[NFB-NM] Blindness Skills Instructor Vacancy with the Commission for the Blind
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Tonia Trapp, secretary
National Federation of the Blind of New Mexico
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From: Salas, James, CFB <James.Salas at state.nm.us>
Sent: Monday, August 19, 2019 4:32 PM
Subject: Blindness Skills Instructor Vacancy with the Commission for the
Would you please post the following vacancy announcement to the NFBNM list?
We are recruiting to fill a Blindness Skills Instructor vacancy with the NM
Commission for the Blind. The position is in our Las Cruces office and
serves the Southern/Southwestern part of New Mexico.
The most relevant portions of the job posting are provided below my
signature block. The position is open until filled, but please apply as
soon as you can.
To reach the job posting, go to the NM State Personnel Website at
<http://www.spo.state.nm.us> www.spo.state.nm.us, click the link for View
Job Opportunities And Apply, enter the word "blind" in the search field, and
look for the Blindness Skills Instructor vacancy in Las Cruces.
Applications are accepted through the New Mexico State Personnel Office
online application system only!
Note to screen reader users: Recent updates to this online application
utility have made it difficult to complete independently using screen
reading technology. Screen reader users who experience difficulty with the
application utility should notify Ms. Andrea Rivera-Smith of the State
Personnel Office at (505) 695-5606 for assistance. She can also confirm
that your application (including uploaded transcripts, licenses, etc.) has
been successfully received for consideration.
Interested individuals can contact me to discuss the position.
James L. Salas
NM Commission for the Blind
<mailto:James.Salas at state.nm.us> James.Salas at state.nm.us
New Mexico Commission for the Blind
- Job Title: Blindness Skills Instructor
- Full/Part Time: Full-Time
- Regular/Temporary: Regular - Permanent
- Closing Date: Open Until Filled
- Pay Grade: 65
- Salary: The salary range for this position is $32,427 - $56,413 Annually
($15.59 - $27.12 Hourly).
Offered salary will be based on education and experience.
- Benefits: Full State of New Mexico benefits, including health insurance,
life insurance, retirement, sick leave, annual leave, and ten holidays.
- Why does the job exist? Provides blindness skills training, primarily
training in orientation and mobility (cane travel), personal management,
assistive technology, braille, and home management to blind and visually
impaired individuals. This position serves both Independent Living/Older
Blind Program and Vocational Rehabilitation Program participants.
- How does it get done? Incumbent receives client referrals from medical
providers, school personnel, VR counselors, friends, family members, and
other sources; meets with referred individuals to determine their needs;
reviews medical documentation to determine eligibility for agency services;
provides core services; develops an Independent Living Plan (ILP) for
individuals requiring intensive blindness skills training; manages a budget
for needed products; develops lessons; schedules regular appointments to
deliver needed aids, devices, technology, and skills training in order to
accomplish ILP goals; manages assigned cases using AWARE case management
system; and conducts regular outreach and trainings throughout service
- Who are the customers? Students and adults with blindness or severe visual
impairments, family members, school personnel, employers, and Vocational
- Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate possesses a Bachelor's Degree with
three years of related experience. Related experience would include in-depth
experience with basic computer technology, assistive technology for blind
and visually impaired individuals, and skills training, in addition to the
ability to teach cane travel, Braille, communication skills, and other
skills related to activities of daily living for blind and visually impaired
- Minimum Qualifications, including Substitutions: Associate's degree in
Education, Social Science, Behavioral Science, or related field and two (2)
years of experience in a field such as orientation and mobility, vocational
rehabilitation counseling, education, social work, gerontology, family and
community services, child development, home economics related to families,
or services for people with disabilities. Additional education may
substitute for the required experience on a year for year basis. Experience
in this job classification may substitute for the required education on a
year for year basis.
- If you have indicated on your application that you have attended college,
you must attach a copy of your unofficial college transcript to the
application. Your application WILL NOT be considered for further review if
you have failed to provide this information.
Working Conditions: work requires daily visits to client homes, secondary
and post-secondary schools, and employer locations; regular exposure to
Visual/Video Display Terminal (VDT), personal computers, printers, scanners,
and video magnifiers; and requires extensive telephone usage. Duties require
lifting of typical modern desktop video magnifiers, as well as walking,
standing, sitting, bending, and crawling. Regularly works with individuals
with secondary disabilities, some of which resulting in challenging
behaviors. Occasionally exposed to service animals. 80% of the work is
performed away from the office, traveling throughout the Southern and
Southwestern New Mexico service territory, including regular overnight
travel using agency vehicles.
- Bargaining Unit: This position is covered by a collective bargaining
agreement and all terms/conditions of that agreement apply and must be
- Agency Contact Information: Ms. Kelly Quintana, (505) 476.4456
- There are also approximately ten questions addressing education,
experience, and specialized qualifications.
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