POSITION:                           Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

REPORTS TO:                     Manager, Workforce Readiness

LOCATION:                         123 William Street 5th Floor, New York, NY 10038

POSITION TYPE:                Full-Time, Exempt, Union

WORK SCHEDULE:           Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:00pm

SALARY:                              Dependent upon experience

ORGANIZATION: The Institute for Career Development (ICD) is a fast-growing, dynamic not-for-profit workforce development organization based in New York City.  For over 100 years, ICD has been a leader in the field of vocational rehabilitation, helping people with disabilities, challenges or barriers to employment transform their lives through career development and employment.  Every year, ICD services puts over 1,200 people on a path to career success. ICD’s 36+ member team helps adults, youth, veterans, entry-level employees, and career changers with disabilities gain economic independence through specialized career planning and evaluation, certified training programs, placement services for job seekers and providing talent acquisition expertise to employers.  Building on the organization’s program success in the five boroughs of New York City, ICD aims to increase its social impact through ongoing collaborations, advocacy, and innovative practices.

SUMMARY OF POSITION: ICD seeks a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor to collaborate with the vocational services team to provide vocational rehabilitation services and counseling to participants with a broad range of vocational needs and disabilities in ICD’s training programs. The Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor will work one on one and in groups with participants to ensure they successfully complete ICD’s training program requirements, and secure employment in the appropriate vocation. The vocational counselor will play a key role in identifying and developing appropriate internship sites for participants as part of training requirements.


  • Obtain, analyze and evaluate participant psychosocial, educational and employment information to assist individual in setting and achieving vocational goals.

  • Provide counseling to participants on social and personal adjustment related to attendance and success in job training, obtaining and keeping employment, and long-term career progression goals.

  • Develop ongoing contact and maintain supportive relationship with ACCES-VR Counselors and district office colleagues in order to assure the best possible services are provided to clients. Plan and present case conferences with participants, families, and sponsoring ACCES-VR counselors.

  • Act as liaison with participant referral sources and other collaterals including case managers, treatment providers, internship site supervisors and employers.

  • Develop internship opportunities that meet the needs of individual participants.

  • Visit internship/employment sites to observe and consult with site supervisors/contacts.

  • Plan and facilitate groups on job readiness, interviewing and job seeking skills, work-related life skills, job support groups.

  • Maintain required documentation (ACCES-VR/BPSS) within specified regulatory standards and timeframes.

  • Provide support to instructors as needed for successful classroom outcomes.

  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Strong interpersonal skills for counseling and community liaison activities.

  • Strong organizational skills and time management skills required for service coordination and documentation requirements of caseload.

  • Ability to work a flexible schedule as per client needs.

  • Ability to access community sites for meetings, outreach, and community services.

  • Ability to interface with staff to resolve problems and answer questions, and use independent judgment and initiative.

  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills, with strong attention to detail.

  • Good record-keeping skills to accurately track attendance, program participation, and other data.

  • Professional, motivational and teamwork-oriented environment.

  • Collaboration with other ICD team members in an effort to assist participants with obtaining and maintaining employment.

  • Ability to use independent judgment and initiative.

  • Travel within the metropolitan area is required on a regular basis for face-to- face meetings at ACCES-VR offices and/or with potential partners.

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite including use of Word and Excel

  • Able to lift up to 20 pounds.



  • Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling with CRC highly preferred or MA in related field preferred.

  • BA required.

  • Experience in Workforce Development and Vocational Counseling preferred.

  • Familiar with Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR), including the implementation of ACCES-VR contracts valuable.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE SKILLS: None required, Spanish or ASL helpful

Please email resume and cover letter to bgallenberger@icdnyc.org with a subject of “Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor” and where you found the position listed.

BENEFITS: ICD offers a comprehensive benefits package including health and dental insurance, AFLAC, 401k, and generous paid time off, among others. As this is a union position, health and dental insurance is paid for in full by the organization subject to certain eligibility requirements.

The Institute for Career Development is an advocate for diversity in the workplace. All candidates will benefit from equality of opportunity and fair treatment without regard to: race; color; age; religion; pregnancy; sex; sexual orientation; disability; gender identity; gender expression; national origin; genetic information; Veteran status; marital status; or prior protected activity.

ICD complies with all applicable federal, state, and ci

AuthorBrigid Maher