Organization: American Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired of Colorado (ACBCO)Title: Program Director
Categories: Nonprofit Jobs
Region: Denver Metro Area
Org Type: 501(c)(3)
Job Title: Program Director
Employment Status: Full-time, exempt; Time may be flexible to accommodate some occasional night or weekend work.
Reports to: Executive Director
Salary Range: Depends on experience.
Job Summary: Oversees, plans and implements inclusive programs for individuals who are visually impaired or blind established by ACBCO, promoting the safety, health and independence of all program participants. Supervises Area Resource Coordinators, reports directly to the Executive Director.
Start Date: Flexible, prefer by January 15, 2015
ACBCO Mission Statement and History
The American Council of the Blind of Colorado (ACBCO) is a 501 (c) 3 non profit organization dedicated to supporting the independence, equality, and opportunities by accepting and supporting all alternatives for blind and visually impaired individuals in the state of Colorado.
ACBCO incorporated in 1978 receiving its nonprofit status in 1979. Visit www.acbco.org for more information.
Position Responsibilities – primary responsibility for:
1) Program oversight and continued development of programs: Sight for Seniors, Vision Link, O & M.
2) Supervises Area Resource Coordinators serving clients
3) Keep informed and up to date on social issues affecting clientsand to increase ACBCO’s ability to advocate for them.
4) Expand knowledge and understanding of the visually impaired and blind community as well as have an understanding of cultural and racial issues affecting them.
5) Responds to telephone contacts from the general public, potential clients, social service agencies regarding services provided by ACBCO.
6) Provides Intake/Screening services for persons needing in-home assessments.
7) Oversee database for demographic purposes/reporting and mailings.
8) Maintain adequate inventory of adaptive aids needed by clients in the community.
9) Facilitates Support Groups in the community for the blind and visually impaired.
10) Oversees and participates in community/educational presentations to senior groups, health fairs, service organizations or any group interested in vision issues and what services are available to them thru ACBCO.
11) Serves as a representative for ACBCO at various collaborative organizations/agencies
12) Maintains contact with vision professionals in the state to promote ACBCO and our services.
13) Maintain monthly, quarterly and yearly reports.
14) Provide professional and personal leadership as a team member of ACBCO.
15) Other duties as assigned.
· Human Services background with blind and visually impaired persons as well as experience working with seniors and/or individuals with vision loss/blindness preferred. Advanced degree (MSW) highly preferable.
· Project/program management experience
· Excellent communication skills verbally as well as written.
· Experience in supervision.
· Team Player
· Ability to generate reports used for demographics, inclusiveness, and grant writing.
· Ability to work independently.
· Ability to manage multiple priorities and short, frequently changing project due dates.
· Experience in facilitation of groups to relate educational materials, secure other speakers, etc.
· Persistence and persuasiveness being mature, poised, confident, with social skills and high comfort level when interacting with people from diverse backgrounds.
· Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed;
· Willingness to travel as needed;
· Exceptional communication skills verbally as well as written.
· Excellent computer skills including Microsoft office (IBM – MicroSoft Access, Word, Excel) and use of internet)
· Detail-oriented, highly organized approach in managing time and tasks.
· Experience working within a multi-cultural, democratic management structure/culture among those with and without disability.
· Commitment to the goals and missionof ACBCO
· Commitment to progressive social change for those who are blind/visually impaired
· Commitment to cooperative work environment of blind/visually impaired and sighted Board members, volunteers, staff and constituents; expresses commitment to ACBCO and its constituents through inclusiveness and cooperative approach to the work environment
· Practical problem solving and positive approach to work with a sense of humor.
· Valid Colorado Driver’s License or equivalent transportation arrangements (note: mileage will be reimbursed to individual employee or driver at current IRS rate)
ACBCO is also seeking a Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist (COMS) for part-time contract work. If you are a COMS and meet most of the above qualifiecations, please be advised that we will consider combining the full-time employee position with COMS contract position.. The COMS job description is posted on our website: www.acbco.org and posted on the Colorado Nonprofit Association Job Board.
Submit resume, three references, and a cover letter of no more than two pages and include fee requirements and a copy of Certification from ACVREP by December 22, 2014.
Send to: Barbara Boyer, Executive Director
No phone calls please.
ACBCO is an Equal Opportunity Employer. ACBCO is committed to increasing opportunities for the blind and visually impaired and preference will be given to individuals who have personal experience with the blind/visually impaired. We also hold a strong belief that our organization shall be inclusive in all operations and welcome applications from people of color, women, people with disabilities, and those who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender.
This is a posting on Colorado Nonprofit Association’s Career Center.