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Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

  • Location

    Columbus, OH
  • Posted On

    May 9, 2024
  • Job Type

  • Category

    Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Experience Level

    Not Specified
  • Education Level

    Not Specified
  • Salary

    Not Specified

Job Description

Organization: Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities
Classified Indicator: Classified
Bargaining Unit / Exempt: Bargaining Unit
Schedule: Full-time
Work Hours: 8:00AM – 5:00PM M-F
Compensation: $26.50/hr (unless required by legislation)
Unposting Date: May 29, 2024, 11:59:00 PM
Primary Job Skill: Vocational Rehabilitation
Technical Skills: Budgeting, Counseling and Rehabilitation, Human Services, Public Relations, Vocational Rehabilitation
Professional Skills: Analyzation, Collaboration, Intercultural Communication, Organizing and Planning, Time Management

Agency Contact Name: Sarah Miller
Agency Contact Information:

Now accepting applications for: Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

Hourly: $26.50 or $28.92 for candidates who possess the following certifications:

Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), or Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW)

Most positions offer the flexibility of a hybrid schedule that combines working from home with regular in-office and/ or community presence.  In-person work requirements may change for training, meetings, and other operational needs.  Employees must reside at a location that allows for reasonable response time to workplace reporting requirements.

Locations Available: 

  • Franklin County Municipal Court – 375 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
  • Ohio State School for the Blind – 5220 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43214
  • Columbus BSVI/BVR – 4300 East Broad Street, Suite 200, Whitehall, Ohio 43213

Who We Are:

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) is the state agency that empowers Ohioans with disabilities through employment, disability determinations, and independence. It is accomplished through its Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation (BVR), Bureau of Services for the Visually Impaired (BSVI) and Division of Disability Determination (DDD). A fourth area is the Division of Employer and Innovation Services (EIS), which is responsible for establishing and maintaining partnerships with employers.

What We Do:

OOD works with partners in businesses, education, and non-profit organizations to facilitate customized employment plans for Ohioans with disabilities; helps Ohio companies recruit and retain employees with disabilities; and is the sole agency determining medical and vocational Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs in Ohio. To learn more about OOD, please visit our website:

Our Guiding Principles:

In striving for excellence in service, we will:

  • Listen first
  • Act with a sense of urgency
  • Honor diversity
  • Foster inclusiveness
  • Value collaboration
  • Inspire innovation
  • Be transparent
  • Celebrate success

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Overview:

OOD’s Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation (BVR) and Bureau of Services for the Visually Impaired (BSVI) provide vocational rehabilitation (VR) services to eligible individuals with disabilities to assist them to attain and maintain competitive integrated employment.  OOD works with adults seeking to enter the workforce or retain a job, and with youth beginning at age 14 to assist them as they transition from high school into college and/or the workplace.

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC) Position Overview: 

As a VRC, you will learn about rehabilitation counseling, programs related to individuals with disabilities, labor market job opportunities, and employment barriers & accommodations.

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Duties:

  • Counsel individuals toward increased functioning and mutually agreeable vocational goals.
  • Interview individuals with disabilities to gather detailed information about their work history, medical situation, and more.
  • Interpret diagnostic information.
  • Counsel individuals and their families concerning strengths and limitations based upon diagnostic information.
  • Determine eligibility for services.
  • Develop comprehensive individual written VR plans.

A Successful Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor:

  • Is highly organized with efficient time management skills.
  • Is able to conduct research, analyze technical material and results.
  • Has outstanding public relations and customer service skills.
  • Has excellent interviewing techniques & computer skills.
  • Is able to work collaboratively and develop rapport.
  • Has an understanding of the local labor market.

What’s in it for you:

At the State of Ohio, we take care of the team that cares for Ohioans. We provide a variety of quality, competitive benefits to eligible full-time and part-time employees. For a list of all the State of Ohio Benefits, visit our Total Rewards website! Our benefits package includes:

Medical Coverage

  • Quality, affordable, and competitive medical benefits are offered through the available Ohio Med plans.

Dental, Vision and Basic Life Insurance

  • Dental, vision, and basic life insurance premiums are free after completed eligibility period. Length of eligibility period is dependent on union representation.

Time Away From Work and Work/Life Balance

  • Paid time off, including vacation, personal, and sick leave
  • 11 paid holidays per year
  • Childbirth/Adoption leave

Employee Development Funds

  • The State of Ohio offers a variety of educational and professional development funding that varies based on whether you are a union-exempt employee or a union-represented employee.

Ohio Public Employees Retirement System

  • OPERS is the retirement system for State of Ohio employees.  The employee contributes 10% of their salary towards their retirement.  The employer contributes an amount equal to 14% of the employee’s salary.  Visit the OPERS website for more information.

Deferred Compensation

  • The Ohio Deferred Compensation program is a 457(b) voluntary retirement savings plan. Visit the Ohio Deferred Compensation website for more information.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) Mission Statement:

OOD is deeply committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) and is actively engaged in continual DEIA improvement. OOD is amongst the top-ranked state agencies implementing DEIA planning and programming into businesses operations and services.

OOD strives to hire, sustain, and promote a workforce that not only embraces this mission but is also reflective of the rich diversity of the Ohioans we serve. OOD is intentional in cultivating an inclusive, diverse, equitable, and accessible environment where all voices are heard, respected, and valued, as demonstrated by the way we treat all individuals.


Bachelor’s degree in vocational rehabilitation counseling, counseling, social work, psychology, disability studies, special education, business administration, human resources, economics or related rehabilitation or human services area AND 24 months experience direct work with individuals with disabilities (e.g. Independent Living Center) or 24 months providing direct service or advocacy activities with individuals with disabilities.


Master’s degree in in vocational rehabilitation counseling, counseling, social work, psychology, disability studies, special education, or related rehabilitation or human services area.


Master’s degree in business administration, human resources, law, management, public administration or related field which provides competence in the employment sector &/or the field of disability AND 12 months direct work experience with individuals with disabilities (e.g. Independent Living Center) or 12 months experience providing direct service or advocacy activities with individuals with disabilities.

Note: Education & experience per Code of Federal Regulations Title 34-Subtitle B-Chapter III-Part 361-Subpart B-361.18.

Job Skills: Vocational Rehabilitation, Counseling and Rehabilitation, Human Services, Public Relations, Budgeting, Organizing and Planning, Collaboration, Time Management, Intercultural Communication, Analyzation

ADA Statement

Ohio is a Disability Inclusion State and strives to be a model employer of individuals with disabilities. The State of Ohio is committed to providing access and inclusion and reasonable accommodation in its services, activities, programs and employment opportunities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other applicable laws.

Drug-Free Workplace

The State of Ohio is a drug-free workplace which prohibits the use of marijuana (recreational marijuana/non-medical cannabis). Please note, this position may be subject to additional restrictions pursuant to the State of Ohio Drug-Free Workplace Policy (HR-39), and as outlined in the posting.

Application Requirements

Please ensure your online application clearly indicates how you meet minimum qualifications (MQs). You must submit a copy of your unofficial transcript by the posting deadline by attaching directly on the Additional Attachments section of the application (Step 7) or via email to

“See resume” is not a substitution for completing supplemental questions. Answers to the supplemental questions must be supported by the work experience/education sections of the application.

Applications that fail to demonstrate how they meet minimum qualifications will not be considered.

Selection Process  

The selection process consists of an online assessment and a remote structured interview. All parts of the assessment will be administered remotely at this time. Testing for this position is tentatively scheduled for the week of June 17th, 2024. Interviews are tentatively scheduled to be held the weeks of July 1st and July 12th, 2024.  All communications are sent via email. Candidates should make sure their account contains an email address that is checked regularly including checking junk and/or spam.

This position shall be filled in accordance with the provisions of the SEIU/1199 Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Daytime travel within Ohio may be required. The selected candidate must provide own transportation or, in order to operate a state vehicle, must have a valid driver’s license.

Application Status 

Applicants can check their application status and all vacancy-related email correspondence on “My Jobpage.” On the Careers.Ohio.Gov job search webpage, once signed in the link to My Jobpage is displayed under the TeamOhio logo.

Technical Assistance 

Applicants who require technical assistance (e.g., issues logging in or other system-related issues) should contact

Reasonable Accommodation 

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, activities, programs, and employment opportunities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other applicable laws.  If you require an accommodation based on a disability for any step of the selection process, please contact so proper arrangements can be made.

Background Check Information 

The final candidate selected for the position will be required to undergo a criminal background check.  Criminal convictions do not necessarily preclude an applicant from consideration for a position.  An individual assessment of an applicant’s prior criminal convictions will be made before excluding an applicant from consideration.

The final candidate selected for this position will be required to undergo a drug screen prior to final offer.  The State will decline to extend a final offer of employment to any applicant with a verified positive test result.  Also, an applicant with a positive test result will not be considered for any position with the State of Ohio for a period of one year.

How to Apply

For more information and to apply by May 29th, 2024, 11:59 pm EST, please visit –

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