Vocational Rehabilitation Area Manager – Rehabilitation Counseling Supervisor

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Working Title: Vocational Rehabilitation Area Manager Job Class: Rehabilitation Counselor Supervisor Agency: Department of Employment and Economic Development

Job ID: 76729
Location: Fergus Falls
Telework Eligible: Yes, may be eligible to telework up to five (5) days per week
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Unlimited
Who May Apply: This vacancy is open for expressions of interest and for all qualified job seekers simultaneously. Expressions of interest should be submitted by 05/21/2024.
Date Posted: 05/15/2024
Closing Date: 05/29/2024
Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Employ & Econ Development Dept / Employ & Economic Dev-MMA
Division/Unit: Rehabilitation Services / RS VR Field SVS X
Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift, 8:00am to 4:30pm
Days of Work: Monday – Friday
Travel Required: Yes, up to 15% of the time
Salary Range: $37.28 – $53.68 / hourly; $77,840 – $112,083 / annually
Classified Status: Classified
Bargaining Unit/Union: 216 – Middle Management Association/MMA
FLSA Status: Exempt – Executive
Designated in Connect 700 Program for Applicants with Disabilities: Yes

The work you’ll do is more than just a job.
At the State of Minnesota, employees play a critical role in developing policies, providing essential services, and working to improve the well-being and quality of life for all Minnesotans. The State of Minnesota is committed to equity and inclusion, and invests in employees by providing benefits, support resources, and training and development opportunities.

Job Summary

This position works in DEED’s Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) division, which empowers Minnesotans with disabilities to achieve their goals for competitive, integrated employment and career development. You’ll be part of, and contribute to, a lively and energetic team with a positive internal culture that ensures this isn’t just a job – but a career. Together the VRS team makes an impact and creates possibilities that make a real and lasting difference in the lives of people with disabilities. Share your passion for this work and join the VRS team!
The Rehabilitation Area Manager (RAM) is responsible for planning, directing, controlling, and analyzing the entire scope of comprehensive Vocational Rehabilitation Service delivery in Alexandria, Fergus Falls, and Staples, so those with a physical or mental disability within that service territory receive Vocational Rehabilitation Services to help them reach their goals of working and living in the community.
Responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:

Providing clinical and administrative supervision to ensure the provision of quality Vocational Rehabilitation case work, in compliance with the state and federal law, consistent with departmental policies, procedures, and goals so that the casework function is in full compliance and results in quality client services.
Managing and directing the personnel functions of the field office so that all positions are utilized, that staff perform their duties effectively, and all applicable labor agreements and plans are accurately administered.
Providing team leadership and supervision so the work environment is healthy, cohesive, and productive; staff understand their role on the team; commitment and innovation are increased; and morale is enhanced.
Developing and maintaining effective collaborative partnerships which promote customer service, enhance healthy customer relations, and assure all necessary coordination of services between VRS and other community agencies.
Planning and managing the field office case service and non-personnel expenditures so that available funds are administered in a productive, cost-effective way for the optimal provision of Vocational Rehabilitation Services to persons with disabilities.

This position can work out of any of the three (3) offices it supervises: Alexandria, Fergus Falls, and Staples.


Minimum Qualifications
To receive credit for your education and experience, your resume should clearly describe how you meet each minimum and/or preferred qualification listed, including dates of employment.
Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, Counseling, Human Services, Sociology, Education, Social Work, Psychology, or other closely related field as determined by the agency
Three (3) years of experience which demonstrates knowledge of the disability employment services system including leading of staff performing intake, eligibility determination, priority for services, assessment for VR needs, career counseling, case management, and fiscal responsibilities.
Applicants that meet the above minimum qualification will be further evaluated on the following:
Experience in:

Collaborating with partners and agencies at a local, regional, and statewide level to build systems change, person-centered policies, and effective practices sufficient to help people with disabilities reach their goals for competitive, integrated employment.
Project management and coordination, including strategic planning and budgeting.
Leading a team to meet the organization’s expectations for productivity, quality, and goal accomplishment.

Skill in communication sufficient to negotiate, collaborate, build, and maintain positive working relationships with community rehabilitation providers, business and agencies in local, regional, and state government, and stakeholder groups.
Ability to coach, mentor, and develop staff.
Preferred Qualifications
Experience in a managerial or supervisory role which demonstrates knowledge of the disability employment services system including leading of staff performing career counseling, case management, fiscal responsibilities, job development, job placement, and retention services.
Our employees are dedicated to ensuring cultural responsiveness. Preferred candidates will have a variety of experiences working effectively with others from different backgrounds and cultures.
Additional Requirements
This position requires successful completion of the following:
Resumes of all applicants to this posting will be evaluated against the Minimum Qualifications stated above. If your skills match the required skills for this position, the department may contact you. Employee reference checks will be conducted on all finalists. This may include a review of documentation related to job performance and education. It includes contact with the applicant’s current and/or former employers.
A Criminal Background Check will be conducted on all finalists for this position. A criminal conviction will not automatically remove you from consideration for employment.
When the position requires travel and the applicant drives a state owned or leased vehicle, a driver’s license record check will be conducted.
Must be legally authorized to work in country of employment without sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., H1B status).

Application Details

How to Apply
Select “Apply for Job” at the top of this page. If you have questions about applying for jobs, contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email careers@state.mn.us. For additional information about the application process, go to http://www.mn.gov/careers.
If you have questions about this position, contact Sarah Beaverson at sarah.beaverson@state.mn.us.
To receive consideration as a Connect 700 Program applicant, apply online, email the Job ID#, the Working Title and your valid Proof of Eligibility Certificate by the closing date to Talent Acquisition at talent.acquisition.deed@state.mn.us.
The Department of Employment and Economic Development is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employer, and encourages all qualified candidates to apply for job opportunities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application and search tools, please contact Karen Lilledahl at Karen.Lilledahl@state.mn.us. Please indicate what assistance is needed.
Working together to improve the state we love.
What do Minnesota’s State employees have in common?

A sense of purpose in their work
Connection with their coworkers and communities
Opportunities for personal and professional growth

As an employee, you’ll have access to one of the most affordable health insurance plans in Minnesota, along with other benefits to help you and your family be well.
Your benefits may include:

Paid vacation and sick leave
12 paid holidays each year
Low-cost medical, dental, vision, and prescription drug plans

Fertility care, including IVF
Diabetes care
Dental and orthodontic care for adults and children

6 weeks paid leave for parents of newborn or newly adopted children
Pension plan that provides income when you retire (after working at least three years)
Employer paid life insurance to provide support for your family in the event of death
Short-term and long-term disability insurance that can provide income if you are unable to work due to illness or injury
Tax-free expense accounts for health, dental, and dependent care
Resources that provide support and promote physical, emotional, social, and financial well-being

Support to help you reach your career goals:

Training, classes, and professional development
Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (Some positions may qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. For more information, visit the Federal Student Aid website at studentaid.gov)

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for work/life support:

A voluntary confidential program that helps employees and their families with life challenges that may impact overall health, personal well-being, or job performance
Common sources of stress can be addressed through the EAP: mental health, relationship challenges (personal and work), grief and loss, finances, and legal issues
Daily Living/Convenience Services: Chore services, home repair, trip planning, child/elder care

Programs, resources and benefits eligibility varies based on type of employment, agency, funding availability, union/collective bargaining agreement, location, and length of service with the State of Minnesota.

Minnesota state agencies are equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employers. State agencies are committed to creating a workforce that reflects the diversity of the state and strongly encourages persons of color and Indigenous communities, members of the LGBTQIA2S+ community, individuals with disabilities, women, and veterans to apply. The varied experiences and perspectives of employees strengthen the work we do together and our ability to best serve Minnesotans.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and disabilities related to pregnancy or childbirth), gender identity, gender expression, marital status, familial status, age, sexual orientation, status regarding public assistance, disability, veteran status or activity in a local Human Rights Commission or any other characteristic protected by law.
Minnesota state agencies make reasonable accommodations to their employees and applicants with disabilities. If you have a disability and need assistance in searching or applying for jobs with the State of Minnesota, call the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email careers@state.mn.us and let us know the support you need.