Vacancy Notice - WAGES Program Job Coach

We are now hiring Job Coaches for an exciting and dynamic summer work program.


Work and Gain Experience in the Summer (WAGES) is a program of the Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired. WAGES is a six-week immersive employment experience for high school students 16 years and older who are blind and low vision held from June 19-July 29, 2022. During the program students live in a dormitory setting on the University of Nebraska Lincoln campus and work a full-time job. In addition to gaining valuable work experience, students have the opportunity to improve their blindness and independent living skills and gain self-confidence. When not working, students participate in a variety of challenge recreation activities and blindness philosophy discussions and activities. During the program, students will have the opportunity to attend the National Federation of the blind National Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana from July 5th-10th.


About JB&K Services

JB&K Services is a disabled owned, woman owned, small business contracted by the Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired for the management of the WAGES program. JB&K Services is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type.


Job Description: Job Coach

We are seeking highly energetic and service-oriented staff to provide on the job assistance and instruction to WAGES participants. Job coaches generally work Monday-Friday 8-4:30, however this schedule may vary slightly depending on the assigned participants actual job and travel related needs. The primary goals of the job coach are to assist the program participant in learning, accommodating, and performing assigned work duties so that the program participant and the employer have a positive and successful experience working with the WAGES program.




Specific Responsibilities

  • Participate in all staff training, held on or around June 17, 2022
  • Provide supervision, guidance, and structure for the WAGES participant throughout the work day.
  • Assist program participants in learning job related duties
  • Assist program participant in performing job related duties as independently as possible. This could include reminders to stay on task, assistance with certain tasks, and checking to ensure tasks are completed correctly,
  • Work with program participant on appropriate job related interpersonal skills
  • Assist students in understanding and utilizing appropriate alternative techniques of blindness including cane travel, use of assistive technology, use of Braille, and use of a human reader to effectively complete job related tasks.
  • Serve as positive role models for students including role modeling appropriate nonvisual techniques and a positive philosophy of blindness where appropriate.
  • Evaluate and report needs related to adjustment of blindness including blindness skills training and positive philosophy of blindness
  • Write daily reports to share pertinent information about students with the program coordinators.
  • Be aware of the health-related needs of each participant
  • Ensure all program rules and safety protocols are followed at all times
  • Report inappropriate behavior immediately to the program coordinators
  • Other duties as assigned by the program coordinators



  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Eligible to Work in the United States
  • Priority given to applicants from Nebraska
  • Priority given to candidates who possess excellent. Blindness skills


Schedules may vary during special events including the National Federation of the Blind National Convention July 3-11, 2022.




If you have questions, please email or call 402-302-1222