Education Consultant 1 (B.E.S.B.) (10 Months)


Recruitment #240312-3185EA-001


Unlock a thrilling opportunity with the State of Connecticut Department of Aging and Disability Services!
Are you passionate about shaping the education of blind and visually impaired children?
Join our team and be a catalyst for positive change! Apply today!

The State of Connecticut Department of Aging and Disability (ADS), Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind (BESB), is currently seeking two (2) experienced and qualified individuals for the position of Education Consultant 1 (10 Months). Bring your organizational prowess and collaborative spirit to the forefront as you play a pivotal role in shaping the education of blind and visually impaired children. Read below to learn more about these exciting opportunities!

We are hiring for two positions, one position will be located in Cheshire and the other will be located in Middletown. Both positions have the following highlights:
  • Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
  • Work Hours: Full-time, 35 hours per week
  • Work Environment: Hybrid
  • NOTE: These positions include traveling statewide
  • The opportunity to work for a Forbes top company: 'Forbes' State of Connecticut Ranked One of the Best Employers of 2023 - State of CT Receives National Recognition for Offering Job Growth, Competitive Benefits, and Flexible Schedule
  • NEW: A Platinum Healthcare Plan, the nation’s best for state employees and dependents, according to a report by Georgetown’s Center on Health Insurance Reform and article by Ellen Andrews, Ph.D., along with comprehensive benefit offerings
  • Extensive pension plan and supplemental retirement offering
  • State of Connecticut is an eligible Public Service Loan Forgiveness employer, meaning you may be eligible to have qualifying student loans forgiven after 10 years of service.  Click here for more information.
  • Generous paid time off, including 13 paid holidays per calendar year
  • Professional growth and development opportunities
  • A healthy work/life balance to all employees
    • Be a part of a comprehensive team of caring professionals
    • Provide support to a division that is passionate about improving the lives of those we serve
    • Assist our clients so they can achieve success
    • Make a difference in the public sector
    • Work together in a collaborative team environment
    ADS offers a myriad of programs and services to assist older adults and people with disabilities. Our programs, policies and practices are designed to: deliver integrated aging and disability services responsive to the needs of Connecticut citizens; provide leadership on aging and disability issues statewide; provide and coordinate aging and disability programs and services in the areas of employment, education, independent living, accessibility and advocacy; advocate for the rights of Connecticut residents with disabilities and older adults; and serve as a resource on aging and disability issues at the state level. 

    The Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind (BESB) is the state's leading bureau for the coordination and provision of services to all Connecticut residents who are legally blind, or have significant visual impairments. These services include training and devices that help people who are blind function in the home and in the community independently; teaching children how to adapt to and learn in an environment - in and outside of school - that is designed for those with sight and; providing services that help people who are blind find work or keep their job after blindness has developed. 


    Selection Plan

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    In the Department of Aging and Disability Services, 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.


    • 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;
    • Performs related work as required.


    • Knowledge of the principles and methods of education of the blind and visually handicapped with emphasis on braille instruction; 
    • Oral and written communication skills;
    • Ability to deal effectively with others.


    A Bachelor's degree with at least twelve (12) semester hours in courses applicable to the blind or partially-sighted.


    • Experience teaching assistive technology equipment to students who are blind or visually impaired
    • Experience teaching the Expanded Core Curriculum to students who are blind or visually impaired
    • Experience teaching Braille to students who are blind or visually impaired
    • Experience adapting and modifying curriculum for students who are blind or visually impaired


    Possession of a certificate in special education in the area of teaching the blind or partially-sighted issued by the State Board of Education.



    The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.


    As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes. As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.