[NFB-NM] Assistive Technology Specialist Vacancy in Las Cruces

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Fri Oct 18 01:52:10 UTC 2019

From: Salas, James, CFB <James.Salas at state.nm.us
<mailto:James.Salas at state.nm.us> > 
Sent: Thursday, October 17, 2019 4:39 PM
Subject: Assistive Technology Specialist Vacancy in Las Cruces




Would you please post this notice to the NFBNM List? Thanks mucho.








We are recruiting to fill an Assistive Technology Specialist vacancy with
the NM Commission for the Blind.  The position is in our Las Cruces office
and serves Southern New Mexico. 


The position serves both adults and transition students. 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 "blind" in the
search field, and look for the Assistive Technology Specialist 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 either Ms. Sylvia Yasa or me to discuss
the position.  Ms. Yasa manages the Assistive Technology program on my VR
team and can be reached at 505.383.2276 or at
<mailto:Sylvia.Yasa at state.nm.us> Sylvia.Yasa at state.nm.us.  


Thanks much.




James L. Salas 

Deputy Director 

NM Commission for the Blind

Phone 505.383.2251

 <http://www.cfb.state.nm.us> www.cfb.state.nm.us

 <mailto:James.Salas at state.nm.us> James.Salas at state.nm.us




New Mexico Commission for the Blind

Vacancy Announcement

- Job Title: Assistive Technology Specialist 


- 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


- 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 a wide  variety of technology services to
Commission vocational rehabilitation clients, including evaluating client
needs, evaluating college and employer environments, evaluating new
technologies/assistive technologies and assessing their applicability to
client needs, making recommendations to VR counselors,
configuring/delivering systems, and delivering training.


- How does it get done? Incumbent provides a wide variety of technology and
assistive technology services, primarily to vocational rehabilitation
clients of the Commission. These include evaluating clients for
technology/asistive technology needs depending on whether the clients are in
secondary education, post-secondary education, or work environments; making
technology/assistive technology recommendations to VR counselors; ordering
technology; configuring systems; delivering systems; and providing training.
Works with a wide variety of technology and assistive technology, including
general computer hardware and software; networks; screen reading systems;
screen magnification hardware/software; electronic note-taking devices;
Braille embossers, refreshable Braille displays, and text-to-Braille
translation software; Optical character recognition systems; smart phones,
and tablets. 


- Who are the customers? Persons with blindness or severe visual
impairments, family members, school personnel, and employers.


- Ideal Candidate: Individual possesses a Bachelor's Degree with two years
of related experience. Related experience would include in-depth experience
with assistive technology, including screen readers, screen/video
magnifiers, optical character recognition systems, Braille production, and
portable book readers; and basic computer technology, including Windows and
Mac OS computers, tablets, Microsoft Office, networks, peripherals, and


- Minimum Qualifications: Associate's degree and 2 years of experience in
assistive technology related to blindness or low vision. Substitutions
Apply. See Substitution Table below.


These combinations of education and experience qualify you for the position:

High School Diploma or equivalency and four years of experience;

Associate's Degree and two years of experience; or

Bachelor's Degree and no experience.


-- 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 is generally performed in an office setting, though work requires
frequent visits to client homes, secondary and post-secondary schools, and
employer locations; regular exposure to Visual/Video Display Terminal (VDT),
personal computers, printers, scanners, video magnifiers, and Braille
displays/embossers; and requires extensive telephone usage. Duties require
lifting of typical computer hardware, 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.  Regular travel is required, including
occasional 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
adhered to.


- Agency Contact Information: Kelly Quintana, (505) 476.4456


- There are also approximately ten questions addressing education,
experience, and specialized qualifications. 

-- end




Best wishes,


Tonia Trapp, secretary

National Federation of the Blind of New Mexico

nfbnewmexicosecretary at gmail.com <mailto:nfbnewmexicosecretary at gmail.com> 


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