The State of Connecticut, Department of Aging and Disability Services (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.
Are you interested in joining our team as an Education Consultant for the Blind? We encourage you to apply today!
The ADS is currently seeking an experienced and qualified Education Consultant for the Blind (Mobility Instructor). This position is located within the Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind (BESB) at 55 Farmington Avenue in Hartford, CT. It is full-time, 35 hours weekly with a work schedule of first shift, 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m, Monday through Friday. The position number is 83376. Statewide traveling is required.
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.
In this role you will discover the opportunity to:
Work independently and collaboratively with others;
Apply you knowledge in the principles and methods of education of children who are blind and visually impaired, including children with multiple impairments; and
Participate in all areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC).
What’s in It for You - Comprehensive Benefits:
Industry leading health benefits, including medical and dental coverage;
Extensive pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings;
Retirement healthcare offerings;
Accrued vacation, personal and sick leave;
12 paid holidays per calendar year;
Professional growth and development opportunities;
Outstanding work-life balance!
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Six (6) years of experience in teaching blind or visually handicapped adults.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE
One (1) year of the General Experience must have been in mobility instruction.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
1. College training with special courses in the education of the blind may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
2. A Master's Degree in the field of mobility training may be substituted for the General and Special Experience.
Our preferred candidate will possess the following:
Experience assessing and teaching Orientation and Mobility to students who are blind or visually impaired.
Experience providing consultation and support to families of blind or visually impaired students.
Experience managing a caseload.
Experience providing support and consultation to education team members.
Experience facilitating Orientation and Mobility presentations to groups.