[NFB-NM] FW: Assistive Technology Specialist Vacancy with the Commission

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Tue Sep 13 03:28:07 UTC 2022

Best wishes,
Tonia Trapp, secretary
National Federation of the Blind of New Mexico
From: Salas, James, CFB <James.Salas at state.nm.us> 
Sent: Monday, September 12, 2022 2:59 PM
Subject: Assistive Technology Specialist Vacancy with the Commission 
We are recruiting for an Assistive Technology Specialist position with the
New Mexico Commission for the Blind.  The position is in our Albuquerque
The most relevant aspects of the job posting are provided below my signature
block.  The posting is open until filled, but please apply as soon as you
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 Job Opportunities, then click the link for View Job
Opportunities and Apply, then enter the letters CFB in the search field, and
look for the Assistive Technology Specialist vacancy in Albuquerque.
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. Chelsea Harvey, our HR Manager. She
can be reached in our Santa Fe office at 505.476.4460 or at
<mailto:Chelsea.Harvey at state.nm.us> Chelsea.Harvey at state.nm.us. You may
request assistance with the application.  Ms. Harvey can also confirm that
your application (including uploaded transcripts, licenses, etc.) has been
successfully received for consideration.
Please forward this announcement to any individuals that you believe might
be interested in a great job with our agency. Interested individuals can
contact either Mr. Eric Gonzales or me to discuss the positions.  Mr.
Gonzales manages the Assistive Technology Program on my VR team and can be
reached at 505.383.2204 or at  <mailto:EricM.Gonzales at state.nm.us>
EricM.Gonzales at state.nm.us.  
Thank you.
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 $43,954 - $70,326 annually
($21.13 - $33.81 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 eleven 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? Students and adults with blindness or severe visual
impairments, family members, school personnel, employers, and Vocational
Rehabilitation Counselors. 
- 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.
Substitution Table
These combinations of education and experience qualify you for the position:
1. High School Diploma AND 4 years of experience
2. Associate's degree AND 2 years of experience in the field(s) specified in
the minimum qualification
3. Bachelor's degree or higher in the field(s) specified in the minimum
qualification AND 0 years of experience
. Education and years of experience must be related to the purpose of the
-- If Minimum Qualifications require a specific number of "semester hours"
in a field (e.g. 6 semester hours in Accounting), applicants MUST have those
semester hours in order to meet the minimum qualifications. No substitutions
apply for semester hours.
-- If you have indicated in your application that you have an education
higher than a high school diploma or GED, you must attach a copy of your
unofficial transcript to the application. 
- 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
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. Chelsea Harvey, (505) 476.4460
- There are also approximately ten questions addressing education,
experience, and specialized qualifications. 
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