[Pibe-division] Job Advertisement, Institute on Blindness

Edward Bell ebell at latech.edu
Thu Apr 25 16:01:28 CDT 2013

Job Announcement

Outreach Specialist 


The Professional Development and Research Institute on Blindness (PDRIB) at Louisiana Tech University is seeking a full-time Outreach Specialist. 


The PDRIB fulfills two primary missions: to prepare professionals to work in the field of rehabilitation and education with innovative knowledge about blindness; and to conduct research which clarifies and deepens the understanding about blindness and the best practices for promoting education, employment, and independence for individuals who are blind or have low vision. The PDRIB is a small, grant-based research and training institute within the College of Education at Louisiana Tech University, located in Ruston, Louisiana. The work of the Institute occurs on the University campus, but also has a nationwide scale.

Major Duties Include:

The Outreach Specialist reports directly to the Director of the PDRIB, and has the following specific job responsibilities: 

·        Provide direct Structured Discovery Cane Travel (SDCT) instruction to youth and adults, on an itinerate basis, across Northern Louisiana.

·        Provide direct instruction in Literary Braille and other educational skills to youth and adults, on an itinerate basis, across Northern Louisiana. 

·        Maintain an active recruitment campaign to attract and educate interested persons across the country in the programs offered at the PDRIB. 

·        Develop and teach curriculum /training programs in an online environment, as well as in on-site locations throughout the country. 

·        Write academic/professional manuscripts, including policies, training curriculum, grant proposals, research articles, and marketing materials.

·        Lead and manage training sessions, academic courses, conferences, workshops, and other training events.


·        B.A. required, (M.A. preferred)

  a.. Credentialed with National Certification in Literary Braille (NCLB) (One year may be granted for individual to obtain the credential)
  b.. Credentialed with National Orientation and Mobility  Certification (NOMC) (One year may be granted for individual to obtain the credential)
  c.. Willingness to travel in-state and out-of-state
  d.. Ability to be self-motivating and self-directing
  e.. Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  f.. Excellent attention to details 
  g.. Excellent problem-solving and critical thinking 
  h.. Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and Internet 
  i.. Willingness to learn new software programs and processes

Salary is commensurate with qualifications—compensation includes benefits package. 

Full-time employment based on a year-to-year contract, reviewed annually, and contingent upon available funding. 

Please send cover letter and resume to Edward Bell, Director, Professional Development and Research Institute on Blindness, via electronic mail to: ebell at latech.edu.  


Louisiana Tech University adheres to the equal opportunity provisions of federal and civil rights laws, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status or disability. The Title IX Coordinator is Carrie Flournoy, President's Office, P.O. Box 3168; phone: (318) 257-3785; e-mail  flournoy at Jlatech.edu 

Edward C. Bell, Ph.D., CRC, NOMC


Director, Professional Development and Research
Institute on Blindness
Louisiana Tech University
210 Woodard Hall
PO Box 3158
Ruston LA  71272
Office: 318.257.4554 
Fax: 318.257.2259 (Fax)
Skype: edwardbell2010
ebell at latech.edu
"I am somehow less interested in the weight and convolutions of Einstein's brain than in the near certainty that people of equal talent have lived and died in cotton fields and sweatshops." 
-- Stephen Jay Gould 
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