Rehabilitation Counselor

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $38,000
Maximum: $42,000



Start Date


Application Deadline



New Jersey
United States


General Purpose:

Provide Vocational Evaluation, Short-term Evaluations and Community-Based Work Evaluation (CBWE) services for individuals referred, including intake, orientation, testing, and monitoring of participant. Complete required documentation for all services as outlined by the funding source. Act as a liaison to school transition staff; oversee transition services.  Provide guidance, support and resources to students/consumers transitioning in/from schools.

 Essential Job Functions:

·         Review new referrals; send start letter within 5 business days of receiving new referral to schedule intakes.

·         Follow up on new referrals that do not come to their first & second appointment, if consumer does not attend collect paperwork, and return voucher to DVR counselor in a timely manner – not more than 20 days after receiving referral.

·         Explain and review all GW policies, procedures and handbook to new referrals, provide tours (if applicable).

·         Complete required documentation (including Intakes, IWEP Plans, Progress Notes, and other required documentation) within specified timeframes. 

·         Administer evaluation tests based on the interest/needs of consumers and at the request of the referral agency and under the supervision of the Director of Rehab.

·         Provide vocational counseling to consumers for career development and job exploration as needed.

·         Score and compile all vocational test material and complete evaluation/observation summary reports.

·         Provide health & safety orientations to consumers (if applicable).

·         Complete case notations on a daily basis related to consumers’ behaviors, attitudes and/or characteristics observed during evaluation assessments.

·         Monitor and observe Transition students when in a Structured Learning Experiences. 

·         Provide vocational counseling for Transition students to determine successful transition plans for community integration and goals after high school.

·         Completes all progress notes per the progress note and paperwork compliance procedure.

·         Enter all consumer information into Foothold Awards system.

·         Maintain accurate test score records and files and re-test DVE consumers as needed.

·         Build professional relationships with referral sources and assist with recruitment of potential candidates.

·         Serve as an agency representative at community and social service meetings.

·         Assist with the development of new employer sites for CBWE and Internship Development programs.

·         Organize and prioritize daily, weekly and monthly schedule. Maintain all appointments on the Outlook calendar.

·         Compile statistical information on consumers’ activities in all Vocational Evaluation programs assigned, on a weekly and monthly basis. 

·         Participate in DVE and CBWE consumer case conferences.

·         If fluent in another language, may be asked to translate on behalf of rehab consumers as needed.

·         Exercise good judgment and discretion in all communication and when making decisions that impact individuals, the group of individuals, and/or in crisis situations.

·         Develop and maintain positive & productive relationships with coworkers, supervisors, and other colleagues, individuals, parents & caretakers, and support teams.

·         Become familiar with CARF regulations. Assure services provided and documentation maintained is CARF compliant. Help prepare for and participate in CARF audits. 

·         Attend rehab dept. and all staff meetings.

 (Other duties and assignments as may be assigned at the sole discretion of the employer)


·         Master’s degree from an accredited school in related field required. 

·        1 year of experience in mental health, vocational rehabilitation, or case management preferred.

·         Bilingual (Spanish) and/or ASL preferred.

Skills Required:

·         Intermediate Word, Excel and Outlook preferred

·         Excellent communication and written skills

·         Highly organized self-starter, excellent organizational and administrative skills. Must be able to prioritize and multi-task

·         Navigate and negotiate through difficult situations

·         Ability to communicate with all levels of employees

Scope of Responsibility & Positions Supervised:

·         The Rehabilitation Counselor reports to the Director of Rehab Services.

·         S/he will use discretion to change situational assessment and CBWE assignments for consumers in absence of the Director of Rehab; notifies Director of consumer incidents or emergencies.

Special Working Conditions:

·         Lifting a minimum of 30 lbs. Ability to stand, bend and lift.

·        Supervise DVE and CBWE consumers in various work environments, including retail, production, janitorial, office and warehouse. Some areas may be cluttered or dusty.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

Master's degree