The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), a Family Friendly Certified Workplace, is seeking a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC) I-IV to join the Vocational Rehabilitation Department located at 3401 N A St., Midland, TX 79705.Benefits to working for TWC include:-Competitive starting salary: $3,284.00 – $6,149.00/month-Defined Retirement Benefit Plan-Optional 401(k) and 457 accounts-Medical Insurance – Currently, the state pays 100% of the health plan premium for eligible full-time employees and 50% of the premium for their eligible dependents. Eligible part-time employees get a 50% state contribution for themselves and 25% for their dependents. Employees pay the remainder of the premium by paycheck deduction before taxes are withheld.-Optional Benefits such as dental, vision, and life insurance-8 hours sick leave per month-8 hours vacation per month with potential to earn more with longevity-Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services-Additional benefits for active employees: https://www.ers.texas.gov/Active-Employees/Health-Benefits.The Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC) I-IV performs routine to advanced vocational rehabilitation work in support of the mission, goals and values of the Texas Workforce Commission. VRC I-IV applies critical thinking skills and sound decision making in performance of routine rehabilitation work in the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program. This program assists eligible individuals with disabilities to prepare for, retain, obtain and/or advance in competitive, integrated employment and includes assisting students with disabilities to transition successfully from high school to postsecondary education and employment. The ideal candidate will perform work using the applicable policy, guidance, and the electronic case management system. The VRC I-IV is hired by the VR Supervisor with the approval of the VR Manager, and works independently, with moderate to minimal supervision by the VR Supervisor. GENERAL DUTIES:- Assists eligible individuals with disabilities to prepare for, retain, obtain and/or advance in competitive, integrated employment and includes assisting students with disabilities to transition successfully from high school to postsecondary education and employment- Develops and maintains relations with community referral sources, businesses, employers and schools- Collects and analyzes all information necessary to make an accurate eligibility decision (e.g. medical, psychological, school records, employment records, etc.)- Assists the customer in choosing an appropriate employment by analyzing information to determine the customer’s strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities and interests, and matching that information to the current job market- Works with the consumer to develop a plan of services designed to achieve the consumer’s identified employment goals- Ensures timely, cost-effective provision of services and consumer progress toward achievement of their employment goal- Develops and implements a process leading to successful job placement- Applies best value purchasing practices and uses available, comparable benefits and services to ensure effective use of public funds- Performs other duties as assignedPREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:A Master’s degree with a major in Rehabilitation Counseling OR a Master’s degree in counseling or related degrees such as Special Education, Social Work, Psychology, or Human Services from an accredited college or university plus one year of related work experience OR current Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) certificate or current Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential. Applicants selected who do not have a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling or CRC certificate or LPC credential will be required to meet the Comprehensive System of Personnel Development educational requirements within a time frame established upon employment. This will entail taking specific courses that focus on the professional role of a Rehabilitation Counselor.MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:Master’s degree with major in Rehabilitation Counseling or Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling from an accredited college or university; OR Master’s degree with major in counseling or related degrees such as Special Education, Social Work, Psychology, or Human Services from an accredited college or university plus one year related work experience* (No experience required to meet minimum qualifications if candidate meets Comprehensive System of Personnel Development (CSPD)); OR Master’s degree with any other major plus two years related work experience*; OR Bachelor’s degree with a major in vocational rehabilitation from an accredited college or university plus one year related work experience*; OR Bachelor’s degree with major in Counseling, Education, Social Work, Sociology, Psychology, or Public Health from an accredited college or university plus two years related work experience*; OR Bachelor’s degree with any other major plus three years related work experience*. *Related work experience is defined as case management, counseling, job placement and general knowledge of disabilities.Copy of official transcripts, certifications and/or credentials will be requested at the time of interview.This position involves up to 30% travel, and method of transportation is the responsibility of employee. Counselors are required to travel to reach their assigned consumers on a regular basis. Thus, travel is required for this position. Duties also include the ability to lift/carry 10 pounds.VETERANS:Use your military skills to qualify for this position or other jobs! Go to www.texasskillstowork.com to translate your military work experience and training courses into civilian job terms, qualifications and skill sets. Also, you can compare this position to military occupations (MOS) at the Texas State Auditor’s Office by pasting this link into your browser: http://www.hr.sao.texas.gov/Compensation/MilitaryCrosswalk/MOSC_SocialServices.pdfHOW TO APPLY:To be considered, please complete a State of Texas Application for Employment and apply online or submit by email to HRHelpDesk@twc.state.tx.us.At this time, TWC is not considering applications from persons who require immediate or future sponsorship for an employment visa to maintain work authorization eligibility.A position utilizing this classification will be designated as security sensitive according to the Texas Labor Code, Section 301.042.