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The Iris Network


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Who we are:

The Iris Network has served the State of Maine since 1905! Helen Keller was a key contributor to our early success! We are based in Portland, ME but we service the entire State of Maine. We have an assisted living facility on our main campus and a Training Center dedicated to helping clients with visual impairments gain and maintain independence as well as community integration.  We accomplish this through teaching activities of daily living, manual arts classes (to teach coordination and basic home maintenance skills), orientation and mobility training as well as vocational rehabilitation!  Our Community Rehabilitation program provides one on one vision rehabilitation services to clients in their homes, or in a group setting.

Overview: The Vision Rehabilitation Therapist Assistant  (VRTA) is a professional-in-training responsible for following the directions of their Certified Vision Rehab Therapist (CVRT) Trainer in delivering specific compensatory skills lessons including: practice use of residual vision for enhanced functioning based on CVRT assessment, independent living, personal and home management (not to include cooking or safety skills), adaptive communications, braille, access/assistive technologies, recreation and leisure to assigned clients (or groups of clients) in the community or in the training center.

 To be successful in this position the ideal candidate will demonstrate the ability to relate with people on an individual and group basis; have a basic understanding and knowledge of disabilities and willingness to learn about vision impairments; be organized and manage time effectively; be self-motivated; and use technology effectively.  The candidate must be comfortable asking questions, researching issues and advocating for themselves!

 Job Duties:

  • Work under the supervision of a CVRT, who will complete all assessments and evaluations, and follow CVRT direction on all lesson plans;
  • Teach basic compensatory and independent living skills such as communication skills, and technology adaptations to individuals or to small groups.  VRTA will not teach activity daily living (ADL) skills that could create a possible safety issue (such as cooking on the stove top/oven, pouring hot liquids,  knife usage, shaving/nail care, medication management, diabetes management);
  • Utilize the agency’s database to prepare and maintain client case records and outcome data in a professional manner;
  • Work within the requirements of contract and grant funding sources;
  • Serve as a resource providing information, co-present with a CVRT at public education events within the community, and serve as an ambassador for the agency and its mission;
  • Provide and maintain open lines of communication with supervising CVRT related to client lessons and outcomes;
  • Schedule client visits, travel itineraries, case notes for the lessons conducted, enter data/time sheet in the database, attend agency staff meetings, and assist the CVRT in the facilitation of community education/in –services;
  •  Meet on a biweekly basis with supervising CVRT in person or over the phone to discuss clients, observations, and any questions or concerns;
  • Develop and maintain a strong and positive collaborative working relationship with other staff, inter-departmentally and intra-departmentally, across the agency to provide seamless and comprehensive services to clients;
  • Adhere to The Iris Network’s safety policies and procedures;
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree in a related field;
  • Pursue a Master’s degree program for Vision Rehabilitation Therapist within 3 months of being hired OR enrolled in the upcoming semester;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Strong computer skills and time management skills.


Phone: 2075185034

Cert: CVRT


  • Generous paid time off (28 days of vacation and 13 holidays!);
  • 403b with agency match!
  • Medical, dental and vision insurance;
  • Agency provided short term disability, long term disability, life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment insurance;
  • Employee assistance program;
  • Professional development supported and encouraged;
  • Other ancillary benefits.