Administrator, Orientation Center for the Blind Departmental Opening

SPOT FOR: Department of Rehabilitation – ALBANY, CA

FINAL FILING DATE: June 26, 2009
“An equal opportunity employer to all regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age or sexual orientation.”


Open For: Department Of Rehabilitation

Spot: Albany, CA Spot Code: 0102


Applicants who meet the Requirements for Admittance to the Examination as stated below.


Applications (Form 678) are available and may be filed in person or by mail with:

Department of Rehabilitation
Selection Services Unit
721 Capitol Mall
Sacramento, Ca. 95814

Applications are also available at the local offices of the Employment Development Department and at the State Personnel Board’s offices or web site or Department of Rehabilitation’s web site at .




If you have a disability and need special testing arrangements, mark the appropriate box in Item #2 of the “Examination and/or Employment Application.” You will be contacted to make specific arrangements.

It is anticipated that interviews will be held during July 2009.


$4728.00 – $5746.00


Accepted applicants are required to bring either a photo identification card or two forms of signed identification to the examination.


All applicants must meet the education and/or experience requirements for this examination by the final filing date. Your signature on your application indicates that you read, understand, and possess the minimum qualifications required.

All applications submitted must include: “to” and “from” dates (month/day/year), time base, civil service or private sector titles, and the duties performed. Applications received without this information will be rejected.

Experience: Four years of experience working in a program for the education/rehabilitation of adults who are legally blind, with emphasis on non-visual 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.)


The Administrator, Orientation Center for the Blind, leads and administers the residential orientation center for the Department of Rehabilitation, State of California. The Administrator oversees the full range of business activities of the Center as well as supervising the instructors who teach the educational and occupational classes. The Administrator supervises the staff that work at the Center as well as setting policy and practices for the Center. The Administrator participates in the development of curricula and training for the Center’s residents and also maintains cooperative working relationships with other agencies serving the rehabilitation of the blind.


A departmental open list will be established for the Department of Rehabilitation. The list will be abolished 12 months after it is established unless the needs of the service and conditions of the list warrant a change in this period.

Qualifications Appraisal – Weighted 100.00%
This examination will consist of a Qualifications Appraisal Interview only. The interview will include a number of pre-determined job-related questions and a Braille exercise. In order to obtain a position on the eligible list, a minimum rating of 70% must be attained. CANDIDATES WHO DO NOT APPEAR FOR THE INTERVIEW WILL BE DISQUALIFIED.


A. Knowledge of:

The principles of personnel management and supervision, with an emphasis on hands-on techniques.
The principles of affirmative treatment of persons who are blind which encourages, enhances and inspires these persons to lead normal and productive lives.
The principles and practices for effective management of a residential facility providing noncustodial services in a positive environment.
Braille at a Grade 2 level.
The department’s Equal Employment Opportunity program objectives.

B. Ability to:

1. Apply the principles and practices of effective management.

2. Communicate effectively.

3. Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.

4. Plan, organize, and direct the work of others.

Develop effective curricula, training techniques, and materials to meet the needs of the Orientation Center for the Blind program.
Read and write Braille at a Grade 2 level.
Effectively contribute to the department’s Equal Employment Opportunity objectives.

Proficiency: Must be able to read and write Braille at a Grade 2 level.

Career credits are not granted in Open examinations.

Veterans preference points will not be granted in this examination because it is not an entry-level exam.


To learn more about the Department of Rehabilitation (e.g., how to prepare for a civil service examination, information regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Limited Examination & Appointment Program (LEAP), office locations, etc.) log on to .

It is the candidate’s responsibility to contact the Department of Rehabilitation’s Examination Unit in Sacramento at (916) 558-5545 three weeks after the final filing date if he/she has not received a progress report.

If a candidate’s notice of oral interview fails to reach him/her prior to the day of the interview due to a verified postal error, he/she will be rescheduled upon written request.

If you meet the requirements stated on the reverse, you may take this examination, which is competitive. Possession of the entrance requirement does not assure a place on the eligible list. All candidates who pass will be ranked according to their scores.

The Department of Rehabilitation reserves the right to revise the examination plan to better meet the needs of the service if the circumstances under which this examination was planned change. Such revision will be in accordance with civil service law and rules and all candidates will be notified.

Examination Locations: When a written test is part of the examination, it will be given in such places in California as the number of candidates and conditions warrant. Ordinarily, oral interviews are scheduled in Sacramento, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. However, locations of interviews may be limited or extended as conditions warrant.

Eligible Lists: Eligible lists established by competitive examination, regardless of date, must be used in the following order: 1) subdivisional promotional, 2) departmental promotional, 3) multidepartmental promotional, 4) servicewide promotional, 5) departmental open, 6) open. When there are two lists of the same kind, the older must be used first. Eligible lists will expire in one to four years unless otherwise stated on this bulletin.

Promotional Examinations Only: Competition is limited to employees who have a permanent civil service appointment. Under certain circumstances other employees may be allowed to compete under provision of Rules 234, 235 and 235.2. State Personnel Board Rules 233, 234, 235, 235.2 and 237 contain provisions regarding civil service status and eligibility for promotional examinations. These rules may be reviewed at departmental personnel offices or at the State Personnel Board.

General Qualifications: Candidates must possess essential personal qualifications including integrity, initiative, dependability, good judgment, and ability to work cooperatively with others, and a state of health consistent with the ability to perform the assigned duties of the classification.

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free State work place. Any applicant for State employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing civil service and the special trust placed in public servant.

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California Relay (Telephone) Service for the Deaf or Hearing-impaired.

Only Individuals Authorized To Work In the United States Will Be Hired
Department Of Rehabilitation
Selection Services Unit
721 Capitol Mall
Sacramento, Ca. 95814
Tel. No. (916) 558-5545
1-800-735-2829 (National Relay Service)