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Human Resources Division
115 South Andrews Avenue, Room 508
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301


Class Code:P9633

REFUGEE VOCATIONAL COUNSELOR

NATURE OF WORK

This is professional work in career assessment and career development in the County’s refugee employment program which provides employment and career development related services to clients with limited English proficiency.

 

Work involves recruiting, interviewing, evaluating and placing participants in training and employment in the private and public labor market sectors. Works cooperatively with local technical school and community college guidance counselors, community agencies, and local businesses. Emphasis of the work is on vocational assessment and career development planning consistent with the needs of the population/s served.  

 

Work is performed under the supervision of an administrative superior who assigns and reviews results and adherence to Federal, State and local requirements.

                       

ILLUSTRATIVE TASKS

Interviews applicants to determine eligibility for services and obtains information regarding work experience, education, employment and previous training experience.  

Administers a variety of appropriate vocational and occupational assessment tests to determine applicant interests, abilities and skills.  

Advise and participate in the development that delineates steps to accomplish career goals of each client’s career ladder employment and/or education plan and assist in job placements that are in keeping with the career ladder plan.

Refers eligible applicants to educational, vocational and/or employment opportunities; monitors the progress of enrolled participants through follow-up monitoring and case management.

Determines clients supportive services needs, such as child care, transportation, translation and evaluation of foreign degrees, and refers clients to appropriate social services agencies.

 

Performs related work as required.

 

KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES AND SKILLS

Knowledge of vocational assessment techniques utilized in identifying and analyzing educational, supportive services and employment needs.

Knowledge of a variety of occupational inventories vocational tests and scoring methods and interpretation of results.

 

Knowledge of social service agencies in BrowardCounty.

 

Knowledge of the current labor market and training trends in BrowardCounty.

 

Ability to communicate effectively with instructors, supervisors, employers, and clients.

 

Ability to prepare records and reports, using computer-based office applications, including spread sheets.

 

Ability to administer vocational tests and to communicate results in a clear and concise manner.

 

Ability to serve the public and fellow employees with honesty and integrity in full accord with the letter and spirit of BrowardCounty’s Ethics and Conflict of Interest policies.

 

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the general public, co-workers, elected and appointed officials and members of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, regardless of race, color, ethnicity, religion, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, or political affiliation.

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING

Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in an area closely related to this assignment; two (2) years of experience in vocational assessment and career counseling; or any equivalent combination of relevant training and experience.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT

Must have a valid Florida driver’s license and be able to drive and to obtain and maintain authorization to drive on County business.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Bargaining Unit:                                Government Supervisors Association   ( Professional Unit)

FLSA Status:                                     Exempt

Code of Ethics Certification:           No

Work Locations:                                Human Services Department, Family Success Administration

Class Spec. Established:                E 10/2004   R2/05


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