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Transition Services Specialist (VR Service or Rehabilitation Specialist)

State of Nebraska

State of Nebraska


Job title:
Transition Services Specialist (VR Service or Rehabilitation Specialist)

Job level:

Job description:
Do you have a passion for supporting high school students and seeing them be successful? If you’ve been interested in our Transition Services Specialist positions but have been looking for a position in Omaha – here’s your chance! One position will be located in our West Omaha office, and the other two in our Downtown Omaha office. If you’re adaptable and great at building relationships with a variety of people (these positions work with students, their parents, and their schools and teachers!), this could be a great fit.

This is a large, supportive team full of other Transition Services Specialists working together to support high school students across Omaha. They like to have fun in team meetings and have become comfortable communicating to each other virtually since they visit so many different schools! The supervisor is respectful and supportive, pitches in whenever there’s a need, and is big on work/life balance.


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 per hour (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 per hour (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
Visits high schools to provide career exploration services and work readiness skills training to high school students with disabilities. Provides education related to resumes, applications, and interviewing skills.
Demonstrates beneficial soft skills (e.g., timeliness, dependability) and advises students in informed decision making, interpersonal, and vocational skills. Develops engaging, educational, and interactive group activities.
Assists students with strengthening their self-advocacy skills related to their disabilities.
Arranges job exploration activities such as informational interviews, job shadows, work-based learning experiences, etc.
Develops and maintains relationships with students, parents, teachers, other educational entity staff, and businesses or employers to ensure quality services for each student and provide information about Nebraska VR services.
Attends Individual Educational Plan (IEP) meetings to gain understanding of student needs and update school staff on VR involvement.
Records accurate documentation and case notes on all interaction with students to inform school staff and parents or guardians, as well as other VR staff.
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.

Analyzes and integrates client medical and psychological reports and social, education, and employment information.
Approves cases for client eligibility and Individualized Plans for Employment (IPEs).
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 another field that reasonably provides competence in the employment sector, in a disability field, or both.

Preferred Qualifications:

Service Specialist: Bachelor’s degree in related field and at least one year of direct experience working with, and advocating for, people with disabilities. Experience working with high school students and understanding of secondary school systems. Ability to manage high volume of cases and provide case management services while collaborating with teachers and other school staff.

Rehabilitation Specialist: Master’s degree in related field and progressively responsible experience working with, and advocating for, people with significant disabilities. Experience working with high school students and understanding of secondary school systems. Ability to mentor others in managing high volume of cases and providing quality case management services.

Positions available:

Posted on:
June 21, 2022