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Vocational Rehabilitation Program Director

Vocational Rehabilitation
$48,110.40 - $61,214.40 annually, FLSA Exempt
40 hours per week, Monday-Friday with some weekend and evening work
Accepting Applications
Aug 26, 2019
First Review:
Sep 13, 2019

The Vocational Rehabilitation Program Director provides direction and oversight of the Samish Indian Nation Vocational Rehabilitation program, which provides rehabilitation services to individuals with disabilities who are enrolled in a federally recognized tribe and who reside in the Samish Nation service delivery area. The position supervises and guides VR staff in providing services to clients that help them gain and maintain self-sufficiency and employ-ability throughout industry and career changes for tribal members of all ages.

Principle Duties
  1. Oversees the Samish Vocational Rehabilitation Department and works closely with the HHS Director and Controller, to ensure that all programs, services and systems are developed in accordance with approved Samish Tribal Council policies, compliant with relevant federal, state and local laws, and congruent with the Samish Indian Nation’s organizational philosophy, mission and values
  2. Develops and monitors the Vocational Rehabilitation program and budget; oversees the preparation of grant applications and reports to assure adequacy and timeliness
  3. Maintains policies and procedures for the Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation (TVR) and Western Washington Indian Employment and Training Program (WWIETP) programs and assists staff with interpreting those policies and procedures
  4. Prepares programmatic, fiscal, and statistical reports and data as requested by HHS Director for grant compliance and/or Tribal Council monitoring
  5. Develops, implements, and monitors progress in a Community Rehabilitation Program for TVR, utilizing OJT and work experience positions from WWIETP as relevant
  6. Develops and coordinates an Advisory Committee for the TVR and WWIETP program as required by the grant
  7. Works with other appropriate committees and inter-departmental workgroups and attends tribal council meetings as directed
  8. Supervises Vocational Rehabilitation staff to coach and develop skills in accordance with policies of the Tribe, TVR, WWIETP, and governmental grant regulations; assigns cases, workloads, and territories
  9. Keeps staff informed of program policies and performance expectations through regular staff and individual supervisory meetings
  10. Delegates responsibilities to program staff as necessary and appropriate to ensure individualized opportunities for staff development and growth
  11. Works with groups and individuals and other Native American groups to perform outreach and promote an understanding of TVR and WWIETP services available and coordinates delivery of services
  12. Carries out the duties of a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor I, as needed, depending on caseloads in the department
  13. Performs other duties as assigned
Required Qualifications
  1. Must possess a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocational Rehabilitation, social services, behavioral science or a closely related field.A four-year college degree can be substituted with equal years of experience of working in a closely related field that involves client services, grants management, and budgetary responsibility
  2. Must have 1-2 years of experience of employment/training vocational rehabilitation policies and procedures or related; techniques of team development and communication; resource utilization; counseling techniques and practices; medical and psychological aspects of disabilities; job development, analysis, and placement.
  1. Must have 3 years of supervisory experience
  2. Ability to detect and understand the effect of mental or physical disabilities upon vocational and social adjustment.
  3. Must be familiar with MS Office and e-file management
  4. Must have excellent oral and interpersonal communication skills and the ability to provide high-quality customer service
  5. Must possess working knowledge of Native American issues and culture
  6. Must possess a working knowledge of barriers to employment related to disabilities
  7. Must have a valid Washington State driver’s license and be able to meet the minimum insurance requirements regarding driving record in order to utilize GSA vehicles
Working Conditions

Physical Demands: Long periods of sitting (60% of time); occasional bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, lifting, carrying, and pushing (20% of time); and occasional standing and walking (20% of time). Occasionally lifts/carries up to 20lbs. Must possess manual dexterity sufficient to use office equipment with frequent repetitive motion such as writing, typing, paperwork-handling, and phone use. Must possess the ability to view print on a computer screen and/or paper document; the ability to speak and hear exchanging information with end users by telephone Mental/Visual Demands: Frequent mental and/or visual attention to task is required. Occasionally work requires heavy concentration. Frequent interruptions. Tasks involve eye-hand coordination. Working Environment: Work environment is mainly indoors with heat and some air conditioning. Must sit or stand at desk for the majority of shift. Occasionally works alone without benefit of supervisor or co-worker. Unavoidable hazards/risks: Work requires minimal risks which require safety precautions (using some cleaning chemicals for light cleaning). Protective clothing or equipment may be required (goggles, gloves, masks, boots, etc.)

Samish Indian Nation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and actively encourages applications from all persons regardless of race, religion, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, or ancestry.  Samish preference and Indian preference will be applied to the selection for this position as defined in Title 25, US Code Section 473.

CONFIDENTIALITY:  This position develops, maintains, and is responsible for safeguarding the computer/electronic and hardcopy file folders containing sensitive and proprietary information about the Tribe and its members.  The incumbent must maintain confidentiality of all work and files pertaining to enrollment, clients, survey results, and all other material that may identify individuals by name (either directly or by reference), as set forth by the Tribal Council in the Personnel Manual.  Any violation in this matter may result in immediate termination of employment.

Please state your eligibility for Indian preference in your cover letter.  Indian preference must be documented prior to interview or hiring.  BIA Form 4432 or tribal enrollment ID may be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference.

All persons who are offered employment with the Samish Indian Nation must give permission for a thorough background check of previous work performance, motor vehicle history, credit history and criminal history, as well as a pre-employment drug screen. The Drug Free Workplace Policy has not changed since the passing of WA State I-502. While Initiative 502 legalized marijuana within Washington State, employers maintain the right to decide on their tolerance policy. Because we receive federal grant dollars from the federal government, we still consider marijuana as an illegal substance and its use and possession completely prohibited.

This position is a “covered position” under the Tribe’s Indian Child and Family Violence Act Policy and all applicants must undergo a fingerprint background investigation in order to be hired for this position.  The Tribe will not hire, permit anyone to work or volunteer in a covered position if the person has ever been found guilty or entered a plea of no contest or guilty to any offense under federal, state, or Tribal law which involves violence, threat of violence, sexual assault, molestation, exploitation, prostitution, crimes against persons, or offenses committed against children.

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