Washington State L&I Vocational Service Specialist, Return to Work in Tumwater, Washington


Application review begins immediately. It is your advantage to apply today.

This is your opportunity to help injured workers heal and return to work. Assist workers in receiving the right services at the right time. Become a part of an amazing team who supports L&I;'s cutting-edge Return to Work (RTW) program.

Why bring your talent to L&I;? This is what VSS staff say why they came to L&I; and why they stay. They enjoy working in a collaborative, innovative team environment with others passionate about making a positive difference in injured workers' lives.

  • Great people with opportunities to make positive changes to the system
  • New Leadership a spirit of change
  • Environment of learning and professional growth
  • Supportive supervisors, managers, and colleagues
  • Belief that their strengths are being utilized
  • Medical/vacation/pension benefits
  • Work schedule flexibility As the Vocational Service Specialist in support of the agency claims units, you'll use your professional and technical vocational services expertise and partnerships to ensure injured workers return to work as quickly and safely as possible. Successful applicants will be adaptable, creative and have good energy. Do you like problem solving and multitasking? Do you like people and enjoy communicating with a wide range of people? People who approach their work with a positive attitude need apply.

Become a vocational expert.Fast forward one year: you will confidently and successfully support a variety of people in a shared goal of returning injured workers to employment; you will be knowledgeable about and can apply Washington rules and systems pertaining to vocational services; you will be looked to for creative solutions to vocational issues in complex claims; you will understand how to identify and eliminate barriers to return to work.

Some of what you will do

  • You will start with learning how injured workers' move through L&I.;
  • Provide professional and technical assistance regarding vocational services to department staff, private vocational providers, employers and their representatives, and injured workers and their representatives.
  • Consult with interested parties in addressing barriers to successful return to work or vocational resolution.
  • Participate in Lean initiatives and claim staffing to ensure a team approach and to reinforce L&I;'s changing culture to focus on return to work.
  • Review Ability to Work Assessments recommending eligible for plan development services and refer claims for plan development services when appropriate.
  • Approve or disapprove vocational re-training plans exceptions to extend time for plan development services, and make recommendations to the Director for discretionary approval of increased vocational training time and funds.

Who should apply Applicants must hold one of the following certifications: Certified Rehabilitation (CRC) Counselor; Certified Disability Management Specialist (CDMS); or American Board of Vocational Experts (ABVE).

We seek vocational professionals with: A master's degree AND a CRC, CDMS or ABVE certification AND a minimum of 1 year of full time workers' compensation (industrial insurance) experience; OR A bachelor's degree AND a CRC or CDMS certification AND minimum of 2 years full time workers' compensation (industrial insurance) experience.

What we're looking for

  • A Vocational Services professional who is in possession of a CRC, and/or CDMS, and/or ABVE
  • Working knowledge of Washington State laws, rules and policies regarding vocational rehabilitation services. Ability to:
  • Consult and employ expertise, credibility and partnering to help clients identify, evaluate and resolve complex or sensitive issues, problems and service needs.
  • Resolve conflicts with tact and diplomacy.
  • Apply analytical reasoning skills to make efficient, effective, and timely decisions.
  • Work effectively and cooperatively in a team environment.
  • Prioritize, multi-task and manage time effectively.
  • Capability to write clear and objective reports and documents.
  • Ability to provide expert testimony to the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals (BIIA).
  • Professional and courteous in all interactions.

Consideration will be given to complete applications with attached Cover Letter/Letter of Interest.

Your Cover Letter/Letter of Interest will concisely describe how you have "What We're Looking For" outlined above.

Supplemental Information

This job announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies. Application review starts immediately and the hiring authority reserves the right to offer the job at any time. It's to your advantage to apply quickly.

Employees driving on state business must have a valid driver's license. Employees driving a privately owned vehicle on state business must have liability insurance on the privately owned vehicle.

Prior to any new hire into L&I;, a background check, including criminal record history, will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.

To apply, follow the "Apply" link above Jobs advertised as Open Continuous will be closed without notice. Apply quickly!

We're looking for evidence that you have what we're looking for. Your application materials will be used for deciding who'll be selected for interview.

For more information about the Department of Labor & Industries visit: http://www.lni.wa.gov/ OR Contact us at: Jobs@Lni.wa.gov

L&I; strives to attract and retain a high-performing and diverse workforce in which our differences are respected and valued to better meet the needs of the diverse customers we serve. L&I; fosters an inclusive environment that promotes safety, collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all employees can participate and contribute to their full potential.

Persons with a disability, who need assistance in the application process, or those needing this announcement in an alternative format, may call (360) 902-5700. Applicants that are deaf or hard of hearing may call through the Washington Relay Service at 7-1-1.

The State of Washington is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Salary: $4,191.00 - $5,493.00 Monthly

Location: Thurston County – Tumwater, WA

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Department: Dept. of Labor & Industries

Job Number: 2015-09421

Closing: Continuous

Agency: State of Washington

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Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov