[Nfbc-info] FW: Excellent position in Sacramento

tina thomas tinadt at sbcglobal.net
Thu Oct 8 15:27:20 UTC 2009

Subject: Excellent position in Sacramento

Job Title:                      Director of Rehabilitation Services 
Classification:         Exempt/Full-Time 
Reports to:                         Executive Director 

The Society for the Blind, located in Sacramento, California, is a 501c (3)
non-profit agency dedicated to empowering individuals who are blind or have
low vision to live productively and independently by building confidence
through training, tools and mentorship. To do this, the Society employs over
40 individuals who support and provide multiple services, including
instruction in independent travel, computers and adaptive technology,
Braille, and daily living skills such as cooking and home repair. The
Society also administers a low vision clinic, a retail store, an access news
telephone service, and senior, youth and career development programs.
Society for the Blind is an equal opportunity employer.

General Description:  The essential functions of the job are to supervise
all Rehabilitation Services at Society for the Blind and the associated
staff. These areas include the Core Educational Courses of Orientation and
Mobility, Daily Living Skills, Adaptive Technology and Communications, as
well as the Career Development Program and Case Manager. Additionally, the
Director of Rehabilitation Services will be responsible for researching,
planning, developing, implementing and managing current and new
rehabilitation programs, and working with the grant writers to find funding
for these programs and services. 


      Program Administration 

	1.      Work with Department of Rehabilitation to ensure that we are
providing the appropriate services to maximize the billing we can receive.

	2.      Work with the Case Manager and Transportation Manager to
approve the weekly schedule for all rehabilitative service instructors.

	3.      Provide effective client services with third-party
counselors through staffing meetings and progress reports. This will also
include presenting ongoing client issues and contribute to problem solving
of such issues while maintaining appropriate confidentiality.

	4.      Ensure that all instructional staff members follow reporting
requirements for the Department of Rehabilitation. 
5.      Work with the Programs Assistant to ensure that instructional
program billing is completed in a timely manner. 
6.      Maintain positive and professional relations with counselors of
Department of Rehabilitation and other agencies as well as Society clients,
staff, and volunteers.

	7.      Ensure that all instructional staff members have the
necessary tools, training and materials to provide excellent client

	Program Development 
1.      Represent the agency at workshops, conferences, and presentations
related to rehabilitation programs, as time and budget permit.

	2.      Conduct studies and surveys to determine the need for
changes in the service delivery provided by the Society and make
recommendations to the Executive Director relative to the establishment of
new programs or the modification of existing services.

	3.      Work to develop new programs and funding sources within the
core service area outside the scope of the Department of Rehabilitation.

	4.      Participate in support groups or outreach activities as

Staff and Department Supervision 

	1.      Supervise all instructional staff, conducting their annual
performance reviews, and ensuring quality of services is at its highest

	2.       Oversee the evaluation process for all students and review
this process for students from beginning to end. 
3.      Ensure that teaching is being done at the highest level of quantity
and quality possible. 
4.      Work with the instructional staff to create, update, and revise
curriculum as needed. 
5.      Work with the Executive Director to hire new instructional staff or
terminate/discipline existing staff as needed.

	6.      Supervise Case Manager. Work with this position to consult
with other professionals, families of clients, or other appropriate parties
regarding the progress and problems of clients, as well as to evaluate and
provide written reports on client's progress s needed/required

	7.      Fill in for instructors on an emergency basis in the core
service areas. 
8.      Function as a senior staff member, advising the Executive Director
and other department heads on decision making pertaining to the agency.


	1.      Attend all staff and department meetings. 
2.      Adhere to all Society policies and procedures. 
3.      Obtain training to enhance job requirements. 
4.      Stay current in areas of responsibility. 
5.      Other duties as required. 


	1.      Must be highly skilled in operating systems, especially
current Windows, with a particular emphasis on mastery of all alternative
keyboard commands to replace mouse use.

	2.      Expertise in adaptive technology, including JAWS and
ZoomText is preferred.  
3.      Expertise in MS Word, Excel, Outlook, and using Internet Explorer is
4.      Proficiency in OpenBook OCR software is preferred; knowledge of
Kurzweil OCR software is preferred. Knowledge of stand-alone scanning
devices is helpful. 

	5.      Effective communication skills. 
6.      Excellent organizational and time management skills. 
7.      Bachelor's degree in education or related field is preferred;
training and work experience may be substituted for the degree.   

For consideration, please submit your resume along with a cover letter to: 

                SOCIETY FOR THE BLIND 
                2750 24th Street 
                Sacramento, CA  95818 
                Attn:   Heather Frank 
                Fax:  916-452-2622 
                Email:  hfrank at societyfortheblind.org 

Application deadline: Until the position is filled. 

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