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On-Call Residential Life Counselor

at State of Washington

Posted: 11/10/2019
Job Status: On Call
Job Reference #: 2472666

Job Description

Overall Job Objective



This recruitment is open until filled.  The hiring manager reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any time.

Agency Profile:  The mission of the Washington State School for the Blind (WSSB) is to provide specialized quality educational services to youth ages birth-21 within the state of Washington. Our purpose is to serve as a statewide demonstration and resource center and provide direct/indirect services to students both on campus and in the children's local communities. Each employee plays a critical role for the school and our students. We value our employees and continuously encourage them to improve the way we provide service to our students and the community.


  • Conducts individualized assessments to determine the adaptive skills needs of participants relative to specific outcome goals for employment or independent living;
  • Determines functional objectives with the participant; develops and implements a comprehensive plan of services based on assessment results;
  • Provides instruction in adaptive skills for blind or visually impaired participants in their place of residence, at a community location, or at a facility such as the Orientation and Training Center; adaptive skills curricula include: home management, personal management, Braille reading/ writing and other communication skills, keyboarding and use of assistive technology devices, use of residual vision, travel skills, daily living activities, use of accommodation aids, and other skills which facilitate rehabilitation;
  • Provides adjustment counseling to participants and to their families regarding the capabilities of individuals who are blind or visually impaired, techniques to overcome barriers, and self-advocacy resources;
  • Facilitates and coordinates service delivery via referral to, and/or, service agreements with appropriate state and community resources;
  • Develops and utilizes community resources to expand and strengthen services to participants;
  • Presents information to service providers, employers and community organizations regarding the capabilities of people who are blind or visually impaired and services available from the Department;
  • Prepares case documentation, records and correspondence relative to participants and duties;
  • Performs other work as required.


Desirable Qualifications:

A Bachelor's degree in rehabilitation teaching for the blind or a Bachelor's degree in Special Education for the visually impaired.
A Bachelor's degree with major study in social welfare, social sciences or education; and, one year of experience providing direct client services that teach adaptive skill of blindness to the blind or visually impaired.
A Master's degree involving major study in one of the above academic fields will substitute for the one year of required experience.
Two years of paid professional experience providing social services or providing services that teach adaptive skill of blindness to the blind or visually impaired individuals will substitute for two years of the required education.
Lifeguard certification or the ability to obtain one after hire

You will be required to acquire the following certifications;

  • CPR/First Aid (Upon Hire)
  • Food Handlers Card (Upon Hire)
  • UEB (Within 1 year)



Supplemental Information

In addition to completing the online application, applicants must attach the following documents to their profile in order to be considered for this position:
  • A letter of interest, describing how you meet the specific qualifications for this position;
  • A current resume, detailing experience, and education; and
  • A list of at least three professional references with current telephone numbers.
  • The initial screening will be solely based on the contents and completeness of the "duties summary" section of your application in, completeness of the application material submitted, and the supplemental questionnaire.
  • A resume will not substitute for completing the "duties summary" section of the application. Responses to the supplemental questionnaire regarding work experience must be reflected in the "duties summary" section of the application.
  • All information may be verified and documentation may be required.
Prior to any new appointment, a federal and state background check will be conducted.

Should you have any questions regarding this position, or the online application, please email
The state of Washington is an equal opportunity employer. Persons with a disability who need assistance with their application or that need this announcement in an alternative format, may call (360) 947-3311. TTY users should first call 711 to access the Washington Relay Service.
Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted.  Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competency to perform in the position.