[Jobs] Job Vacancy, Transition Specialist, Iowa Department for the Blind
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>Class Code: 41151
>IOWA DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES -
>HUMAN RESOURCES ENTERPRISE
>SENIOR SERVICES SPECIALIST
>FOR THE BLIND 1
>Plans, directs, and coordinates a program to provide rehabilitation
>and educational services to blind and severely visually impaired
>individuals; functions as a vocational rehabilitation counselor,
>placement specialist or rehabilitation teacher; performs related
>work as required.
>The Work Examples and Competencies listed are for illustrative
>purposes only and not intended to be the primary basis for position
>Coordinates the implementation of individualized employment plans
>for blind and severely visually impaired person in finding and/or
>Determines actual and potential job vacancies statewide via
>rehabilitation counselors and other sources of input in order to
>provide a consolidated bank of job information, ensures that
>counseling staff have available current potential employment
>information to match against qualified job ready clients.
>Facilitates vocational placement of clients via consultation with
>rehabilitation counselors regarding job development, job retention,
>and direct placement activities.
>Contacts persons newly referred to the Department of the Blind in
>order to provide information to them regarding the services that are
>available from the Department. Obtains initial background
>information on new referrals and makes an assessment of the need for
>the provision of direct services and referrals to other service providers.
>Gathers relevant medical, vocational, psychological, educational,
>and social information and determines eligibility for agency's programs.
>Teaches the alternative techniques of blindness and independent
>living skills and devises methods and techniques that will motivate
>and help individuals to achieve independence and self-sufficiency.
>Provides long term career, attitude, and crisis counseling; assists
>clients in determining strengths and weaknesses regarding a variety
>of career and social goals; counsels clients to obtain and maintain
>positive attitudes toward their blindness and secondary disabilities
>as they relate to all aspects of social and career environments.
>Develops and maintains cooperative relationships with employers and
>organized labor in a variety of industries to enable successful
>employment for clients; provides comprehensive job development, job
>placement, and follow-up service to employers and blind persons;
>advocates, consults, advises, educates, mediates, and intercedes on
>behalf of blind persons with service providers, employers and the
>Confers with program administrators and supervisors to determine
>volunteer needs; acts as a liaison person between the department and
>community organizations in finding and using volunteer workers and
>mentors; identifies skills, aptitudes, time requirements, and location needed.
>Promotes agency services and resources by providing information to
>various community resources through personal contacts, written
>communication, radio spots, speeches, news articles, and workshops.
>Directs a volunteer and mentor recruitment program; interviews,
>screens, and assigns volunteers and mentors to an area of work.
>Provides information about agency services and presents a positive
>philosophy of blindness through speaking engagements, in-service
>trainings, and consultations.
>Knowledge of vocational rehabilitation and independent living
>principles and practice.
>Knowledge of human behavior and the ability to gain and maintain
>Knowledge of counseling techniques and procedures.
>Knowledge of client interviewing skills and techniques.
>Knowledge of volunteer resources and the recruitment, training, use,
>recognition, and retention of volunteers.
>Knowledge of job placement techniques.
>Ability to evaluate vocational functioning using information from
>client interviews, case records, and input from other staff as well
>as the ability to determine the skills required to perform a variety of jobs.
>Ability to understand the needs of blind persons and assist in their
>move toward independence and self-sufficiency.
>Ability to demonstrate or develop positive and realistic attitudes
>Ability to learn and relay alternative teaching techniques to the blind.
>Displays good organizational skills.
>Displays high standards of ethical conduct. Exhibits honesty and
>integrity. Refrains from theft-related, dishonest or unethical behavior.
>Works and communicates with internal and external clients and
>customers to meet their needs in a polite, courteous, and
>cooperative manner. Committed to quality service.
>Displays a high level of initiative, effort and commitment towards
>completing assignments efficiently. Works with minimal supervision.
>Demonstrates responsible behavior and attention to detail.
>Responds appropriately to supervision. Follows policy and cooperates
>Aligns behavior with the needs, priorities and goals of the organization.
>Encourages and facilitates cooperation, pride, trust, and group
>identity. Fosters commitment and team spirit.
>Expresses information to individuals or groups effectively, taking
>into account the audience and nature of the information. Listens to
>others and responds appropriately.
>EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS
>Graduation from an accredited college or university with a degree in
>human service-oriented sciences, education, marketing or business
>and experience equal to three years of full time professional work;
>the equivalent of three years of full-time experience as a
>rehabilitation counselor or teacher shall be considered as
>qualifying provided the employee has successfully completed training
>to meet the certification criteria established by the agency;
>an equivalent combination of education and experience, substituting
>the equivalent of one year of full-time professional work experience
>for each year of the required education to a maximum substitution of
>four years. Strong preference will be given to applicants with a
>Masters degree in Vocational Rehabilitation counseling or a closely
>Positions in this class are exempt from the screening and referral
>requirements of the Iowa Department of Administrative Services -
>Human Resources Enterprise.
>Applicants who wish to apply for this position must submit a resume
>and letter of application to:
>Director Richard Sorey
>Iowa Department for the Blind
>524 Fourth Street
>Des Moines, IA 50309
>Richard.sorey at blind.state.ia.us<mailto:Richard.sorey at blind.state.ia.us>
>All applicants need to apply by 5:00 pm, January 27, 2014
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