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Work for the City and County of San Francisco!

San Francisco is a vibrant and dynamic city, on the forefront of economic growth & innovation, urban development, arts & entertainment, as well as social issues & change. This rich tapestry of culture and ideas is sustained by our city’s commitment to heighten the quality of life for San Franciscans and citizens of the greater Bay Area. Our employees play an important role not only in making our city what it is today, but also in shaping the future of San Francisco.

The City & County of San Francisco employs more than 28,000 individuals in a diverse array of services such as maintaining city streets and parks, driving buses and cable cars, providing public health services, keeping the streets safe and fire fighting.

If you are interested in being considered for a permanent civil service job with the City & County of San Francisco, you will most likely go through the following four-step hiring process:

Step One: Review the job announcements and identify those that interest you. Carefully read the job announcement, particularly the “How to Apply” section, and follow directions.

Step Two: If your application shows you meet the minimum qualifications for the position, you will be invited to take an examination.

Step Three: Once you pass the examination, you will be placed on an “eligible list” and contacted when a position becomes available.

Step Four: You will then proceed with the hiring process as determined by the position and the department.

Visit the wbe site to create your job search account and learn more about application proceedures.

Guidance Counselor Position, CA School for the Deaf

California Department of Education

POSITION: Guidance Counselor (Teacher)
UNIT/PC#: 204-314-9180-001
TENURE/TIME BASE: Permanent/Full time
SALARY: $3252-$5840 plus $100 for Bilingual pay and $700 for Recruitment & Retention)-Subject to collective bargaining and state employee furloughs


DUTIES: Incumbent will provide ongoing counseling for students, either individually or to groups, provide counseling in “crisis” situations; consult with teachers, student life staff and parents regarding students; coordinate formal and informal conferences between the student, teachers, student life staff, and parents; assist staff in establishing an environment that provides opportunity for students to grow socially and emotionally.

WHO MAY APPLY: Individuals applying for this job must have: 1) Masters Degree in Counseling; 2) Possession of, or eligibility for, a California Pupil Personnel credential (other appropriate credential or license authorizing counseling desired); 3) Proficiency in American Sign Language; 4) Experience working with the Deaf; and 5) Willingness to work flexible hours.

HOW TO APPLY: Candidates must submit a completed Faculty Application form, SSS 100, to Director of Pupil Personnel no later than April 17, 2009 or until the position is filled. Applications will be screened and the most highly qualified applicants will be asked to interview.

California School for the Deaf, Fremont
39350 Gallaudet Drive
Fremont, CA 94538

Contact: Deb Guthmann, Ed.D., Director of Pupil Personnel
Telephone: (510) 794-3684 (TTY/Voice)

Employment provisions as outlined by the Department of Personnel Administration’s State Restriction of Appointments (SROA) policy will prevail. In Addition, current or future executive orders relative to filling vacant positions may also affect this process.

California Relay (Telephone) Service for the Deaf or Hearing Impaired: TDD Phones 1-800-735-2929 Voice Phones 1-800-735-2922


Statewide Organizer Position, CFIL

The California Foundation for Independent Living Centers seeks to hire a Statewide Community Organizer. This is a full-time position based in Sacramento. Candidates must also be able to organize advocacy campaigns in-person and over the internet, educate, motivate, build and expand community engagement. The successful candidate must have experience in working with diverse disability communities and organizing large, accessible, statewide events. Candidates must be able: to travel on a regular basis regionally, statewide and occasionally across country; to organize a network of 29 independent Living Centers and at least three coalitions statewide; to provide leadership and educational opportunities with and for local organizers; to develop organizing strategies, track organizing outcomes, and write extensive quarterly and annual reports.

California Foundation for Independent Living Centers


Job Description
Open for Recruitment: March 31, 2009 – April 20, 2009

Salary Range: $35,000 – $40,000

Overview: Under the direction of the Deputy Director, the Statewide Organizer will train and support both local and regional community organizers in the Systems Change Network. This is a key statewide position in the CFILC Community Education and Systems Change grant. The Statewide Organizer will provide leadership in organizing strategic, tactical and agreed upon methods of organizing on national, state and local issues to create systemic change.

This position will work with the Systems Change Staff located at each of the 29 ILCs as well as other coalition and disability organizational partners. Duties include, development of electronic advocacy campaigns, assisting Systems Change Advocates develop Annual Advocacy Plans, tracking and reporting on evaluation of campaign effectiveness, providing assistance in building grass roots advocacy groups, provide training and workshops, provide mentoring and support to the local systems change staff, coordinate legislative information and help form coalitions with other disability groups, non profit organizations, churches, civil rights groups and other organizations that could become natural allies. Will travel extensively to the 29 California ILCs.

*Assist in building grassroots advocacy groups through the 29 ILCs and CFILC led coalitions.
*Ability to develop E-Advocacy strategies that supports organizing and advocacy campaigns.
*Conduct or coordinate community organizing training sessions and workshops on a wide variety of topics including: power analysis, using the media as an organizing tool, strategy and tactic analysis, coalition building, developing leadership in groups, conflict resolution and negotiation skills.
*Provide mentoring and support to community organizers, advocates and leaders in our network.
*Coordinate state level policy issues as identified by the network and work with local groups to educate and build support on the local and statewide level.
*Organize opportunities for leaders, organizers and staff to meet and further our organizing agenda.
*Help to form coalitions with other cross disability groups, nonprofit organizations, churches, civil rights groups and others that could become our natural allies.
*Assist CFILC management and ILC management to document progress toward achieving our goals of developing new leaders, including various cultural perspectives and removing barriers toward inclusion, consumer choice and living independently.

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and ability desired. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.

Bachelor’s Degree in human service, political science, social work, community organizing or a related field, and minimum of three years in community organizing, training and leadership development activities OR a combination of five years experience in disability advocacy, training and community organizing activities.

Ability to define problems, collect and interpret data, establish facts, and draw conclusions. Ability to maintain confidentiality. Ability to initiate projects and work with minimal supervision. Ability to prioritize competing demands.

Ability to read and comprehend training and disability issues materials. Ability to effectively train systems change advocates and organizers on advocacy, social change, disability policy issues, leadership development and coalition/advocacy building. Ability to communicate with management of the CFILC organization members and other constituencies. Strong ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of people and communities. Ability to document activities and write reports.

The Statewide Organizer is regularly required to be able to resolve problems, recall details and be able to concentrate on complex issues. Ability to think strategically as well as plan and provide training for Systems Change staff and others with disabilities. The Statewide Organizer is expected to think clearly at all times, complete work within deadlines, deal with interpersonal conflicts, and work with frequent interruptions. Ability to follow procedures, and implement plans and projects under the direction of the Deputy Director.


Knowledge of concepts and philosophy of independent living and consumer empowerment. Knowledge of disability legislation on local, state and federal levels. Knowledge of community organizing and training concepts. Ability to exercise initiative, ingenuity and sound judgment in workload coordination and technical matters. Must possess high computer word processing and computer communications skills. Ability to delegate responsibilities and monitor completion of tasks. Ability to arrange necessary transportation must be maintained throughout employment.

No physical demands are anticipated other than those described above. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.

*Personal experience with disability
*Experience working with people with disabilities
*Familiarity with disability history and culture
*Familiarity with State and National Disability Rights Advocacy issues
*Knowledge of/or experience with California political process

The noise level of the office working condition is high and work is mostly indoors. Significant amount of travel: local, regional and statewide.
CFILC is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

How to Apply:
Interested applicants should send by email a cover letter, resume, and a 1 to 2 page writing sample to:
Phil Thompson
Email Address:
Application Deadline: Monday, April 20, 2009

Be a Social Entrepreneur in Tibet!

Do you know that 9 out of 10 visually impaired children in developing countries have no access to education?  


The  organization Braille Without Borders believes that  this situation can be changed, particularly by  visionaries who are blind/partially sighted themselves.


After establishing the well known Braille Without Borders training center in Tibet with its unique concepts of empowering the blind to take their own projects in their own hands, the organization is now taking a next step: The realisation of the International Institute for Social Entrepreneurs (IISE).

Through the IISE Braille without Borders aims to empower especially those blind and visually impaired people who feel an urge to make a positive change in their country, society or surrounding.


In a one year’s course the IISE will train 25 to 40 participants (age 18+) who have the right initiative, motivation and potential to establish and run their own social projects.


Braille without Borders sees blind and visually impaired people who have gained self confidence by overcoming obstacles in life as natural detectors of social problems in society. Through the battle against daily discrimination a number of blind and visually impaired people developed strength and are able to act as problem solvers in their own surroundings.


Therefore the IISE will especially focus on participants who are blind and/or partially sighted. Over a one year’s course the participants will be practically trained in management, fundraising, PR activities, project planning, computer technology, English, communication and soft skills. After this training they will be in a position  to fight for their rights, to negotiate with governmental leaders and help to change the attitudes towards marginalized groups through setting up social and/or environmental projects in their own regions or countries. 


In order to ensure high quality training the IISE will accommodate a maximum of 40 participants per annum. The institute will be run by a national and international team of highly qualified facilitators (catalysts).





Job Accomodations Netwrok

JAN provides free consulting services for individuals with physical or intellectual limitations that affect employment. Services include one-on-one consultation about job accommodation ideas, requesting and negotiating accommodations, and rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and related laws. Although JAN does not help individuals find employment, JAN does provide information for job seekers.


In addition, JAN provides free consulting services for all employers, regardless of the size of an employer’s workforce. Services include one-on-one consultation about all aspects of job accommodations, including the accommodation process, accommodation ideas, product vendors, referral to other resources, and ADA compliance assistance.


Visit JAN at




JVS Employment Services

Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) helps people with barriers to employment build the skills needed to succeed in today’s workplace–an important step on the road to self-sufficiency. Their training programs and one-on-one job search assistance are specifically tailored to work toward this goal. JVS also works with local employers to fulfill their staffing needs by matching them with qualified JVS clients. While their services are open to all, they have particular strengths in working with youth and adults with disabilities, the transgender community, older workers and the Jewish community.

JVS Information Orientations

Do you want to learn more about JVS services, trainings and programs?

Do you want to get involved with JVS services?

Orientations Include:

  • A presentation on JVS services, programs and trainings
  • An overview of the JVS intake system and instructions on how to get involved
  • The opportunity to schedule an appointment to meet with an Introductory Counselor
  • Questions & Answers on JVS offerings and eligibility for service

Orientation Details:

Date: Every Wednesday from 1:00-2:00 pm

Location: JVS, 225 Bush Street, Suite 400 (West Lobby), San Francisco

Please arrive at the JVS office before 1:00 pm on Wednesdays. Orientations are open to the public and no pre-registration is required!

Contact: If you have questions or need further information, please contact Alicia Velez-Rivers by phone at 415-782-6282 or by email at

National Telecommuting Institute

National Telecommuting Institute (NTI) is a unique educational/job-matching organization pioneering the development of telework jobs for Americans with disabilities. NTI staff bring together employers who have agreed to “go virtual,” advanced communications technology and vocational rehabilitation agencies to enable individuals with disabilities to train for and work online in environments that are more easily accessible to them.

NTI prepares qualified individuals with disabilities primarily for work as customer service representatives, but also as technical support agents and medical transcriptionists. Equipped with voice and computer connections, NTI employees have provided service for customers of organizations and companies such as the Internal Revenue Service and AAA Roadside Assistance.

For more information, please visit

Professional Development Opportunity: CTVEH Conference

California Transcribers and Educators of Visually Handicapped 2009 Conference

2009 marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of CTEVH.  Celebrate with us!

March 12-15, 2009
San Francisco Airport Marriott
1800 Old Bayshore Hwy.
Burlingame, CA 94010

Check out the website for the program packet, registration information and participant list:

Also, visit the CTEVH site for job postings and student opportunities throughout the year:

CTEVH is a unique organization of: Transcribers, both volunteer and professional; Educators, including resource teachers and itinerant teachers; Orientation & Mobility Specialists; Rehabilitation counselors and counselor-teachers; Administrators, both school and agency; Parents of visually impaired children; Librarians; araprofessionals; Students, both those learning to work with persons who are visually impaired and those who are visually impaired themselves; Many other advocates for the special needs of individuals living with blindness and visual impairment.



The Blind & Visually Impaired Center of Monterey County. Position: Rehabilitation Specialist

The Blind & Visually Impaired Center of Monterey County is pleased to announce a job opportunity for its center located in Pacific Grove, CA.  For more information please contact Jeannie Cordero, Program Director, at 831-649-3505 or by email at




Position: Rehabilitation Specialist


Hours: 37½ hours per week, FTE        


Salary: $42,000 to $50,000; plus medical, dental and vision insurance; three-month probationary period; paid time off; $0.48 per mile travel reimbursement


Holidays: Ten paid holidays per year


Paid Time Off: Employee accrues up to 25 paid days off per year


Retirement: The BVIC offers an opportunity to participate in a simple IRA after a six-month waiting period to join the plan


Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation teaching for visually impaired or BA in Special Education with minimum one year experience working with the visually impaired. Valid driver’s license and own transportation.


Reports to: Business Director and Program Director




Independent Living Instruction; outreach and center-based

•Assess and evaluate client’s needs in home, community, education or vocational settings

•Develop plan of care for client

•Teach adaptive independent living skills, including Braille

•Facilitate referrals to appropriate agencies or services

•Document clients’ care


Public Relations

•Liaison to community sources concerning low vision services

•Participate in presentations and in-service workshops



•Work with other agencies and individuals to promote the goals of the BVIC and its clients



•Work closely with staff members to ensure that clients are served efficiently


Address: 225 Laurel Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA 93950

Telephone: 831-649-3505