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Center Instructor

State of Iowa
Des Moines, IA
Closing date
Jan 17, 2022

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This is a non-merit position with the Iowa Department for the Blind. The Iowa Department for the Blind (IDB) is seeking applicants for the position of Senior Services Specialist for the Blind 1/Generalist in the Blindness Empowerment and Independence center. This person provides small group instruction in nonvisual skills in all subject areas including: home and personal management/ daily living, cane travel, braille, technology, and industrial arts. This person would fill in and teach classes as assigned and plan confidence building activities. This position works with students during some evenings and weekends to assist new students and reinforce nonvisual skills training. We are looking for someone who will bring a fun and enthusiastic energy to our team. Persons in this position 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 include but are not limited to the following: * Provide individualized, nonvisual instruction to adults in all center classes, which include, Home Management, Braille, Cane Travel, Technology, and Wood Shop. * Produce braille using embossers and software, Perkins brailler, and slate and stylus. * Provide instruction to several students in a small group format. * Demonstrate and promote a positive attitude toward blindness amongst center students. * Evaluate student progress, set goals, and write progress reports within the case management system. * Plan and participate fully in all center activities. * Purchase and maintain classroom supplies. Thorough knowledge and understanding of the agency's philosophy of blindness and the ability to implement this philosophy in work duties. It is the policy of the Department for the Blind to conduct background checks on all finalist candidates prior to any offer of employment. All candidates are strongly encouraged to submit a cover letter and resume. For more information, contact Center Director, Karly Prinds at karly.prinds@blind.state.ia.usGraduation 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. For additional information, please click on this link to view the job description.

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