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Business Relations Vocational Rehabilitation Program Administrator

Organization: Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities
Classified Indicator: Classified
Bargaining Unit / Exempt: Exempt
Schedule: Full-time
Work Hours: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Compensation: $32.51 per hour
Unposting Date: Sep 24, 2023, 11:59:00 PM
Job Function: Vocational Rehabilitation

Agency Contact Name: Melanie Sonnier
Agency Contact Information:

Business Relations VR Program Administrator - Hybrid Potential (230008QE) 

Job Duties


Empowering Ohioans with disabilities through employment, disability determinations, and independence.


Now accepting applications for

 Vocational Rehabilitation Program Administrator

Hourly: $ 32.51


This position offers the flexibility of a hybrid schedule that combines working from home with regular in-office and/or community presence.  In-person work requirements may change for training, meetings, and other operational needs.  Employees must reside at a location that allows for reasonable response time to workplace reporting requirements.  Daytime travel within Ohio may be required.


Available locations:

  • Cincinnati BSVI/BVR - 895 Central Ave, 7th Floor, Cincinnati, OH 45202
  • Toledo BSVI/BVR - 5241 Southwyck Blvd, Suite 200, Toledo, OH 43614
  • Lakewood BSVI/BVR - 14650 Detroit Ave, Suite 300, Lakewood, OH 44107
  • Whitehall BSVI/BVR - 4300 E Broad St, Suite 200, Whitehall, OH 43213
  • Canton BSVI/BVR - 816 30th St NW Canton, OH 44709 


Who We Are:

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) is the state agency that empowers Ohioans with disabilities through employment, disability determinations, and independence. It is accomplished through its Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation (BVR), Bureau of Services for the Visually Impaired (BSVI) and Division of Disability Determination (DDD). A fourth area is the Division of Employer and Innovation Services (EIS), which is responsible for establishing and maintaining partnerships with employers.


What We Do:

OOD works with partners in businesses, education, and non-profit organizations to facilitate customized employment plans for Ohioans with disabilities; helps Ohio companies recruit and retain employees with disabilities; and is the sole agency determining medical and vocational Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs in Ohio. To learn more about OOD click here.


Our Guiding Principles:

In striving for excellence in service, we will:

  • Listen first
  • Act with a sense of urgency
  • Honor diversity
  • Foster inclusiveness
  • Value collaboration
  • Inspire innovation
  • Be transparent
  • Be accountable
  • Celebrate success


Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)

OOD operates Ohio’s Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program. Through the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation and Bureau of Services for the Visually Impaired, the VR program provides services to eligible individuals with disabilities to assist them in getting and keeping a job. Disabilities may include physical, intellectual, mental health, or sensory disabilities. OOD works with adults seeking to enter the workforce or retain a job, and with youth beginning at age 14, to assist them as they transition from high school into college and/or the workplace.  For more information, click here.


What does a Vocational Rehabilitation Program Administrator do?


  • Join the OOD Business Relations program, a 2020 national finalist for the Harvard Innovations in American Government Award.
  • Business Relations VR Program Administrators are Business Relations Specialists, Career Development Specialists, or Career & Credential Consultants and are responsible for implementing OOD’s Business Relations program in their assigned geographic area

  • These positions include hybrid potential, two guaranteed pay increases within the first year, work-life balance, and comprehensive benefits.


Business Relations VR Program Administrators Duties:

  • Develops and manages business relations activities with employer partners to promote the hiring of individuals with disabilities,
  • Conducts outreach to and builds relationships with employers to raise awareness of OOD and its services,
  • Serves as the main point of contact for designated employers in their assigned geographic area to coordinate candidate sourcing activity and delivery of OOD’s services
  • Develops and manages partnerships with local workforce, educational and/or training programs in assigned geographic area,
  • Analyzes data to identify and target leads for potential employer partnerships,
  • Provides services to employers to assist in their efforts to hire and retain individuals with disabilities,
  • Promotes and provides disability awareness education and training for employers, workforce development, education, and training program partners,
  • Researches and develops training on topics related to disability employment and disability inclusion in the workplace,
  • Leads the planning and implementation of multiple hiring events and/or career connection events, and
  • Manages partner account activity and service records to inform federal reports.


 A successful Business Relations VR Program Administrators has:

  • Strong critical-thinking, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong partnership development abilities
  • Ability to lead and manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Experience with developing and delivering training
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Experience with labor market applications
  • Experience with sales, marketing, and event planning
  • Sophisticated business acumen


What’s in it for you:

At the State of Ohio, we take care of the team that cares for Ohioans. We provide a variety of quality, competitive benefits to eligible full-time and part-time employees. For a list of all the State of Ohio Benefits, visit our Total Rewards website! Our benefits package includes:

Medical Coverage

  • Quality, affordable, and competitive medical benefits are offered through the available Ohio Med plans. 

Dental, Vision and Basic Life Insurance

  • Dental, vision, and basic life insurance premiums are free after completed eligibility period. Length of eligibility period is dependent on union representation.

Time Away From Work and Work/Life Balance

  • Paid time off, including vacation, personal, and sick leave 
  • 11 paid holidays per year
  • Childbirth/Adoption leave

Employee Development Funds

  • The  State of Ohio offers a variety of educational and professional development funding that varies based on whether you are a union-exempt employee or a union-represented employee.

Ohio Public Employees Retirement System

  • OPERS is the retirement system for State of Ohio employees.  The employee contributes 10% of their salary towards their retirement.  The employer contributes an amount equal to 14% of the employee’s salary.  Visit the OPERS website for more information.

Deferred Compensation


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Mission Statement:

The mission of OOD is to empower Ohioans with disabilities through employment, disability determinations, and independence. OOD strives to hire, sustain, and promote a workforce that not only embraces this mission but is also reflective of the rich diversity of the Ohioans we serve.

OOD considers diversity comprehensively, including race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, and all other human dynamics that shape creative perspective and professional experience.

OOD is intentional in cultivating an inclusive, diverse, and equitable environment where all voices are heard, respected, and valued, as demonstrated by the way we treat all individuals.


Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

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Completion of graduate core program in human service area, business or public administration, or related field.


Completion of undergraduate core program in human service area, business or public administration, or related field; 12 months' training or 12 months' experience in a supervisory, administrative, or related position.


Equivalent of Minimum Class Qualifications for Employment noted above


Knowledge of: Management; Employee Development; Public Relations; Agency policies & procedures (i.e., OOD)*; Government Structure & Process (e.g., local, state, federal); Law (e.g., Rehab Act, Code of Federal Regulations, WIOA*).

Skill in: Word Processing (e.g., Microsoft Office, AWARE, Tableau, OAKS*), Equipment Operations (e.g., general office equipment, computer & peripheral equipment).

Ability to: Deal with some abstract but mostly concrete variables; Use statistical analysis; Develop complex reports & position papers; Gather, collate & classify information about data, people & things; handle sensitive inquiries from & contacts with officials & general public, understand manuals & verbal instructions, technical in nature, define problems, collect data, establish facts & draw valid conclusions. 

*(Developed after employment)


Applications must clearly indicate how the applicant meets the minimum qualification for the position. If you meet minimum qualification due to educational achievement, you must submit a copy of your unofficial transcript(s) with your application by the posting deadline. All answers to the supplemental questions must be supported by information provided in the work experience &/or education sections on your civil service application. Please do not use “see resume” as a substitution for the completed application; assumptions will not be made. Internal applicants, information in your personnel file does not supplement the need to attach by the posting deadline.  If you don’t demonstrate how you meet minimum qualifications in the supplemental questions, your application will automatically be disqualified from consideration.

This documentation can be submitted by attaching to the supplemental attachments with your online application or by email to Indicate title and requisition number 230008QE in the subject line of your email.

Selection Process: Position(s) are filled through a two-part process, which consists of a computerized assessment and structured interview.  All parts of the assessment will be administered remotely at this time.  Testing is tentatively scheduled for the first week of October.

Application Status: You can check the status of your application online by signing into your profile through The application status is shown to the right of the position title(s) to which you have applied along with the application submission details. Questions pertaining to things other than your application status can be directed to

Technical Assistance: Applicants experiencing technical issues should send an email to

Reasonable Accommodation: Please contact the Human Resources Office at so proper arrangements can be made. Otherwise, you will be given specific instructions on requesting an accommodation if you are invited to an assessment.

 Background Check Information: The final candidate selected for the position will be required to undergo a criminal background check. Criminal convictions do not necessarily preclude an applicant form consideration for a position. An individual assessment of an applicant's prior criminal convictions will be made before excluding an applicant from consideration.