[Jobs] Job Vacancy, Transition Specialist, Iowa Department for the Blind

David Andrews dandrews at visi.com
Mon Dec 30 22:31:21 UTC 2013

>                                 Please post the announcement below.
>Class Code: 41151
>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 
>classification decisions.
>Coordinates the implementation of individualized employment plans 
>for blind and severely visually impaired person in finding and/or 
>retaining employment.
>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 
>general public.
>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 
>client confidence.
>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 
>toward blindness.
>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 
>with supervisors.
>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.
>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 
>related field.
>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
>OR email 
>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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