COOK INLET TRIBAL COUNCIL, INC.
Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation (TVR) Outreach Counselor Associate
Employment Services and Training Department (ETSD)
TVR Program Manager
The Outreach Counselor Associate provides Vocational Rehabilitation Services to all eligible Alaska Natives and American Indians consistent with their individual strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, and informed choices so that they may prepare for, or engage in gainful employment, including self-employment, telecommuting, or business ownership.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Travel to the CIRI region villages monthly to provide services to TVR active clients, and to network with the different tribal offices for potential referral and general guidance on how to provide cultural relevant services in the villages.
- Conduct orientation sessions for the TVR program describing eligibility criteria for the program to applicants with disabilities.
- Conduct interviews with potential TVR participants; explain program services and requirements to all interested referrals and applicants.
- Determine eligibility for each applicant and collect all required documentation.
- Develop an Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) jointly with each participant.
- Conduct and/or provide assessments and evaluations for TVR participants to determinate eligibility or appropriate TVR services as outlined in the IPE.
- Request and justify for authorization of expenditures of funds for TVR services consistent with each participant IPE.
- Participate as a team member in working toward empowering individuals with disabilities by maximizing their employment opportunities, economic self-sufficiency, independence, and inclusion and integration into society.
- Assist each participant in becoming an active participant in his/her rehabilitation program, and aid the client in making meaningful and informed choices about the selection of a vocational and other rehabilitation services.
- Develop a knowledge base on community resources to assist participants achieve their vocational goal.
- Coordinate the delivery of program services with the Alaska Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and other Social Services agencies to maximize the availability of services to consumers in an efficient, professional and timely manner.
- Monitor participant’s progress in their rehabilitation programs by becoming familiar and proficient with VR processes and the numerical statuses involved.
- Participate in training and professional development activities as scheduled.
- Maintain a current caseload of no less than 30 cases in outlying villages and submit monthly, quarterly, and year-end performance reports as required.
- Inform and consult frequently with TVR Program Manager regarding program activities, issues and concerns to seek guidance and direction for the program as deemed necessary.
- Act as liaison with employment agencies, businesses and companies within Alaska to establish and maintain an active line of communication for the purpose assisting is staffing and recruiting of qualified applicants.
- When the information provided indicates a good potential employee, perform further background reference investigation, i.e., prior employment references, transcripts, etc, in case where an applicant is not qualified for the position they are applying for refer the applicant to another position which fits their knowledge, skills and abilities.
- Assist with the management of the Anchorage caseload as needed.
- Enter current statistical database input on client file activities (progress case notes, expenditure records, client’s monthly status change records, IPE services summary, etc.) and retrieving of monthly statistics for program reports.
- Schedule assessments, evaluations and appointments for TVR clients as necessary to determine appropriate services.
- Coordinate staff and consumer travel and billing arrangements.
- Process paperwork for program expenditures for Program Manager to approve.
- Other duties as needed and/or assigned.
- Attend and participate in all case staffing pertaining to specific client’s cases on respective caseload.
- Maintain confidentiality at all times while displaying a professional disposition
- Maintain a positive working relationship with CITC staff.
- Bring policy/personnel issues to TVR Program Manager as they arise.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Knowledge the Vocational Rehabilitation Process and counseling techniques.
- Ability to learn the technical aspect of the vocation rehabilitation program service delivery system, evaluates aptitudes, skills, interests and educational background.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with immediate staff, the general public, outside agencies and businesses, as well as medical facilitators and clients.
- Demonstrated knowledge of Alaska Native issues, familiarity with the different native cultural tribes of Alaska, and the availability of resources from the tribal and community agencies.
- Knowledge of psychological principals, counseling practices and techniques, and general knowledge of social and behavioral sciences.
- Proven ability to evaluate candidate’s qualifications for positions; make sound recommendations to hiring managers.
- Demonstrated ability to be creative and flexible in developing and modifying recruitment strategies as priorities change.
- Exceptional interpersonal skills needed to foster relationships with prospective employers, applicants and internal employees.
- Demonstrated ability to perform job with minimal supervision.
- Masters degree in Rehabilitation Counseling or a related field.
- Or.- Bachelor Degree in Rehabilitation, or related field with expectation of obtaining Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor within 5 years via use of RSA scholarship for tuition and book fees paid by candidate, utilizing 4 hours of education Leave for study after obtaining 1 year with CITC TVR program.
- Minimum of two (2) years of documented experience working with individuals with disabilities.
- Strong Knowledge of federal and state laws, rules and regulations governing vocational rehabilitation required Under AAC 54.600-630, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended in 1992, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
- Basic knowledge of P.L. 102-477 Service Delivery System.
- Current valid Alaska Driver’s License and be insurable under CITC’s automotive insurance.
- Continued employment status will be contingent upon receipt of a satisfactory state and federal criminal background check.
Hiring preference shall be given to eligible and qualified Alaska Native/American Indian applicants pursuant to P.L. 93-638 Indian Self Determination Act.
The information provided in this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by incumbents within this job. It is not designed to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications and working conditions required of employees assigned to this job. Management has sole discretion to add or modify duties of the job and to designate other functions as essential at any time. This job description is not an employment agreement or contract.