06/09/2021Return to view all job openings
Perkins is a progressive, multi-faceted organization committed to improving the lives of people with blindness and deafblindness all around the world. Our five areas of focus support Perkins’ aspirational mission. Our organization is driven by a proven team of experts and supported by a community that's committed to upholding our core values. Our history of excellence pushes us to actively seek the next innovation the world holds. We are Perkins – ever evolving to meet the challenge.
The transition from high school to young adulthood is challenging, particularly for blind and visually impaired young adults who face significant barriers to employment. According to recent Bureau of Labor Statistics data, only 38% of working age individuals (age 16-64) with vision loss are employed, while the employment rate among their non-disabled peers is over 75%.
Career Launch @ Perkins is ON A MISSION to change these statistics, shift attitudes among employers, and equip young adults who are visually impaired with skills and practical support that puts them on the path to success. We prepare young adults for in-demand roles across industries that require skills in customer service, support and interaction. Our virtual program features 2 months of training, job placement support, and one year of job coaching.
The Role & Candidate
We are looking for someone for a three month temporary/remote assignment. This person is adept in using mainstream business software on both Apple and PC computers, including Access Technology such as Fusion, Voice Over, screen magnification, and braille displays from introductory skills to more advanced techniques.
Our ideal candidate is an experienced instructor, someone comfortable working with young adults, and if possible, with exposure to people who are blind or visually impaired. We want someone with a growth mindset, ensuring every student is learning what they need to develop their “tool kit” of Access Technology and computer skills.
You will join a team of individuals who contribute to the program in various ways, including the training, career placement services and job coaching. Working with the team, you will ensure Career Launch participants develop skills in using appropriate technical solutions to enable them to meet the basic productivity expectations of employers of office workers, effectively and efficiently.
What You Will Do:
Model a growth mindset and problem solving techniques while guiding Career Launch participants toward appropriate and innovative independent technology use.
Provide differentiated instruction for participants to ensure they become proficient in the “tool kit” of useful technologies for their working style.
Ensure participants know how to effectively advocate for support from their employer’s technology department and / or human resources department.
What You Should Have:
Education and/or Experience:
Bachelor’s degree or higher, with coursework in education, assistive technology, special needs education, business, or related fields. Preference will be given to candidates with:
Join our dynamic team and be a part of a training program that can change lives by giving blind or vision-impaired young adults a shot at the sustained financial independence needed to build the life they want to live.
Perkins seeks to enhance its community of intellectually, culturally, and socially diverse individuals to enrich the educational experience of our students. Applicants from a multicultural background, are bilingual, and/or who have life experience are encouraged to apply.
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This is a three month temporary/remote position