Dshs Dvr Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

State of Washington
Full Time, Permanent 12 semester credit per week WA Washington State Department of Social and Health Services - Capitol Hill CSO, 1700 E Cherry St Suite 100, Seattle, WA 98122, United States Apply before 6/2/2024 11:59


DSHS DVR Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor 1-3 In Training
Are you a leader with a passion for assisting people with disabilities by providing vocational rehabilitation services to assist them in obtaining and maintaining employment? Join the and our hard-working team of professionals. 

In this role, you will independently provide vocational rehabilitation counseling and case management to a caseload of students, youth, and adults with disabilities to assist them in achieving a competitive employment outcome located at the Bellevue DVR office.

DVR may offer relocation assistance for those out-of-state and offered WA state employment with DVR. Motivated people engaged in providing vocational rehabilitation services to people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Although temporary, this job is funded for 12 months and is a great opportunity to work with service providers and customers to complete comprehensive assessments and develop an Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) to achieve their employment goals.

King County employees receive 5% premium pay in addition to the advertised salary and are eligible to receive a free ORCA card for transportation use.     

Some of what you will be doing: 
  • Provide vocational rehabilitation counseling to deliver vocational rehabilitation services to a caseload of 50-110 comprised of students, youth, and adults with varying types of disabilities that are barriers to employment
  • Determine each customer’s eligibility for vocational rehabilitation services necessary to achieve their employment goal 
  • Provide vocational rehabilitation counseling and support 
  • Conduct comprehensive assessments of customer needs identifying the disability-related barriers to employment that require VR services 
  • Arrange and interpret results of diagnostic testing and other vocational rehabilitation assessment tools; obtain benefit reports and interpret results to assist and counsel customers
  • Assist customers in developing and implementing an Individual Plan for Employment and monitor progress toward completion of employment goals
  • Maintain close working relationships with those who jointly serve DVR customers; promote DVR programs to the public and employers, and conduct outreach in the community to share information about DVR services
  • Lead group orientations, workshops, and related activities to facilitate informed choices and prepare customers for employment 

Who should apply:  

  • Current Certification as a Rehabilitation Counselor by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC)
  • Or, a Masters degree in rehabilitation counseling, psychology, counseling, or a field related to vocational rehabilitation (such as one that promotes the physical, psychosocial, or vocational well-being of people with disabilities)
  • Or, a Masters degree with at least 18 quarter or 12 semester credit hours of rehabilitation counseling courses, plus 6 months of paid/unpaid vocational counseling, job placement, vocational assessment, or other areas of rehabilitation counseling experience 


  • Bachelor's degree in vocational rehabilitation counseling or reasonably related field, and accepted or enrolled in a rehabilitation counseling or related master's program that will be completed within 2 years, plus 1 year paid/unpaid experience consisting of:
  1. Direct work with people with disabilities in a setting such as an independent living center
  2. Or, direct service or advocacy activities that provide you with experience and skills in working with persons with disabilities
  3. Or, direct experience as an employer, as a small business owner or operator, or in self-employment, or other experience in education, human resources, recruiting, or experience in supervising employees, training, or other activities that provide experience in integrated employment environments or in areas that assist others find employment (i.e. WorkSource)

Click  for a complete list of alternative desirable qualifications.

Preferred knowledge, skills, and abilities: 

  • Apply technical knowledge of medical and psychological aspects of disabling conditions, labor market information, transferable skills evaluations, assistive technology, and job modifications
  • Assist customers in exercising informed choices to make collaborative decisions that are consistent with appropriate vocational rehabilitation practice
  • Support customers in developing a wide variety of social, educational, and financial resources to reach their employment goals by applying multiple counseling techniques to meet the varied needs of customers 
  • Manage multiple and competing priorities within prescribed time limits 
  • Negotiate with vendors, and collaborate with other rehabilitation professionals

The goal class for this role described above is for a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor 3. We may consider applicants at the VRC1 or VRC2 level, with a training plan to advance to a VRC3. Education and experience are the difference between qualifications at each level and evaluated by the hiring team. Starting salary depends on your qualifications. Thoroughly submitted application documents will assist in determining your experience and education in this area.
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Interested? Please list at least 3 professional references’ contact information on your application and include your current resume and a cover letter explaining how your knowledge, skills, and abilities qualify you for this role.
Our Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) mission to Transform Lives requires that we come together with a sense of belonging, common purpose, shared values and meaningful work. It is crucial to our agency’s mission that you bring an equity, anti-racism and social justice commitment to your work with DSHS. We strive to create greater access and affirming representation of the communities we serve, including Black, Indigenous and People of Color, people with physical, behavioral health, and intellectual disabilities, elders, LGBTQIA+ individuals, immigrants and refugees, and families building financial security.
Questions? Please contact and reference job number 05646.