The Primary Purpose of the Position is to carry out all duties related to attaining and maintaining competitive employment for veterans living with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) who receive care through the Augusta VA SCI Service. Conducts Initial and Ongoing Employment Profiling and Planning Rehabilitation Counselor conducts community-based vocational profile with each veteran to get to know veteran's strengths, abilities, needs and preferences, including veteran's family members/friends/community contacts in the process as appropriate. Rehabilitation Counselor uses time in community settings with veterans to enhance understanding, make behavioral observations and learn environments in which veteran is comfortable. Rehabilitation Counselor solicits input from clinical treatment team as it relates to veteran's medical status, functioning, symptoms, coping abilities, support needs, and employment goals. Rehabilitation Counselor synthesizes all information into an individualized strategic employment plan. Preferences or needs for specialized education or training to reach career goals are included in plan and addressed alongside pursuit of competitive employment. Profiling and assessment continue as employment is pursued, acquired and maintained. The strategic plan is modified accordingly, and treatment team is updated as dictated by new profile information. Assists Veterans in Obtaining Employment Percent Rehabilitation Counselor is responsible for rapidly placing veterans into competitive jobs in the community, with first employer contact being made within one month of veteran entering the program. Job search is guided by the strategic employment plan, developed using the vocational profiling process. Employer contacts are initiated based on veteran's interests, rather than made in response to advertised positions. Employer contacts can occur through direct veteran involvement/networks or advocacy on behalf of the veteran based on the strategic plan objectives. Contacts are used to establish rapport, learn about the business, market the program and/or veteran, and open the door to negotiations if it is determined that an appropriate match can be made. Rehabilitation Counselor is responsible for any supports necessary to facilitate employer meetings with veterans, job interviews, and hiring processes. When appropriate reasonable work accommodations or other supports are required to meet the needs of veterans based on performing worksite analysis, Rehabilitation Counselor negotiates accordingly with employer. Rehabilitation Counselor advocates/negotiates for job training to be provided by supervisor or co-workers, as would be provided to any new employee. Provides Individualized, Follow-Along, Time-Unlimited Supports Rehabilitation Counselor supports and guides new employee through difficult transition or rough spots in the adjustment to the job, modifying or increasing supports as necessary. Rehabilitation Counselor facilitates relationships between veterans and co-workers so as to enhance the veteran's job satisfaction and build natural supports in the workplace. Rehabilitation Counselor supports veteran in all work-related tasks, including but not limited to, coordination of transportation, on the job training, support with co-workers and supervisor negotiations, ongoing and follow along supports, and compliance with specification of appropriate clinical support(s). Rehabilitation Counselor develops, maintains, and nurtures positive employer relationships. Rehabilitation Counselor conducts ongoing assessment of job performance to keep profile, plan and clinical team updated. Rehabilitation Counselor participates regularly in SCI treatment team meetings to be aware of any clinical concerns and shares strategies, progress, needed support and decision-making with other members of the treatment team. The employment objectives should be an active, ongoing component of the treatment plan. Rehabilitation Counselor attends and participates in weekly CWT/Supported Employment vocational unit meetings, contributing actively to the strategies and support plans for all rehab veterans served by the team. Rehabilitation Counselor communicates strategies developed to the appropriate clinical treatment team. Rehabilitation Counselor maintains timely documentation of all activities (face-to-face and nonface-to-face) according to VA regulations, CARF, JCAHO, AAHRPP and human protection guidelines. Other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday; 8:00am to 4:30pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.