[NFBWATlk] WA State Dept. of Services for the Blind -- Orientation and Training Center Administrator Recruitment, Seattle Office

Nightingale, Noel Noel.Nightingale at ed.gov
Thu Jul 15 15:13:32 UTC 2021

From: Cox, Kristina (DSB) <kristina.cox at dsb.wa.gov>
Sent: Friday, July 9, 2021 4:47 PM
To: MacKillop, Michael (DSB) <michael.mackillop at dsb.wa.gov>; THamrick at CSAVR.org; robinsonw7 at michigan.gov; pnwaerbvi at gmail.com
Cc: Cox, Kristina (DSB) <kristina.cox at dsb.wa.gov>
Subject: WA State Dept. of Services for the Blind -- Orientation and Training Center Administrator Recruitment, Seattle Office

Dear Stakeholders and Community Partners:
Department of Services for the Blind is recruiting for the position of Orientation and Training Center Administrator<https://gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.governmentjobs.com%2Fcareers%2Fwashington%2Fjobs%2F3143171%2Forientation-and-training-center-administrator&data=04%7C01%7Ckristina.cox%40dsb.wa.gov%7C0bfdfadeb0ea47b392b008d94182b394%7C11d0e217264e400a8ba057dcc127d72d%7C0%7C0%7C637612851898755548%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=4qFgHRt%2B0ls6e31H2sjWVuFe4fa9kerduflqybgx%2Bl0%3D&reserved=0> in the Seattle Office. Interested parties should apply online at Careers.wa.gov<https://www.careers.wa.gov/> using the following link: Orientation and Training Center Administrator<https://gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.governmentjobs.com%2Fcareers%2Fwashington%2Fjobs%2F3143171%2Forientation-and-training-center-administrator&data=04%7C01%7Ckristina.cox%40dsb.wa.gov%7C0bfdfadeb0ea47b392b008d94182b394%7C11d0e217264e400a8ba057dcc127d72d%7C0%7C0%7C637612851898755548%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=4qFgHRt%2B0ls6e31H2sjWVuFe4fa9kerduflqybgx%2Bl0%3D&reserved=0>. Please share with your networks.

The goal of the Washington State Department of Services for the Blind (DSB)<https://gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdsb.wa.gov%2F&data=04%7C01%7Ckristina.cox%40dsb.wa.gov%7C0bfdfadeb0ea47b392b008d94182b394%7C11d0e217264e400a8ba057dcc127d72d%7C0%7C0%7C637612851898765512%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=2PGPssplOuVRUT83yBchPimqyanfoyI49FOkV8T215M%3D&reserved=0> is to assist in the stable employment and increased independence of Blind, Deaf Blind and Low Vision participants, many of whom have other disabilities in addition to visual impairment. DSB provides training, counseling, and support to help Washington residents of all ages, who are blind or visually impaired, pursue employment, education, and independent living.

What you will be doing:
The Orientation and Training Center Administrator<https://gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.governmentjobs.com%2Fcareers%2Fwashington%2Fjobs%2F3143171%2Forientation-and-training-center-administrator&data=04%7C01%7Ckristina.cox%40dsb.wa.gov%7C0bfdfadeb0ea47b392b008d94182b394%7C11d0e217264e400a8ba057dcc127d72d%7C0%7C0%7C637612851898765512%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=adLvFCFwpsyicCiMBMFM%2BUuwQXHZ6XCXyPt6vloGHiM%3D&reserved=0> will be responsible for managing the programs and all participant activity performed by the agency in the Orientation and Training Center (OTC) for residential and commuting students, located in the Seattle area. This position is responsible a multi-disciplinary team of 7 staff; an annual budget of over $1 million. The OTC annually provides assessment, adjustment to blindness, self-advocacy and adaptive skills of living and vocational training services to 60-100 Washington State residents who are blind, low vision or deaf blind in order to fulfill the agency mission of "Inclusion, Independence, and Economic Vitality for individuals with visual disabilities.

As leadership for the Orientation and Training Center (OTC) you will manage, grow, and streamline residential program services to promote the highest quality adaptive skills training and adjustment to blindness activities which provides agency participants a strong foundation for their job-readiness and vocational goals;

Align agency activities with mission, values and regulations:

  *   Act within agency mission and values in all interactions
  *   Educate and incorporate the agency cultural values and blindness expertise
  *   Ensure that training program supports needs of adult learners with range of disabilities
  *   Emphasize and encourage vocational context for all multidisciplinary team staff roles
Recruit, recommend for hire, and develop staff:

  *   Communicate performance expectations and conduct performance reviews and evaluations
  *   Providing clear, valid, and data-driven performance measurements and feedback to staff
  *   Develop staff into promotional opportunities and increased skill sets where feasible
  *   Manage change process for teams (communicate, and implement change, addressing staff needs within change process)

Bachelor's Degree in Vocational Rehabilitation, Counseling, Public or Business Administration, Adult Education, or related field
Two (2) years of supervisory experience
Expert knowledge of current adaptive skills of blindness rehabilitation teaching practices


Six (6) years of experience in public administration and/or developing and managing adult educational training programs
Expert knowledge of current adaptive skills of blindness rehabilitation teaching practices
Two (2) years of supervisory experience


Any combination of education and experience totaling six (6) years
Expert knowledge of current adaptive skills of blindness rehabilitation teaching practices
Two (2) years of supervisory experience

*Special Requirement:
·       Must pass Criminal Justice Records Check

The Department of Services for the Blind celebrates our differences and we are committed to a workplace that supports equal opportunity employment and inclusion regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, citizenship or immigration status, marital status, families with children (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sex, sexual orientation, gender identity diversity, age, status as a protected veteran, honorably discharged veteran or military status, status as an individual with the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with disabilities or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We will also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws.

You are welcome to include the name and pronoun you would like to be referred to in your materials and we will honor this as you interact with our organization.

Contact Information:
Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.

For questions about this recruitment or to request a reasonable accommodation in the application process, contact Angie Anderson at (360) 407-8446 or email jobs at des.wa.gov<mailto:jobs at des.wa.gov>.


Kristina Cox
Executive Assistant and HR Consultant
Department of Services for the Blind
PO Box 40933
Olympia, WA  98504
(360) 725-3836

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