Employment Opportunity: Director of Rehabilitation Services, The Society for the Blind

Job Title:             Director of Rehabilitation Services
Classification:          Exempt/Full-Time
Reports to:                      Executive Director

The Society for the Blind, located in Sacramento, California, is a 501c (3) non-profit agency dedicated to empowering individuals who are blind or have low vision to live productively and independently by building confidence through training, tools and mentorship. To do this, the Society employs over 40 individuals who support and provide multiple services, including instruction in independent travel, computers and adaptive technology, Braille, and daily living skills such as cooking and home repair. The Society also administers a low vision clinic, a retail store, an access news telephone service, and senior, youth and career development programs. Society for the Blind is an equal opportunity employer.

General Description:  The essential functions of the job are to supervise all Rehabilitation Services at Society for the Blind and the associated staff. These areas include the Core Educational Courses of Orientation and Mobility, Daily Living Skills, Adaptive Technology and Communications, as well as the Career Development Program and Case Manager. Additionally, the Director of Rehabilitation Services will be responsible for researching, planning, developing, implementing and managing current and new rehabilitation programs, and working with the grant writers to find funding for these programs and services.


Program Administration
1.    Work with Department of Rehabilitation to ensure that we are providing the appropriate services to maximize the billing we can receive.
2.    Work with the Case Manager and Transportation Manager to approve the weekly schedule for all rehabilitative service instructors.
3.    Provide effective client services with third-party counselors through staffing meetings and progress reports. This will also include presenting ongoing client issues and contribute to problem solving of such issues while maintaining appropriate confidentiality.
4.    Ensure that all instructional staff members follow reporting requirements for the Department of Rehabilitation.
5.    Work with the Programs Assistant to ensure that instructional program billing is completed in a timely manner.
6.    Maintain positive and professional relations with counselors of Department of Rehabilitation and other agencies as well as Society clients, staff, and volunteers.
7.    Ensure that all instructional staff members have the necessary tools, training and materials to provide excellent client services.

Program Development
1.    Represent the agency at workshops, conferences, and presentations related to rehabilitation programs, as time and budget permit.
2.    Conduct studies and surveys to determine the need for changes in the service delivery provided by the Society and make recommendations to the Executive Director relative to the establishment of new programs or the modification of existing services.
3.    Work to develop new programs and funding sources within the core service area outside the scope of the Department of Rehabilitation.
4.    Participate in support groups or outreach activities as needed.

Staff and Department Supervision
1.    Supervise all instructional staff, conducting their annual performance reviews, and ensuring quality of services is at its highest potential.
2.     Oversee the evaluation process for all students and review this process for students from beginning to end.
3.    Ensure that teaching is being done at the highest level of quantity and quality possible.
4.    Work with the instructional staff to create, update, and revise curriculum as needed.
5.    Work with the Executive Director to hire new instructional staff or terminate/discipline existing staff as needed.
6.    Supervise Case Manager. Work with this position to consult with other professionals, families of clients, or other appropriate parties regarding the progress and problems of clients, as well as to evaluate and provide written reports on client’s progress s needed/required
7.    Fill in for instructors on an emergency basis in the core service areas.
8.    Function as a senior staff member, advising the Executive Director and other department heads on decision making pertaining to the agency.

1.    Attend all staff and department meetings.
2.    Adhere to all Society policies and procedures.
3.    Obtain training to enhance job requirements.
4.    Stay current in areas of responsibility.
5.    Other duties as required.

1.    Must be highly skilled in operating systems, especially current Windows, with a particular emphasis on mastery of all alternative keyboard commands to replace mouse use.
2.    Expertise in adaptive technology, including JAWS and ZoomText is preferred.
3.    Expertise in MS Word, Excel, Outlook, and using Internet Explorer is required.
4.    Proficiency in OpenBook OCR software is preferred; knowledge of Kurzweil OCR software is preferred. Knowledge of stand-alone scanning devices is helpful.
5.    Effective communication skills.
6.    Excellent organizational and time management skills.
7.    Bachelor’s degree in education or related field is preferred; training and work experience may be substituted for the degree.

For consideration, please submit your resume along with a cover letter to:

2750 24th Street
Sacramento, CA  95818
Attn:   Heather Frank
Fax:  916-452-2622
Email:  hfrank@societyfortheblind.org

Application deadline: Until the position is filled.