Job Title: Teacher of the Visually Impaired Assistant
Department: Rehabilitation Department
Reports To: Children’s Services Coordinator
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
Provides vision services to preschool and school-age children who are blind and visually impaired.
Requires a high level of professionalism, confidentiality, communication, teamwork, creativity, problem solving, dexterity, planning and organizational skills. Requires excellent teaching skills and the ability to get along well with a wide variety of personalities.
KEY JOB ELEMENTS
Teaches early development and educational skills including: concept development, vision training, compensatory skills, self-help skills, communication skills and socialization skills under the supervision and clinical direction of a Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI).
Implement lessons as specified on the child’s IEP developed by the TVI.
Instructs students in the use of low vision aids and adaptive equipment.
Consults, teaches and provides support to family members, associated professionals, school districts and other children’s caregivers and service providers.
Represents CABVI in the community at professional, recreational and outreach activities associated with children’s services.
Completes and submits all required documentation in a timely manner.
Develops weekly schedules to achieve hourly expectations in a cost-effective manner.
Maintains a reference library of current related materials and acquires information regarding research, development and technology.
Adapts to change and completes other duties as assigned.
Consistently achieves annual performance objectives.
Must have the ability to effectively present information, and respond to questions from children, parents, professionals and the general public. Must have the ability to write effective plans, reports and correspondence. Must be able to give explicit visual cues according to child’s visual status and have the ability to develop the child’s confidence and self-esteem. Requires excellent listening skills.
General computer skills. Must have good knowledge regarding adaptive equipment and low vision aids.
Must have the ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.
Frequently required to talk or hear. Frequently required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms; stoop and kneel. Must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the key job elements.
Extensive travel required. Instruction may occur in a variety of environments including child’s home or school, CABVI, and the community.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Bachelors or Masters in Education required. NYS Special Education Certification preferred. Desire to pursue Certification as a Teacher of the Visually Impaired required. Experience and desire to work with children. Must meet the Department of Special Education and the Department of Health personnel standards.
CABVI is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and welcomes all qualified applicants. Qualified applicants will receive fair and impartial consideration without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic data or any other legally protected status.
Interested candidates please send completed resumes and applications to:
507 Kent Street
Utica, NY 13501
Attention: Julie Byrne