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Summer Youth Counselor

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      Iowa Department for the Blind


      POSTING DATE:                                                                  March 9, 2017

      JOB TITLE:                                                                          Summer Youth Counselor
      JOB CODE:                                                                          03040
      LOCATION:                                                                          Des Moines, Iowa
      LOCATION ZIP CODE:                                                          50309
      PART TIME/FULL TIME STATUS:                                          6 Temporary/Full-Time Positions
      SALARY MINIMUM:                                                              $33,363.20
      SALARY MAXIMUM:                                                             $48,755.20


      Starting hourly salary is expected to be $16.04

      A temporary Summer Youth Counselor will support the mission, vision and philosophy of the Iowa Department for the Blind. Counselors will mentor high school students during IDB’s eight-week residential summer program.


      1. Embrace and facilitate the Department’s philosophy of blindness.
      2. Facilitate a fun and positive living environment where students can come to understand that blindness is not a barrier to leading a full and active life.
      3. Supplement instruction to students in the alternative/nonvisual techniques of blindness such as cane travel, home management, assistive technology, and Braille. (I.e. plan and prepare meals, complete homework, manage personal items and living environment, participate in activities, etc.)
      4. Participate in the planning and implementation of supplemental activities during evenings and weekends.
      5. Assess, identify, and evaluate students’ skills to establish goals.
      6. Assure the safety of summer program participants
      7. Communicate concerns and identify solutions to issues.
      8. Ability to work alone or in a team environment.
      9. Ability to write clear and concise reports regarding students’ progress.

      Position specifications:

      1. Knowledge of alternative/nonvisual techniques of blindness (Braille, assistive technology, cane travel, and home management).
      2. Knowledge of structured discovery teaching methods.
      3. Effective verbal and written communication skills using the English language.

      Work Schedule: May 30 – August 10, 2017

      It is the policy of the Department for the Blind to conduct background checks on all finalist candidates prior to any offer of employment.                                                                                                                                            

      MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:                                                      

      High school diploma or equivalent

      For additional ways to qualify, please click on this link to view additional ways to qualify and minimum qualifications.

      POST CLOSE DATE:                                                                           March 27, 2017

      TO APPLY:

      Note: This is a courtesy posting for a non merit position.

      Positions in this class are exempt from the screening and referral requirements of the Iowa Department of Administrative Services – Human Resources Enterprise. Applications to DAS-HRE only, will not be considered.

      Interested applicants send cover letter and resume to:

      Helen Stevens
      Education and Training Director
      Iowa Department for the Blind
      524 Fourth Street
      Des Moines, IA 50309