Monday through Friday, 35 hours per week
The Department of Rehabilitation Services, Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind, is recruiting for an Education Consultant 1 (10 Months) position. The preferred candidate should be an organized individual who works well independently and collaboratively with others. In addition, the preferred candidate should be knowledgeable in the principles and methods of education of children who are blind and visually impaired, including children with multiple impairments. This includes all areas of the expanded core curriculum (ECC). Responsibilities will include traveling statewide.
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All applicants invited to interview must bring three (3) professional references from current or former supervisors at the time of interview. Candidates currently employed in state service, please submit two (2) most recent services rating at the time of interview.
Questions about these required documents or questions pertaining to this recruitment should be directed to the hiring agency's human resources office: Rebecca Martinez, Rebecca.Martinez@ct.gov, 860-424-4985.
PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In the Board of Education and Services for the Blind, on an itinerant basis, provides special instruction in braille and related subjects to visually handicapped students in public schools; does related work as required.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Instructs in the specialized and basic skills of braille reading and writing, typewriting, and may assist with arithmetic, science or art adaptations and any other instructional tasks as assigned; plans and arranges for the provision of specialized and appropriate materials and equipment such as braille, recorded and large print textbooks, braille-writers, typewriters, talking book machines required by the individual student; acts as interpreter between school and home; assists in securing appropriate training other than public school education as needed; assists parents with proper school placement; arranges for diagnostic evaluations if not available locally through the local districts; serves on division committees; makes case reports; answers correspondence clearly; speaks before parent, volunteer and professional groups.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Knowledge of the principles and methods of education of the blind and visually handicapped with emphasis on braille instruction; ability to deal effectively with others; ability in written and oral expression.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Graduation from college (graduation shall be considered successful completion of a four-year college course or its equivalent) and not less than twelve (12) semester hours' credit in courses applicable to the blind or partially-sighted. OR IN LIEU THEREOF an equivalent combination of experience and training acceptable to the State Board of Education for certification.
- Be knowledgeable in the Unified English Braille (UEB) and Nemeth Braille codes.
- Have an understanding of the different areas of the expanded core curriculum (ECC) and have the ability to consult and provide direct instruction in these areas, including career education.
- Be knowledgeable in curriculum adaptation and modification specific to the blind and visually impaired population, including children with multiple impairments.
- Be familiar with the different types of assistive technology designed to support the blind and visually impaired
- Be able to perform function vision assessment and be able to consult with education team members to provide direct instruction to students.
Possession of a certificate in special education in the area of teaching or partially-sighted issued by the State Board of Education.
AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.