[nfbwatlk] DSB Job opening.
Mello, Michael (DSB)
michael.mello at dsb.wa.gov
Wed Jun 15 11:46:19 CDT 2011
State of Washington
Dept. of Services for the Blind
invites applications for the position of:
Rehabilitation Teacher 3
$3,293.00 - $4,322.00 Monthly
OPENING DATE: 06/14/11
CLOSING DATE: 07/07/11 11:59 PM
Do you want to join an agency that has consistently been a national
leader among blind agencies in competitive employment? Join us in the
advancement of our mission: Inclusion, Independence, and Economic
Vitality for People with Visual Disabilities and you will help lead the
Department of Services for the Blind (DSB) employees enjoy extensive
opportunities for professional and personal development. The Seattle
office is located in the vibrant historic Columbia City community
minutes from Puget Sound, Lake Washington, and Downtown Seattle.
This recruitment is for the Home Management instructor position in the
Orientation and Training Center (OTC) with the Department of Services
for the Blind located in the Seattle office. As a member of the
interdisciplinary team in the OTC within the Customer
Services/Vocational Rehabilitation program, this position provides
rehabilitative program services, specialized instruction and counseling
to blind and visually impaired customers enrolled in the OTC program,
and functions as an advisor with responsibility for case coordination
for assigned students.
Customers are referred for training by the Vocational Rehabilitation
Counselors throughout the state and usually attend the OTC at the
initial phase of their Vocational Rehabilitation process. The OTC serves
approximately 60 part-time and full-time students who may commute from
local area or reside at the nearby State leased apartments. Students
are assigned to various classes based on the outcome of the assessment
and need for specific skills to achieve their vocational goals.
This position plans and implements in-depth specialized instruction in
the use of specific alternative techniques in Home Management.
Curriculum includes but is not limited to: cleaning, clothing care,
personal care, eating techniques, nutrition and meal planning, safe
handling of food and tools/equipment in the kitchen, shopping, preparing
meals and serving others. In this position you will:
* Make initial and periodic assessments of the abilities,
attitudes, needs, and goals of students concerning their home management
* Plan and develop instructional procedures and goals for and
with each student.
* Maintain appropriate records, including observations and
evaluations of each student's progress and function levels, and will be
responsible for reporting on student progress at case conferences.
* Act as an advisor to designated students in the program,
providing assistance in coordinating services and consulting with
students as appropriate.
* Work closely with the rest of the OTC team and the appropriate
VR staff to address any problems/issues affecting students' progress in
* Participate in community-based activities 1-2 days per every
This position is based in the Seattle office. 80% of the instruction
takes place in the Orientation and Training Center facility, and
approximately 15% at the OTC leased apartments. Minimal travel outside
of the local area is required.
A Bachelor's degree in Rehabilitation Teaching for the blind or a
Bachelor's degree in Special Education for the visually impaired AND 18
months of experience in providing direct client services that teach
adaptive skills of blindness to the blind or visually impaired.
A Master's degree in Rehabilitation Teaching or a Master's degree in
Special Education for the visually impaired.
A Bachelor's degree and 24 months of experience in providing direct
rehabilitation teaching services to blind or visually impaired
A Master's degree in a related field may substitute for 12 months of the
required experience in providing direct rehabilitation teaching services
to blind or visually impaired individuals.
Two years of paid professional experience providing social services or
providing services that teach adaptive skills of blindness to the blind
or visually impaired individuals will substitute for two years of the
Preferred Training and/or Competencies
Knowledge of: food safety rules/guidelines; cooking terms and
techniques; first aid, fire prevention strategies and other safety
techniques and strategies.
Knowledge of: capabilities of and potential barriers for persons who are
blind or visually impaired; principles, methods and techniques used to
assist individuals in adjusting to vision loss; public and private
resources providing services to persons who are blind or visually
impaired; principles of instruction; adaptive skills of blindness and
methods of assessing and teaching these skills; current trends in
rehabilitation; techniques for assisting individuals who are blind or
visually impaired to integrate into the community and employment;
psychological aspects of blindness; nature and training of human senses;
learning modalities; psychology; mental health; secondary disabilities
and other conditions.
Ability to: work independently; supervise and direct others; develop
curricula and in-service training; teach adaptive skills of blindness;
analyze situations and take appropriate effective action including
provision or counseling and advocacy; work effectively with individuals
who are blind or visually impaired including those with additional
disabilities; present ideas clearly and effectively orally and in
Ability to use computers and familiarity with MS Word, Outlook,
Internet, and Excel.
HOW TO APPLY:
To begin the online application process, click the green 'Apply' button
at the top of this announcement. The following information must be
included in your online application.
1) A letter of interest describing how you meet the qualifications for
2) A chronological resume; and
3) A copy of your college transcripts.
Please be prepared to provide references at the time of interview.
For questions or information regarding this recruitment, please email
Evan Oderman at evano at dop.wa.gov. (Please note: emailed applications
will not be accepted)
This position is covered by a Collective Bargaining Agreement with the
Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) which contains a "union
security" provision. This means that, as a condition of employment, you
must either join the union and pay union dues or pay the union a
representation or other fee within 30 days of the date you are put into
The selected candidate must pass the DSB FBI Criminal Background Check
process. Background checks, to include fingerprinting, are required for
employees and applicants considered for positions within DSB when the
employee will have unsupervised access to customers who are considered
vulnerable adults or children.
* Salary Note: From July 1, 2011 through June 29, 2013 a 3% temporary
salary reduction is in effect for most state positions. For more
information, click here.
The State of Washington is an equal opportunity employer. Persons with a
disability who need assistance with their application or that need this
announcement in an alternative format, may call (360) 664-1960 or toll
free (877) 664-1960. TTY users should first call 711 to access the
Washington Relay Service. <http://www.washingtonrelay.com/>
Rehabilitation Teacher 3 Supplemental Questionnaire
Please verify that you have included the following required information
in your online application: 1. A letter of interest describing how you
meet the qualifications for this position; 2. A current resume that
includes education and employment history; and 3. A copy of your college
* Required Question
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