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at Louisiana Department of Civil Service

Posted: 9/2/2019
Job Reference #: 2304858

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Supplemental Information

This vacancy is located in the REHABILITATION DEPARTMENT of Eastern Louisiana Mental Health System in Jackson, LA. ELMHS is the largest 24-hour, multi-site, state psychiatric complex, comprised of residential, outpatient and inpatient services.
*This posting may be used to fill vacancies in other divisions or units at Eastern Louisiana Mental Health System within 90 days of closing.
This position may be filled as either a Probational or Job Appointment (open to all qualified applicants); Promotion (open to all statewide classified and Agencywide permanent status employees); or by Detail to Special Duty. Current permanent status, classified employees may be required to accept a Probational appointed if selected. If filled as a Job Appointment, there is a possibility that this position may be converted to a Probational Appointment should funding become available.

This job will require the selected candidate to train clients at our facility in a vocational trade such as Carpentry, Welding, Wallboard/Plastering, Painting, Small Engine Repair, Horticulture or Automotive Repair.  Candidates with experience in these trades are preferred.

The incumbent in this position will plan, organize, direct, and teach ELMHS clients in the Work Therapy Program on various trade shop functions. In addition, the incumbent will educate clients on specific instructions directly related to trade shop functions, as well as conduct classroom and hands-on training.

Special Entrance Rate of Pay (SER):
Rehabilitation Instructor 1 - $1186.40 / Biweekly
Rehabilitation Instructor 2 - $1269.20 / Biweekly

This position is in a Career Progression Group and may be filled as a Rehab Instructor 1 or Rehab Instructor 2 depending on the qualifications of the candidate selected. Please refer to the "Job Specifications" tab located at the top of the LA Careers "Current Job Opportunities" page of the Civil Service website for specific information on salary ranges, minimum qualifications and job concepts for each level. 

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of work experience.  An application may be considered incomplete if the work experience and education sections are not completed.  Please list all work experience.
Applicants qualifying based on college training or receipt of a baccalaureate degree will be required to submit an official college transcript to verify credentials claimed prior to appointment.  Please make every effort to attach a copy of your transcript to your application. The transcripts can be added as an attachment to your online application or faxed to (225) 219-1041.  The selected candidate will be required to submit original documentation upon hire.

Applicants must have Civil Service test scores for 8100-Professional Level Exam in order to be considered for this vacancy unless exempted by Civil Service rule or policy.  If you do not have a score prior to applying to this posting, it may result in your application not being considered.
Applicants without current test scores can apply to take the test here.

To apply for this vacancy, click on the "Apply" link above and complete an electronic application which can be used for this vacancy as well as future job opportunities.  Applicants are responsible for checking the status of their application to determine where they are in the recruitment process by selecting the 'Applications' link after logging into their account.  Below are the most common status messages and their meanings.
Application received - Your application has been submitted successfully.
Checking for required test score - We are making sure you have an active, passing score for the required written test.
Written Exam – See History – Click on the History link for test results.  Candidates with an active, passing score will designate as "Pass".  Candidates with a failure on the written exam designate as "Fail".  If no information is present, you have no present written exam results.
Evaluating experience - Your application is being reviewed to ensure you meet the minimum qualifications for the position.
Minimum Qualification Review – See History – Click the History link for the results of your application review.  Passing candidates will designate as "Pass".  Failing candidates will designate as "Fail".
Eligible for consideration - You are among a group of applicants who MAY be selected for the position.
Eligible Pending Supplemental Qualification Review - Only candidates meeting the supplemental qualification will be eligible for referral.
Referred to hiring manager for review - Your application has been delivered to the hiring manager.  You may or may not be called for an interview.
Position filled - Someone has been selected for the position.
Position canceled - The agency has decided not to fill the position.
The State of Louisiana only accepts online applications. Paper applications will not be accepted. Computer access is available at your local library, at local Louisiana Workforce Commission Business Career Solutions Centers, and at our Baton Rouge Information and Testing Office at 5825 Florida Boulevard, Room 1070, Baton Rouge, LA 70806.  If you require an ADA accommodation, please contact our office at (225) 925-1911 or Toll Free: (866) 783-5462 during business hours for additional assistance. 
(Please note:  Libraries and LWC centers cannot provide in-depth assistance to applicants with limited computer skills; therefore, we suggest that such applicants have someone with computer proficiency accompany them to these facilities to assist with the computer application process.  Also, no State Civil Service employees are housed at the libraries or LWC centers to answer specific questions about the hiring process.  Such questions should be directed to the State Civil Service Testing and Recruiting Center at the phone numbers above or by visiting the office on Florida Blvd. where assistance is available.  Information is also provided on our job seeker website at https://jobs.civilservice.louisiana.gov/).
For further information about this vacancy, please contact:

Heather Strickland
LDH- ELMHS Human Resources
Jackson, LA  70748

Specific information about this job will be provided to you in the interview process, should you be selected.  However, there is no guarantee that everybody that applies to this posting will be interviewed.


A baccalaureate degree.
Six years of full-time work experience in any field may be substituted for the required baccalaureate degree.
Candidates without a baccalaureate degree may combine work experience and college credit to substitute for the baccalaureate degree as follows:
A maximum of 120 semester hours may be combined with experience to substitute for the baccalaureate degree.
30 to 59 semester hours credit will substitute for one year of experience towards the baccalaureate degree.
60 to 89 semester hours credit will substitute for two years of experience towards the baccalaureate degree.
90 to 119 semester hours credit will substitute for three years of experience towards the baccalaureate degree.
120 or more semester hours credit will substitute for four years of experience towards the baccalaureate degree.
College credit earned without obtaining a baccalaureate degree may be substituted for a maximum of four years full-time work experience towards the baccalaureate degree. Candidates with 120 or more semester hours of credit, but without a degree, must also have at least two years of full-time work experience to substitute for the baccalaureate degree.
Any college hours or degree must be from a school accredited by one of the following regional accrediting bodies:  the Middle States Commission on Higher Education; the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; the Higher Learning Commission; the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities; the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Job Concepts

Function of Work:
Provides vocational conditioning to prepare disabled individuals to engage in vocational activities and community living.

Level of Work:

Supervision Received:
Close supervision from a Rehabilitation Instructor Supervisor or Facility Manager. Functional supervision from a Rehabilitation Instructor 2.

Supervision Exercised:

Location of Work:
Department of Social Services; Louisiana Rehabilitation Services (LRS).

Job Distinctions:
Differs from Rehabilitation Instructor 2 by the close supervision received and by the lack of independent responsibilities.

Differs from Rehabilitation Aide in that this is professional entry-level employment.

Differs from Rehabilitation Evaluators by responsibility for vocational conditioning rather than vocational assessment.

Examples of Work


Provides instruction, day programming, and behavior modification services to persons with disabilities to facilitate self-sufficiency. Disabling conditions include, but are not limited to, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, neuromuscular and neurological diseases, chronic psychiatric diagnosis, mentally retarded/learning disabled, deaf, and blind.

Utilizes skills and techniques which address learning ability and receptiveness of different age groups--adolescent to adult.

Simulates work environment utilizing behavior management techniques and promotes positive worker traits.

Formulates individual training programs for each client with supervisory review based on counselor recommendation and/or evaluator assessment.

Participates in staffings with other rehabilitation professionals, social workers, educators, the client, and the client's family members to provide feedback relative to client's behavior and performance.

Observes, records, and completes written reports of client's progress on a regular basis with supervisory review.

Ensures client's safety by demonstration in the use of machinery and equipment and constant client observation.

Provides basic skills training and simulated work activities in one of the following areas: Industrial Arts, Business, or Home Economics/Independent living.

Maintains equipment, supplies, and material inventory with supervisory review.