Celebrating 75 Years of Serving People
Who are Blind or Visually Impaired
Tampa: 813.251.2407 | Winter Haven: 863.299.3633
Thank you for your interest in working with us.
The Tampa Lighthouse f/t Blind is an Affirmative Action EEO Employer. Programs associated with this position are sponsored by Division of Blind Services (State of Fla., Dept. of Educ.), United Way Suncoast and Central Florida, and local government contracts.
Current Employment Opportunities:
JOB TITLE: Orientation & Mobility Specialist
LOCATION: Tampa office
DATE ADVERTISED: October 4,2016
STARTING SALARY: Negotiable, based on experience. Competitive salary and benefits.
BENEFITS: Medical & life ins., 403b pension plan, vacation & sick leave, 9 paid holidays, personal leave days, professional development, full service credit union, optional low-cost dental plan.
REPORTS TO: Rehabilitation Services Manager
JOB SUMMARY: This position provides orientation & mobility (O&M) training to teens and adults of all ages in Tampa and occasionally in surrounding counties.
MAJOR DUTIES: The Orientation & Mobility (O&M) function is mostly community-based. O&M duties include evaluating training needs and conducting training in all relevant aspects of O&M needed to help newly employed and other clients achieve their travel needs. O&M may involve periodically working with local transportation agencies including HARTLine (bus system) and others. LAN-based desktop computer record keeping and report writing required per agency procedures. Participation in special agency social functions may be required on occasion during evening or weekend hours. Other duties as assigned.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in O&M required. Must be able to earn ACVREP COMS certification in O&M within 1 year of hire. Some computer skills needed include word processing (for LAN-based record keeping/reporting), and ability to use Windows and the internet. Must have ready access to personal automobile for home visits (mileage expense to be reimbursed at current state rate, now $.48/mile). Driving record along with criminal (fingerprinting) and employment background investigations will be conducted on new hires. Continued employment is contingent upon satisfactory results. Extensive local travel in 8-county area required. Bilingual in Spanish and English a strong plus.
HOW TO APPLY: Application forms are available on our website at www.tampalighthouse.org. From the home page, click on EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES, then click on APPLICATION PACKET (in PDF format). You may email your application along with your resume to HRMgr@tampalighthouse.org or mail them to the Tampa address at the top of this page. For questions, call 813-251-2407, Ext. 11 or send an email to HRMgr@tampalighthouse.org.
POSITION TITLE: Assistive Technology Specialist
DATE ADVERTISED: October 6, 2016
STARTING PAY: Based on qualifications.
BENEFITS: Medical & life ins., 403b pension plan, vacation & sick leave, 9 paid holidays, personal leave days, professional development, full service credit union, optional low-cost dental and other supplemental insurance plans
REPORTS TO: Rehabilitation Services Manager.
LOCATION (position based at): Winter Haven office
JOB SUMMARY: Provide RE-engineering, technical assistance, and computer skills training to visually impaired clients, mainly in Polk and Hardee Counties. If assigned, organize, plan and provide computer training and job seeking skills training to adult blind and visually impaired persons.
MAJOR DUTIES: Provide assessment of prospective employment settings to determine computerization options. Consult with prospective employers to analyze relevant aspects of the worksite to ascertain feasibility of placement. Write job task analyses for all feasible sites identified. Following approval of job modification plan, purchase (through DBS), deliver, and install complete configuration, then provide training to client and employer at the worksite. Work with DBS in arranging computer purchases for clients and on related issues as needed. Provide follow-up, re-engineering, and further technical support as needed. Evaluate new technology and make recommendations for improvements in the program. Maintain records and complete reports, forms as required (note: extensive report writing required). If assigned, perform troubleshooting and repair on computer components, including but not limited to: cable/DSL modems, printers, scanners, hard drives, video cards, monitors, network cards, CD-ROMS, power supplies, etc. If assigned, provide assistive computer training to assigned clients and evaluate progress and class completion. Training now included use of iPads and iPhones with their built-in adaptations for persons who are blind or visually impaired. Plan and update curriculum to meet clients’ needs, including the following: Windows commands, speech commands, data base management, interactive software, word processing, Braille printing, and use of speech and large text software. Make recommendations regarding curriculum updates when needed. Plan and conduct job seeking skills class when assigned. Consult as needed with other staff members who are working with the same clients. Other duties as assigned.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Preference given for a degree in Rehabilitation Engineering, Vocational Rehabilitation, Computer Science or related field. Ability to communicate effectively in verbal and written forms. Ability to teach both vocational and non-vocational clients. Knowledge of assistive computer technology (including iPads & iPhones), job engineering, job placement, and PC troubleshooting and repair skills. Must have own reliable transportation, good driving record, and be willing to travel extensively in Polk and adjacent counties (mileage reimbursed @ $.48/mi.). Must also pass a Level II background investigation including Live Scan Fingerprinting). Prefer experience in vocational services with persons who are disabled. Must be able to lift 40 lbs. of computer equipment for delivering and setting up workstations. Must acquire AT certification through Division of Blind Services within one year of hire.
HOW TO APPLY: Submit a completed application (available on-line at www.tampalighthouse.org (click on EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES)) and send via email to (resume must be in MS Word-compatible format) to HRMgr@tampalighthouse.org.