VRS_December Updates

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To: VRS Community Partners
From: Kim Babine, Director of Community Partners

Greetings VRS Community Partners,

I have a few updates to share with you today.

Open Position at DEED-VRS: Metro Regional Director

Vocational Rehabilitation Services is searching for its next Metro Regional Director. This position was previously held by Dee Torgerson, who was named VRS Director in October.

The position is to serve as a regional manager for Vocational Rehabilitation Services for the Metro region of the State of Minnesota. The manager will supervise a team of Rehabilitation Counseling Supervisors charged with planning, directing, controlling and analyzing VR service delivery in metro geographical areas; build effective and strategic partnerships with businesses and community rehabilitation partners, counties, schools and Independent Living Centers; champion, communicate and implement strategic initiatives; provide the VRS Leadership Team with assessments and perspectives of regional immediate and long-term VR needs (e.g., staffing, resources, service needs, training); develop and maintain accountability for the regional NPS budget, and other duties as assigned.

We encourage all interested and qualified individuals to apply. The position close date is December 26, 2019. Applicants for this position can apply for this position through the state careers website (mn.gov/mmb/careers) and search job ID 37451.

Pre-ETS Training for P/T Contractors

In October, DEED-VRS held two trainings for P/T contractors on providing Pre-Employment Transition Services. That training is now posted and can be viewed at the link below. The PowerPoint slides are also available for your review.

If you have any questions about your P/T contract, please contact Anne Paulson at Anne.Paulson@state.mn.us. If you have any questions about Pre-ETS, please contact Alyssa Klein at Alyssa.Klein@state.mn.us.

These Updates

Please share this email with your colleagues inside and outside your organization. Please send contact information of staff who should be added to this email list to Anne.Paulson@state.mn.us. That contact information should include name, organization, position title, phone number, and email address.


We are grateful for the work of all our community partners and all you do for Minnesotans with disabilities. VRS leadership and staff look forward to continued collaboration and partnership in 2020.

My best,


Kim Babine
VRS Director of Community Partnerships
Direct: 651-259-7349