Department of Rehabilitation

(ACE Counselor)

$4,118.00 - $5,920.00

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

This position is located in the city of San Diego.

The DOR is seeking a motivated individual to join the Achieving Community Employment (ACE) team!

As an ACE Regional Counselor, you will facilitate the effective delivery of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) section 511 career counseling and information and referral (CC&IR) services to employees (individuals) with disabilities receiving subminimum wage, youth age 24 years and younger seeking subminimum wage employment, and employers holding 14(c) certificates employing individuals at subminimum wage.

ACE Counselor core duties include: 1) providing CC&IR services, including information on Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE) opportunities, to employees receiving subminimum wage and youth age 24 and under seeking subminimum wage; 2) providing technical assistance to 14(c) employers and other external stakeholders on Section 511 requirements; 3) preparing and maintaining CC&IR required documentation and correspondence; and 4) coordinating implementation of CC&IR services with DOR districts.

The ACE Counselor travels to employer worksites and other locations to provide CC&IR services in one of eight DOR designated 511 regions statewide; and reports to the ACE Team Manager in DOR's Central Office.

Interested in learning more about this opportunity to help people with disabilities learn about competitive integrated employment opportunities, including available services and resources? Click on the Duty Statement and visit our DOR CC&IR webpage located at under the For Employers tab.

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Control Details
Job Code #: JC-97355
Position #(s):
Working Title: ACE Counselor
$4,118.00 - $5,390.00 A
$4,218.00 - $5,658.00 B
$4,512.00 - $5,920.00 C
# of Positions: 1
Work Location: San Diego County
Job Type: Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

The Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) administers the largest vocational rehabilitation program in the country. We have a three-pronged mission to provide services and advocacy that assist people with disabilities to live independently, become employed and have equality in the communities in which they live and work. DOR provides consultation, counseling and vocational rehabilitation, and works with community partners to assist the consumers we serve.

Department Vision and Mission Statements:

Employment, independence and equality for all Californians with disabilities.

The California Department of Rehabilitation works in partnership with consumers and other stakeholders to provide services and advocacy resulting in employment, independent living and equality for individuals with disabilities.

Please visit our website to learn more about DOR and our mission.
Department Website:

Special Requirements

At least 60% travel in San Diego, Imperial, and Southern Orange County and Riverside counties is required.

A Master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, Counseling or a closely related field from a recognized institution and successful completion of one graduate course with a primary focus on the Theories and Techniques in counseling is mandatory. Reliability, dependability and exceptional interpersonal skills are essential. Upon hire, applicant may be required to provide official sealed college transcripts.

Applicants must submit the following required items to be considered for this job:
  • State Employment Application (STD 678). To demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for this position, it is important to include any Experience and Education relevant to the Classification Specification requirements.
  • Cover Letter that includes why you are interested in and qualified for this position.
  • Resume

Include JC#97355 / POS#813-098-9818-003 on your State Application (STD678) in the "Examination(s) or Job Title(s) for which you are applying" section found under the “Questions” tab of your CalCareer application template. Applicants who do not submit the required information may not be considered for this job.

Application Instructions

Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, eligible for a Training and Development assignment, have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility, or have list eligibility (or are in the process of obtaining list eligibility). SROA and Surplus candidates may attach “surplus letters” to their applications. Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected for an interview.

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

Department of Rehabilitation
Attn: Personnel
721 Capitol Mall
Sacramento, CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

721 Capitol Mall
Sacramento, CA 95814
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Required Application Documents

Please submit the following items with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Other - Cover Letter is required and must be included.
  • Resume is required and must be included.
Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

Desirable Qualifications

In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:
  • Broad understanding of the labor market and career development, knowledge about persons with disabilities and their employment-related needs and challenges
  • Knowledge of Section 511 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and applicable federal regulations, including competitive integrated employment options for individuals with disabilities
  • Specific knowledge about resources and programs that can help to support individuals with disabilities in exploring career choices and finding suitable placements
  • Ability to develop and identify community resources related to self-determination, self-advocacy, and peer mentoring
  • Familiar with the impact of competitive wages on social security benefits
  • Proficient with Power Point, Excel, Word, and Outlook
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to communicate and work in a positive and professional manner with co-workers, employers, subminimum wage employees, and the public
  • Possess strong organizational skills to prioritize and complete assigned activities
  • Ability to manage time efficiently and meet due dates
  • Ability to adapt to unexpected situations
  • Experience providing information to groups utilizing power point presentations
  • Experience working with individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities

Contact Information

The Hiring Unit Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Department Website:
Hiring Unit Contact:
Julie Stephens
(916) 558-5899

Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

EEO Contact:
Office of Civil Rights
(916) 558-5850
California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.

Application Methods:
Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
By Mail