IBSA Newswire


End-Dependence Project Director Position

Job Description:

The Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) currently has an Unclassified End-Dependence Project Manager position in the Rehabilitation Services unit. The location of the position may be negotiated. Salary is commensurate with experience and education.

As an End-Dependence Project Manager, you will:

Provide management and oversight for End-Dependence Kansas, which is a multi-year initiative designed to increase employment outcomes of Kansans with disabilities.

Promote self-sufficiency, and end/reduce dependence on public assistance benefits through employment. This project will implement evidence-based practices through community-based service providers. Effectively collaborate with and monitor these community partners to assure successful implementation and achievement of outcomes. Coordinate and collaborate with the technical assistance/evaluation contractor and with multi-disciplinary staff teams implementing the initiative and related vocational rehabilitation services.

This position will also facilitate collaboration among other initiative sponsors including the Kansas Department on Aging and Disability Services, the Kansas Department of Commerce, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, and the Kansas Department of Corrections.

Education and Minimum Requirements:

Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, Public Administration or closely related fields; or a bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Services, Public Administration or closely related fields PLUS three years of experience.

Preferred Screening Criteria:

Experience in vocational rehabilitation services, providing employment placement and supports, and specific experience working with individuals with disabilities. Successful candidate must have successful experience managing large projects or new initiatives.

Click on the link to download position description here,

Performance Standards:
To be successful, the expectation is that a candidate will be able to competently perform the routine tasks of the position with limited supervision by the end of the probation period.

The application process has 3 STEPS:

STEP 1: Register by completing the online Personal Data Form:
(Skip this step if you already have an Applicant ID number).

STEP 2: Complete the State of Kansas Application Form:
http://admin.ks.gov/services/state-employment-center/sec-home/state-employment/apply and submit to the Department for Children and Families.

STEP 3: Email these additional required documents to Debbie Lang; Debbie.Lang.

Include the job requisition number and your last name in the subject line.
*Cover Letter
*Three (3) Work References
*Kansas Tax Clearance Certificate

KANSAS TAX CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE REQUIRED: Each applicant applying for a State of Kansas job vacancy must obtain a valid Kansas Certificate of Tax Clearance by accessing the Kansas Department of Revenue’s website at http://www.ksrevenue.org/taxclearance.html.

A Tax Clearance is a comprehensive tax account review to determine and ensure that an individual’s account is compliant with all primary Kansas Tax Laws. A Tax Clearance expires every 90 days. All applicants, including current state employees, are responsible for submitting a valid certificate with all other application materials to the hiring agency. This is in accordance with Executive Order 2004-03. If you need assistance with the tax clearance, please contact 785 296-3199.

Recruiter Contact: Debbie Lang
Phone: (785) 296-5103
Email: Debbie.Lang
Fax: (785) 296-2173

How You Will Be Evaluated:
Your application will be considered incomplete and you may be found ineligible if you fail to submit all required documentation. Your application will be reviewed to ensure you meet the minimum and any necessary special requirements. Next, your application will be evaluated and rated based on preferred selection criteria and competencies for the position.

What To Expect Next:
After your application is evaluated and ranked, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of the outcome after the selection process is completed. You may call or email the recruiter contact listed to inquire about your application.

Please contact the agency recruiter if a reasonable accommodation is needed for any part of the application or hiring process.

The Department for Children and Families is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Written by ibsa

October 17, 2014 at 5:34 pm

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MoDOT is accepting applications for the 2015 DBE Entrepreneurship Training Program.

MoDOT is currently accepting applications for the 2015 DBE Entrepreneurship Training Program. This program provides certified DBE firms in our communities’ direction and support to grow their business.

MoDOT has offered this highly regarded training to DBE firms since 2007. There are now over 100 DBE firms in Missouri who have completed this program. Many graduates have since become highly successful businesses and we look forward to more businesses joining their ranks by applying for the next session.

This unique training program is based on the Kauffman FastTrac curriculum and utilizes a weekly workshop format for learning, including lectures by professionals with small business expertise, presentations by MODOT staff and one-on-one coaching by trained business counselors.

This year MoDOT is making available 30 full scholarshipsto DBE firm owners to attend the 2015 Entrepreneurship Training Program. MoDOT and the Federal Highway Administration view this training Program as an important investment in promoting success among DBE firms and in offering these scholarships, hope to make available this highly regarded program to all the DBE firm owners.

In Kansas City, classes are held at Missouri Department of Transportation Office, 600 Northeast Colbern Road, Lee’s Summit, MO 64086. In St. Louis, classes are held in MoDOT’s Transportation Management Center located at 14301 South Outer 40 Road, Chesterfield, MO 63017. The 10 weekly classes will begin on Friday, January 9, 2015 in Kansas City and on Friday, January 16, 2015 in St. Louis (all classes are on Fridays from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.)

As a community partner, we encourage you to pass this information along to your members who can benefit from the DBE Entrepreneurship Training Program. This training is facilitated by MoDOT’s consultants for DBE Supportive Services, Philips & Associates, Inc. More information regarding the program is attached. Applications can be filled out online by going to www.jotform.us/modot/etp.

If you have any question regarding the program or need additional information, please contact Ms. Shobha Philips at Philips & Associates sphilips.)

The mission of MoDOT’s Supportive Services Program is to provide effective business development assistance to DBE firms. We hope you will consider participating in this valuable training opportunity.


Lester Woods, Jr.

Missouri Department of Transportation

External Civil Rights Director

Brochure SS Summary.pdf

Written by ibsa

October 14, 2014 at 1:19 pm

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Notable Topekans and Public Art RFP

Notable Topekans and Public Art RFP
TOPEKA, KAN. – Today, on behalf of the Downtown Topeka Foundation, Architect One has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) to begin reviewing the proposals for sculptural artwork slated for installation on Kansas Avenue.

ARTSConnect and DTI are partnering with Architect One, PA to help promote the sculpture and public art RFP and the improvements it will bring to Downtown Topeka. The deadline for submitting a proposal will be October 28th at 2:00p CDT.

Please download the Press Release and RFP for additional information:

The RFP seeks design proposals from visual artists who will undertake the creation of the likenesses of eleven Notable Topekans and five public art sculptures that will be featured in the pocket parks. Five of the eleven Notable Topekan sculptures are included in the initial wave of redevelopment and are fully funded. The remaining six are subject to the procurement of additional funds. Five of the public art sculptures are to be included in the pockets parks designed with input from Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Capitol Federal, Security Benefit, Bartlett West, and US Bank.

Written by ibsa

October 14, 2014 at 1:08 pm

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Business Opportunity Fair in Topeka

Business Opportunity Fair

You are invited to the Business Opportunity Fair!

Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014
8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Maner Conference Center
17th and Western
Topeka, KS 66612

Join us for the Business Opportunity Fair where opportunities are created for small, minority and women business owners to connect with procurement and contracting officers. The event includes networking time along with workshops to offer valuable information to grow your business.

The cost to attend is $25/person and includes lunch. Click here to register by Oct. 30, 2014.

Visit KansasCommerce.com/BusinessFair for the complete schedule of events and current list of business exhibitors.

If you are interested in being an exhibitor or sponsor, download and submit our form.

Contact Rhonda Harris at rharris or (785) 296-3425 with questions.

We hope to see you there!

The Business Opportunity Fair is hosted by the Kansas Department of Commerce, City of Topeka and GO Topeka/Entrepreneurial and Minority Business Development.

Kansas Department of Commerce

State of Kansas Online Minority & Women Business Directory Search

Written by ibsa

October 14, 2014 at 7:03 am

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About IBSA in Topeka

Inside LBSA   ibsaspace

Computer / Wi-Fi Access. Come work in teams on projects, use our equipment or bring your own

A little about IBSA of Topeka   ibsaroom4rent1

We have a few rooms to use on an hourly basis and other office space for rent. All are Wi-fi accessible

ibsainfobooth  Suits for Men

Information is shared in common spaces – Clothes for low-income men going back to work (partnership with

Men’s Wearhouse)


About our building fund campaign

googlecardposter  google cards

Free local phone number for homeless job seekers and other low-income persons with unreliable phone/messaging service. (supplied to us by Google)


(785) 422-0761

Written by ibsa

October 8, 2014 at 4:26 pm

Inaugural newsletter! Gigabit City Summit, Future of Ed Tech & More

Announcing our newsletter, Gigabit City Summit and more great events!
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Greetings, and welcome to our newsletter!

It’s been a little over two years since the Kansas City area’s digital playbook was published and KC Digital Drive was formed to aid its implementation. In those two years, much progress has been made. To track that progress and showcase "playbook 2.0," we’re working hard on a new website, which will be ready for next year’s inaugural Gigabit City Summit, featured below.

In the meantime, we’re launching this monthly missive to help keep track of the story of digital innovation throughout the Kansas City area. I’d also like to take this opportunity to introduce Jason Harper, our new communications director, without whom neither initiative would be possible.

There is so much incredible activity happening in KC right now, but much work left to be done. Hope you enjoy, and we look forward to your feedback!

Aaron Deacon
Managing Director, KC Digital Drive

Featured Stories

Gigabit City Summit
Registration Is Open for the Gigabit City Summit
The must-attend conference for leaders in U.S. cities with gigabit connectivity is coming to Kansas City. Organized by KC Digital Drive, the Gigabit City Summit is designed to help smart-city leaders and innovators cultivate ideas for transforming their communities and then put those ideas into action. Join us January 13-15, 2015 in KC! Learn more. | TWEET
Reverse Pitch
Sprint Accelerator Reverse Pitch
Instead of a startup pitching their business, the Sprint Accelerator Reverse Pitch on Oct. 8 challenges area healthcare practitioners to pitch their innovative ideas to a roomful of technologists and business leaders who can bring their ideas to life. Get information and submit your idea here. (Sponsored by KC Digital Drive.) | TWEET
The Future of EdTech: Teaching for the Future and the Digital Classroom
How are developments in mobile technology and high-speed broadband affecting education? Join us this Thursday, Oct. 9, for a special Big Kansas City pop-up event designed in collaboration with the Hive KC Learning Community. The Future of EdTech features Kansas City-based startups and schools making real differences in the lives of local children, parents and teachers as we talk about what the future of ed tech and progressive digital curricula looks like in our fiber-connected city. (Sponsored by KC Digital Drive.) Register now. | TWEET
Digital Inclusion Summit
Digital Inclusion Summit
What would you do if you had no connection at home? How would you stay in touch with family? How would you get — or keep — a job? On Friday, Oct. 17, the Digital Inclusion Summit co-organized by KC Digital Drive and the Kansas City Public Library will bring together community stakeholders to address the problem of the digital divide, which affects more than 25% of Kansas Citians. Read more. | TWEET
The Power of Digital Storytelling
Could Kansas City become a hub for digital storytelling? According to MARC, there are already more than 34,000 digital storytelling professionals in the region. A former Hallmarker thinks this spells big economic opportunity, and he aims to prove it with his DigiStory Center and the Power of Digital Storytelling Conference on Oct. 22. Read more. (Sponsored by KC Digital Drive) | TWEET

Gigabit News

"Study: Cities with super fast Internet speeds are more productive"
A new study finds that cities with access to next-generation Internet speeds had 1.1 percent higher economic growth than cities without. Read more. (Washington Post)

Google Fiber & The Digital Divide
Two recent WSJ articles by Alistair Barr call attention to the digital divide question raised by Google Fiber’s rollout strategy, which requires neighborhoods to express demand before the service is deployed. Our quick take: the digital divide preceded fiber-optic networks, and much work needs to be done apart from infrastructure. Read: Google Fiber Leaves a Digital Divide, Google Fiber Is Fast, But Is It Fair? (both paywall)

Community Notes

  • KC Women in Technology is teaching tech skills to middle-school girls. KCWiT’s Tech sHeroes program is the first recipient of grant funding through the Hive KC Digital Drive Fund. KCDD established the fund in partnership with the Mozilla Hive KC Learning Community to support local programs in technology-driven youth learning. Read more about KCWiT at Silicon Prairie News, and learn more about the Fund here.
  • Innovative Health Solutions, which presented at KC Digital Drive’s Sept. 24 Health Team meeting, wants to equip all 6,000 Medicare patients living in Raytown, MO, with its cloud-based service. The e-Annual Wellness Visit (e-AWV) app allows doctors to upload and manage patient records electronically.
Copyright © 2014 KC Digital Drive, All rights reserved.

Written by ibsa

October 7, 2014 at 1:55 pm

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Connect with the National Park Service through YLAC

Here is a great opportunity for high school students to connect with the National Park Service through YLAC.

YLAC is a 9 month program where students are able to develop skills in the area of leadership, community volunteering, civic engagement, event coordination and career exploration within the National Parks, and earn a stipend of $500 dollars in the process.

Please help distribute this information to other interested organizations, adults and students.

The application deadline is October 17, 2014.

"Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today." – Malcolm X

YLAC Application 2014 FINAL.pdf

Written by ibsa

October 6, 2014 at 2:13 pm

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