Employment Opportunity: Minnesota State Services for the Blind, Assistive Technology Specialist

Minnesota State Services for the Blind, SSB, has an immediate opening
for a Assistive Technology Specialist.  You can see the announcement


REHAB PROGRAM SPECIALIST 3 , Assistive Technology – Blind $ 22.92-$33.99 hourly, $ 47,857-$ 70,971 annually

Date Posted: 10/02/2009
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: 09DEED000199
Employment Conditions: Permanent, Full-time
Work Shift: Day Shift
Days of Work: Monday-Friday , 08:00 AM-04:30 PM
Travel Required: yes
Job Grouping: Human Resources
Classified Status: Classified

Job Description: Provide access technology consultation, design, coordination, and instruction services to State Services for the Blind (SSB) customers and rehabilitation counselors, so that effective and compatible applications and assistive technologies are used. Conduct assistive technology assessments and develop timely recommendations so cost-effective, compatible applications and assistive technologies are used to enable SSB customers to achieve the goals of their individual plans for employment. Make recommendations concerning assistive/adaptive technology instruction to customers and staff and conduct such training when necessary. Ensure that assistive/adaptive technology interfaces effectively with standard and customized applications and programs, operating systems, and mainframe and personal computer systems in varied environments. Technology includes, but is not limited to:

– Screen reading hardware and software;
– Electronic note takers;
– Braille embossers and Braille translation software;
– Refreshable Braille displays;
– Screen enlargement hardware and software;
– Optical character recognition systems;
– DAISY DTB playback hardware and software; and
– Closed circuit televisions and other technology options.

There is some overnight travel throughout the State of Minnesota.

Minimum Qualifications: Please describe your qualifications, experience and knowledge in the “Job Specific Questions” portion of Resume Builder in the following areas: Failure to address these areas may result in
your resume not being considered.

At least three years of experience working with blind/visually impaire people in the field of Adaptive/Assistive Technology, including some information technology expertise, which demonstrates the following
knowledge, skills and abilities:


Combination of education (Bachelor’s degree or higher in Computer Science, Information Technology, Rehabilitation Counseling, Rehabilitation Teaching, or related field) and one year experience
working with blind/visually impaired people in the field of Adaptive/Assistive Technology, including some information technology expertise, which demonstrates the following knowledge, skills and

Knowledge of:
– Various types of assistive/adaptive technology such as those
described in Job Duties above.

Skill in:
– Diagnosing and resolving general computer problems- hardware and/or
software related.
– Diagnosing and evaluating individuals’ technology needs, performance
and capabilities with assistive technology;
– Integrating assistive/adaptive technology with other technology
applications and programs, operating systems, and computer technologies
in varied environments;
– Evaluation of job sites to determine assistive technology needs as
well as possible compatibility with assistive technology;

Ability to:
– Develop, coordinate and implement technology recommendations and
programs to meet the special needs of blind, visually impaired and/or
deafblind SSB customers;
– Conduct demonstrations of assistive technology; and
– Establish and maintain effective working relationships with SSB
customers, rehabilitation counselors and rehabilitation technicians,
other SSB staff, other state agencies, community and advocacy groups,
related organizations, employers, vendors of assistive technology, SSB
technology trainers, and the general public.

Your resume MUST contain sufficient detail of past experiences to
determine qualifications based on the above criteria. Selection of
interviews will be based on assessment of experience/qualifications.

Preferred Qualifications: Knowledge of
-Conducting needs assessments and job analyses; developing and
modifying work stations; and selecting, adjusting, and readjusting
adaptive equipment to meet customers’ needs;
– Federal and state laws, regulations, rules, policies and procedures
related to vocational rehabilitation programs and the ability to

interpret and apply them in a variety of situations;

– Well-organized, with excellent time management skills; and

– Effective verbal and written communication skills in the coordination with customers and clients on assistive technology needs.

Selection Process: The selection process is a resume-based, skill-matching process. Your resume will be entered into a database. If your skills match the required skills for this position, the department may contact you.

How to Apply: You are strongly encouraged to submit your resume through
the online Resume Builder at <https://statejobs.doer.state.mn.us/ResumeBuilder>. 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

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.

Contact for More Information: Sue Zeches,