Rehabilitation of the Blind Specialist I

Recruitment #210128-K23A-01

Introduction

Location:    SBVI 91 – Tulsa Visual Services Center

May be filled at Level II, K23B

Monthly Salary Range:           Minimum     Midpoint     Maximum
Level II (Pay Band K)               $3,161.14     $4,121.69    $5,015.64
Level I  (Pay Band J)               $2,917.55      $3,790.28    $4,601.39

***This position is a Rehab Teacher for the blind and severely visually impaired***

Basic Purpose:
Positions in this job family are assigned responsibilities for performing complex professional work which involves working in partnership with individuals who are blind or severely visually impaired who may have multiple secondary disabilities in their homes, communities and work environments, by providing instruction in alternative techniques for independent living and by providing in-depth counseling to consumers and their families in addressing challenges created by their blindness.  Assistance is provided to consumers in obtaining information needed to make informed choices, which provides access to services that increase opportunities to live independently, increasing opportunities for employment. Assigned responsibilities include a comprehensive assessment of the consumers’ current level of independence in daily living, communication, orientation and mobility (ability to travel safely in their environment), and job readiness skills, and developing a comprehensive rehabilitation/independent living plan.

Essential Functions:
Position will provide counseling and individualized instruction to persons who are blind or visually impaired in facilitating solutions to the challenges of being able to live independently in the everyday environment and in dealing with problems created by their blindness, promoting confidence and self-esteem of the individual customer. A key duty will be raising the awareness of the clients to the opportunities and options which mastery of alternative blindness skills such as Braille, assistive technology, home management skills, etc. The Rehabilitation Teacher is required to be able to read, write and teach Braille I, utilizing a slate and stylus, as well as braillewriters. The Rehabilitation Teacher must be proficient in the use of and instruction of basic technology to include iOS operations for iPhone, iPad, iPod and android phones and apps, and also basic computer skills and keyboarding. The Rehabilitation Teacher provides assessment and instruction to blind and visually impaired consumers pertinent to their functional abilities as they relate to home, work, school and social activities. The person in this position will also consult with other rehabilitation professionals through the vocational rehabilitation process to ensure high quality career and independent living outcomes for their customers. The person in this position must have a good working knowledge of specialized residential training centers in order to provide accurate information so their customers are able to make informed choices and decisions.

Probationary period (or trial period if applicable) is required.

Background Check: 
The Department of Rehabilitation Services will conduct a criminal background check on new hires as part of an offer of employment that is made contingent upon a successful criminal background check.

STATE EMPLOYEE INFORMATION

ALL SOURCES – Applicants, without previous classified state service, those that are in the unclassified status OR currently in probationary status, must apply through the Office of Management and Enterprise Services OKJOBS on-line External Listings applicant system (www.jobaps.com/ok/). 

Current State of Oklahoma employees with permanent status in the classified service, or those having reinstatement rights must apply through the Office of Management and Enterprise Services OKJOBS on-line Internal Listings applicant system (www.jobaps.com/OK/promo.asp).

For questions regarding specific duties or details of this job, please contact Human Resources at HR@okdrs.gov

For inquiries on the application process or general application inquiries, please contact Applicant Services at (405) 521-2177.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

BASIC PURPOSE

Positions in this job family are assigned responsibilities for performing complex professional work which involves working in partnership with individuals who are blind or severely visually impaired who may have multiple secondary disabilities in their homes, communities and work environments, by providing instruction in alternative techniques for independent living and by providing in-depth counseling to consumers and their families in addressing challenges created by their blindness.  Assistance is provided to consumers in obtaining information needed to make informed choices, which provides access to services that increase opportunities to live independently, increasing opportunities for employment. Assigned responsibilities include a comprehensive assessment of the consumers’ current level of independence in daily living, communication, orientation and mobility (ability to travel safely in their environment), and job readiness skills, and developing a comprehensive rehabilitation/independent living plan.

LEVEL DESCRIPTORS

This job family consists of four levels which are distinguished by the level of complexity and diversity of the specific job assignments, the level of expertise required for the completion of duties assigned and the responsibility assigned for assisting in the training and supervision of others.

Level I:
This is the basic level where employees are assigned responsibilities for performing entry-level work, in a training status, under direct supervision.  Direct supervision includes, but is not limited to, supervisor’s signature authority on approval on eligibility decisions, individual plans (IPE/IRP) and amendments, authorizations for services, evaluations and case closure.  In this role employees will be responsible for maintaining a caseload and providing services, instruction and counseling in such areas as Braille reading and writing at the level of Grade One, daily living skills, orientation and mobility skills, or independent living skills to persons who are blind or severely visually impaired who may have multiple secondary disabilities.

Level II:
This is the career level where employees are assigned responsibilities for performing professional duties with a moderate level of supervision which includes, but is not limited to, oversight, guidance, mentoring, and signature authority for case closure.  Specialists at this level may have signature authority for eligibility decisions, development and amendments of plans, written evaluation reports and authorization for services.  This level provides services to include counseling and instruction in such areas as Braille reading and writing at the level of Grade Two, daily living skills, orientation and mobility skills or independent living skills to individuals who are blind or severely visually impaired who may have multiple secondary disabilities.  Instructs individuals in dog guide techniques and procedures.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Level I:
Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of a Bachelor’s degree in orientation and mobility, rehabilitation teaching or a bachelor’s degree and one year of experience in a disability related field.  All applicants at this level must have proficiency in Uncontracted Unified English Braille as demonstrated by the successful completion of a competency test administered by the Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired Division of the Department of Rehabilitation Services.

Level II:
Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those indicated in Level I plus two years of experience in rehabilitation teaching or orientation and mobility.  All applicants at this level must be eligible to sit for certification for either the Vision Rehabilitation Therapist (CVRT) or Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS) through the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP) or the National Orientation and Mobility Certificate (NOMC). All applicants at this level must have proficiency in Contracted Unified English Braille as demonstrated by the successful completion of a competency test administered by the Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired Division of the Department of Rehabilitation Services.

NOTES

Applicant must upload a copy of their transcript or official letter from registrar’s office certifying degree to their application submission

No additional information will be accepted after the application has been submitted.

Selection Plan

Scores based on:  100% Evaluation of Education and Experience listed on the supplemental questionnaire.

***NOTE:  Names of eligible applicants can be made available to State agencies upon their request, immediately following the closing date and time.


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