Certified Teacher of the Visually Impaired

POSITION TITLE: Certified Teacher of the Visually Impaired

REPORTS TO: Director of Children & Youth Services

DEPARTMENT: BEGIN

FULL TIME / PART TIME: Full-time

EXEMPT / NON-EXEMPT: 40 hours/week, exempt

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher, in Visual Impairment/Disabilities or related field.
  • Maintains specialized knowledge of the Expanded Core Curriculum and the role of the TVI.
  • 3 or more years of teaching experience preferred.
  • Maintains specialized knowledge in reviewing eye reports, and effectively articulating the information and impact on visual ability to co-workers, parents, and other professionals as needed.
  • Holds a current Georgia Teaching Certificate.
  • Flexible, creative, collaborative, and eager.
  • Able to adapt easily and openly.

GENERAL JOB PURPOSE & RESPONSIBILITIES:

Providing quality supports and services to children and families impacted by vision loss can have a positive impact on the level of independence individuals achieve in their lives. At the Center for the Visually Impaired, we strive to provide instruction, support, and resources that will enhance the knowledge and skills of individuals and families. By providing best-practice, research-based instructional strategies, we can assist children and families in progressing in all areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum and fostering an environment designed to meet the individual, unique needs of our clients.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Prepare for and provide direct and consultative services to clients ranging in age from birth to 5.
  • Collaboratively design instructional programming and curriculum to meet the needs of current and future clients, across age ranges and abilities, in accordance with the Expanded Core Curriculum.
  • Apply research-based, best-practice teaching strategies across instructional models, to meet the individual needs of clients and their families.
  • Recognize the need for and incorporate differentiated strategies during instruction to assist clients in using their primary learning mode to the best of their ability.
  • Provide instruction and support in a variety of settings: classroom, individual, home, and/or small group.
  • Maintain a caseload and provide services at the Center as well as itinerantly, as assigned.
  • Appropriately and effectively review client medical and family history (eye reports, parent report, IEPs) in order to plan appropriately for delivery of services.
  • Actively participate in collaborative team meetings as scheduled within the program.
  • Collaboratively plan for and provide support to students participating in preschool classes at the Center. The Director may request lesson plans to be submitted prior to classroom implementation during the first year of employment.
  • Provide updated functional vision assessment in written reports on a scheduled basis for all children on caseload. Written reports will be submitted to the Director before being distributed to the child’s family during the first year of employment.
  • Provide families with current, best practice information, strategies and resources specifically related to their child’s visual impairment.
  • Provide families with current information regarding the Eligibility/IEP process.
  • Provide families with support during their child’s IEP and transition into the public school system.
  • Provide in-service training to staff and other professionals about providing appropriate early intervention education to young children with visual impairment
  • Demonstrate appropriate rapport with client families.
  • Maintain all data and reports in a systematic and timely fashion.
  • Other duties as assigned.

CORE COMPETENCIES:

  • Interest, patience and love for working with infants, toddlers, and youth.
  • Knowledge of child development.
  • A demonstrated knowledge of best-practice assessment tools for the field of Visual Impairment & Blindness.
  • Ability to conduct functional vision assessments and learning media assessments for children with visual impairment & blindness.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of early intervention strategies for young children with visual impairment.
  • Collaboratively plan for and support preschool classes.
  • Knowledge of literacy avenues for children with visual impairment.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of assistive technology for young children with visual impairment
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the current Eligibility/IEP process specific to young children with visual impairment.
  • Ability to use clear, concise, correct and sensitive written communication across communication modes.
  • Strong time management skills and ability to maintain schedule for a variety of service delivery models, per individual student and family.
  • Must be computer literate and functional in Microsoft Office and data base entry and management.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must be able to pull, climb, crawl, bend, carry, lean, kneel, and stand or sit for periods of time on an occasional basis.
  • Must be able to lift 20 pounds.
  • Job duties and responsibilities can be provided both indoors and outdoors. The professional applying should be open to a variety of instructional settings to meet the needs of our clients and program.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please submit resume and cover letter (required) via email to: spizza@cviga.org

No phone calls or faxes, please.

We offer excellent benefits including health, vision, life and dental insurance, benefit leave and sick leave, 403(b), and parking. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

*Equal Opportunity Employer/Drug Free Workplace*