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Iowa Department of Administrative Services Youth Services Worker in Des Moines, Iowa

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Youth Services Worker


$35,464.00 - $51,833.60 Annually


Des Moines - 50309 - Polk County, IA

Job Type



131 Iowa Department for the Blind

Job Number



4/25/2021 11:59 PM Central

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Point of Contact

Helen Stevens, 515-829-7411 or

To Apply

Persons who wish to be considered for this position must submit a resume and letter of application to: Helen Stevens, Education and Training Director, Iowa Department for the Blind, 524 4th Street, Des Moines, IA, 50309-2364;

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Job Description

The Iowa Department for the Blind (IDB) is seeking an energetic and passionate Youth Services Worker for its Young Adult Transition Program for blind youth. Ideal candidates will possess a belief in the capacity of blind persons, patients, and the ability to connect with and motivate youth. IDB can provide training in the specific blindness skills areas listed if needed.

The Young Adult Transition Program is a school-year based program for youth who have finished high school, but who need additional instruction in order to participate in post-secondary learning and employment opportunities. Youth Services workers will primarily work with students on their independent living and social skills. During the summer, these positions will work with IDB’s summer program for youth ages 14-21.

These positions will be expected to work Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM during initial staff training and for some agency meetings and ongoing professional development training. Individual Youth Services Worker’s schedules will then be set with the Program Administrator to provide appropriate coverage to meet students’ needs. While total coverage is split between all Youth Services Workers so exact schedules vary, work hours will primarily consist of morning, evening, and weekend hours to work with students outside of classes.

Duties and responsibilities to include the following:

Provide Workplace Readiness, Self Advocacy and Disability-Related skills training to blind youth in comprehensive residential training programs such as the Young Adult Transition Program and LEAP Program.

Work with students on increasing their independent living skills in areas such as developing and managing their morning and evening routines, managing personal hygiene, maintaining clean and organized living spaces, completing laundry and other common household tasks, shopping for groceries and other needed items and planning and preparing their own meals.

Support student learning through providing supplemental braille, technology, cane travel and money management instruction, in particular by working with students to utilize these skills in their daily lives outside the classroom.

Facilitate students’ development of age-appropriate social skills through recreational activities on and off campus. Assist students in traveling to and participating in activities in the community. Reinforce proper cane technique and other nonvisual skills during these activities.

Serve as a role model for students in the use of nonvisual techniques and problem-solving skills.

Monitor student behavior and the students’ living areas. Provide appropriate supervision to ensure student safety.

Document student progress through monthly and end of program reports. Collaborate with program staff and supervisor to address student needs and concerns.

Promote a positive philosophy of blindness through involvement in trainings and community outreach events for parents, educators and other service providers as directed.

Essential functions of this position:

Demonstrate and Promote a positive philosophy of blindness

Actively participate in program activities

Communicate regularly with program leaders regarding student needs and concerns

Document student progress through regular written reports

Actively monitor student behavior and living areas

Clearly document incidents related to students’ health and safety

Travel using the long white cane under sleepshades in order to provide appropriate guidance and instruction to students when traveling

Read and write contracted braille to provide guidance and feedback to students developing their braille skills

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 Qualification Requirements

Graduation from high school or G.E.D.;


experience equal to two years of full-time work in a youth service program working directly in the treatment of adjudicated, at risk, or other youths needing service or assistance.

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131 Iowa Department for the Blind


524 4th StDes Moines, Iowa, 50309


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