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Check with seller Executive Officer 1- BEP Des Moines

Published date: April 3, 2022
  • Location: Des Moines, Iowa, United States

Job Description

This is a non-merit position with the Iowa Department for the Blind.

The Iowa Department for the Blind (IDB) is seeking an energetic, flexible, and enthusiastic professional to oversee and direct the work of our Business Enterprises Program. An ideal candidate will:

Have understanding of and experience in general business management and/or Randoph-Shepherd program management
Have excellent written and oral communication skills
Enjoy working with people and helping people to grow
Have the ability to solve problems in creative and cost-effective ways
Be excited by the opportunity to expand BEP locations and implement new service options such as micro-markets
Have excellent project management skills
Possess the ability to work as part of a team and communicate with colleagues and supervisor
Be excited by challenges and opportunities for growth
Have or be able to develop a positive attitude toward blindness
Have a passion for empowering blind Iowans to be gainfully employed and live independently

Primary job duties include, but are not limited to:
Ensure provisions of the Randolph-Shepherd Act are followed.
Compile and file all necessary federal and state reports
Oversees internal program or financial audits and evaluations.
Monitor contracts; develops plans for and implements and evaluates the program.
Negotiate contracts with suppliers
Draft administrative rules, legislative proposals, internal policies and procedures for the Business Enterprises Program
Evaluate current and proposed business locations for profitability; seek out new locations.
Ensure BEP locations are run in a clean, efficient, and profitable manner
Oversee training new BEP trainees
Collaborate with the Elected Committee of Blind Vendors to develop opportunities for new locations, training opportunities and evaluate new trainees
Determine equipment and supply needs for the BEP; prepares purchasing specifications for the bidding process
Provide technical assistance to BEP Vendors regarding profitability, growth, training needs, and financial opportunities
Provide technical assistance to VR program staff and clients regarding self-employment and assist in expanding self-employment opportunities for blind Iowans.
Occasional overnights for multiple-stop visits or conferences/training may be expected.
Experience in the following areas is not necessary but will be taken into consideration: vending, inspections in any field; teaching; counseling; inventory management; food safety; money management or budgeting; record keeping; working independently; customer service; business management; and employee development.

For additional information, please click on this link to view the job description. (Download PDF reader)
IDB requires a background check before any offer of employment. Submission of a cover letter is very strongly recommended.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Applicants must meet at least one of the following minimum requirements to qualify for positions in this job classification:

1) Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in any field, and experience equal to three years of full-time professional-level work in program administration, program development, program research/evaluation, or management.
2) A total of seven years of education and/or full-time experience (as described in number one), where thirty semester hours of accredited college or university course work in any field equals one year of full-time experience.

3) All of the following (a, b, and c):
a. One year of full-time professional-level work experience in program administration, program development, program research/evaluation, or management; and
b. A total of four years of education and full-time experience (as described in part a), where thirty semester hours of accredited college or university course work in any field equals one year of full-time experience; and
c. A total of two years of graduate-level education and full-time experience (as described in part a), where twenty-four semester hours of accredited graduate college or university course work in a public-service-related area (e.g., public or business administration, social work, public health, law, education, engineering) equals one year of full-time experience. Graduation from the Iowa Certified Public Manager Program is also equivalent to one year of full-time experience or education.
4) Current, continuous experience in the state executive branch that includes thirty months of fulltime work as a Program Planner (any level), Management Analyst (any level), or Administrative Assistant (any level).

For additional information, please click on this link to view the job description (Download PDF reader).
Join Us!Whether it's caring for those in need, making highways safer, or improving agriculture production, the work that we do matters to the people of Iowa.We take our responsibilities and the public trust very seriously. We are committed to delivering the services that matter most to the people of Iowa. If you have the skills, the commitment and the desire to make a difference, then we invite you to explore the career opportunities available with the State of Iowa.Career ChoicesState government is one of the largest employers in Iowa, and also one of the most diverse. From state trooper to nurse to engineer, the state offers a wide variety of career opportunities.BenefitsThe state offers paid vacation, sick time and holidays, a defined benefit retirement plan, health, dental, vision, and long-term disability insurance along with flexible spending accounts. For more information, please visit the executive branch employee benefits website.The State of Iowa is committed to providing an outstanding employment experience. Check out this Benefits Beyond the Paycheck brochure (Download PDF reader).

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