Under administrative direction, to plan, organize, and coordinate programs for the blind and to direct the Orientation Center for the Blind of the Department of Rehabilitation; to participate in the formulation, development, implementation, and evaluation of departmental policies and programs for the blind; and to do other related work.
Plans, organizes, and coordinates the blind rehabilitation programs of the Department, including the vocational rehabilitation counseling program, the counsel or teacher program, and the Business Enterprise Program client operator training; assists in the formulation, development, and implementation of policies and programs for the blind; directs the Orientation Center for the Blind; serves as the principal liaison for the Department on programs for the blind with organized blind groups and to other professional and community groups interested in the problems of the blind; formulates and recommends legislative changes relating to programs for the blind; provides direction to the selection and training program for clients of the Business Enterprise Program for the Blind; evaluates the programs for the blind to determine if services are being provided at appropriate levels; develops standards and methods for improved service to the blind; coordinates field operations to ensure uniformity of program services; makes recommendations on the program budget levels for programs for the blind; writes articles and addresses interested groups.
Two years of experience in the California Department of Rehabilitation either coordinating the complete program of services for the blind in a field operations region or administering the Orientation Center for the Blind in a class with a level of responsibility not less than that of Rehabilitation Supervisor.
Experience: Three years of experience as an administrator or consultant for the adult blind in a program providing comprehensive services such as vocational rehabilitation counseling, orientation services, or home teacher services in a rehabilitation, social service, or educational agency. (Experience in California state service applied toward this requirement must be in a class with a level of responsibility not less than that of Rehabilitation Supervisor.) and
Education: Equivalent to graduation from college. (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.)
Knowledge of: Principles, practices, and trends in rehabilitation programs, particularly those for the blind; laws, regulations, policies, and procedures governing services to the blind; programs of other public and private agencies providing services to the blind; personal and vocational problems related to blindness; principles of public administration and personnel management; Department's Affirmative Action Program objectives; a manager's role in the Affirmative Action Program and the processes available to meet affirmative action objectives.
Ability to: Utilize and apply effectively the required professional knowledges; develop and maintain cooperative working relationships with public and private agencies and community groups and individuals; conduct special studies on the effectiveness of services to the blind; prepare reports and technical articles; speak and write effectively; effectively contribute to the Department's affirmative action objectives.
Demonstrated interest in and understanding of the problems of blindness; ability to relate to organizations for the blind; and belief in the ability of the blind to make a significant adjustment to their blindness. Blindness is not considered a disabling characteristic for this class.