Colorado State Rehabilitation Counselor Intern - Colorado Springs in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Rehabilitation Counselor Intern - Colorado Springs



Rehabilitation Counselor Intern - Colorado Springs


$3,563.00 - $4,384.00 Monthly


Colorado Springs, CO

Job Type

Full Time


Department of Labor and Employment

Job Number

KAA 8061 RC Intern 5-18


5/22/2018 5:00 PM Mountain

  • Description

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Department Information

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment is a values-driven organization, committed to teamwork, collaboration, accountability, adaptability, excellence, integrity and respect.

We believe in outstanding customer service, an inclusive culture, continued process improvement, and in our role as a trusted and strategic partner. Recognizing that making our employees successful also drives our success, we are eager to invest in dedicated individuals who exhibit our shared values and our passion for quality and excellence in all we do.

The work we do is rewarding and, through a variety of divisions and programs. The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment connects job seekers with great jobs, provides an up-to-date and accurate picture of the economy to help decision making, assists workers who have been injured on the job, ensures fair labor practices, helps those who have lost their jobs by providing temporary wage replacement through unemployment benefits, and protects the workplace - and Colorado communities - with a variety of consumer protection and safety programs.

In addition to rewarding and meaningful work, we offer a variety of benefits that you simply will not find at other employers:

  • Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement benefits including a PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan plus 401K and 457 plans

  • Medical and dental health plans

  • Employer supplemented Health Savings Account

  • Paid life insurance

  • Short- and long-term disability coverage

  • 10 paid holidays per year plus vacation and sick leave

  • Discounted RTD EcoPass (Denver Metro locations)

  • BenefitHub state employee discount program

  • CafeWell employee wellness program

  • Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible schedules, training and more

Our agency website: Colorado Department of Labor and Employment

The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer.

Description of Job

The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation helps individuals with disabilities prepare for and secure employment. We help them take their rightful place in the workforce and in the community.

The primary focus of a Rehabilitation Counselor is to assist persons with disabilities to achieve and maintain successful employment outcomes through the application of the rehabilitation process. Effective implementation of the rehabilitation process includes the following activities:

  • Meeting with individuals who are referred for services and establishing a positive relationship with a continuous emphasis on eventual employment success

  • Ensuring that persons with disabilities possess a thorough understanding of their rights and responsibilities through the rehabilitation process

  • Gather and analyzing medical, psychological, social, educational and vocational information from a variety of sources to determine an individual's disability, associated functional limitations, and resulting vocational impediments

  • Making a determination about whether an individual meets state and federal eligibility criteria based on analysis of gathered information

  • Using the principles of informed choice to assist eligible individuals to evaluate their strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, and capabilities for the purpose of jointly establishing an effective Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE)

  • Providing personal adjustment and vocational counseling and arranging for the provisions of other goods and services per the IPE

  • Maintaining regular, meaningful contact with eligible individuals for the purpose of monitoring progress toward attaining goals and resolving barriers that arise

  • Developing relationships with employers and conducting job placement activities to assist eligible job-ready individuals to successfully obtain employment

  • Thoroughly documenting all activities and decisions in accordance with state and federal laws, regulations, policies and procedures.

  • This position requires travel up tp 20% (using and maintaining your own private vehicle) to attend meetings and support clients throughout the state and requires the candidate to maintain a valid Colorado driver's license. The State will reimburse you for the business use of your vehicle. Position may also be required to use a State of Colorado fleet vehicle.

It is expected that rehabilitation counselors participate in training activities to maintain and update knowledge of areas such as federal and state policies and procedures, the Americans with Disabilities Act, assistive technology, medical aspects of disabilities, and other job related topics.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master's Degree in one of the following: Counseling, Rehabilitation Teaching, Education, Orientation and Mobility, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Behavioral Science, Human Services, or closely related human services field.


Bachelor's Degree in Human Services-related field plus two years of experience working directly with individuals who have disabilities.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Professional experience working for a state vocational rehabilitation agency

  • Professional experience working to assist people with disabilities to achieve successful employment outcomes.

  • Experience in vocational, career counseling, academic advisement

  • Experience working with transitioning youth, secondary or post secondary populations.

  • Experience with Microsoft Office/Google

Condition of Employment

  • Must sign an agreement to complete additional educational and work requirements to meet the minimum qualifications of a Rehabilitation Counselor I (Master's degree and work experience) within 5 years of becoming a certified state employee. The State of Colorado will not be responsible for payment of this additional education.

  • As a condition of employment, you must successfully pass a background check (both criminal and unemployment insurance benefit overpayments).

  • Must provide a valid driver's license to be able to travel routinely, at least 20% of the time to attend meetings and support clients throughout the state.

  • If interviewed, may need to provide a current driving record.


If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination.

Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at

A standard appeal form is available at: If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.

Supplemental Information

Minimum Qualification Screening

A Human Resources Analyst will only review the work experience/job duties sections of the online job application to determine whether you meet the minimum qualifications for the position for which you are applying. Cover letters and resumes WILL NOT be accepted in lieu of the official State of Colorado online application, but may be attached. Part-time work experience will be prorated.

Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications to continue in the selection process for this position. Work experience and qualifications must be specifically documented on your online application. Do not use "see resume" or "see attached" statements on your application. Resumes WILL NOT be reviewed for minimum qualification screening.

Comparative Analysis Process – Structured Application Review

After minimum qualification screening, the comparative analysis process for this position will involve a review and rating of all the information you submit with your application materials. Therefore, it is extremely important to document in the work experience/job duties portion of your online application the extent to which you possess the education, experience, minimum qualifications, and preferred qualifications as outlined in the job announcement. It is also important to thoroughly answer all supplemental questions as your answers to these questions will be evaluated during this phase. Any attachments such as cover letters, resumes or other documents that support your experience may also be reviewed during this phase.

Supplemental Questions

Answer the supplemental questions on the application completely and thoughtfully. Your answers may be rated based on your writing ability (spelling, grammar, and clarity of your writing) as well as the content of your answer.