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Iowa Department for the Blind

Braille Communications Instructor

Location: IA - Des Moines
Type: Full Time
Category: Education - Adult
Deadline: July 26, 2020

City: Des Moines, IA
Salary: $49,691.20 – $75,691.20 Annually
Website: Online application
Is this a remote / WFH position?: No

Job description

This is a non-merit position with the Iowa Department for the Blind.

The Department for the Blind (IDB) is seeking applicants for the position of Senior Services Specialist for the Blind 1/Braille Communications Instructor in the adult comprehensive Adjustment- to- blindness training center. This person provides small group instruction in the reading and writing of Braille using the Code Master teaching system. The slate and stylus, Perkins brailler, electronic note-takers, braille displays, and embossing software will be taught. We are looking for someone who will participate fully in center activities and challenge students to grow and reach their fullest potential. Our programs are based on a positive attitude toward blindness and a belief in the normality and competency of blind people. We know that with proper training and opportunity, blind people can live full, happy, and successful lives.

Duties:

The Work Examples and Competencies listed are for illustrative purposes only and not intended to be the primary basis for position decisions.

Work Examples

+ Provide individualized instruction to adults in all areas of Braille including, but not limited to: reading contracted Braille, writing with the slate and stylus, using the Perkins Brailler, using braille displays and note-takers, using embossers and software
+ Teach the Unified English Braille Code, computer Braille, music braille, and the Nemeth code.
+ Provide instruction to several students in a small group format
+ Provide instruction in the correct use of grammar, spelling, and punctuation and in the development of better verbal communication skills, as needed; Assist students in preparing and studying for the GED, as needed.
+ Demonstrate and promote a positive attitude toward blindness amongst center students.
+ Evaluate student progress, set goals, and write progress reports.
+ Participate fully in all center activities.

Applicants should strongly consider attaching a cover letter and resume to their NeoGov application.

It is the policy of the Department for the Blind to conduct background checks on all finalist candidates prior to any offer of employment.

Qualifications or requirements

Minimum Qualification Requirements
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a degree in human service-oriented sciences, education, marketing or business and experience equal to three years of full time professional work;

OR

the equivalent of three years of full-time experience as a rehabilitation counselor or teacher shall be considered as qualifying provided the employee has successfully completed training to meet the certification criteria established by the agency;

OR

an equivalent combination of education and experience, substituting the equivalent of one year of full-time professional work experience for each year of the required education to a maximum substitution of four years.

How to apply

For additional information, please click on this link to view the job description [PDF].