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

Orientation & Mobility Specialist

DATE ADVERTISED: September 20, 2018

LOCATION: Winter Haven office

STARTING SALARY: Negotiable, based on experience.

BENEFITS: Medical & life insurance (at no cost to full-time employees), 403b pension plan, vacation & sick leave, 12+ paid holidays, personal leave days, professional development, full service credit union, optional insurance plans including low-cost dental and other 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: Programs Manager

JOB SUMMARY: This position provides orientation & mobility (O&M) training to children and adults of all ages in Polk, Hardee and occasionally in other surrounding counties. 

MAJOR DUTIES: The Orientation & Mobility (O&M) function is mostly community-based. O&M duties include evaluating training needs and conducting training in all relevant aspects of O&M needed to help newly employed and other clients achieve their travel needs. O&M may involve periodically working with local transportation agencies including the bus system and playing an advocacy role when and where appropriate. Record keeping using Client Tracking and report writing are required per agency procedures. Participation in special agency social functions may be required on occasion during evening or weekend hours. Other duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in O&M required. Must earn COMS certification within 1 year of hire. Computer skills required include MS Word, internet utilization, ability to use agency client tracking database, email, and report writing. Must have ready access to personal automobile for home visits (mileage expense to be reimbursed at current state rate, now $.48/mile). Driving record along with criminal (fingerprinting) and employment background investigations will be conducted on new hires. Continued employment is contingent upon satisfactory results of the investigation. Extensive local travel in multi-county area required. Bilingual in Spanish and English a strong plus.

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.

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.