[NFB-NM] FW: Assistive Technology Specialist Vacancy in Las Cruces, New Mexico

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Wed Sep 16 02:15:17 UTC 2020

Best wishes,

Tonia Trapp, secretary
National Federation of the Blind of New Mexico

-----Original Message-----
From: Salas, James, CFB <James.Salas at state.nm.us> 
Sent: Tuesday, September 15, 2020 8:45 AM
Subject: Assistive Technology Specialist Vacancy in Las Cruces, New Mexico


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
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: Should you experience difficulty with the
application utility, please notify Ms. Andrea Rivera-Smith of the State
Personnel Office at (505) 695-5606. You may request assistance with the
application.  She can also confirm that your application (including uploaded
transcripts, licenses, etc.) has been successfully received for

Interested individuals can contact me to discuss the position.  

Thanks much.


James L. Salas
Deputy Director
NM Commission for the Blind
Phone 505.383.2251
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 $33,720 - $58,673 annually
($16.21 - $28.21 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/assistive 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: Ms. Annica Gonzales, (505) 476.4456

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