State of Washington Classified Job Specification
STATEWIDE PROGRAM COORDINATOR FOR BLIND/VISUALLY
Plans and coordinates the statewide delivery of program services to blind or visually-impaired individuals and their families. Provides consultative services to individuals, families and public and private entities involved in the development, education and independence of blind or visually-impaired individuals.
Plans, organizes and coordinates at least one statewide program or function in connection with integrated services for blind/visually-impaired children such as “Transition” and the “Pre-School” program functions;
Consults with regional offices relative to assigned program or function; meets with administrative and supervisory staff in interpretation and evaluation of performance standards;
Reviews and evaluates written program material, manuals, federal regulations and plan material, legislation and current literature in the field in order to assess the appropriateness of current policies and procedures;
Participates in the development and implementation of program plans, policies and operating procedures; participates in the establishment of standards, reviews performance, and recommends changes necessary to increase effectiveness and meet program needs;
Meets with state, regional and area administrators concerning operating problems;
Provides direct services to blind or visually-impaired children, their families and others involved in the education and/or development of such children;
Represents the department in meetings with representatives of community and citizen organizations, consumer groups and other state and local agencies;
May supervise and evaluate subordinate staff;
Performs other duties as required.
Knowledge and Abilities
Knowledge of: department programs, policies and applicable laws; principles and practices of program planning, coordination and administration; specific services to blind children programs, or specific functional concepts, policies and procedures.
Ability to: plan, organize and evaluate work; develop and maintain effective work relationships; speak and write effectively.
There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.
Four years of experience as a Regionwide Program Coordinator for the Blind/Visually Impaired.
A Master’s degree in Education of Blind/Visually-Impaired Children.
A Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Teaching AND two years of professional experience providing rehabilitation teaching services to blind/visually-impaired individuals.
A Master’s degree in Early Childhood Development or in Orientation and Mobility AND two years of professional experience providing educational or consultative services to blind or visually-impaired children or families.
A Bachelor’s degree in Education of Blind/Visually-Impaired Children AND two years of professional experience providing educational or consultative services to blind or visually-impaired children or families.
A Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Development or in Orientation and Mobility AND four years of professional experience providing educational or consultative services to blind or visually-impaired children or families.
Additional qualifying professional experience as required above will substitute, year for year, for the required education.
Class Specification History
New class: 6-9-72
Revised definition, distinguishing characteristics, minimum qualifications and class code (formerly 0895): 11-9-79
Revised minimum qualifications: 8-12-88
Revised definition & minimum qualifications, deleted distinguishing characteristics, title change (formerly Service Delivery Coordinator 2): 2-9-96
Revised new class code: (formerly 32760) effective July 1, 2007