PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In the Department of Aging and Disability Services, Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind this class is accountable for directing the operations of the Adult, Children and Rehabilitation Services Division.
Receives executive direction from the Commissioner or other administrative official of a higher grade.
Directs the staff of the Adult, Children and Rehabilitation Services Division.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Directs staff and operations of division including statewide education and social services programs for blind and visually impaired students in public, private and preschool programs, vocational rehabilitation in accordance with federal statutes and regulations and industries; acts as consultant with respect to these programs and services; coordinates, plans and manages division activities to insure compliance with state and federal policy; formulates program goals and objectives; develops or assists in development of related policy; interprets and administers pertinent laws; evaluates staff; prepares or assists in preparation of division budget and administers bureau budget; maintains contacts with individuals both within and outside of division who might impact on program activities; develops and implements state plan for federal vocational rehabilitation program for the blind and visually impaired; recommends approval of federal grants for technical assistance, workshop improvement and other activities involving the blind in rehabilitation facilities; serves in a liaison capacity between agency and appropriate state and federal agencies; works to coordinate vocational rehabilitation programs and services across the state with state and local school authorities, community based organizations, advisory councils and consumer groups; advises Commissioner and/or other management staff on significant issues, program developments and operations of rehabilitation services programs for the blind and visually impaired; represents Commissioner on task forces, advisory boards and advocacy groups; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of and ability to apply management principles and techniques; considerable knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; considerable knowledge of philosophy, methods and programs of vocational rehabilitation services; considerable knowledge of philosophy and methods of education and social work of individuals with visual disabilities and blindness; knowledge of eye diseases and psychological effects of blindness; knowledge of current research in field of vocational rehabilitation; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
A Master’s degree in Rehabilitation or closely related field and ten (10) years of experience in educational or vocational rehabilitation work for individuals with disabilities.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE
Two (2) years of the General Experience must have been in a supervisory capacity in rehabilitation counseling, job placement of individuals with disabilities or disability counseling services.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
Certification in Rehabilitation or Special Education may be substituted for two (2) years of the General Experience.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
(1)-Officials And Administrators
This replaces the existing specification for the class of Education & Rehabilitation
Services Program Manager in Salary Group MP 70 approved effective May 27, 2022. (Revised to modify content) Final No. 22-069