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Dept for Blind/Vision Impaired

02/07/2024

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The ideal candidate will have:

Knowledge/Experience-

Possess a Virginia collegiate professional license. Successfully complete Virginia’s Early Intervention Modules and receives the Early Intervention Certification within nine months of employment. Considerable experience teaching students who are blind and visual impaired as a Teacher of the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Experience in organizing events and making presentations. Experience in writing IEP, teaching goals, and objectives as a Teacher of the Blind and Visually Impaired, participating in IEP meetings, consulting with regular education teachers, transition specialists, and vocational rehabilitation counselors to assist students who are blind, vision impaired or deafblind. Experience in teaching infants and toddlers.

Demonstrated knowledge of the following: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Individualized Education Program (IEP), the federal, state and agency rights of parents and students, adapted materials and equipment, eye disorders and the functional limitations of eye diseases.

Demonstrated knowledge of individual organizations, special education related services, visual impairment eligibility guidelines for the Virginia Department of Education, Expanded Core Curriculum for Children and Youth who are blind, vision impaired, or deafblind, role of a Teacher of the Blind and Visually Impaired, high and low tech visual accommodations/technology, infant and toddler development, the impact of a visual impairment on all areas of a child’s development, and the transition of toddlers from early intervention to school.

Skills/Abilities:

Demonstrated ability to complete a functional vision assessment, assess developmental delays in children who are blind, vision impaired, deafblind, and complete learning media assessments to evaluate communication skills; and to develop and implement programs of sensory stimulation, concept development, gross/fine motor development, self-help skills, cognitive development, adaptive communication skills, and orientation and mobility.

Demonstrated ability to provide counseling, consultation and technical assistance to children who are blind, visually impaired, or deafblind, their parents, and their teachers; and to work independently and within a team environment, develop collaborative relationships with teachers, students, and parents.

Demonstrated ability to organize, prioritize and plan work, manage time effectively, and develop service plans, communicate effectively with students, teachers and parents.

Additional Considerations:

An endorsement in Special Education-Visual Impairments PreK-12, or the completion of the 8 core VI Consortium classes (2 Braille classes, Medical Information, Characteristics of VI, Curriculum and Assessment, Assistive Technology, Teaching Methods and Orientation & Mobility) and the Intro. to Special Education and the Consultation and Collaboration courses.

 

Hiring Range: Starting Salary Minimum is $72,000 commensurate with experience.

E_mail: recruitment@dars.virginia.gov

Phone: 804-662-7003

Cert: Any Certification

Special Instructions:

  • This has been designated a sensitive position under Va. Code § 2.2-1201.1.
  • A fingerprint-based criminal history check will be required of the finalist candidate. 
  • The selected candidate must complete a Statement of Personal Economic Interests as a condition of employment (Va. Code § 2.2-3114).
     

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during the application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact recruitment@dars.virginia.gov for assistance.

Minorities, Individuals with disabilities, Veterans, Americorp, Peace Corps, and other National Service Alumni are encouraged to apply.

To Apply:

Equal Opportunity Employer State applications will only be accepted as submitted online by 11:55 p.m. on the closing date through the Commonwealth of Virginia’s New Recruitment Management System. PageUp provides a confirmation of receipt when your application is submitted successfully. Please refer to “Your Application” in your PageUp account to check the status of your application for this position. You will be provided a confirmation of receipt when your application and/or résumé is submitted successfully. Please refer to “Your Application” in your account to check the status of your application for this position.

Contact Information

Name: Human Resources

Email: Recruitment@dars.virginia.gov

In support of the Commonwealth’s commitment to inclusion, we are encouraging individuals with disabilities to apply through the Commonwealth Alternative Hiring Process. To be considered for this opportunity, applicants will need to provide their Certificate of Disability (COD) provided by a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor within the Department for Aging & Rehabilitative Services (DARS), or the Department for the Blind & Vision Impaired (DBVI). Veterans are encouraged to answer Veteran status questions and submit their disability documentation, if applicable, to DARS/DBVI to get their Certificate of Disability. If you need to get a Certificate of Disability, use this link: Career Pathways for Individuals with Disabilities, or call DARS at 800-552-5019, or DBVI at 800-622-2155.

 

Each agency within the Commonwealth of Virginia is dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and maintaining a competent and diverse work force. Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

To apply: https://www.jobs.virginia.gov/jobs/e986e4e8-fb32-4a4b-9c3e-3a7c952c7e7d