11/20/2019Return to view all job openings
The Division of Services at the Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI), will provide a quality program of individualized rehabilitation services, educational consultations, technical assistance, instruction, and resources which enable individuals who are blind, vision impaired or deafblind to achieve their desired levels of employment, education, and personal independence.
DBVI is seeking a Director of Low Vision Services to provide policy management for a comprehensive statewide program of low vision (LV) services for children and adults in order to improve their residual vision and development of state-wide policies and procedures. Director of Low Vision Services will study reports and recommendations, conduct conferences with doctors, staff, Teachers of the Vision Impaired, and customers. Monitors and evaluates 60+ LV examining sites statewide which provide LV exams. Serves as a consultant in monitoring and assessing the LV activities of up to 75 agency staff such as VR counselors, Rehabilitation teachers, Education Coordinators, etc., and approximately 175 Teachers of the Vision Impaired who perform functional vision assessments, follow-up training and counseling to LV customers.
Director of Low Vision Services will serve as a consultant to all field staff and assist staff with customer assessments when necessary. Participates in program development and serve as a resource as requested. Maintains accurate and current program manual. Provides annual training opportunities, to include, new DBVI staff, new Low Vision Examiners, new TVIs, and others who choose a refresher. Provides tri-annual trainings for vended LV Examiners.
Regularly meets/discusses/clarifies with LV Examiners the expected LVA inventory to be maintained as a vendor with DBVI. To meet the expectations of the job the employee will have access to personally identifiable and confidential information about agency consumers and/or agency staff.
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Knowledge – Thorough understanding of the structure of the eye, optics and visual functioning; thorough knowledge of medical information relating to the eye. Knowledge of Commonwealth of Virginia budgeting, expenditure and purchasing processes.
Skills – Managerial skills sufficient to operate a statewide service program (time management, setting of priorities, management by objectives, conflict resolution). Excellent verbal and written communications.
Abilities – Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with individuals from a wide range of social and economic backgrounds, including eye care professionals and LV customers.
Graduate degree in Vision rehabilitation, vocational rehabilitation, orientation and mobility, rehabilitation teaching, or closely related fields.
Responsible work experience in rehabilitation of the blind and visually impaired Low Vision emphasis.
Certification in Low Vision.
Cert: Any Certification
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