[NFB-NM] FW: Commission Vacancy Announcement for a Blindness Skills Instructor (CFB#64114) in our Las Cruces Office

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Tue Sep 12 01:49:01 UTC 2023

This is an OFFICIAL NOTIFICATION of invitation to applicants for a Blindness
Skills Instructor (CFB#64114) in our Las Cruces Office. 
ALL applications MUST be filed using the online application system.
Applications for this position not filed through the SPO website WILL NOT BE
1. Go to 
2. Enter CFB in the search field.
3. Look for the Blindness Skills Instructor vacancy in our Las Cruces
$22.40 - $35.84 Hourly
$46,591 - $74,545 Annually
This position is a Pay Band 65
Purpose of Position
SHARE is currently working on a system update for applicants who use screen
readers. A screen reader is a software application that enables people with
visual impairments to use a computer. Screen readers work closely with the
computers Operating System to provide information about icons, menus,
dialogue boxes, files and folders. If you are applying with a screen reader
and need assistance, please contact Chelsea Talamante at (505) 476-4460.
Why does the job exist?
This position will provide 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 territory.
Who are the customers?
Students and adults with blindness or severe visual impairments, family
members, school personnel, employers, and Vocational Rehabilitation
Ideal Candidate
Individual 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 individuals.
Minimum Qualification
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. 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 in the field(s) specified in the minimum qualification
AND 2 years of experience, OR Associate's degree or higher in any field AND
4 years of experience
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 Qualification requires 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.
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
Bargaining Unit Position
This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement and all
terms/conditions of that agreement apply and must be adhered to.
Thank you, 
Chelsea Talamante
Human Resources Manager
2905 Rodeo Park Drive East, Building 4 Suite 100        
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Office: 505-476-4460 Cell: 505-660-8013
Email: Chelsea.Talamante at cfb.nm.gov <mailto:Chelsea.Talamante at cfb.nm.gov> 

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