[Tall-Corn] FW: Courtesy Copy: Job Posting - Independent Living Services Specialist for the Blind 2

Janice Eggers Janice.Eggers at blind.state.ia.us
Tue Mar 3 15:46:04 UTC 2020

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Independent Living Services Specialist for the Blind 2
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Salary: $45,385.60 - $68,931.20 Annually
Location: Johnson County - with flexibility to allow domicile in any one of these East Central Iowa Counties: Benton, Cedar, Clinton, Iowa, Jackson, Jones, Keokuk, Linn, Louisa, Muscatine, Scott, or Washington.
Job Type:  Full-time
Agency:  131 Iowa Department for the Blind
Job Number: 20-02174<https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/iowa/jobs/2734074/services-specialist-for-the-blind-2?department%5B0%5D=131+Iowa+Department+for+the+Blind&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs&sort=PositionTitle%7CAscending&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery>
Closing:  March 20, 2020 at 11:59 PM Central
LinkedIn Tag: #LI-DNP
Point of Contact:  Kimberley Barber at kim.barber at blind.state.ia.us<mailto:kim.barber at blind.state.ia.us>

Job Description:

This is a non-merit position with the Iowa Department for the Blind.

The Iowa Department for the Blind is looking to fill a Services Specialist for the Blind 2 position to assist the state.


  *   Reviews all assigned electronic IL application provided by Intake Specialist (IS).
  *   Schedules IL application interview with applicants and where applicable with legal guardian within policy timeframe.
  *   At the time of the application interview; update IL application data and information as needed.
  *   If assigned, may be asked to complete the entire IL application when applicant is unable to start the application process by phone.
  *   Ensure eye reports and other necessary medical records are available that might assist to move forward with completing the IL application and eligibility.
  *   Determines eligibility within program policy timeframe.
  *   Document each service visit in electronic case management system (CMS); and add all required documents to paper files.
  *   Inform applicants of their eligibility determination status, present right to appeal information,
  *   Iowa Client Assistance Program and other available resources.
  *   Make referrals to other service agencies as appropriate or needed.
  *   Must be able to follow and implement Federal, State administrative rules, and program policy and procedures to ensure program remains in compliance.
  *   Travel across Iowa in all weather conditions to meet with applicants and/or clients in homes or other locations to share information about agency, philosophy, programs, and services offered.
  *   Meetings may be scheduled after normal business hours and overnight stays are required.


  *   Work jointly with IL clients to assess and documents independent living non-visual skills training needs.
  *   Where applicable, follow VR process to provide VR rehabilitation skills assessment and rehab skills teaching in the field as assigned.
  *   Discuss skills assessment findings with IL clients and where applicable respective VR counselor and VR client then prioritize and recommend non-visual skills training service needs, and while also determining client interests and commitment to pursue available opportunities.
  *   Discuss and documents training plan options including formal Independent Living Rehabilitation

Plans and IL Waiver Plans

  *   Develop and documents IL rehabilitation plan with IL clients using a Specific, Measurable,
  *   Achievable, Realistic, and Timely (S.M.A.R.T.) Goal approach.
  *   Work with IL clients to establish a timeframe for a plan completion and a plan review.
  *   Prepare timely case documentation for electronic and paper file systems in accordance with agency policies and procedures.
  *   Submit new and any amended IL rehabilitation plan(s) to supervisor for review and approval before implementation.
  *   Partner with IL client(s) to plan to determine who is responsible for any potential related training costs should there be any. Within program policy, in a timely fashion accurately and timely recommend and document all expenditures as well as authorizes related to program training expenditures within the case management system for a supervisor review and decision.

Deliver direct core IL rehabilitation non-visual skills training services as identified through a completed IL skills assessment and approved IL plan. The IL program is results-driven so the IL client should experience positive gains in the area of confidence and independent living skills.  Services provided may include:

  *   Adjustment to blindness counseling services.
  *   Direct non-visual skills training services such as Braille instruction, orientation and mobility/travel with long white cane, using assistive technology, home and personal management, communications, daily living, and integration.
  *   Individual and/or group advocacy training; or direct advocacy service for IL clients who are unable to effectively self-communicate or self-advocate.
  *   Information and referral provided on behalf of those serve and have given permission.

Examples of information and referrals might include but are not limited to:

  1.  The Iowa Department for the Blind Library service;
  2.  The Iowa Department for the Blind's Vocational Rehabilitation Program Services;
  3.  The Iowa Reading Radio Information Service (IRIS);
  4.  The National Federation of the Blind of Iowa (NFBI) Newsline;
  5.  Hadley School for the Blind;
  6.  Iowa Blind Consumer Groups;
  7.  Local Blind and/or Low Vision Support Groups in Iowa;
  8.  Veteran's Support Groups;
  9.  Area Agencies on Aging (AAA);
  10. United Way (211 Helpline); or
  11. Other useful resources or sources that will facilitate help independent living.

  *   Responsible for case management including managing cases from inception through case closure. Responsible for paper and electronic cases. Scheduling and rescheduling appointments make referrals as needed, and providing direct training services to those who are eligible for services.
  *   Authorizing for services under client cases as necessary to facilitate disability-related skills training as outlined in the individual's plan following program and agency policies.
  *   Submit request for store inventory to the Independent Living support staff as needed.

Models used to deliver services may include and can be used in any combination:

  *   Regional Cluster Model;
  *   Community-Based Training;
  *   Senior Integration; or
  *   Senior Orientation when Senior Integration is not available.


  *   Represent IL program at Congressperson sponsored senior fairs, Veteran's fairs, Iowa County senior health fairs, community group meetings, consumer groups, support groups, agency sponsored events, speaking or in-service engagements, and/or other assigned public events.
  *   Assists senior housing, local senior centers, and other agencies serving more mature individuals who are blind to better understand blindness and increase awareness of agency services.
  *   Participate in various agency project teams including New Staff Training, Open House, and Volunteer


  *   Develop and document weekly itineraries; prioritizing applicant and client work.
  *   Report all data and information accurately and timely within the electronic case management system as well as paper documents.
  *   Compile reports as requested by administration.
  *   Complete monthly bi-weekly time sheets and work reports accurately and timely.
  *   Submit travel vouchers timely and accurately.
  *   If assigned a State motor pool vehicle shall complete all required reports and turn them in timely and accurately as well as maintain the maintenance of the vehicle.


  *   Coordinate work with division team and cross-division teams.
  *   Receive and/or complete program or other program/agency applications.
  *   Obtain, analyze, and interpret eye and other medical reports.
  *   Determine applicant eligibility for programs based on governing regulations, rules, and policies.
  *   Provide adjustment to blindness counseling and non-visual skills training instruction.
  *   Demonstrate assistive technology and/or independent living aids, devices, equipment, and/or supplies.
  *   Completes case management duties as well as case load duties accurately and on time in accordance with policy including closing all program cases timely and accurately.
  *   Conducts speaking engagements or in-services to large or small groups, radio engagements, or other venues to promote the agency.
  *   Communicate with individuals and groups, verbally and in writing, and using the English language.
  *   Move and transport items (e.g., assistive technology equipment) up to 20 pounds between office/domicile, vehicles, and site visits.
  *   Operate computer, iPhone, apps, copier, and fax
  *   Travels across Iowa in all types of weather; some meetings are scheduled after hours and require overnight stays.


  *   Work experience in the area of adjustment to blindness counseling, teaching non-visual
  *   Skills techniques using structured discovery model.
  *   Work experience working with individuals 55 and older.

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 Kimberley Barber, email: kim.barber at blind.state.ia.us<mailto:kim.barber at blind.state.ia.us>

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Graduation from an accredited college or university and experience equal to one year of full-time professional or paraprofessional work in human service fields such as: social services; nursing; personnel; vocational rehabilitation; education; psychology; or intangible sales, interviewing, recruiting, and promotion; recreation, public information, volunteer service for public or private organizations, fund raising, or ministry in a recognized faith or denomination;

graduation from an accredited college university with a major emphasis in library science or liberal arts and at least one year of library work experience;

an equivalent combination of education and experience substituting the equivalent of one year of full-time work experience (as listed above) for each year of the required education to a maximum substitution of four years

For additional information, please click on this link to view the job description<https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/iowa/jobs/2734074/services-specialist-for-the-blind-2?department%5B0%5D=131+Iowa+Department+for+the+Blind&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs&sort=PositionTitle%7CAscending&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery>.<https://das.iowa.gov/sites/default/files/hr/documents/class_and_pay/JobClassDescriptions/ServicesSpecialistfortheBlind2-41120.pdf?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery>(Download PDF reader)<https://get.adobe.com/reader/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery>

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