Valley Center for the Blind
06/13/2022Return to view all job openings
- Maintain proficiency in the use of adaptive/assistive technology devices for the blind and visually impaired. These devices and software may include but are not limited to:
- Apple products with Universal Design: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch (Emphasis is placed on blind specific apps such as: Read2go and Learning Ally Audio).
- Android products e.g. phones or tablets (Emphasis is placed on blind specific apps such as Dolphin Easyreader, GoRead and learning Ally Link).
- Digital book readers and recording devices for the blind: Olympus Digital Voice Recorder, Victor Stream, NLS digital book player.
- Braille notetakers: BrailleNote Apex, Braille Sense, Polaris and Polaris Mini, and the Elbraille
- Refreshable Braille devices: PAC Mate Braille display, Refreshabraille, Alva Satellite, and Braille Edge models.
- Blind specific software which allows access to the computer by the blind and visually impaired: Voiceover, JAWS, NVDA, and ZoomText Fusion.
- Use of talking scanning software and hardware: SARA, Kurzweil 1000, Pearl. * Knowledge of blind specific locations for obtaining current educational materials i.e.: Bookshare, Web Braille, NLS/BARD, Learning Ally.
- Use of Braille translating software including: Duxbury and Tiger Suite
- Use of various Braille embossers: Juliet Pro 60, 4 Waves Pro, Index Everest, Romeo Attache Pro, Index Basic D.
- Use of handheld/desktop Video Magnifiers such as: Pebble, Ruby, Explore, Merlin.
Knowledge and ability to teach Independent Living Skills and Braille preferred.
- Determine current skill level, training needs and appropriate equipment recommendations through a detailed and comprehensive assessment process.
- Maintain thorough, complete and timely ongoing record keeping of client services; including, but not limited to case notes, lesson notes, evaluations, progress reports, and correspondence
Team building and Networking:
- Present client issues to VCB's Case Management team and contribute to ongoing problem solving of such issues while maintaining appropriate confidentiality.
- Consult with other professionals or other appropriate parties regarding the progress and problems of the clients.
- Participate in individual case conferences and confer regularly with program staff on multi-disciplinary service team concerning client’s program and adjustment to blindness or vision loss.
- Maintain positive and professional relations with counselors of Department of Rehabilitation and other agencies as well as clients, staff, and volunteers.
- Maintain positive and professional relationship with VCB clients, staff and volunteers.
- Provide a safe, comfortable, and positive learning environment for all participants.
- Adhere to all VCB policies and procedures.
- Stay current in areas of responsibility.
- Participate as a team member.
- Promote the VCB Mission, Vision and Values.
- Other duties as requested or as need is assessed.
- Excellent English grammar and usage.
- Excellent computer keyboard, computer basics and word processing and database software.
- Knowledge and experience with current living skills teaching practices and techniques for blind and visually impaired clients.
- Degree in Rehabilitation Teaching and minimum two-year work experience, or
- Bachelor’s Degree with major in Education or a related field or 5 or more years of work experience in the field of blindness skills training & education.
- Ability to work individually or as part of a team.
- Understanding of blindness and some proficiency in non-visual techniques.
- Knowledge of, belief in and adherence to the agency’s mission and vision.
Have a passion for assisting others with living their best life? Have experience with vision loss and teaching?
Valley Center for the Blind is looking for awesome people who want to make a difference as instructors for the visually impaired. Help people with vision loss set and reach their goals through specialized methods of instruction and support in a underserved community.
We offer room for growth and the chance to be a part of an organization that makes a difference.
We are a growing nonprofit company based in Fresno, Visalia, and Bakersfield that offers its employees growth potential, the opportunity to use your skills creatively, the chance to make a real difference in someone’s life, and competitive benefits.
The Company: Since 1973, Valley Center for the Blind has been helping people with vision loss build skills to live independently and reach their goals. We are focused on a healthy work/life balance and are known for the great care we take with clients and employees alike.
· Our company spirit is empowering, hardworking and goal focused.
· We believe that every person, regardless of disability, can reach their goals given the proper instruction and support, if they are determinate and motivated.
· Change lives and have a wide variety of work experiences.
· The opportunity to be on the ground floor of building opportunities for people with vision loss in Central California
· Be a self-driven, critical thinking and helpful team player who wants to help a great group of people fulfill our mission!
- Be willing to take on special projects to benefit the agency and our participants
The Location: Valley Center for the Blind's secondary location is in Bakersfield, CA. This is a great place to live because the cost of living is dramatically reduced from most of California. Bakersfield is a thriving town with a variety of entertainment, shopping, and dining options, and is in close in proximity to wonderful beach and mountain destinations.