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Director of Assistive Technology

Director of Assistive Technology

Department: IT

Schedule: Full-time, 40 hours/week

Director of Assistive Technology
Department: IT
Schedule: Full-time, 40 hours/week
Perkins School for the Blind, located near Boston, was the first school for the blind chartered in the United States in 1829. For over 180 years, Perkins School for the Blind has provided quality educational and residential services to students who are blind, visually impaired or deafblind, empowering them to reach their maximum potential. Perkins School for the Blind embraces diversity in ability, thought, culture and belief. We provide equal education and employment opportunities and value the unique talents and contributions of all of our students and staff. 
Summary
Under general supervision of the CIO, the Director executes the programmatic and administrative responsibilities associated with the operation of Assistive Technology at Perkins.  This includes the administration of assistive technology procurement and deployment, as well as the conducting of public awareness, training, technical assistance, and information and referral activities related to AT access and use. The Director is responsible for compliance with all administrative policies and procedures.
Responsibilities include:

  • Works with Educational Program staff in the identification of AT that can help them meet the demands placed upon them in their environments and live comfortably and safely in their community of choice, coaching service providers/clinicians to do the same.
  • Responds to inquiries in a timely, thorough, and respectful manner.
  • Conducts objective device demonstrations and comparisons, paying particular attention to the customer's expressed needs, wants, and preferences.
  • Assists with the coordination of various events and activities specific to AT
  • Facilitates efficient and appropriate short-term equipment loans, ensuring that all borrowing procedures are followed and that customers have sufficient information about the equipment they are borrowing that they can derive maximum benefit from the trial use experience
  • Participates in outreach activities, including exhibits, health fairs, media events, etc.; develops print materials in support of AT awareness and outreach (including articles for Perkins); represents IT at various community and/or business meetings; promotes existing and new initiatives.
  • Maintains awareness of commercial AT marketplace to inform future purchases, and coordinates with IT regarding ordering of materials, supplies, and equipment.
  • Designs, delivers, and evaluates engaging and informative workshops and training sessions to a wide variety of constituents in early intervention and K-12 settings including, but not limited to, individuals with disabilities, family members, educators, vocational rehabilitation personnel, case managers, students, administrators, and policymakers.
  • Programs, troubleshoots, and suggests repair of AT devices.
  • Recognize own skills and knowledge regarding technology and limits individual practice accordingly.
  • Maintains a personal professional development agenda to ensure the acquisition of knowledge and skills about new developments in technology as they become available.
  • Complies with ethical, legal, and human rights issues related to technology use.
  • Participates in development, implementation, and maintenance of policies, objectives, short and long range planning; collaborates with other program staff in strategic planning, cultivation of partnerships, and development and implementation of programmatic initiatives
  • Collaborates with Perkins faculty and staff to raise awareness and promote utilization of AT through academic coursework, research activities, and direct service initiatives.

For a more detailed description of the position and to apply, please visit our website http://www.perkins.org/get-involved/careers and submit a resume and cover letter with your application.
Benefits: We provide a complete benefits package which includes tuition reimbursement, medical and dental insurance, LTD and Life insurance, retirement programs and staff development and training.
Perkins seeks to enhance its community of intellectually, culturally, and socially diverse individuals to enrich the educational experience of our students.  Applicants from a multicultural background, are bilingual, and/or who have relevant life experience are encouraged to apply.
AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYERDirector of Assistive Technology
 

Qualifications: 

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in human services, education, or technology domain and three years experience providing services in the area of assistive technology. Experience working with populations in the 0-5 year range and K-12 range preferred.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with degree or certification in Assistive Technology from an accredited college or university.
  • Knowledge of AT devices such as computer hardware and software, augmentative communication devices, devices for those with sensory impairments, tools for activities of daily living, and mobility equipment.
  • Computer skills in both iOs and Windows platforms, including the ability to complete basic troubleshooting and repairs of both platforms. Demonstrated skill in consultation, collaboration, and written and oral communication. Demonstrated customer service orientation, and experience designing and delivering training for professionals, individuals with disabilities, and family members.
Location
City: 
Watertown
State: 
Massachusetts
Category: 
Assistive Technology Specialist
Contact Information
Name: 
Nan Qin
Organization: 
Perkins School for the Blind
Email: 
Nan.Qin@Perkins.org
Resumes should be sent to address specified in the job description.: 
No
Phone: 
617-972-7212
Created: 
Thu, 2017-10-05
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