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COORDINATOR OF ASSESSMENT AND PLACEMENT SERVICES
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
The work involves responsibility for coordinating the management, development, implementation and supervision of vocational assessment, counseling and placement services including job preparation and/or special employment services, client assessment and counseling and job development and placement. The incumbent contacts and networks with public agencies and private employers to provide clients with technical skills, remedial education and/or job related skills and to enhance their opportunities for employment. In addition, an employee in this class also conducts individual or group vocational counseling and instructional sessions in specialized informational areas, using such techniques as work habits, office practices, application preparation, etc. Special services may include design, development or implementation of new programs or modification to existing programs to meet the vocational and placement needs of clients. The work is performed under general supervision of the Director of Adult Education with leeway allowed for the exercise of independent judgment and initiative in carrying out the duties of the work. General supervision is exercised over the work of vocational counselors, vocational assessment and employment services professionals, paraprofessionals and clerical staff. Does related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES
Coordinates vocational skills assessment, counseling services, remedial education and job preparation training programs and special employment services for clients.
Supervises a vocational assessment and placement unit including counselors, assessment specialists, job development and placement employees, assistants and clerical support staff; assigns and reviews work, provides for employee training and conducts employee appraisal.
Contacts and works with employers and public and private agencies by meeting with agency or business representatives to determine needs, costs, and goals in order to provide viable job placement services for clients.
Maintains liaison with local educational, private industry and local representatives involved in employment and training development, remedial education and training.
Supervises and performs vocational evaluation services for clients by conducting interviews, performing psychometric testing, work sampling and work situation studies.
Supervises and performs vocational counseling services in order to develop the client's job seeking skills; develops supportive services to enhance a client's ability to work.
Provides advisory and consultative services to agencies and clients concerning the development and implementation of remedial education, skills and job training courses, etc., to improve client employability.
Provides for marketing and publicity services for developed programs by providing materials, developing brochures, arranging for printing and distribution, contacting media representatives and making presentations to attract potential consumers of services.
Evaluates the effectiveness of established programs and makes recommendations concerning content, adjustment or modification of these programs.
Prepares a wide variety of records and reports related to vocational assessment and counseling, training and the remedial education function.
Assists in the formulation, development and administration of the program's budget.
Counsels and advises clients involved in the program and consults with other agency professionals regarding solutions to special problems or difficulties to maximize program effectiveness and success.
Keeps abreast of developments and services in the field.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Thorough knowledge of vocational training and rehabilitation methods and techniques.
Thorough knowledge of rehabilitative counseling methods and techniques.
Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of vocational evaluation and adjustment services within rehabilitation.
Thorough knowledge of methods and techniques in employment and training development.
Good knowledge of community support services and resources, service agencies and school district programs that can be utilized in planning for the vocational client.
Good knowledge of educational and local employment and training rules, regulations and policies.
Good knowledge of the principles and practices of supervision.
Ability to plan, coordinate and evaluate a variety of career, occupation or skills training and job placement programs.
Ability to supervise a large staff in the vocational field.
Ability to secure the cooperation of others.
Ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions.
Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.
Two (2) years of permanent competitive class status in the title of Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor or Vocational Evaluator.
A) Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a masters degree in education, vocational evaluation, vocational rehabilitation, or psychology, and three (3) years of professional level work experience, or its part time equivalent, in employment or training development or analysis, vocational counseling or rehabilitation services, vocational evaluation or assessment services, or a closely related field; or,
B) Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a baccalaureate degree and five (5) years of professional level work experience, or its part time equivalent, in employment or training development or analysis, vocational counseling or rehabilitation services, vocational evaluation or assessment services, or a closely related field; or,
C) Nine (9) years of paraprofessional or professional level work experience, or its part time equivalent, five (5) years of which must have been professional level work experience in employment or training development or analysis, vocational counseling or rehabilitation services, vocational evaluation or assessment services, or a closely related field; or,
D) An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of (A), (B) and (C).
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