Careers

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Do you want to join an agency that has consistently been a national leader among blind agencies in competitive employment? Join us in the advancement of our mission — “Inclusion, Independence, and Economic Vitality for People with Visual Disabilities” — and you’ll help lead the way.

DSB Employees have a higher level of engagement and job satisfaction as indicated by our continuous high ranking in the state-wide Employee Engagement Survey. DSB’s employee longevity and retention, among certain job classes, speaks for itself. To be a part of this dynamic culture of committed, mission driven and inclusive staff at DSB, apply today.

Washington State offers a generous benefits package including medical, dental, vision, long-term disability, life insurance and retirement.  Employees enjoy extensive opportunities for professional and personal development.

 

WORKING WITH US

The State of Washington celebrates our differences and we are committed to a workplace that supports equal opportunity employment and inclusion regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity diversity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We will also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws.

The Washington State Department of Services for the Blind (DSB) recognizes that in order to achieve our mission and vision in service of those who reside in Washington, we must embed the values of diversity, equity and inclusion in all aspects of our work. The State of Washington is diverse, and our department must reflect that diversity. When we are representative of the people we serve, we can better address the disparities in outcomes of our services for marginalized and underrepresented communities through purposeful, tailored and equitable use of resources and programs.

DSB is committed to working with Governor Inslee in fulfilling his executive order, EO 17-01,   by following and adhering to the State Human Resources Directive 20-03

You are welcome to include the name and pronoun you would like to be referred to in your materials and we will honor this as you interact with our organization.

Persons with a disability, who need assistance with their application or need this announcement in an alternative format, may call (360) 664-1960 or toll free (877) 664-1960. TTY users should first call 711 to access the Washington Relay Service.

 

CURRENT OPENINGS

JAWS users: follow this link to Careers.wa.gov, tab to the job announcement you wish to read, hit enter, tab to the button labeled “APPLY” and hit enter, this should take you to a webpage where you can sign in to apply, or create an account. 

 

Youth Services Program Specialist

Spokane

As the Youth Services Program Specialist, you will demonstrate superior communication and case management skills, along with the ability to successfully facilitate the complex and specialized rehabilitation needs presented by a caseload of Blind, Deaf Blind, and Low Vision clients.  

You will work to coordinate and provide comprehensive pre-employment transition career exploration services to blind and visually impaired youth. You will develop and coordinate activities and workshops that provide career experience, job readiness, self-advocacy, workplace skills and post-secondary academic preparation counseling. You will work collaboratively with families, educational and vocational partners to expand work experience opportunities for youth in their home areas year-round.

This position assesses the needs of youth participants and develops specialized services and training unique to the program. You will act as a regional resource providing technical assistance and consultation to program participants, staff and partners.

For position details and to apply, visit State of Washington Job Opportunities - Youth Services Program Specialist.


Vocational Rehabilitation 4 (In-Training VRC 2, 3, or 4)

Lacey

DSB is seeking a qualified individual to take on the role of a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor 4 (VRC4).  This is an in-training position that offers a career path and on-the-job training from a VRC2 to a VRC4.

As a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor with DSB, you will play a key role as facilitator for determining and procuring rehabilitation services for a participant's successful independence and/or employment outcome.  You will work as a member of a multi-disciplinary vocational rehabilitation and independent living work team to provide comprehensive rehabilitation services to visually impaired and blind adults.

The VRC4 level counselor is characterized by demonstrated superior counseling skills and ability to successfully facilitate the specialized rehabilitation needs presented by a caseload of Blind, Low Vision and/or Deaf Blind participants.  The VRC4 level counselor assumes responsibility for training other professional staff at both the local and statewide levels as needed.

For position details and to apply, visit State of Washington Job Opportunities - Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
 


South Regional Manager/WMS2

Vancouver, Lacey, or Tacoma

You will be responsible for managing the programs and all customer activity performed by the agency in the South Region, an area that encompasses the Washington State counties bordered by King County, the Cascades, and the Oregon Border.

This position is responsible for three main offices; a multi-disciplinary team of 17 staff; a budget of $2.5 million.  The South Region annually provides assessment, training and vocational counseling services to 400 Washington State residents who are blind, low vision, or deaf blind.

Position can be located in any of the South Regional field office duty stations (Vancouver, Lacey, or Tacoma); applicable for partial telework and flex schedule with supervisor approval.

For position details and to apply, visit State of Washington Job Opportunities - South Regional Manager/WMS2. 

 


Reader/Driver (Community Worker) On-Call

Tacoma

Many of the services provided by DSB staff require travel and field work necessary to perform the essential functions of the job. Approximately 20% of the DSB workforce is blind or low vision. Staff may request services of Reader/Drivers to facilitate their job performance by performing visual reading and driving functions. Specific duties involved are:

  • Operating a state vehicle, transporting staff who are blind or low vision to and from various work locations; 
  • Reading and completing hand written documents;
  • Relocating or carrying items for staff that utilize orientation and mobility aides such as a long cane or guide dog; may perform some lifting and carrying of object

This position is open to all that apply.  The DSB is most interested in candidates who have the flexibility to be available daily for on-call, part-time work. This position may appeal to individuals who are retired and/or those who are available every day to work flexible hours. 

Candidate evaluation will be ongoing and DSB may make a hiring decision at any time. It will be to the candidate’s advantage to submit application materials as soon as possible. This recruitment will close when the position is filled. 

For position details and to apply, visit State of Washington Job Opportunities - Reader/Driver (Community Worker) On-Call / Tacoma

 


Reader/Driver (Community Worker) On-Call

Multiple Locations Statewide 

This posting is open to both the Seattle and Spokane areas.

Many of the services provided by DSB staff require travel and field work necessary to perform the essential functions of the job. Approximately 20% of the DSB workforce is blind and visually impaired. Staff who are blind and visually impaired may need and request services of Reader/Drivers to facilitate their job performance by performing visual reading and driving functions. Specific duties involved are:

  • Operating a state vehicle, transporting staff who are blind or low vision to and from various work locations; 
  • Reading and completing hand written documents;
  • Relocating or carrying items for staff that utilize orientation and mobility aides such as a long cane or guide dog; may perform some lifting and carrying of object

This position is open to all that apply.  The DSB is most interested in candidates who have the flexibility to be available daily for on-call, part-time work. This position may appeal to individuals who are retired and/or those who are available every day to work flexible hours. 

Candidate evaluation will be ongoing and DSB may make a hiring decision at any time. It will be to the candidate’s advantage to submit application materials as soon as possible. This recruitment will close when the position is filled. 

For position details and to apply, visit State of Washington Job Opportunities - Reader/Driver (Community Worker) On-Call / Seattle OR Spokane