[Pibe-division] FW: Iowa Department for the Blind Job Posting

Edward Bell ebell at pdrib.com
Mon Jun 12 13:05:36 UTC 2017

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Iowa Department for the Blind 


Vocational Rehabilitation Teacher


Location: Des Moines, Iowa

Salary Minimum: $47,715.20 

Salary Maximum: $72,675.20


Post Close Date: June 20, 2017.


Job Description:

This is a courtesy posting for a non-merit position.  Please follow instructions in the “To Apply” section for directions on how to apply for this position.


The Iowa Department for the Blind (IDB) is seeking applicants for a position that will promote IDB’s mission, vision and values through providing blindness-skills training to vocational rehabilitation clients throughout the state. A significant portion of this position will include work with transition-age youth. 


Duties and responsibilities to include the following:


Provide blindness skills training, including but not limited to braille, cane travel, home and personal management, and basic technology usage, to vocational rehabilitation clients, individually and in groups, including pre-employment transition services for clients and potentially eligible students. Provide regular written reports documenting training, and communicate regularly with vocational rehabilitation counselors regarding client progress and concerns. 

Evaluate the skill level and training needs of vocational rehabilitation clients and potentially eligible students. Provide reports documenting strengths, weaknesses and training recommendations to clients, counselors and IEP teams as appropriate.

Assist in developing and implementing group trainings for vocational rehabilitation clients and potentially eligible students such as transition weekend retreats.

Assist in developing assessments and training curricula for use with clients.

Assist in developing and provide training to service providers including paraprofessionals, in working with blind persons in a manner that supports skill development and fosters independence.

Spread awareness of department services and training opportunities through community presentations as directed.


Essential functions of this position:


Communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, in the English language.

Teach contracted braille

Teach independent travel using the long white cane

Promote a positive philosophy of blindness including that blind persons can be as proficient as their sighted counterparts


It is the policy of the Department for the Blind to conduct background checks on all finalist candidates prior to any offer of employment.


For further information, contact Helen Stevens, 515-829-7411 or helen.stevens at blind.state.ia.us <mailto:helen.stevens at blind.state.ia.us> 


To Apply:

Positions in this class are exempt from the screening and referral requirements of the Iowa Department of Administrative Services – Human Resources Enterprise.  Persons who wish to be considered for this position must submit a resume and letter of application to:


Helen Stevens

Education and Training Director

Iowa Department for the Blind

524 4th Street

Des Moines, IA 50309-2364

 <mailto:helen.stevens at blind.state.ia.us> helen.stevens at blind.state.ia.us


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