ADDITIONAL YEAR of experience which demonstrated the ability to provide the FULL RANGE of direct service activities under general supervision. Such experience must have demonstrated the ability to independently develop training programs for persons with disabilities; to assist them in adjusting to training or work situations; and which demonstrated successful contacts with management for the placement of disabled persons.
Level V: In addition to meeting the requirements for Level IV, ONE (1) ADDITIONAL YEAR of experience which demonstrated the ability to independently develop training programs for persons with the most severe disabilities; to assist them in adjusting to the training program and/or work situation; and to place them in gainful employment.
Level V only - Specialized Knowledge & Ability (Deaf and Blind Services):
In order to perform the duties and responsibilities of this position, applicants must possess demonstrated knowledge of the causes and treatment of deafness, hearing loss and/or deaf-blindness; psychosocial and cognitive influences of deafness, hearing loss and/or deaf-blindness, pre-and post-lingual onset; educational aspects of mainstreaming and transitioning for independent functioning in the community; dynamics of the community, its perceptions and misconceptions, and its influence on persons who are deaf, hard of hearing and/or deaf-blind; language and communication concerns of these individuals; community resources and their availability and ability to meet the needs of these individuals at school, work and home; and the ability to communicate and work cooperatively with persons who are deaf, hard of hearing and/or deaf-blind, a community agencies on behalf of these individuals; and educate community service providers and other groups on the concerns of these individuals, and the availability of resources, services and treatment.
Therefore, applicants must possess at least ONE (1) YEAR of professional work experience which provided the knowledge and abilities described above.
Such experience may have been gained concurrently or separately (e.g., as a special education teacher, counselor or social worker), in meeting the minimum qualification requirements for the Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist.
American Sign Language Proficiency:
Applicants for ALL LEVELS must possess the ability to communicate effectively with and between sighted and non-sighted, hearing and non-hearing persons by use of American Sign Language (ASL). Such an ability may be demonstrated either by experience with hearing-impaired persons which demonstrated knowledge of and ability to communicate with deaf persons using ASL or by formal training in ASL communications.
Substitutions of Education for Experience:
1. A master's degree from an accredited college or university in Rehabilitation Counseling
with specialization in deafness may be substituted for the one (1) year of work
experience which provided the knowledge and abilities described above. This degree
may not, however, substitute for experience comparable to the class Vocational
Rehabilitation Specialist III or IV in State service, required to meet the minimum
qualification requirements for the class Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist V.
2. A master's degree from an accredited college or university in Special Education with
specialization in deafness may be substituted for the one (1) year of work experience
which provided the knowlege and abilities described above. This degree may not,
however, substitute for experience comparable to the class Vocational Rehabilitation
Specialist III or IV in State service, required to meet the minimum qualification
requirements for the class Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist V.
The information provided above represents a summary of the complete Minimum Qualification Requirements. To view the Requirements in their entirety, please CLICK HERE.
- Other Information
The State of Hawai'i complies with federal and state disability laws and makes reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodations in completing an application, any pre-employment testing, or otherwise participating in the selection process, please call 808-587-0936 for assistance.
ELECTRONIC NOTIFICATION TO APPLICANTS
The Department of Human Resources Development (HRD) will use electronic mail (email) to notify applicants of important information relating to the status and processing of their applications.
Please ensure that the email address and contact information you provide is current, secure, and readily accessible to you. We will not be responsible in any way if you do not receive our emails or fail to check your email-box in a timely manner.
In addition, please be aware that you may no longer receive notification about applications submitted if you choose to disable the Job Application Emails feature in your Account Settings.
The examination for this recruitment will be conducted on an unassembled basis where the examination score is based on an evaluation and rating of your education and experience. It is therefore important that your employment application provide a clear and detailed description of the duties and responsibilities of each position you held.
In-person interviews and/or further testing in Hawaii may be required at the discretion of the hiring agency. If in-person interviews and/or further testing is a requirement, applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements and are referred to the vacancy must be available to participate in person and at their own expense in this required phase of the selection process.
Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible. In addition to employment availability and score, the referral of qualified applicants may be based upon other factors including date of receipt of application.
PUBLIC SERVICE LOAN FORGIVENESS (PSLF) PROGRAM
The PSLF Program is a federal program that is intended to encourage individuals to work in public service by forgiving the balance of their federal student loans. To qualify, the individual must have made 120 qualifying payments while employed by a qualifying employer. For more information, please click: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service
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