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Business Enterprise Program Manager - Dept. of Services for the Blind (Lacey, WA)

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Job Title:Business Enterprise Program Manager_DSB (02237)
Opening Date/Time:Mon. 03/09/15 12:00 AM Pacific Time
Closing Date/Time:Continuous
Salary:$52,800.00 - $74,200.00 Annually 
Job Type:Full Time - Permanent
Location:Thurston County – Lacey, Washington
Department:Dept. of Services for the Blind


Washington Management Service (WMS) Band 2


The Department of Services for the Blind (DSB) provides "one front door" for people of all ages who are blind or have low vision in the State of Washington.  The agency provides assessment, advocacy, information, referral, training, and vocational counseling services to more than 2,800 Washington State residents annually, in order to fulfill the agency mission of "Independence, Inclusion, and Economic Vitality for individuals with vision impairment".
Reporting to the Deputy Director, this position provides leadership and oversight for the sound and effective operations for the Business Enterprise Program within the agency

This recruitment is open until filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply early.  Application evaluation will be ongoing and the hiring authority reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any time.


The Business Enterprise Program Manager (BEP Manager) provides overall leadership, management, and oversight for the Business Enterprise Program. Thisposition has responsibility for the daily operations of the Business Enterprise Program (BEP) and develops and maintains business enterprises in Washington State operated by blind and visually impaired vendors in accordance with the Randolph-Sheppard Act, RCW and agency policy. The BEP Manager ensures that sound systems and processes are in place for the BEP, and that all program funds and resources are managed in compliance with state and federal policies and regulations.  Duties include: 
·       Responsible for budgeting and expending program resources, including developing, managing, and facilitating the growth of the program’s revenue sources.
·       Seeks to expand business operations by locating and determining the feasibility and success of future business opportunities/sites.
·       Negotiates with federal, state and local governments for leases, contracts, agreements and permits for facilities, to include construction and future operation of facilities.
·       Negotiates with third-parties in establishing agreements and contracts; prepares and awards appropriate RFPs, contracts, and agreements for goods, services and construction, insuring that contract modifications are made in a timely manner with follow-through.
·       Directs the development and training of current and future blind or low vision food service operators.
·       Oversees the program’s facilities by providing advice, information and assistance to the blind owner/operators.
·       Guides BE operators in appropriate layout for a food production kitchen and customer service areas, and secures appropriate food service equipment scaled to meet the individual needs of the operation.
·       Responsible for monitoring and maintaining $1.8 million in equipment inventory in facilities throughout the state.
·       Makes purchasing decisions for all equipment, repairs, constructions and services, to include invoicing and payments thereof.
·       Develops and revises the program's RCWs, WACs and policies.
·       Works on political issues that have an impact on the program at both the federal, state and local government level.

This position works in a standard office environment and in on-site BE operations and facilities.  The typical workweek is Monday - Friday, 40 hours per week. This position is overtime exempt and some flexibility will be required to meet business needs. Extensive travel within the state will be required.


Bachelor’s Degree in Program Administration, Business Administration, Hotel and Restaurant Management, Hospitality Management, or related field 

·       Extensive hands-on experience as a business owner in the food service industry such as a restaurant operations manager/owner or food service manager of a large scale for-profit food service operation.
·       Experience working with individuals with disability, especially individuals who are blind, low vision and /or deaf blind.
·       Experience with Human Resources fundamentals, such as hiring practices, staff management practices, reasonable accommodations, payroll.
·       Experience managing budgets and resources; and accounting.
·       Experience managing a training program (ideally related to food service industry).
·       Experience managing boards and committees.
·       Master’s Degree in related field.
 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:
1.   A letter of interest, describing how you meet the specific qualifications for this position;
2.   A current resume, detailing experience, and education; and
3.   A list of at least three (3) professional references with current telephone numbers.
Failure to include the items requested above may disqualify your application from consideration.

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.

By submitting materials you are indicating that all information is true and correct. The state may verify information. Any untruthful or misleading information is cause for removal from the applicant pool or dismissal if employed.


Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and wish to claim Veteran’s Preference MUST attach a copy of their DD214, or other verification of military service. Please blackout any personally identifiable data such as social security numbers.

Note: Applicants claiming veteran’s preference points must attach the documentation with each on-line application. If you do not provide appropriate documentation to qualify for these preference points, the points will not be awarded.

For additional information on Veteran's Preference and guidance on how to determine if you are eligible, 
click here. 

For questions regarding this recruitment, email
The Washington State Department of Services for the Blind 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) 664-1960 or toll free (877) 664-1960. TTY users should first call 711 to access the Washington Relay Service.