See “Clarification of Requirements” and “How to Apply” for documents you may be required to submit.

TEST ANNOUNCEMENT

NUMBER  2005-660

ISSUED   JANUARY 20, 2006

REVISED OCTOBER 23, 2013

 

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

State Civil Service Commission

 

Examinations

 

for

 

VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION COUNSELORS

 

 

Exam

No.

 

Job Title

Job

Code

Pay Schedule

and Range

 

 

1.

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, Deaf and Hard of Hearing

44829

ST07

 

 

2.

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

44831

ST07

 

 

APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

 

When completing your application, please make sure you apply for all job titles for which you want to be tested.  You will NOT be permitted to add job titles after you test.

 

VETERANS:  Pennsylvania law (51 Pa.C.S. §7103) provides employment preference for qualified veterans for appointment to many state and local government jobs.  To learn more about employment preferences and opportunities for veterans, visit the Commission’s website, Job Seekers page, for Veterans; visit one of our offices; or call our veterans information line, (717) 787-6039.

 

NATURE OF WORK

 

This is professional work in the vocational rehabilitation of customers with disabilities.  You will identify the barriers to employment caused by disabilities, and evaluate customers' strengths, interests, abilities, and aptitudes.  You will also work with customers to develop and implement a plan of services resulting in suitable employment.  The work requires independent judgment in utilizing medical, social, vocational, community, and family resources in the implementation of a vocational rehabilitation plan.

 

All positions are in the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) within the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

 

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors, Deaf and Hard of Hearing counsel customers who are deaf or hard of hearing and who may use American Sign Language (ASL), other forms of sign and manual communication, or assistive technology.  All of these positions are in the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (BVRS).

 

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors in the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation Services and the Hiram G. Andrews Center (HGAC) counsel customers with a wide range of physical, mental, or sensory disabilities which present barriers to employment.

 

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors in the Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services (BBVS) counsel customers with a range of visual impairments which present barriers to employment.

 

JOB REQUIREMENTS

 

You must be willing to travel.  Travel expenses will be paid.

 

You must be able to perform the essential functions of the job.  Pennsylvania residency is currently waived for these job titles.

 

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor positions in the Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services come under the provisions of the Child Protective Services Law.  If you are a final candidate for one of these positions, you will have to provide reports on your background, at your own expense, from such sources as the Pennsylvania State Police and the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. If you are not a Pennsylvania resident, you must also obtain a report of Federal Criminal History Record Information, at your own expense, from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  If your background is unacceptable, you will be disqualified for employment in such positions.  You will receive information about these requirements and how to obtain the required reports at the time you are being considered for employment.

 

Necessary Special Requirement for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Ability to communicate at the intermediate sign communication level as determined by the Sign Communication Proficiency Interview evaluation approved by the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation.

 

NOTE The Sign Communication Proficiency Interview will be administered at the employment interview phase of the hiring process.  You must obtain a score of intermediate or above to be hired.  This interview is conducted entirely in American Sign Language (ASL).  You will receive information about this requirement at the time you are being considered for employment.

 

Minimum Requirements (Both Job Titles) (Option 1) Successful completion of the Commonwealth’s Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Intern program; OR (Option 2) a master’s degree in vocational rehabilitation counseling, rehabilitation education, or rehabilitation administration; OR (Option 3) Certification as a Rehabilitation Counselor by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification; OR (Option 4) proof of approval to sit for the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification’s (CRCC) certification examination, as provided by the CRCC, and completion of a master’s degree.

 

Clarification of Requirements

Please make sure you meet all requirements.  If you are not sure you qualify, contact one of the Commission's offices listed at the end of this announcement for guidance.

 

Under Option 2, you may apply and be placed on the eligible list if you are in the final semester of your master’s degree program.  You must submit a copy of your most recent transcript and a letter from your department chairperson verifying that you are in good academic standing, and your expected graduation date.  You must submit proof of graduation at the time of employment.  If you are qualifying under Option 3, you must submit a copy of your certification with your application.  If you are qualifying under Option 4, you must submit a copy of your letter of approval to qualify for the certification examination.

 

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

 

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

 

Positions exist throughout the state in the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry in the Bureaus of Vocational Rehabilitation Services and Blindness and Visual Services; and the Hiram G. Andrews Center.

 

Opportunities for appointment to Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor are excellent for candidates who are bilingual in English and Spanish, in the following OVR District Offices:  Allentown, Erie, Harrisburg, Norristown, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Reading, and York.

 

Lists created by these tests will be used to fill future vacancies as they occur due to retirements, promotions, transfers, resignations and so forth.

 

For the most recent information on job opportunities contact the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, Bureau of Human Resources, Labor and Industry Building – Room 1418, 651 Boas Street, Harrisburg, PA  17121; Telephone:  (717) 787-6374, Internetwww.dli.state.pa.us

 

TESTING

 

Your application will be evaluated to determine whether you meet the Minimum Requirements.  If you meet these requirements, you will receive a score.

 

You must provide complete and accurate information.  Failure to do so may delay the processing of your application, or disqualification.

 

If you applied and were found ineligible, but now meet the Minimum Requirements, you may reapply during the life of this announcement.  A new application is required for a retest.

 

TEST RESULTS

 

Employment and promotion lists will be established.  You will be notified in writing of your test results.

 

HOW TO APPLY

 

Complete your application on the Commission’s website, Job Seekers page, by selecting Online Application, or submit your completed paper application to:

 

 

State Civil Service Commission

ATTN:  Applications

P.O. Box 569

Harrisburg, PA  17108-0569

 

 

Online and paper applications both require submission of any required documents at the time of application.

 

Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.  Enter your name and Social Security Number at the top of the transcripts.  Send by e-mail to RA-cs-transcripts@state.pa.us or fax to (717) 787-8650 or mail to the above address.

 

 

Applications and further information can be obtained from:

 

1.

State Civil Service Commission:

 

 

 

Harrisburg:  2nd Level, Strawberry Sq. Complex, 320 Market St., P.O.

 

Box 569, Hbg., 17108-0569; Telephone (Voice) (717) 783-3058, Text

 

Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing callers only) (717) 772-2685

 

 

 

Philadelphia:  110 North 8th St. Suite 503, Phila., 19107; Telephone

 

(Voice) (215) 560-2253, Text Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing

callers only) (215) 560-4367

 

 

 

 

Pittsburgh:  411 Seventh Ave., Room 410, Pgh., 15219;

 

Telephone (Voice) (412) 565-7666, Text Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-

 

Hearing callers only) (412) 565-2484

 

 

 

Internetwww.scsc.state.pa.us

 

 

2.

PA CareerLink offices

 

 

3.

The Human Resources offices listed under the "JOB OPPORTUNITIES" section of this announcement

 

For further information on testing, assistance for persons with disabilities, veterans' preference and other items, refer to the instructions provided with the "Application for Employment/Promotion."