Helen Keller National Center
09/12/2023Return to view all job openings
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:
- Provide one-on-one and group-based employment-focused, direct services to consumers in the designated state.
- Work collaboratively with local service providers and local community partners to develop a team to execute Individualized Plan for Employment.
- Provide additional direct services as needed which may include assistive technology, instrumental activities of daily living assistance, self-advocacy training, and other casework as determined on a case-by-case basis.
- Assist with identifying service gaps and unmet needs of consumers with HKNC Regional Representative and community partners.
- Assist with providing outreach opportunities to educate Vocational Rehabilitation personnel about the capabilities of DeafBlind individuals and share HKNC programs and services.
- Serve as a liaison and professional trainer to work with the Helen Keller National Center and Vocational Rehabilitation, and home team members to support a consumer transitioning back to the consumer’s home community after completion of HKNC on campus training (includes residential and employment domains). In addition to, but not be limited to, supported employment, customized integrated employment and other areas requested by training goals for successful outcomes.
- Assist with providing training and mentor to the community and state employment specialists to expand awareness, knowledge, and advocacy efforts about work-site related accommodations; work with VR and businesses to create work experience opportunities, leading to employment.
- Collaborate with consumers, and community partners to identify DeafBlind youths and adults for inclusion in the HKNC National Registry.
- Assist with identifying professional learning opportunities and assist with the initial assessments for trainings needed in the state. This may include support from IRPD, assisting with coordination and provision of training.
- Assist with working collaboratively with HKNC Vocational Services and National Employment and Business Relations Specialist to implement best practices in the state/or region, where appropriate;
- Assist with coordinating with the State DeafBlind Projects working with transition age youth, their families, and educational personnel, linking educational team with VR and other resources including HKNC and adult services in the community. Attend IEP meetings, if necessary.
- Work jointly with the DeafBlind Immersion Experience (DBIE) coordinator for referral, implementation of follow up recommendations and continued follow up training for home team providers;
REQUIRED EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:
- Bachelor’s degree in vocational rehabilitation, special education or a closely related degree with three to five years of experience
- Basic computer proficiency required including File Maker Pro, Outlook, MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
PREFERRED EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:
- Certification in good standing with emphasis in employment services, including ACRE and/or CESP
- Familiarity with the designated state’s Vocational Rehabilitation and Blind Services Agencies
- Fluency in communication methods used by people who are DeafBlind, (including, but not limited to): American Sign Language (ASL), and sign language in English word order
- Medical, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance
- 4 weeks paid vacation
- Paid Holidays Off
- Life Insurance
- Short/Long Term Disability
- Voluntary Ancillary benefits
- 403b Program w/Employer Match
- Employee Assistance Program
- Career Advancement opportunities