Nebraska VR is seeking energetic, action oriented professionals interested in becoming a part of a statewide team dedicated to serving the needs of employers and assisting individuals with disabilities to achieve employment, independence and economic goals. We expect all employees to share our vision, believe in our mission and embrace our values to achieve outcomes.
As an EEO/AA employer, the Department of Education actively supports the ADA and reasonably accommodates qualified applicants with disabilities.
All VR positions are posted on the State of Nebraska's Career Center website. See the State of Nebraska's Career Center for instructions on how to apply. (Search for Department of Education to find VR job openings.)
The State of Nebraska offers comprehensive benefits to permanent, full-time and part-time employees who work 20 or more hours per week. Participation in the State?s insurance program is voluntary. The State contributes 79% of the health insurance premium for all of the plans, and pays 100% of the basic life insurance coverage, and 100% of the Employee Assistance Program cost. All other medical, life and disability plans are offered to employees at a group rate. Employees may purchase additional life insurance coverage for themselves and their dependents. The State offers a mandatory retirement program and a voluntary Deferred Compensation plan. The State of Nebraska retirement plan fully vests after 3 years.
All Nebraska VR employees are offered a comprehensive benefits package that includes the following:
A career as a Specialist with Nebraska VR can be long and rewarding. The agency hires VR Service Specialists (minimum of a Bachelor's Degree) and VR Rehabilitation Specialists (minimum of a Master's Degree in Counseling). Promotion to a Senior Service Specialist and Senior Rehabilitation Specialist occurs after 2 years of satisfactory performance. Opportunities exist for either specializing in a particular area or preparing for a management position. Each level of advancement brings a broader scope of responsibility and authority, which allows the agency to operate at a high level of commitment and professionalism.
VR Associatesprovide clerical, direct client services, and technical support services as a part of the local office team. Duties vary depending upon the needs of team. Duties can involve case and caseload management, fiscal/accounting activities, providing instruction to persons with disabilities, arranging and coordinating team and client activities and supports, general clerical, receptionist, data system input, ordering supplies, monitoring and follow up. Promotion to a VR Senior Associate occurs after two years of satisfactory performance.
Office Directors oversee the delivery of team services with a team structure and monitor progress towards team goals. Essential job duties include providing direction, training, technical assistance, consultations, coaching, program guidance and support to team members in areas of compliance, rules, regulations, policies, procedures and program standards; promoting and developing community partnerships with employers and service providers; monitoring case service and operating expenditures; and recruiting, selecting, deploying and appraising of staff. Promotion to an Office Director II occurs after two years of satisfactory performance.
The Department of Education is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, age, sex, national origin, marital status, or disabling condition in conformity with applicable laws. Section 504 Coordinator (prohibits disability discrimination): Mark Schultz, PO Box 94987, Lincoln, Nebraska, 68509, Title IX Coordinator, (prohibits sex discrimination): Joel Scherling, PO Box 94987, Lincoln, Nebraska, 68509, (402) 471-4736.
Statistics About Us:
Number of field office locations: 11
Number of persons in the Agency: 190
Total number of VR Counselors: 111
Ratio of Supervisors to Counselors: 1:8
Total number of VR Associates: 38
The Pathway to Employment Video Series is designed to de-mystify the many services provided to clients and businesses while highlighting the innovation that is the culture of Nebraska VR. While certainly each story is either one of progress towards an employment goal or a client's employment goal success, they are also stories about the important role played by staff members, businesses, ATP, Easter Seals, Project SEARCH, and others. Go to: vr.nebraska.gov/videos/