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VOCATIONAL EVALUATOR
04820
(Competitive)


DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
The work involves responsibility for developing and implementing a system of vocational evaluation for general vocational rehabilitation clientele as well as any interested individuals in need of this service. The Vocational Evaluator assesses an individuals vocational aptitude, interests and skills and plans a program of individual goals to assist the student to obtain appropriate educational training and experience as well as related vocational counseling. The incumbent interprets various vocational skill and work sample tests to identify and assess vocational abilities, aptitudes, interests and worker functions for specific job training or program placement.' An employee in this classification is allowed considerable leeway in exercising independent judgment and initiative in analyzing basic evaluation data to formulate vocational and training recommendations and goals for individual clients and in developing individual written vocational evaluation plans. Work is performed under the general supervision of an administrative superior. Supervision is not typically a function of this classification. Does related work as required.

TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES
Develops and individualizes vocational evaluation and adjustment service plans for youth and adult populations including the handicapped.
Exposes the participant to the real world of work by performing a series of work sample performance evaluation tests which provide individual hands on experience in a simulated occupational setting.
Identifies, measures and assesses through psychometric and work sample evaluations the interests, attitudes, aptitudes and work behaviors of participants.
Interprets information from interviews, questionnaires, work and social histories, psychological tests and other diagnostic techniques in vocational assessment and the planning of rehabilitation services.
Synthesizes client interests, job requirements and client worker trait characteristics and makes realistic vocational or training recommendations.
Evaluates and selects job sites, work stations, and simulated work stations, to provide an individualized program of vocational and work adjustment services for each person served.
Makes job, work area or training recommendations based on client ability, job and training information and results of client evaluation.
Observes, analyzes and interprets behaviors which may impact on the establishment and achievement of vocational and work adjustment goals for adults or students with handicapping conditions.
Indicates and predicts a participant's specific training and job success by evaluation and assessment techniques.
Documents occupational and training data for better use in designing the participantís specific job training programs and employment goals.
Prepares evaluation reports which emphasize client strengths and needs and which contain specific measurable objectives and programs of services necessary for reaching objectives.
Attempts to provide incentives and motivation for students, dropouts, young adults and the handicapped to continue academic pursuit or job training.

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGE SKILLS ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Thorough knowledge of the principles, practices, methods and techniques of vocational evaluation and adjustment services within rehabilitation.
Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of tests and measurements used to assess achievement, aptitude and interest relating to vocational purposes.
Good knowledge of the theory, research and practice relating to disability and its effect upon psychological behavior and adjustment.
Good knowledge of the methods and techniques of rehabilitative counseling.
Good knowledge of behavior change techniques and their use in rehabilitation and work settings.
Ability to use and interpret the sources of occupational information in evaluation, counseling and other rehabilitation services.
Ability to apply vocational evaluation approaches with youth and adult populations as well as with the handicapped.
Ability to make recommendations based upon conclusions reached. through analysis of vocational skill and work sample tests and measurements.
Ability to express ideas clearly and concisely and to prepare reports which are thorough, clear and concise for use in program implementation.
Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
A. Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Master's Degree in vocational evaluation, vocational rehabilitation, special education, rehabilitation counselor education or psychology or a closely related field; or,

B. Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Baccalaureate Degree including or supplemented by one (1) course in psychological or educational tests and measurements and two (2) years of professional level work experience, or its part time equivalent, as a vocational evaluator which must have involved the assessment and evaluation of clients' vocational aptitudes, interests and skills to assist them in obtaining needed educational training, experience, program placement or vocational counseling.

10/82 Revised