R-6062 : BUSINESS ENTERPRISE PROGRAM Representative (Located in Decatur) Joint Service AIDB/ADRS (Decatur)


          R 6062-Reference# 125365052170

          Posting Date: September 22, 2020

AIDB is sensitive to the needs of individuals who are Blind or Visually Impaired and/or Deaf or Hard of Hearing and for qualified applicants and employees will make reasonable accommodations.

POSITION:  BUSINESS ENTERPRISE PROGRAM Representative (Located in Decatur)

                        Joint Service AIDB/ADRS (Decatur)


The Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind (AIDB) is the world’s most comprehensive education,

rehabilitation and service program serving individuals of all ages who are deaf, blind, deafblind and multi-disabled and their families. Founded in 1858, AIDB serves more than 26,000 infants, toddlers, children, adults and seniors with hearing and vision loss throughout Alabama each year. Our services literally span a lifetime including five campuses in Talladega, eight regional centers located in Birmingham, Dothan, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery, Talladega, Tuscaloosa and Tuscumbia with programs that range from early and senior intervention, traditional and nontraditional education services in residential and outreach settings and a manufacturing facility that is the state’s largest employer of adults who are blind and deaf.

About our Location:

Located on the Tennessee River in Morgan County, Decatur is known for its economic prosperity and community spirit.  Decatur is a city rich in history, yet clearly focused on the future.

About the Role:

 Our employees are among the organizations’ most valuable assets and resources. We share compassion for leveling the playing field for all. Our Mission makes AIDB a unique place to work and we invite you to be a part of the miracles that happen every day,

Through a joint service partnership with the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (ADRS), this position directs a historic program created through the Randolph-Sheppard Act that provides persons who are blind with rewarding employment and self-support through the operation of vending and food service facilities.

About You:

You will play a vital role to ensure that AIDB’s and ADRS’s culture of inclusion is reinforced and that employees feel connected, recognized and proud to be a part of our organization.


  • Must be a graduate from a four-year college or university with major coursework in business management, accounting, marketing, or a related field.
  • Experience working with the people who are blind and/or have low vision is preferred.
  • Knowledge of small business management procedures and practices.
  • Knowledge of basic accounting principles and procedures.
  • Working knowledge of marketing and customer-relations techniques.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to read and interpret business surveys and reports.
  • Ability to prepare accurate and complete case records and reports.
  • Ability to compile information and prepare summaries, tabulations, and reports.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with blind vendors and business professionals.


  • The major purpose of this position is to assist blind individuals in small businesses so that they can become self-supporting.
  • Determine if a business opportunity is feasible or profitable.
  • Determine eligibility for federal vending program according to the Randolph- Sheppard Act.
  • Provide guidance in program operational procedures according to BEP rules and regulations.
  • Maintain confidentiality and other operational rules in accordance with ADRS and BEP policy.
  • Assist blind vendors in daily business operations such as maintaining proper records, arranging for equipment repair and replacement, preventative maintenance, quality control, customer/grantor relations, and marketing strategies.
  • Secures price quotes on equipment repairs and determine costs of establishing and/or maintaining a business to be operated by a blind vendor, determines feasibility of new business operations.
  • Obtains and reviews information such as site surveys, statistical reports, and architectural reports, facility surveys, marketing data and accounting reports.
  • Provides in-service training for blind vendors.
  • Maintains appropriate case records and documentation of business activities.
  • Attends required training and staff meetings.
  • Conducts regular and routine visits to vendor operations.
  • Maintain day-to-day contact with vendors to resolve crisis situations, assist in maintaining relationships with grantor and customers, and aid in the resolution of problems arising in the business.
  • Develop standards for each vendor operation and evaluate each on an annual basis, based on those standards.
  • Maintain equipment inventory.
  • Prepare claims for payment on repairs, transfers, and purchase of new equipment.
  • Prepare and maintain case records.
  • Serve on various committees, such as the selection committee, and counselor advisory committee.
  • Supervises BEP Technician.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • This position requires travel to various vending sites across the state. Occasional overnight travel and out of state travel is required.
  • Upon offer of employment, the ABI/FBI record check must be completed based on the

Alabama Child Protection Act of 1999 pursuant to Act 2002-457. A non-refundable fee

of $46.90 is required at the scheduled appointment. Suitable criteria must be confirmed

by the Alabama State Department of Education prior to beginning to work.


                        $32,346 - $49,159                   Scale MS        Rank 64

                        $33,978 - $50,570                   Scale MS        Rank 66

                        $35,179 - $54,173                   Scale MS        Rank 68         

                        (260 Days)     

This is an exempt position and is not subject to overtime and/or compensatory time

provision of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Deadline for Application: October 22, 2020    

To obtain an application for this position contact:

Amanda Freeman

Office: 334-293-7209 or 1-800-441-7607

Email: amanda.freeman@rehab.alabama.gov