Services for the blind and visually impaired

Employment Opportunities

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The Tampa Lighthouse f/t Blind is an Affirmative Action EEO Employer. Programs associated with this position are sponsored by Division of Blind Services (State of Fla., Dept. of Educ.), United Way Suncoast and Central Florida, and local government contracts.

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Current Employment Opportunities

Social Worker/Case Manager

DATE ADVERTISED:  April 17, 2019

ORGANIZATIONAL UNITS: Tampa office

Starting Pay: Based on degree and experience

REPORTS TO: Program Manager             

SUPERVISES:  N/A

JOB SUMMARY Case management including case monitoring, new client intakes, outreach, and coordination with services of other agencies to assist each client in making optimum use of the programs. Serves mainly Hillsborough County.

MAJOR DUTIES Overall case management responsibility of assigned clients including intake, advising, referral, case monitoring, plan revision, and follow-up. Counseling to assure optimal adjustment to visual impairment and benefit from rehabilitation training.  Provision of information, referral, and follow up services to TLFTB programs and other community services, as appropriate.  Especially referral agencies such as Division of Blind Services. Enter reports-daily in agency and Statewide databases. Participation in all agency case-staffing (including DBS clients).  Outreach activities and events to promote Lighthouse programs.  Contribute suggestions and participate in activities relating to Social Services, and in some instances, the total agency, e.g., Newsletter, media coverage, etc.  Home visitation. coordination and management of weekly case management meetings and monthly meetings with Division of Blind Services and Lighthouse staff.   Coordinate and participate in support groups.  Client escort or transportation services as necessary.  Other duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: BSW or MSW degree from an accredited school of social work strongly preferred. Must be able to carry out casework on group assignments with a decreasing need for supervision.  Must have access to reliable transportation.  Ability to communicate in both written and verbal forms.  Good computer and data entry skills.       

How to apply:  Submit a completed application form (available online: www.tampalighthouse.org) supplemented by resume to:  John Jerome, Human Resources Manager, Tampa Lighthouse f/t Blind, 1106 W. Platt St., Tampa, FL 33606; PHONE (813) 251­-2407, FAX (813) 254-4305, or EMAIL HRMgr@tampalighthouse.org

Assistive Technology Specialist/Rehabilitation Engineering Specialist 

DATE ADVERTISED: 4/5/19

STARTING PAY:  Based on qualifications. 

BENEFITS Medical & life ins., 403b pension plan, vacation & sick leave, 13 paid holidays, personal leave days, professional development, full service credit union, optional low-cost dental and other supplemental insurance plans.

REPORTS TO:   I T Manager.                           LOCATION (position based at):  Winter Haven office

JOB SUMMARY:  Organize, plan, and provide assistive technology assistance to outside companies that employ persons who are blind or visually impaired, and other technical assistance as assigned, mainly in Polk and Hardee Counties. This include scripting or writing code (software programming) to achieve compatibility with screen readers and related.

MAJOR DUTIES: Provide assessment of prospective employment settings and client workstations to determine assistive technology options. Consult with prospective employers to analyze relevant aspects of the worksite to ascertain feasibility of placement. Write job task analyses for all feasible sites identified.  Following approval of job modification plan, purchase (through DBS), deliver, and install complete configuration, then provide training to client and employer at the worksite. Work with DBS in arranging computer purchases for clients and on related issues as needed. Provide follow-up, re-engineering, and further technical support including scripting or programming where needed. Evaluate new technology and make recommendations for improvements in the program. Maintain records and complete reports, forms as required (note: extensive report writing required). If assigned, perform troubleshooting and repair on computer components, including but not limited to: printers, scanners, hard drives, video cards, monitors, network cards, power supplies, etc.  Client training includes use of Microsoft products, iPads, iPhones, and other smart phone devices with the adaptations for persons who are blind or visually impaired. Plan and update curriculum to meet clients’ needs, including the following: Windows commands, speech commands, data base management, interactive software, word processing, Braille printing, and use of speech and large text software. When assigned, carry out setups and repairs of PC workstations at job sites. Consult as needed with other staff members who are working with the same clients. Work with IT Manager and senior level team members to acquire advanced level AT skills as necessary to support clients and customers. Other duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  Applicants must pass an information/computer technology test prior to being invited to apply.  Those with passing scores and suitable backgrounds will be considered for in-person interviews.  Preference given for a degree in Rehabilitation Engineering, Vocational Rehabilitation, Computer Science or related field along with good working knowledge of XML, MSAA or UIA, Python, C++, Java, and/or Visual Basic for scripting. Ability to communicate effectively in verbal and written forms. Ability to teach both vocational and non-vocational clients.  Knowledge of assistive computer technology (including built-in AT features in iPads & iPhones, job engineering, job placement, and PC troubleshooting and repair skills (see H above). Proficiency with AT (assistive technology) software, such as JAWS and ZoomText and ability to develop skills required for training and supporting individuals who use AT software and hardware.  Must have own reliable transportation, good driving record, and be willing to travel extensively in Polk and adjacent counties (mileage reimbursed @ $.48/mi.).  Must also pass a Level II background investigation with Live Scan Fingerprinting. Prefer experience in vocational services with persons who are disabled.  Must be able to lift 40 lbs. of equipment for delivering and setting up workstations. Must earn AT certification through Division of Blind Services within one year of hire and ACVREP CATIS certification within two years of hire.

HOW TO APPLY:  Submit a completed application (available on-line at www.tampalighthouse.org (click on EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES)) and send via email to (resume must be in MS Word-compatible format) to HRMgr@tampalighthouse.org.

 

Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments (TVI) – Early Intervention – COMS preferred

DATE ADVERTISED: February 8, 2018

JOB LOCATION: Winter Haven office at 206 Avenue D Northwest, Winter Haven, FL 33881

STARTING PAY: Salary commensurate with experience/qualifications

STATUS: Full time – 40 hours/week

BENEFITS: Medical & life ins., 403b pension plan, vacation & sick leave, 9 paid holidays, personal leave days, professional development, credit union, optional dental and other insurance plans. Facility is less than an hour away from Disney and other Orlando theme parks, along with world-class beaches, Busch Gardens, and Bay area attractions.

REPORTS TO: Rehabilitation Program Services Manager

SUPERVISES: N/A

JOB SUMMARY: This is an itinerant teaching position that provides early childhood development, education, and enrichment program services, working with children with visual impairments and their families primarily in the home, school, and other appropriate environments, mainly within Polk and Hardee Counties. Extensive local travel is required. 

MAJOR DUTIES: Travel to homes and schools to evaluate and provide direct educational services to each assigned child and their family. Assessments include educational, developmental, and conceptual awareness skills, functional vision/learning media (FVLMA) and ECC. Establishing educational plans and objectives to meet the needs of the children and families. Teaching/training areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum including: independent living skills, orientation and mobility, communication skills, self-help skills, social development, sensory development, emergent literacy, pre-braille skills, and braille literacy, and cognitive development including the application of assistive devices. Knowledge of instructional techniques including calendar boxes, communication devices and techniques, sensory learning, and other instructional methods for children with multiple impairments including visual impairments. Maintain records and prepare reports as needed or required. Team player and liaison between schools/agencies and other community resources; organize events and trainings for parents/families. Occasional participation in special agency social functions may be required during evening or weekend hours. Other duties as assigned.

REQUIREMENTS: Bachelors or Master’s Degree in Visual Disabilities Education (TVI) (with emphasis in early childhood preferred). COMS certification in O&M strongly preferred. Must have access to reliable transportation and a good driving record. Physically, teacher must be able to teach at child’s level which sometimes requires sitting on the floor.

HOW TO APPLY: Submit a completed application form supplemented by resume and mail to: Tampa Lighthouse f/t Blind, 1106 W. Platt St., Tampa, FL 33606; PH (813) 251-2407, FAX (813) 254-4305. Resumes (in MS Word format) may be emailed to the Human Resources Manager.