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DBVI is seeking a Rehabilitation Teacher to instruct individuals in adaptive skills and techniques for gaining or maintaining their desired level of independence through individualized rehabilitation plans, counseling, specialized equipment, and the use of community resources. Visit and instruct individuals in their homes in all areas of rehabilitation teaching that apply to their individualized programs such as communication skills, basic self-care, personal management, home management, leisure time, adjustment counseling, advocacy, and low vision services. Assess individuals’ needs and accurately determine eligibility based on referral information, customer’s self-reported needs, and Rehabilitation Teacher’s observation. Manage and document caseload information that is consistent with agency policies and procedures through electronic and hard copy documentation (i.e., intake forms, case notes, eye/medical reports, assessments, invoices, etc.). Organize regular outreach activities for community awareness, recruitment, and coordination of services. Provide in-service training to various individuals and groups (i.e., nursing homes, schools, civic groups, volunteers, community agencies) regarding DBVI services and the Rehabilitation Teaching/ Independent Living program.


We are seeking someone with:

• Demonstrated skills in adjustment counseling, assessment of visual functioning, communication, Braille, homemaking, ADL, and recreational activities.

• Demonstrated ability to communicate well verbally and in writing, to include caseload management skills.

• Demonstrated knowledge and skills in basic computer operations of word processing and e-mail.

• A Bachelor’s Degree from accredited college/university with major study in rehabilitation teaching or related field or have a combination of related education and related experience.

Preference will be given to applicants who meet the following criteria:

• Applicants who meet ACVREP requirements as CVRT preferred.

• Teaching/training experience of individuals with disabilities. Skilled in adjustment to disability, assessment of functional vision, communication, Braille, household management, daily living, and leisure activities.

• Considerable caseload management skills.

• Experience working with the elderly.

• Experience working with low vision aids and assistive technology.

• Experience evaluating and assessing individuals for independent living skills.

• Experience in community outreach and referral recruitment.


This position currently serves individuals in the following counties/ cities: Smyth, Wythe, Bland, Grayson, Carroll, and Galax. A state vehicle is provided for work related travel.


Phone: 276-642-7300

Cert: Any Certification

Special requirements:

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 application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact for assistance. Minorities, Individuals with disabilities, Veterans, Americorp, Peace Corps, and other National Service Alumni are encouraged to apply. Equal Opportunity Employer

State applications will only be accepted as submitted online by 11:59 p.m. on the closing date through the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Job Board/Recruitment Management System (RMS). RMS provides a confirmation of receipt when your application is submitted successfully. Please refer to “Your Application” in your RMS account to check the status of your application for this position.