[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
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
Minnesota State Services for the Blind
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
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
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
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
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.
PLEASE NOTE: YOU MUST HAVE A CURRENT E-MAIL ADDRESS ON YOUR RESUME OR
YOU MAY NOT BE CONTACTED WITH AN UPDATE ON YOUR STATUS.
Contact for More Information: Sue Zeches,
651/259-7107/sue.zeches at state.mn.us.
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