[nfb-talk] [Jobs] Job Opening Director, Minnesota State Services for the Blind

David B Andrews David.B.Andrews at state.mn.us
Mon Oct 5 00:53:56 UTC 2009

David Andrews
Chief Technology Officer
Minnesota State Services for the Blind
2200 University Ave. W., #240
St. Paul, MN  55114-1840
(651) 642-0513  Office
(612) 730-7931  Cell
(651) 649-5927  Fax

 >>> Richard Strong 10/1/2009 8:24 PM >>>

The position of Director, Minnesota State Services for the Blind has 
been reopened. Applications will be accepted until Friday October 16, 
2009. Details on the position are at:


Note the minimum educational requirement in this new posting have 
been adjusted and now calls for a Bachelor's rather than a Master's degree.

Please share this posting with all who may have interest in this very 
attractive position.

Thank you.

Richard Strong
Minnesota State Services for the Blind
651-649-5475 (voice)
888-665-3726 (TTY)
651-649-5927 (FAX)

Date Posted:   10/01/2009
Closing Date:   10/16/2009
Hiring Agency:   Employment & Econ Development Dept
Location:   St. Paul
Who May Apply:   Open to all qualified job seekers
Posting Number:   09DEED000200
Employment Conditions:   Permanent, Full-time
Work Shift:   Day Shift
Days of Work:   Monday-Friday
Travel Required:   yes
Job Grouping:   General Administration
Classified Status:   Classified

What's Great About This Job:   The mission of State Services for the 
Blind (SSB) is to facilitate the achievement of vocational and 
personal independence by Minnesotans who are blind, visually impaired 
or DeafBlind.

Minnesota State Services for the Blind (SSB) has been serving blind 
or visually impaired Minnesotans since 1923. From 1923, when it began 
providing training to blind adults, to the present, offering a wide 
range of services leading to jobs and personal independence. State 
Services for the Blind has a proud history of leadership.
Job Description:   The Director is responsible for leadership in 
developing and managing State Services for the Blind's (SSB) State 
Plans and programs for federal Vocational Rehabilitation (including 
Assistive Technology) and Independent Living, its Independent 
Living-Older Blind program and Randolph-Sheppard vending facilities 
program, and the Communication Center.

It is the Director's responsibility to provide fiscal leadership, 
secure resources, manage the preparation of financial plans and SSB 
program budgets and to manage the disbursement, accounting, and 
reporting of federal and state appropriations for the blind and 
including grants and gift funds so that all resources are utilized 
effectively and in accord with both federal and state regulations.

Provide leadership, initiative and management in the design and 
implementation of new developments and technologies, ideas, and 
directions as well as effective strategies for research, program 
evaluation and quality assurance.

The Director creates a clear focus on the unique character of the 
work of SSB and its role in the Minnesota Workforce Center System. 
The position supervises (directly and indirectly) 110 staff members 
including Program Directors for: Workforce Development (Vocational 
Rehabilitation); the Communication Center and Senior Services; 
Technology; and Administrative Services. SSB has a central office in 
St. Paul and at 12 Workforce Centers across the state.
Minimum Qualifications:   NOTE: If you recently applied for the 
Director of State Services for the Blind, Job Posting Number 
09DEED000128, you will be considered again for this job posting. 
However, as these qualifications have been revised, please review 
your resume to ensure it adequately describes the areas listed below.

Bachelor's degree in psychology, rehabilitation, sociology, business 
administration, special education or closely related field;


Three (3) years experience as a manager or administrator responsible 
for a program providing vocational rehabilitation services or 
employment and training services for persons with disabilities.

In the Job Specific Question Section in Resume Builder, please 
describe your experience.

Applicants who meet the experience and educational requirement will 
be further evaluated on their qualifications (education/training, 
paid or volunteer work/life experience, and 
accomplishments/achievements) for this position as demonstrated in 
the areas listed below under Preferred Qualifications.

Preferred Qualifications:   Masters degree in rehabilitation, 
psychology, sociology, business administration, special education or 
closely related field.

Experience working with persons who are blind/visually impaired in 
the rehabilitation process.

Please use the Job Specific Questions Section to respond to each of 
these four areas:

1) Experience in Rehabilitation or Employment and Training Programs 
for persons with disabilities.
a) Knowledge of rehabilitation programs and services - including 
vocational rehabilitation, independent living rehabilitation, special 
education and the One-Stop (Workforce Center) system of the Workforce 
Investment Act;
b) Experience in rehabilitation programs for persons who are blind 
and visually impaired;
c) Knowledge of State and Federal laws and regulations governing the 
provision of rehabilitation services to persons who are blind and 
visually impaired.

2) Management
a) Managerial, supervisory and related administrative roles and functions;
b) Planning and development of program policies and procedures. 
Include here a description of achievements/accomplishments which 
demonstrate the highest level of: 1) leadership and initiative; and 
2) problem solving and creativity;
c) Quality assurance (e.g., case reviews, compliance, auditing, etc), 
program evaluation (e.g., vendor effectiveness studies, etc.), 
cost/benefit studies, and forecasting future resource needs and 
service demands.

3) Budget development and fiscal management. Please include the 
approximate amounts of dollars controlled.

4) Experience in making presentations to and working with policy 
making bodies (e.g., legislative committees) and with professional, 
consumer and provider groups and councils.
Selection Process:   The selection process is a resume-based, 
skill-matching process. Your resume will be entered into a database. 
The software program matches your skills with the skills needed to 
perform the duties of the position. If your skills match the required 
skills for this position, the department may contact you.

To ensure consideration for this position, once you submit your 
resume through Resume Builder, you must apply directly to posting 
number 09DEED000200 by checking the "Apply for this job" box found 
near the top of this announcement.
How to Apply:   You are strongly encouraged to submit your resume 
through the online Resume Builder at 
You may copy and paste in your existing resume or let the software 
create a resume for you. You may edit your resume later should your 
contact information or experience change. The Resume Builder also 
collects your work preference information so we can match you with 
future job openings that meet your interests.

Current State Employees: Please note that employment provisions 
(including but not limited to seniority and leave accrual) vary among 
the three branches of Minnesota State government. When considering a 
job with another branch of state government, you are highly 
encouraged to explore these differences. For assistance, please 
direct questions to both your current and anticipated Human Resources offices.

If you wish to apply with a paper copy, submit your resume AND a 
completed State of Minnesota Employment Application form to: 
Minnesota Management & Budget (MMB), 200 Centennial Office Building, 
658 Cedar Street, St. Paul, MN 55155. Be sure to indicate the posting 
number of this job on your application. The paper application is 
available on the State Employment Web and MMB web sites, at any state 
agency HR office, or by calling 651-259-3637.

Contact for More Information:   Sue Zeches, 
651/259-7107/sue.zeches at state.mn.us.

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