[blindlaw] FW: Open position with Minnesota State Services for the Blind

Andrews, David B (DEED) david.b.andrews at state.mn.us
Tue Dec 24 21:43:06 UTC 2013

We are looking for someone good, and there is still time to apply!

David Andrews

From: Fischer, Samantha (DEED)

Good Afternoon,

I am sending you this email to provide you with details (listed 
below) for an open position for the Director of Minnesota State 
Services for the Blind that is being vacated by Richard Strong.  I am 
also asking if you could please pass along this posting to anyone you 
think would be qualified and interested.

If you, or someone you know, would like to submit a resume for 
consideration please visit: 

$ 34.06-$ 48.91 hourly, $ 71,117-$ 102,124 annually
Date Posted:
Closing Date:
Hiring Agency:
Employment & Econ Development Dept
St. Paul
Who May Apply:
Open to all qualified job seekers
Posting Number:
Employment Conditions:
Permanent, Full-time
Work Shift:
Day Shift
Days of Work:
Travel Required:
Job Grouping:
General Administration
Classified Status:
What's Great About This Job:
Minnesota State Services for the Blind (SSB) has been serving blind, 
visually impaired and DeafBlind Minnesotans since 1923. It does so 
with a staff of 110 dedicated personnel, over 650 skilled volunteers, 
an active State Rehabilitation Council for the Blind and a host of 
community partners. Each year SSB assists thousands in leading full, 
active and productive lives. Come be part of a great organization in 
a great state.
Job Description:
This position will serve as the Director of State Services for the 
Blind. The Director reports to the Deputy Commissioner of Workforce 
Development and serves as a member of the agency's senior leadership team.

The mission of the Department of Employment and Economic Development 
is to enhance the economic success of individuals, businesses, and 
communities by improving opportunities for prosperity and independence.

The mission of SSB is to facilitate the achievement of vocational and 
personal independence by Minnesotans who are blind, visually 
impaired, or DeafBlind. SSB plays a critical role in ensuring 
Minnesota provides for workforce needs throughout the state by 
removing barriers to employment, as well as personal independence and 
providing the printed word in accessible formats for persons with 
print disabilities. The Director is responsible for developing and 
managing a variety of programs to achieve these goals

Major Responsibilities:

1. Oversee and plan the operations and programmatic work of State 
Services for the Blind

2. Represent SSB and the Department of Employment and Economic 
Development in matters related to services for the blind.

3. Manage the SSB budget of approximately $16 million in annual 
appropriations and grants from federal, state, and private sources. 
Ensure that all resources are utilized effectively and in accord with 
federal and state regulations.

4. Lead efforts to develop, research, and implement structures, 
systems, and new technologies to continuously improve efficiency and 
effectiveness of program delivery.

5. Develop strong strategic partnerships with external partners 
including other state agencies, public officials, businesses, 
community partners, and consumer organizations.
Minimum Qualifications:
Three years of recent experience (in last 10 years) as a manager or 
administrator responsible for a program providing rehabilitation 
services or employment and training or advocacy services for persons 
with disabilities. AND a Bachelor's or Master's Degree in psychology, 
rehabilitation, sociology, business administration, special education 
or closely related field.

IN ADDITION, if you meet the above requirement, please ensure that 
your resume describes your qualifications in the areas below. Failure 
to provide sufficient detail may result in your resume not being considered.

1) Knowledge of rehabilitation programs and services including 
vocational rehabilitation, independent living rehabilitation, special 
education, and the Workforce Center system. Specific knowledge of 
State and Federal laws and regulations governing the provision of 
rehabilitation services to persons who are blind and visually impaired.

2) Knowledge of and experience with budget development and 
management, strategic planning, grant management, and performance measurement.

3) Commitment to team building, communicating, and contributing to 
the promotion of a healthy work environment.

4) Demonstrated management experience including that of quality 
assurance, program evaluation, planning and developing policies and 

5) Proven ability to build and maintain relationships and 
collaborations with diverse constituencies including partner local, 
state and federal agencies, businesses, non-profits, public 
officials, and other broad-based stakeholders.
Preferred Qualifications:
Experience working with persons who are blind or visually impaired in 
the rehabilitation process.
Selection Process:
The selection process is a resume-based, skill-matching process. 
Resumes of all applicants to this posting will be evaluated against 
the Minimum Qualifications stated above. If your skills match the 
required skills for this position, the department may contact you.

Employee reference checks will be conducted on all finalists. This 
may include a review of documentation related to job performance. It 
includes contact with the applicant's former employers.

A Criminal Background Check will be conducted on those positions that 
have access to confidential information and/or private data, handle 
financial transactions, or enter the homes of our clients. Please 
note that a Criminal History Check will be conducted on all finalists 
for this position. A criminal conviction will not automatically 
remove you from consideration for employment.

When the position requires travel and the applicant drives a state 
owned or leased vehicle, a driver's license and record check will be 
How to Apply:
Most State selection processes utilize a resume-based screening 
process. You will be contacted by agency staff if your background 
best matches the selection criteria on this job posting. To apply for 
this position, click the APPLY box found at the bottom of this job 
announcement. For additional information about the State's selection 
process, go to 

Anyone with a disability who believes they may need an accommodation 
should contact the Department of Employment and Economic 
Development's Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity, in advance, 
so any necessary arrangements can be made. To request an 
accommodation, email 
<mailto:DEED.ODEO at state.mn.us>DEED.ODEO at state.mn.us; or call 
651-259-7094 (MN Relay 711 or MN Relay 1-800-627-3529).
Contact for More Information:
Sue Zeches, 651/259-7107/ 
<mailto:sue.zeches at state.mn.us>sue.zeches at state.mn.us.

Thank you,

Samantha Fischer | Office and Administrative Specialist, Senior
Department of Employment and Economic Development,
State Services For The Blind
2200 University Avenue W., #240
St. Paul. MN 55114
Direct: 651-642-0729 Toll Free: 1-800-652-9000
TTY:  651-642-0506  Toll Free TTY:  1-888-665-3276

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