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Job Description - Vision Rehabilitation Therapist (13021) (23143395)

Position Title: 

Vision Rehabilitation Therapist (13021) - (23143395) 


The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) has a career opportunity within the Disability Employment and Transitions Division.




Do you love working with people and have a passion for helping those with disabilities? This position is responsible for assessing the needs of individuals with blindness or low vision to determine the services, equipment and training necessary for independent living and employment.  Responsibilities include completing an assessment of the individual’s low vision needs, environmental adaptations, and ergonomic needs; Developing plans for instruction in adaptive skills for independent living and employment;  Providing training to the consumer both at the job site and home environment; and managing an Older Blind caseload including taking applications, determining eligibility, developing plans for service, and evaluation of services provided and case closure.



Why Join DPHHS

Our mission at DPHHS is to serve Montanans in their communities to improve and protect the health, safety, and well-being, and to empower independence. By joining our department, you will have the opportunity to perform meaningful work in public service to our state and its residents.


The State of Montana's comprehensive benefits package includes healthcare coverage, retirement plans, paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays, work/life balance, and eligibility to participate in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. In addition, DPHHS is the largest state agency with a wide range of advancement opportunities whether you are joining the workforce or have several years of experience.



Qualifications for this Career Opportunity

  • Knowledge of human behavior, physical/psychological aspects of disability and have specific knowledge of the functions of the eye and conditions that lead to vision loss and/or blindness.
  • Knowledge of visual rehabilitation therapy techniques.
  • Knowledge of assistive technology used by individuals who are visually impaired or blind.
  • Ability to teach adults.
  • Ability to accurately interpret medical and psychological information.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with team members, consumers, agencies, and the public.
  • Ability to manage budgets, caseload, and good work organization.


Meet minimum qualifications:

  • Fully qualified applicants possess:
    • Master’s degree in Vision Rehabilitation Therapy.
    • Six months of job-related experience working with individuals with blindness or low vision.
  • Individuals may be considered for a training assignment if they possess:
    • Bachelor’s degree in a related field
    • Other combinations of directly related education and experience may be considered.  


How to Apply

To be considered for a DPHHS position, submit the following required documents with your application on the State of Montana Careers website. When submitting the required documents, you must check the "relevant document" box to ensure your attachments are uploaded correctly to your application for this position.


·        Resume – Please include dates of employment and your supervisor’s name/phone for each position.

·        Cover Letter – Please describe your experience working with people who live with disabilities.



Successful applicants will be subject to background checks relevant to the position and must pass reference checks before an offer will be extended. DPHHS is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For a copy of the full job description or if you need a reasonable accommodation in the application or hiring process, contact DPHHS Human Resources listed below.





Additional Information

This position may be eligible for partial telework within the state of Montana. Specific conditions will be provided by the supervisor and must adhere to state policy.


This position may be eligible for a statutory $1.50 an hour base pay increase effective July 1, 2024.



This position is open until filled with frequent screening of applicants.



Applicant Pool Statement:  If another department vacancy occurs in this job title within six months, the same applicant pool may be used for the selection. Training Assignment:  This agency may use a training assignment. Employees in training assignments may be paid below the base pay established by the agency pay rules. Conditions of the training assignment will be stated in writing at the time of hire.  

Salary: $

 25.05 - 27.55  Hourly Telework Eligibility:  Telework Eligible (Full-time telework is not available. Telework schedule must be supervisor approved.) Benefits Package Eligibility:  Health Insurance, Paid Leave & Holidays, Retirement Plan  

Number of Openings

:  1 Employee Status:  Regular Schedule:  Full-Time 


:  Day Job 


:  Yes, 75 % of the Time  

Primary Location

:  Billings    Agency:  Department of Public Health & Human Services Union:  Montana Federation of Public Employees  

Posting Date

:  Nov 14, 2023, 12:57:49 PM 

Closing Date (based on your computer's timezone)

:  Ongoing 

Required Application Materials:  Cover Letter, Resume  

Contact Name:  Sarina Crews  |  Contact Email:  |  Contact Phone:  406-444-6920 The State of Montana has a decentralized human resources (HR) system. Each agency is responsible for its own recruitment and selection. Anyone who needs a reasonable accommodation in the application or hiring process should contact the agency's HR staff identified on the job listing or by dialing the Montana Relay at 711. Montana Job Service Offices also offer services including assistance with submitting an online application.

State government does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, childbirth or medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, marital status, creed, political beliefs or affiliation, veteran status, military service, retaliation, or any other factor not related to merit and qualifications of an employee or applicant.


Phone: (406) 655-7650

Cert: Any Certification

Please feel free to contact me with any questions. The job description and application can be found on our website