The Virginia Rehabilitation Center for the Blind and Vision Impaired (VRCBVI) is the residential training center for DBVI. VRCBVI provides individualized adjustment training services to empower eligible adolescents and adults with visual impairments to achieve independence seeks a Part-Time Health Educator/Wellness Instructor (Wage).
Bachelor’s degree or higher in health promotion, health education, athletic training, nutrition, or other health related field, or some experience as a wellness instructor or coach or other experience which would indicate the above knowledge, skills, and abilities.
Knowledge of specific disease and lifestyle related topics like smoking cessation, weight management, nutrition, pre/postnatal care, stress reduction, and chronic conditions, and certification from an accredited professional fitness instruction program.
Comprehensive knowledge of adjustment to blindness concepts, the rehabilitation process, and how health education and wellness instruction and associated activities fit into that process.
Excellent computer skills, including MS Office applications such as Word, Outlook, Excel; and customer service skills.
Knowledge of blindness, vision impairments, and other disabilities, and knowledge of adaptive skills and equipment for independent functioning; of general health and wellness assessment procedures; of health education programs, including principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching, and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training efficacy; of principles and processes for providing customer and personal service. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction and of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform, educate, and instruct via oral, written, and visual media.
Must be outgoing and personable, able to work independently, and possess excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.
Ability to teach the importance of healthy nutrition concepts and practices to promote wellness; to partner with individuals, organizations, and members of the community to plan and coordinate activities to promote and foster good health; to apply theories and principles of behavioral and social sciences to design, organize, implement, communicate, and evaluate the effects of education programs, strategies, and activities related to health and wellness behaviors of individuals, families, organizations, and the community; to serve as a resource, advisor, coordinator, and educator in the delivery of designated health and wellness related programs and activities, and to access and develop health and wellness education programs to meet the needs of the agency’s consumers; to work well with a variety of people and to establish rapport and trust with students; to communicate effectively orally and in writing, and to maintain organized records; and to work as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
Strong desire to instruct, coach, motivate, support, and empower students and consumers.
Prefer experience working with people with disabilities, both in group settings and on an individual basis, to address wellness issues.
Cut off Date: 11/7/2022