Pre-Employment Transition Services Specialist (Service OR Rehabilitation Specialist)
The Nebraska Department of Education is looking for two Pre-Employment Transition Services Specialists to assist students with disabilities prepare for post high school education, training, and employment through the provision of pre-employment transition services.
Nebraska Department of Education employees are working from hybrid work locations. This approach includes both working in the local VR office and from a home office. Nebraska VR's hybrid work schedule is two days per week in the local VR office and three days per week from a home office. The amount of time spent working from home or in the office is subject to supervisory approval and will be discussed at the interview.
Budgeted Salary Range:
The salary range for this position is dependent on education.
- Successful candidates with a bachelor’s degree will be hired as a Service Specialist, with a salary range of $16.108 - $18.520.
- Successful candidates with a master’s degree will be hired as a Rehabilitation Specialist, with a salary range of $19.945 - $23.266.
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.
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.
This position is federally funded and may be governed by the Federal Hatch Act. Click here to review the Act.
Examples of Work
- Initiates and maintains relationships with students, parents, school and other educational entity staff to allow for development of effective job exploration, work-based learning experiences, workplace readiness training, counseling on postsecondary training options, and instruction in self-advocacy for students with disabilities.
- Conducts job exploration activities; explores post-secondary training options; advises and instructs students with disabilities in informed decision making and interpersonal, educational & vocational skills; explores student strengths and self-advocacy skills related to their disability.
- Provides an orientation about Nebraska VR and pre-employment transition services to parents, guardians, students, community groups, referral sources, and schools. Responds to basic questions about Nebraska VR.
- Visits assigned high schools to meet with school staff and students with disabilities to ensure coordination of services.
- Develops and maintains partnerships with employers, human resources, and management to maintain effective opportunities for job exploration, work-based learning, and work opportunities for students with disabilities (Project SEARCH, Summer Transition Programs, etc.).
- Recommends the purchase of goods and services for students in accordance with established fiscal policies and procedures.
- Demonstrates commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment.
- Possesses a valid driver’s license, travels independently, and works in a variety of settings.
- Maintains regular and reliable attendance.
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.
Other Duties and Responsibilities:
- Attends Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meetings for students with disabilities.
- Serves as liaison with community businesses to facilitate real life work experiences for students with disabilities.
- Attends person-centered planning meetings for students receiving services under title XIX of the Social Security Act.
- Participates in Nebraska VR and Nebraska Department of Education committees and work groups.
- Provides one or more of the following (1) benefit analysis, (2) Employment Success Skills (ESS) training, (3) independent living skills training.
Working Conditions and Travel:
Approximately 20% of work time is spent in the office. The remainder of work time is spent in the community. May be asked, within reason, to use own personal car for travel.
Qualifications / Requirements
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. For statutory reasons no substitutions are allowed for this classification.
Service Specialist: Bachelor’s degree in related field and at least one year of direct experience working with and advocating for students with significant disabilities. Experience or training providing vocational and 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 students with significant disabilities. Experience or training providing vocational and case management services (documenting observations, writing case notes, locating resources).