Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor-Advanced State of New Mexico State of New Mexico 291 reviews


$16.21 – $28.21 Hourly

$33,720 – $58,673 Annually

This position is a Pay Band 65

Purpose of Position


Why does the job exist?

This position will provide vocational rehabilitation services to persons with disabilities to include transition students and youth with disabilities who are eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation Services to achieve a suitable employment outcome.

How does it get done?

Providing vocational rehabilitation counseling to individuals with disabilities and their families; assist in removing barriers to employment due to personal, vocational, social, psychological, financial, and educational concerns and issues; counsel participants on effective action to eliminate or reduce impediments to employment, achieve independent living and vocational goals. Assist eligible participants to include students, youth, and adults with disabilities, in exploration and choice of appropriate vocational goals; provide vocational information about career paths, job trends, and salaries. Jointly develop an Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) with the participant; identify specific objectives to achieve vocational goals; assist participants to develop strategies to overcome and resolve barriers that may arise during the rehabilitation process; identify services needed to achieve objectives; negotiate terms of the IPE with other professionals as needed. Assist with supported employment services with participants who are determined to be the most significant disabled. Provide and coordinate services for participants; collaborate with community programs and professionals for medical, psychological, vocational, educational or other services; staff cases and review client progress. Amend the IPE with the participant based on assessment of progress toward achieving objectives; monitor quality and timeliness of services and renegotiate terms of service provision appropriately.

Who are the customers?

People with disabilities, New Mexico Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (NMDVR) Staff, Partner Agencies and the General Public.

Ideal Candidate

The Ideal candidate will possess the following:
Master's Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and CRC – Certified Rehabilitation Counselor Certification.
Three years of experience in case management.
Three years of experience in counseling.

Minimum Qualification

Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Vocational Rehabilitation, Sociology, Psychology, Guidance and Counseling, Social Work and/or Special Education.

Substitution Table

No substitutions. Must possess required licensure, certification or registration and required number of years of experience

Employment Requirements

Must obtain and maintain a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRC) issued by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification or be eligible to sit for the CRC examination. Must obtain and maintain New Mexico Rehabilitation Counselor Licensure as defined in the New Mexico Public Education Department Rules (6.63.11) NMAC. Must possess and maintain a valid Driver's License and possess, maintain a current Defensive Driving Course Certificate from the State of New Mexico or must pass and receive Defensive Driving Course Certification within Six (6) months of date of hire as a condition of continues employment. Regular travel is required within service territory, including occasional overnight travel.

Working Conditions

Computer, tablet and general office equipment, exposure to Visual/Video Display terminal and computer and telephone usage. Must operate a state vehicle occasionally locally, within the state and occasionally out of state. Regular travel is required within service territory, including occasional overnight travel. Must have the ability to lift 20 lbs.

Supplemental Information


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Agency Contact Information: Cara Benta, 505.554.8766 Email

For information on Statutory Requirements for this position, click the Classification Description link on the job advertisement.

Bargaining Unit Position

This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement and all terms/conditions of that agreement apply and must be adhered to.

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