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Career Placement Specialist (Service or Rehabilitation Specialist)

State of Nebraska

State of Nebraska


Job title:
Career Placement Specialist (Service or Rehabilitation Specialist)

Job level:

Job description:
Do you enjoy working with a variety of people, and building partnerships with business communities? Join Nebraska VR as a Placement Specialist and develop and maintain business relationships through community networking and employer visits. These positions also work with clients to move towards the goal of gaining employment through those business relationships!

This is an encouraging team that thrives on multitasking, flexibility, initiative, autonomy in their daily tasks, and occasionally some cookies. If you enjoy fast moving positions and excel when working with lots of people, apply today!


The Nebraska Department of Education pay structure will be increased by 4% effective July 1, 2022.

The salary range for this position is dependent on education.

Successful candidates with a bachelor’s degree will be hired as a Service Specialist, within a salary range of $16.752 - $19.262 after July 1.
Successful candidates with a master’s degree will be hired as a Rehabilitation Specialist, within a salary range of $20.743 - $24.200 after July 1.
These ranges are based upon available budget funds. The selected candidate’s skills, abilities, education, and experience will determine the salary offer within this posted range.

*Promotional Opportunity: Employees will be hired as a Service or Rehabilitation Specialist with the expectation of being promoted to a Senior Specialist after the successful completion of two years of successful employment.

Teammates Enjoy:

We know the opportunity to be part of meaningful work and make a difference state-wide through public service is important to you, but we have even more to offer:

Hybrid work locations and workplace flexibility
Stable employment and hours with annual salary increases
Thirteen paid holidays per year
Competitive benefits, paid time off, and retirement
79% employer-paid health insurance with four plans to choose from
Dental, vision, long and short-term disability, flex spending and health savings accounts, employee assistance program, employee discount program, and more!
Generous vacation and sick leave earnings each year, plus a variety of other leave types
156% state-matched retirement
Wide variety of professional development opportunities
NEW Dependent Tuition Reimbursement Program with six Nebraska community colleges!
EEO: NDE is committed to advancing equity, inclusiveness, and diversity in all that we do. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, we encourage applications from ALL qualified candidates and assure they will receive consideration for this position regardless of sex, race, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
Examples of Work
Assists clients in learning how to prepare resumes and applications, and practice effective interviewing skills.
Provides individualized information about jobs and their requirements to clients and assists with job retention.
Instructs clients in Job Seeking Skills (JSS) training and job development activities.
Initiates and develops relationships with employers, human resources, and management.
Develops and coordinates community-based evaluations, including on-the-job evaluations (OJEs) and on-the-job trainings (OJTs).
Provides career, personal adjustment, and disability counseling to help clients (adult and high school age students) achieve employment outcomes.
Monitors and advocates for client progress to support efficient follow through by team members and providers to ensure client success.
Develops and maintains partnerships with employers, community referral sources, and one-stop centers.
Provides outreach and information about vocational rehabilitation to the community, including referral sources and schools.
Visits assigned high schools to meet with school staff and students with disabilities.
Provides pre-employment transition services and other rehabilitation services in coordination with the local high school.
Recommends the purchase of goods and services for clients in accordance with established fiscal policies and procedures.
Demonstrates commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment.
Rehabilitation Specialist Additional Functions: Including the functions above, Rehabilitation Specialists will also be responsible for the responsibilities listed below.

Prepares and approves cases for client eligibility, priority groups, job goal, and plan for employment by analyzing and synthesizing medical and psychological reports, social, education, and employment information.
Develops, manages, and approves Individualized Plans for Employment (IPEs), and employment outcome determinations.
Conducts employment discussion and career exploration to assess client strengths and barriers, vocational interests, aptitude, skills, preference, and values.
Advises and instructs adults and high school age youth with disabilities in informed decision making, interpersonal, educational, and vocational skills.
Working Conditions and Travel:

This position requires approximately 40% of work time spent in an office environment, the remainder of work time is spent in the community. Employees may be asked, within reason, to use their own personal vehicles for travel.
Qualifications / Requirements
Minimum Qualifications:

Service Specialist: Bachelor’s degree in a related field or bachelor’s degree in another field and a minimum of two years of work experience related to the essential functions of the position.

Rehabilitation Specialist: Master’s degree with emphasis in one of the following areas: Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling, Counseling and Guidance, or other related counseling programs.

Preferred Qualifications:
Service Specialist: Bachelor’s degree in related field and at least one year of direct experience working with and advocating for persons with significant disabilities. Experience or training providing case management services (documenting observations, writing case notes, locating resources).

Rehabilitation Specialist: Master’s degree in related field and direct experience working with and advocating for persons with significant disabilities. Experience or training providing case management services (documenting observations, writing case notes, locating resources).

Positions available:

Posted on:
June 21, 2022