Services for the blind and visually impaired

Employment Opportunities

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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.

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Current Employment Opportunities

POSITION TITLE: Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments (TVI) –Early Intervention – COMS preferred

DATE ADVERTISED: February 8, 2018

JOB LOCATION: Winter Haven office at 206 Avenue D Northwest, Winter Haven, FL 33881

STARTING PAY: Salary commensurate with experience/qualifications  Status: Full time – 40 hours/week

BENEFITS: Medical & life ins., 403b pension plan, vacation & sick leave, 9 paid holidays, personal leave days, professional development, credit union, optional dental and other insurance plans.

REPORTS TO: Rehabilitation Services Manager  SUPERVISES: N/A

JOB SUMMARY: This is an itinerant teaching position that provides early childhood development, education, and enrichment program services, working with children with visual impairments and their families primarily in the home, school, and other appropriate environments, mainly within Polk and Hardee Counties. Extensive local travel is required.

MAJOR DUTIES: Travel to homes and schools to evaluate and provide direct educational services to each assigned child and their family. Assessments include educational, developmental, and conceptual awareness skills, functional vision/learning media (FVLMA) and ECC. Establishing educational plans and objectives to meet the needs of the children and families. Teaching/training areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum including: independent living skills, orientation and mobility, communication skills, self-help skills, social development, sensory development, emergent literacy, pre-braille skills, and braille literacy, and cognitive development including the application of assistive devices. Knowledge of instructional techniques including calendar boxes, communication devices and techniques, sensory learning, and other instructional methods for children with multiple impairments including visual impairments. Maintain records and prepare reports as needed or required. Team player and liaison between schools/agencies and other community resources; organize events and trainings for parents/families. Occasional participation in special agency social functions may be required during evening or weekend hours. Other duties as assigned.

REQUIREMENTS: Bachelors or Master’s Degree in Visual Disabilities Education (TVI) (with emphasis in early childhood preferred). COMS certification in O&M strongly preferred. Must have access to reliable transportation and a good driving record. Physically, teacher must be able to teach at child’s level which sometimes requires sitting on the floor.

HOW TO APPLY: Submit a completed application form available on-line at www.tampalighthouse.org (click on Employment Opportunities) supplemented by resume to: Tampa Lighthouse f/t Blind, 1106 W. Platt St., Tampa, FL 33606; PH (813) 251-2407, FAX (813) 254-4305. Resumes (in MS Word format) may be emailed to the Human Resources Manager at HRMgr@tampalighthouse.org.

POSITION TITLE: Assistive Technology Specialist (Full time – 40 hours/week)

DATE ADVERTISED: November 22, 2017

STARTING PAY: Based on qualifications.

BENEFITS (Available to full-time employees): Medical & life ins., 403b pension plan, vacation & sick leave, 13 paid holidays, personal leave days, professional development, optional low-cost dental and other supplemental insurance plans

REPORTS TO: I T Manager             LOCATION (position based at): Tampa office

JOB SUMMARY: Provide re-engineering, technical assistance, computer skills training and job placement to visually impaired clients, mainly in Hillsborough County. 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. If assigned, provide programming (scripting) of AT products when 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 (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. 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. Consult as needed with other staff members who are working with the same clients. Other duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Degree in Rehabilitation Engineering, Computer Science or related field preferred. Ability to communicate effectively in verbal and written forms. Ability to convey technical instructions to both vocational and non-vocational clients. Knowledge of computer technology, programming (scripting) of AT products (if assigned), job engineering, job placement, and PC troubleshooting and repair skills. Must have own reliable transportation and be willing to travel often in and out-of-state. 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 earn DBS Assistive Technology and ACVREP Certified Assistive Technology Instructional Specialist for People with Visual Impairments (CATIS) certifications within two years of hire. Must have strong technical and writing skills for producing documentation to customers. Must have customer service skills for working with customers and developing new ones. Must have strong troubleshooting and analytical ability which is required for evaluating websites and online learning tools and make recommendations for providing accessibility.

HOW TO APPLY: Submit a completed application form available on-line at www.tampalighthouse.org (click on Employment Opportunities) supplemented by resume to: Tampa Lighthouse f/t Blind, 1106 W. Platt St., Tampa, FL 33606; PH (813) 251-2407, FAX (813) 254-4305. Resumes (in MS Word format) may be emailed to the Human Resources Manager at HRMgr@tampalighthouse.org.