[nfb-talk] Nebraska Communications Instructor
Deb and Jeff Altman
jaltman at neb.rr.com
Sat Jan 30 00:17:13 UTC 2016
From: Robinson, Dave
Sent: Thursday, January 28, 2016 1:49 PM
Subject: Job Posting
This e-mail is to announce the posting of the
Training Center Communications Instructor.
There is no end date to the posting, as it will remain open until filled.
All interested parties are required to apply
online at <http://statejobs.nebraska.gov/>http://statejobs.nebraska.gov/
Applicants are encouraged to read through the
instructions completely, before beginning the
application process, as incomplete or improperly
filled out applications will not be forwarded for review.
If you traditionally post to list serves, please
feel free to do so with this notice.
Nebraska Commission For The Blind & Visually Impaired
(402)-370-3453 - Phone
(402)-370-3508 - FAX
STATE OF NEBRASKA CLASS
SPECIFICATION EST: 01/80 REV: 09/11
VISUALLY IMPAIRED ORIENTATION COUNSELOR
II CLASS CODE: C72612
Job Location: Lincoln, Nebraska
DESCRIPTION: Under general supervision, provides
adjustment counseling and teaching of non-visual
techniques for clients who are experiencing
personal and social problems which are associated
with the on-set of blindness. Tasks performed
vary greatly and are based on the needs of the
individual client, families or guardians or
consulting agency; performs related work as assigned.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: (A position is
assigned to this class based on the scope and
level of work performed as outlined below.)
This is the second classification level of two in
the Visually Impaired Orientation Counselor class
series. This class is differentiated from the
Visually Impaired Orientation Counselor I class
based on the scope and level of work performed
and the amount of independence in which to
perform the tasks assigned. Positions allocated
to the first level perform basic counseling and
teaching functions under close supervision and
work with the guidance of Visually Impaired Orientation Counselor II staff.
Positions allocated to the Vocational
Rehabilitation Counselor series perform
counseling and guidance related to vocational training and work placements.
EXAMPLES OF WORK: (A position may not be
assigned all the duties listed, nor do these
examples include all the duties that may be assigned.)
Evaluates the present level of skill possessed by
clients to identify attainable goals and areas of
needed improvement to adjust to blindness.
Educates clients and the public in understanding
the various implications of blindness and how
this relates to current attitudes toward blindness.
Primary duties include teaching clients computer
skills, typing non visually, using adaptive
equipment such as scanners, and screen readers
such as Jaws for Windows and Open Book
Prepares clients for work by teaching them
applications often used on the job such as
Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook, and
other Microsoft Office programs.
Teaches computer skills such as email, internet
navigation, social media, and Voiceover on the Mac and iOS devices.
Prepares periodic reports to evaluate the
clients progress toward successful
rehabilitation and to monitor the overall effectiveness of programs provided.
Occasionally prepares and implements
instructional programs for clients to address the
necessary skills to deal effectively with
blindness such as cooking and other homemaking
skills, Braille, and cane travel.
Assists in the training of new staff members in
the different philosophies of working with the
blind, the implications of being blind and
teaching daily living skills to the blind. At
times, serves as a team leader for a working group of Orientation Counselors.
Refers clients to additional opportunities
provided by the Nebraska Commission for the Blind and
Visually Impaired and other social service agencies.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
REQUIRED: (These are needed to perform the work assigned.)
Knowledge of: teaching and instructing
individuals; leadership techniques; blindness
philosophies; various educational modalities as
they pertain to the rehabilitation of blind
individuals (i.e. computer use, email, internet,
screen readers and/or low vision applications,
Braille, cane travel, and etc.); understanding of
problems arising from blindness; counseling
techniques used in the rehabilitation of the blind.
C72612 VISUALLY IMPAIRED ORIENTATION COUNSELOR II (continued)
Skill in: evaluating each client's needs
and the subsequent preparation and
implementation of instructional programs to answer these needs.
Ability to: lead and mentor others in the
completion of work; organize and coordinate
instructional programs; apply specific
counseling techniques according to the
situation; effectively evaluate the results of
instructional programs and revise such programs
as warranted; establish a strong working rapport
with clients, general public and other service agencies.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: (Applicants will be
screened for possession of these qualifications.
Applicants who need accommodation in the
selection process should request this in advance.)
Bachelor's degree in a behavioral science, social
science, counseling, education or related field
and three years experience. Experience providing
counseling and/or instruction to clients with a
visual impairment or other disability may be
substituted for a Bachelors degree on a
year-for-year basis. OR Master's degree in any
of the above mentioned fields or related area and one year experience.
State agencies are responsible to evaluate each
of their positions to determine their individual
overtime eligibility status as required by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
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