Deaf Blind Employment Specialist

Work Remotely in Arizona State


Responsible for the execution of HKS’s Mission, goals and objectives through the team coordinating and providing direct services to DeafBlind youths and adults under Employment Services and Pre-Employment Transition Services. Primary focus will be to provide one on one services to consumers to assist with achievement of employment outcomes, with a commitment to a fully inclusive community-based environment. The DeafBlind Employment Specialist will also offer training and technical assistance to their families and service providers. This position carries out identified and specific targeted activities, as outlined by the state’s DeafBlind Interagency Team (DBIT) to assist the HKNC Regional Representative and interagency team with building capacity within the state.


Perform duties and activities as directed, consistent with the HKNC and the designated state’s community rehabilitation provider agreement. Primary services provided in one-on-one direct services include the areas of vocational rehabilitation, with an emphasis on employment outcomes including job readiness training, job development, job placement and coaching. Pre-Employment Transition Services include career exploration, post-secondary counseling, work readiness training, work-based learning experience, and instruction in self-advocacy. Secondary services, identified in the agreement, are provided to positively maximize the employment outcome.

Provide one-on-one and group-based employment-focused, direct services to consumers in the designated state. Service is provided in a format, such as face-to-face or virtual training, that is mutually agreed upon with the consumer based on their communication preference that is appropriate for the particular area of training;

Work collaboratively with local service providers and local community partners to develop a team to execute Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE). Community Partners may include Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), community rehabilitation programs (CRPs), schools for the deaf and schools for the blind, centers for independent living (CILs), and other entities.

Serve as a liaison and professional trainer to work with the Helen Keller National Center and Vocational Rehabilitation, and home team members to support a consumer transitioning back to the consumer’s home community after completion of HKNC on campus training (includes residential and employment domains). In addition to, but not be limited to, supported employment, customized integrated employment and other areas requested by training goals for successful outcomes.

Assist with providing training and mentor to the community and state employment specialists to expand awareness, knowledge, and advocacy efforts about work-site related accommodations; work with VR and businesses to create work experience opportunities, leading to employment.

Work jointly with the DeafBlind Immersion Experience (DBIE) coordinator for referral, implementation of follow up recommendations and continued follow up training for home team providers;



Bachelor’s degree in vocational rehabilitation, special education or a closely related degree with three to five years of experience

Basic computer proficiency required including File Maker Pro, Outlook, MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)


Certification in good standing with emphasis in employment services, including ACRE and/or CESP

Familiarity with the designated state’s Vocational Rehabilitation and Blind Services Agencies;

Fluency in communication methods used by people who are DeafBlind, (including, but not limited to): American Sign Language (ASL), and sign language in English word order.

Deaf Blind Specialist
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (Vision)
Category, Other
Special education
Helen Keller Services