Brehm Preparatory School
  • 11-Feb-2019 to 13-Mar-2019 (CST)
  • Carbondale, IL, USA
  • TBD
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Health/Dental/Vision/Life Insurance; Paid holidays; Paid Time Off; Retirement Account with employer matching; Professional Development Reimbursement


Transition to Work Vocational Counselor

We are currently searching for a Transition to Work Vocational Counselor for our OPTIONS Transitions to Independence program. Successful candidates will have excellent customer services skills and must be outcome-oriented. The ability to work in an ever changing professional environment with strong attention to detail is essential.


Position Summary:

The Transition to Work Vocational Counselor is responsible for the successful implementation of the transition to work portion of OPTIONS. This position will need to present a positive impression of OPTIONS and the students to the larger community. Incorporating new internship sites, as well as developing contacts for paid opportunities, is a significant component of the overall success of the program.


  • On-going development and implementation of Transition to Work Curriculums
    • Instruct the classes during the assigned times
    • Write progress reports and keep documentation
    • Assess student learning profile and adapt/adopt the instructional modalities to meet student needs
    • Assess program needs and demonstrate flexibility to design and implement curriculums for course offerings that are available from semester to semester.
  • Assist students in career explorations through various modalities of interest inventories, aptitude inventories, self-identified and expressed vocational interests
  • Collaborate with Speech and Language services to identify and implement strategies in the workplace to support social language development and maintenance
  • Establish new contacts and steward existing contacts for vocational experiences
    • Make cold and warm contacts, attend community events, etc. to recruit contacts
    • Demonstrate the ability to speak on the behalf of OPTIONS and Brehm Inc.
  • Coordinate and support students in paid employment
    • Assist students in maintaining employment readiness portfolio (i.e. resume, application template, references, cover letter)
    • Assist students to submit employment applications
    • Provide support to students during the follow up process
    • Prepare students for employment interviews
    • Provide ongoing support to assist students in maintaining employment (e.g. prompts to communicate needs to employer)
    • Monitor students performance in the workplace through verbal or written communication with employers
  • Provide comprehensive written reports to families and students regarding vocational experience and related classes, along with recommendations for future employment/career goals
  • Assess needs for assistance, such as rehabilitation, or additional vocational training, and refer clients to the appropriate services
  • Coordinate services associated with the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS)
    • Refer students for services
    • Prepare necessary documentation
    • Communicate information provided to and received from DRS with students and families
    • Assist students to communicate needs and share accurate information
  • Act as the main contact with the DRS, administering the job placement contract as required
    • Keep documentation and submit billing
    • Act as the main contact for DRS contract administrators
    • Adhere to the expected outcomes by providing the services to our individuals so that job placement goals are realized
  • Coordinate driver's training services with the Evaluation and Development Center (EDC)
    • Make initial referrals for services
    • Ensure students have proper documentation
    • Communicate with parents regarding the onset of services
  • Actively pursue professional development through professional review, conferences, workshops, educational courses, reading, and formal and informal assessment of instruction, professional goals, and effectiveness of interaction with student, families, and colleagues
  • Coordinate with OPTIONS Office Staff to provide transportation services to and from internships and employment opportunities
  • Schedule students for  vocational appointments or opportunities
  • Implement the Personal Development Record (PDR) system as designed, and/or assign consequences to students for behaviors
  • Develop, measure and monitor Individual Program Plan (IPP) goals and objectives

Administrative Duties:

  • Maintain accurate and complete student records
  • Communication with families in a regular, timely basis
  • Assist in facilitating communications across and within the OPTIONS and Brehm communities
  • Communicate and coordinate with Nursing staff as necessary
  • Provide supervision to Masters and Bachelors level Rehabilitation Interns from SIU
  • Attend and participate in Parent Conference obligations
  • Maintain Division of Rehabilitation records, as dictated through the job placement contract
  • Assist in development of plan to obtain CARF accreditation to ensure continuation of DRS placement contract
  • Participation in team meetings on a weekly basis. Meetings will consist of
    • Progress, performance, and planning for identified students
    • Identification of student, staff or program needs


Essential Job Requirements:

Required Skills:

  • Passion for the Brehm Mission, a strong work ethic, flexibility, and a sense of humor
  • Knowledge of policies, protocols, systems, and procedures established to enhance student programming
  • Strong written and verbal communication
  • Ability to engage in interactive problem solving and decision making
  • Skillful negotiation and mediation skills in dealing with students, families, internship supervisors, and employers in the community
  • Ability to apply teaching techniques and strategies to solicit desired student responses or behavior
  • Knowledge and application of behavioral and discipline management
  • Ability to model and engage in appropriate social skills
  • Basic computer skills: word processing, Internet usage
  • Ability to generate thorough, concise written documents pertaining to student progress and/or program needs or development

Preferred Skills:

  • Knowledge of Gmail and Google Drive
  • Familiarity with the Department of Rehabilitation Services


  • Master's degree in social services field, Rehabilitation Counseling preferred
  • Certification or licensure to align with education
  • Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois (may obtain upon employment)


  • 2-3 years of experience working with young adults with disabilities
  • Classroom experience and working knowledge of learning disabilities, learning styles, and strategies

Physical Requirements:

  • Work is generally performed in an office setting; limited to no physical demands required


  • Not required

Working Conditions:

  • Office Setting
  • Full-time, year-round
  • Monday - Friday, day time hours that may vary with the needs of Program
  • Occasional weekends

Conditions of Employment:

  • A valid driver's license, or ability to obtain a valid Illinois driver's license within thirty days of hire
  • Ability to pass a background check
  • Ability to pass a driving background check
  • Ability to pass a physical exam
  • Ability to become a Mandated Reporter for Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Valid vehicle insurance
  • Ability to maintain a clean driving record
  • Ability to maintain a valid Illinois Driver's License


  • Dental/Vision/Health/Life Insurance
  • Retirement Account [403)b)] with employer matching
  • Standard Holidays
  • Paid Time Off
  • Professional Development Reimbursement




  • Salaried, based on experience

Position Availability:

  • Immediate

Application Deadline:

  • Until filled


Please submit your resume, official transcripts, and cover letter directly to the Director of Human Resources via Faxed, hand-delivered, and mailed submissions are accepted. Brehm Preparatory School, Inc., is an equal opportunity employer.


Director of Human Resources

Brehm Preparatory School

950 S. Brehm Lane

Carbondale, IL 62901

Fax: 618-529-1248

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