[Tall-Corn] FW: Iowa Department for the Blind Summer Staff Job Posting

Scott Van Gorp svangorp at nfbi.org
Thu Jan 23 03:04:37 UTC 2020

Passing this announcement on for anyone who might still be interested in
this as a summer employment opportunity.


Scott Van Gorp, President
National Federation of the Blind of Iowa
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Sent: Tuesday, January 14, 2020 11:16 AM
Subject: Iowa Department for the Blind Summer Staff Job Posting


Thank you for your help spreading the word for this opportunity.


We are extending the application deadline for our summer positions.
Applicants who have previously applied do not need to apply again. We are
looking for applicants with a strong philosophy of blindness, passion for
empowering blind youth and a willingness to work hard.


Iowa Department for the Blind 



Summer Youth Counselor

Des Moines, Iowa

Post Close Date: February 5, 2020.


PART TIME/FULL TIME STATUS: up to 15 Temporary Full-Time Positions

SALARY: $16.70/hr. Expected total salary to be approximately $7,500. 




Temporary Summer Youth Counselors will support the mission, vision and
values of the Iowa Department for the Blind. Counselors will mentor youth
ages 14-21 during IDB's two month residential summer program. Roles will be
assigned based on staff skills and interests, but will include teaching
alternative techniques of blindness through classes such as braille, cane
travel, assistive technology, home and personal management, as well as
teaching alternative techniques of blindness through assisting students in
their apartments and during evening and weekend activities. 


Examples of duties:


Support student learning through braille, technology, personal management,
cane travel and money management instruction. Provide instruction in social
skills, appropriate etiquette and self-advocacy. Reinforce blindness skills
learning through assisting students with daily living tasks, meal planning
and preparation, grocery shopping, laundry, and cleaning and organizing
apartments. Assist students in traveling to and participating in activities
in the community such as eating at restaurants, bowling and rock climbing.
Reinforce proper cane technique and other nonvisual skills during these

Serve as a role model for students in the use of nonvisual techniques and
problem-solving skills.

Ensure safety of students by monitoring student behavior and the student
living areas.

Communicate with other summer program staff regarding student needs and
progress. Document student progress including written student reports at the
end of the summer. 


Essential functions of this position:


Demonstrate and Promote a positive philosophy of blindness

Actively monitor student behavior and living areas

Communicate regularly with program leaders regarding student needs and

Document student progress through detailed written reports

Demonstrate proper use of the long white cane

Read and write braille to support students in developing their braille

Actively participate in all summer program activities


Work Schedule: 

April 3-5 2020, staff training weekend

May 26 - August 15, 2020, primary time of employment

Summer youth counselors will likely consistently work significantly more
than forty hours per week, based on student needs.


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


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:                                            

High school diploma or equivalent



Note: This is a courtesy posting for a non merit position. 


Positions in this class are exempt from the screening and referral
requirements of the Iowa Department of Administrative Services - Human
Resources Enterprise. Applications to DAS-HRE only, will not be considered.


Interested applicants must send a cover letter and resume to:

Helen Stevens

Education and Training Director

Iowa Department for the Blind

524 Fourth Street

Des Moines, IA 50309

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



Helen Stevens MSE

Education and Training Director

Iowa Department for the Blind


https://blind.iowa.gov <https://blind.iowa.gov/> 


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