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Business Enterprise Specialist

Work Location:  150 East Campus View Boulevard, Columbus, OH,  43235-4604

Organization: Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities

Classified Indicator: Classified

Bargaining Unit / Exempt: Bargaining Unit

Schedule: Full-time

Work Hours: 8:00AM - 5:00PM M-F

Compensation: $23.49/hr (unless required by legislation)

Unposting Date: Apr 18, 2024, 11:59:00 PM

Primary Job Skill: Business

Technical Skills: Customer Service, Food Services, Purchasing, Stores, Inventory, Sales, Store Management

Professional Skills: Building Trust, Conflict Management, Consultation, Organizing and Planning, Problem Solving

 Agency Contact Name: Danielle Bell

Agency Contact Information: 

Business Enterprise Specialist - Hybrid Potential (240001U9) 


Now accepting applications for:

Business Enterprise Specialist

Hourly: $23.49

Most positions offer the flexibility of a hybrid schedule that combines working from home with regular in-office and/or community presence.  In-person work requirements may change for training, meetings, and other operational needs.  Employees must reside at a location that allows for reasonable response time to workplace reporting requirements.


Position Headquarters: 

150 E. Campus View Blvd., Suite 300, Columbus, OH 43235


Who We Are:

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) is the state agency that empowers Ohioans with disabilities through employment, disability determinations, and independence. It is accomplished through its Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation (BVR), Bureau of Services for the Visually Impaired (BSVI) and Division of Disability Determination (DDD). A fourth area is the Division of Employer and Innovation Services (EIS), which is responsible for establishing and maintaining partnerships with employers.


What We Do:

OOD works with partners in businesses, education, and non-profit organizations to facilitate customized employment plans for Ohioans with disabilities; helps Ohio companies recruit and retain employees with disabilities; and is the sole agency determining medical and vocational Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs in Ohio. To learn more about OOD, please visit our website: 


Our Guiding Principles:

In striving for excellence in service, we will:

  • Listen first
  • Act with a sense of urgency
  • Honor diversity
  • Foster inclusiveness
  • Value collaboration
  • Inspire innovation
  • Be transparent
  • Be accountable
  • Celebrate success


Division Overview:

The Bureau of Services for the Visually Impaired (BSVI) offers vocational rehabilitation services to Ohioans who are blind or have low vision and want to gain, maintain, or return to meaningful employment or personal independence.


Business Enterprise Specialist Position Overview: 

At OOD, a Business Enterprise Specialist provides management consultation to blind &/or visually impaired self-employed business owners in vending/cafeteria facilities (e.g. operations, management, administration, staffing, finance, profitability, safety, and health); monitors and interacts with state and federal agencies and businesses to ensure regulatory/contract compliance; provides innovative suggestions to increase business; forecasts facility gross sales and net profit goals, budget, equipment planning, and purchasing; objectively and thoughtfully appraises operator performance; acts as a liaison between entrepreneur and facility contacts to mediate any issues and resolve customer complaints; assesses potential new site opportunities on military, federal, or state properties; plans and coordinates 3rd party moves and installation for businesses. 


As a Business Enterprise Specialist, you will learn about program-specific contract language; Code of Federal Regulations to include Randolph-Sheppard Act and Mini-Randolph Sheppard Act; Ohio Administrative Code 3304:1-21; ServSafe certification; strategies for communicating effectively with people with visual impairments. 


Business Enterprise Specialist Duties:

  • Provide consultative advice to people who are legally blind or visually impaired.
  • Travel throughout the state with focus mainly in assigned region.
  • Conduct inventory of equipment and products.
  • Meets routinely with grantors, operators, and vendors.
  • Procurement of equipment.

A Successful Business Enterprise Specialist Has:

  • Ability to anticipate both routine and non-routine incidents.
  • Ability to work independently and also enjoys being part of a team.
  • Strong conflict resolution skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Experience in retail or food service.


What’s in it for you:

At the State of Ohio, we take care of the team that cares for Ohioans. We provide a variety of quality, competitive benefits to eligible full-time and part-time employees. For a list of all the State of Ohio Benefits, visit our Total Rewards website! Our benefits package includes:

Medical Coverage

  • Quality, affordable, and competitive medical benefits are offered through the available Ohio Med plans. 

Dental, Vision and Basic Life Insurance

  • Dental, vision, and basic life insurance premiums are free after completed eligibility period. Length of eligibility period is dependent on union representation.

Time Away From Work and Work/Life Balance

  • Paid time off, including vacation, personal, and sick leave 
  • 11 paid holidays per year
  • Childbirth/Adoption leave

Employee Development Funds

  • The State of Ohio offers a variety of educational and professional development funding that varies based on whether you are a union-exempt employee or a union-represented employee.

Ohio Public Employees Retirement System

  • OPERS is the retirement system for State of Ohio employees.  The employee contributes 10% of their salary towards their retirement.  The employer contributes an amount equal to 14% of the employee’s salary.  Visit the OPERS website for more information.

Deferred Compensation


Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) Mission Statement:

OOD is deeply committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) and is actively engaged in continual DEIA improvement. OOD is amongst the top-ranked state agencies implementing DEIA planning and programming into businesses operations and services. 

 OOD strives to hire, sustain, and promote a workforce that not only embraces this mission but is also reflective of the rich diversity of the Ohioans we serve. OOD is intentional in cultivating an inclusive, diverse, equitable, and accessible environment where all voices are heard, respected, and valued, as demonstrated by the way we treat all individuals.



 2 years training or 2 years experience in business which included responsibility for sales, production, marketing & accounting or bookkeeping.

-OR equivalent of education and/or experience per Minimum Class Qualifications noted above. 

Note: Education & experience per Code of Federal Regulations Title 34-Subtitle B-Chapter III-Part 361-Subpart B-361.18.

Job Skills Building Trust, Conflict Management, Consultation, Organizing and Planning, Problem Solving, Customer Service, Food Services, Purchasing, Stores, Inventory, Sales, Store Management

 ADA Statement

Ohio is a Disability Inclusion State and strives to be a model employer of individuals with disabilities. The State of Ohio is committed to providing access and inclusion and reasonable accommodation in its services, activities, programs and employment opportunities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other applicable laws.

 Drug-Free Workplace

The State of Ohio is a drug-free workplace which prohibits the use of marijuana (recreational marijuana/non-medical cannabis). Please note, this position may be subject to additional restrictions pursuant to the State of Ohio Drug-Free Workplace Policy (HR-39), and as outlined in the posting.

 Application Requirements

Please ensure your online application clearly indicates how you meet minimum qualifications (MQs).  If you meet MQs due to college courses, a degree, and/or relevant licensure, you must submit a copy of your unofficial transcript by the posting deadline by attaching directly on the Additional Attachments section of the application (Step 7) or via email to

“See resume” is not a substitution for completing supplemental questions. Answers to the supplemental questions must be supported by the work experience/education sections of the application.

Applications that fail to demonstrate how they meet minimum qualifications will not be considered.

Selection Process 

The selection process consists of an online assessment and a remote structured interview. All parts of the assessment will be administered remotely at this time. Candidates should make sure their account contains an email address that is checked regularly, including checking junk and/or spam.

This position shall be filled in accordance with the provisions of the OCSEA Collective Bargaining Agreement. 

Travel within Ohio required. The selected candidate must provide own transportation or, in order to operate a state vehicle, must have a valid driver's license.

Application Status

Applicants can check their application status and all vacancy-related email correspondence on “My Jobpage.” On the Careers.Ohio.Gov job search webpage, once signed in the link to My Jobpage is displayed under the TeamOhio logo. 

Technical Assistance

Applicants who require technical assistance (e.g., issues logging in or other system-related issues) should contact

Reasonable Accommodation

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, activities, programs, and employment opportunities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other applicable laws.  If you require an accommodation based on a disability for any step of the selection process, please contact so proper arrangements can be made. 

 Background Check Information 

The final candidate selected for the position will be required to undergo a criminal background check.  Criminal convictions do not necessarily preclude an applicant from consideration for a position.  An individual assessment of an applicant’s prior criminal convictions will be made before excluding an applicant from consideration.

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

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