The Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB) is seeking a dynamic individual to develop and implement individualized teaching materials and methods for consumers of all ages who are blind. The Rehabilitation Teacher makes assessments of the impact that loss of vision has on individuals who are blind, assesses consumers' needs, and takes steps to assist in compensating for the loss. The Rehabilitation Teacher travels three days per week throughout assigned areas in the metro-west region of the state and areas south of Boston to provide services to consumers in their homes, job locations, and other settings as needed.
To be successful in this role, our applicant must have the ability to teach consumers non-visual skills, train consumers with visual enhancement devices and strategies, and have the ability to learn and apply state, federal and agency guidelines to properly teach consumers.
Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary and not all inclusive):
•Provide direct consumer training as specified in individualized service plans. Areas of training may include daily living skills (ADL), home management, meal planning and preparation, communication skills, low vision utilization, braille, job readiness skills and the use of adaptive technology.
•Provide job site assessment and training in the use of adaptive technology and collaborates with vocational rehabilitation staff for follow-up.
•Provide information and referral services, evaluate consumers' needs and abilities in specific skill areas, and consult with outside agencies including schools, adult day programs, home health providers, nursing homes/skilled nursing facilities and work programs on behalf of consumers in conjunction with skill planning.
•Collaborate and communicate with the assigned case manager and other discipline-specific staff as a member of the rehabilitation team to provide comprehensive services to consumers.
•Facilitate integration of consumers into a variety of community program settings, and provides community education and in-service training for organizations, agencies and facilities working with individuals who are blind.
•Complete case documentation, perform electronic consumer tracking functions and maintain case files in accordance with policies and procedures.
•Knowledge of the principles, techniques and methods of vision rehabilitation therapy.
•Ability to communicate effectively with professionals.
•Ability to communicate effectively with and provide supportive counseling to consumers and their families/support network.
•Knowledge of the psychological, social, educational and health issues facing individuals who are blind.
•Capacity to learn and apply agency policies and procedures including fiscal guidelines for purchasing services for consumers.
•Talent for serving diverse populations and familiarity with secondary disabilities in addition to blindness.
About the Commission for the Blind:
The Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB) is the point of entry for vocational and social rehabilitation services for residents of the Commonwealth who are declared to be legally blind by an eye professional. Under a newly created category, MCB will expand service to qualifying individuals who have low vision with a progressive visual impairment. These services help individuals to work toward independence and full community participation.
As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of services to the diverse populations we serve - but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider towards your overall compensation, including:
•75% state paid medical insurance premium
•Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans
•Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs
•Low cost basic and optional life insurance
•Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan
•11 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time
•Tuition Benefit for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities
•Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options
•Incentive-based Wellness Programs
•Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities
•Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program
A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit http://www.mass.gov/hhs/cori
Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division's Hiring Guidelines.
Education and license/certification information provided the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records law and may be published on the Commonwealth's website.
For questions regarding this requisition, please contact Executive Office of Health and Human Services Human Resources at 1-800-510-4122, Ext. #2.
Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume for the Rehabilitation Teacher requisition.
First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.
•Knowledge of government and community agencies responsible for providing benefits and services to individuals with blindness.
•Ability to handle confidential information with an understanding of diversity and the importance of fostering an open and respectful work environment.
•Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications including Word and Outlook.
•Experience in using electronic case management or similar client information systems.
MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS:
REQUIRED WORK EXPERIENCE: At least two years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional or paraprofessional experience in social work, social casework, vocational counseling, employment counseling, rehabilitation counseling, or educational counseling.
- A Bachelor's or higher degree in rehabilitation, vocational rehabilitation counseling, education of the physically or emotionally handicapped, education of the multiple handicapped, education of the learning disabled, social work, psychology, human services, or counseling may be substituted for the required experience on the basis of two years of education for one year of experience.
- A Bachelor's or higher degree in a major other than rehabilitation, vocational rehabilitation counseling, education of the physically or emotionally handicapped, education of the multiple handicapped, education of the learning disabled, social work, psychology, human services, or counseling may be substituted for a maximum of one year of the required experience on the basis of four years of education for one year of experience.
- Licensure as a Licensed Rehabilitation Counselor by the Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health Professionals or Certification as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification may be substituted for the required experience.
- One year of education equals 30 semester hours. Education toward a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed
An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
Official Title: Rehabilitation Counselor (A/B)
Primary Location: United States-Massachusetts-600 Washington Street
Job: Community and Social Services
Agency: Commission for the Blind
Job Posting: Nov 18, 2019, 11:59:52 AM
Number of Openings: 1
Salary: 51,609.22 - 70,283.98 Yearly
If you have Diversity, Affirmative Action or Equal Employment Opportunity questions or need a Reasonable Accommodation, please contact Diversity Officer / ADA Coordinator: Kamilia Drogosz - 617-626-7510
Bargaining Unit: 08-SEIU - Local 509 - Social/Rehabilitation