Under general direction, in the Department of Rehabilitation, to plan, develop, organize, and administer a residential orientation center for the rehabilitation of adults who are legally blind to obtain independent living skills; and to do other related work.
Determines the policies, procedures, and practices for the orientation center for teaching independent living skills to persons who are legally blind; manages, directs, and supervises staff engaged in the housing, prevocational and personal rehabilitation training of individuals who are legally blind including staff development and evaluation; oversees the business activities of the Orientation Center such as the preparation of budget and fiscal reports, the purchase of supplies and equipment, and the maintenance of physical facilities; participates in the screening of applicants for orientation center services; oversees the evaluation of students and monitors the progress of individual students throughout their orientation center training; supervises the instructional and occupational classes; develops curricula, procedures, and techniques for the training and rehabilitation of adults who are legally blind for useful and remunerative work; develops a library of curricula materials; directs training in daily living and sensory skills; provides for social, vocational, and individual counseling; establishes and maintains cooperative working relationships with other agencies engaged in the rehabilitation of adults who are legally blind in order to promote and coordinate such activities with the program of the Orientation Center; addresses interested groups; and prepares a variety of correspondence and reports.
Experience: Four years of experience working in a program for the education/rehabilitation of adults who are legally blind, with emphasis on nonvisual living techniques including but not limited to, daily living, mobility and communication skills. At least two years of experience must have been in a supervisory/administrative capacity. and
Education: Equivalent to graduation from college (additional qualifying experience may be substituted on a year-for-year basis).
Knowledge of: Modern principles and techniques of orientation and prevocational training for adults who are legally blind; technology with an emphasis on computers and equipment for individuals who are blind; Braille at a Grade 2 level; principles and practices for effective management of a residential facility providing noncustodial and a positive environment; principles of personnel management and supervision, with an emphasis on hands-on techniques; existing Federal, State, and local agencies having programs and facilities for the rehabilitation of persons who are legally blind; the Department's Affirmative Action Program objectives; a manager's role in the Affirmative Action Program and the processes available to meet affirmative action objectives; and the principles of affirmative treatment of persons who are blind which encourages, enhances and inspires these persons to lead normal, productive lives.
Ability to: Apply the principles and practices of effective management; develop effective curricula, training techniques, and materials; plan, organize, and direct the work of others; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with Federal, State, and local agencies; communicate effectively; read and write Braille at a Grade 2 level; analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action; effectively contribute to the Department's affirmative action objectives.
Proficiency: Must be able to read and write Braille at a Grade 2 level.
Administrative ability; genuine respect and concern for and ability to work with adults who are legally blind who desire to prepare themselves for independent living.