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Area Supervisor Business Enterprises For The Blind

  • Area Supervisor Business Enterprises For The Blind
  • What will I be doing?
  • Do I qualify?
  • Can I be successful?
  • Benefits
  • How do I apply?
Class Number: 
Annual Salary Range:
$36,360.00 – $57,792.00
Twice-a-Month Salary Range:
$1,515.00 – $2,408.00
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This is professional work in planning, developing and supervising a specialized and individualized program of food service, retail sales, machine vending, and other business enterprises for blind persons.

An employee in this class is responsible for the development and installation of vending facilities in public and private sector buildings and for the placement and supervision of blind persons as contracted managers of business enterprises. Work includes a variety of services carried out in behalf of the managers of vending facilities and other business enterprises. Although the Area Supervisor is not a supervisor of state employees, the position involves direction of activities and individuals in federal, state, and privately owned facilities. These businesses are operated by blind managers who have been licensed by the Division of Family Services. The blind managers operate as independent contractors, but are subject to federal and state regulations. Supervision is received from the Supervisor or Assistant Supervisor, Business Enterprises for the Blind.

Job Duties

Provides supervision and consultation to operators of vending facilities within a district.

Designs or provides direction in the design of facility layout and organization.

Prepares specifications, orders facility equipment and oversees installation; arranges for repair and replacement of equipment.

Regularly inspects vending facilities and roadside rest area vending sites and provides written reports of the inspections.

Assists managers in developing merchandising and marketing plans; maintains accurate record keeping, correct reporting procedures, and appropriate safety and sanitation practices, recruiting and training employees, and developing employee manuals.

Maintains accurate equipment and product inventories.

Initiates contacts with business executives, academic administrators, state division heads and/or building managers for the purpose of developing new business locations, evaluating potential sites, negotiating contracts and permits, and developing the physical facility.

Monitors all facets of the vending facility operation.

Works with vocational rehabilitation counselors to recruit potential vendors for Business Enterprise Program training.

Interviews, tests and evaluates the potential of applicants for the Business Enterprise Program.

Performs other related work as assigned.

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(The following minimum qualifications will determine merit system eligibility. Allowable experience and education substitutions are provided in italics below the corresponding minimum qualification statement; no other substitutions will be permitted. These minimum qualifications may also be used to evaluate applicants for Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System positions not requiring selection from merit registers.)

Two years of experience in one or more of the areas described below; and graduation from an accredited four-year college or university. (Additional experience as described may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the stated education. Graduate work in an accredited college or university in public or business administration, accounting, marketing, public relations, hotel and restaurant management, or related areas may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the specified experience.)

Special Qualifying Experience

1. Management of a food service or retail merchandising operation, or comparable business experience providing familiarity with procurement, pricing, merchandising, customer service and record keeping.

2. Experience in rehabilitation counseling with the blind.

3. Professional auditing to verify compliance with established regulations or accuracy of financial and/or performance records.

Please note that documentation that supports your eligibility (i.e. transcripts, employment records, etc.) may be required at any time during the application and hiring process. If you do not possess the minimum qualifications, please consider one of many other employment opportunities with the State of Missouri.

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Key Skills

Do you possess the key skills which are considered essential for successful employment in this classification?

Considerable knowledge of federal and state legislation, regulations, and policies relating to the vending facility and other business enterprises programs.

Working knowledge of the effects of blindness/visual impairments as they relate to emotional and vocational adjustment.

Working knowledge of purchasing, pricing, storage security, inventory and merchandising goods in a retail business.

Working knowledge of bookkeeping and record maintenance.

Skill in the effective organization of work activities and in time management.

Ability to travel to assigned vending facilities.

Ability to express ideas clearly and to interpret laws and regulations.

Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with managers of vending facilities and other business enterprises, with management personnel of buildings in which facilities are located, and with other employees of agency.

Ability to consult with blind persons regarding the successful operation of a business, including merchandising and marketing of services, and good sanitation and customer service.

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