[nfbwatlk] FW: TVI/O&M Recruitment

Doug Trimble Doug.Trimble at wssb.wa.gov
Thu Jan 13 18:58:27 UTC 2011

WSSB Recruiting Teacher of the Blind & Orientation & Mobility Instructor

Spread the word please.




Doug Trimble
Orientation & Mobility Instructor
Washington State School for the Blind
2214 E. 13th Street Vancouver,  WA  98661
office ph. 360-696-6321 #118


From: Jessica Sydnor 
Sent: Thursday, January 13, 2011 9:21 AM
To: WSSB Staff (All)
Subject: TVI/O&M Recruitment
Importance: High


Hi There,


We are currently recruiting for a TVI/O&M teacher for our Outreach
Program.  Please feel free to forward this on to anyone who you think is
interested and qualified. 







Striving to educate blind and visually impaired children for
independence and success!


Itinerant Teacher of the Visually Impaired/Orientation & Mobility


Agency:                        Washington State School for the Blind

Location:                      SW Washington (districts served between
Centralia and Washougal WA)

Salary:                         Paid in accordance with Vancouver SD
salary schedule (Salary schedule is available at 

Position details:           Scheduled between 180 to 190 days per year;
full-time; permanent after successful completion of 12 month
probationary period.

Open Date:                   January 13, 2011

Closing Date:               Until Filled                          


Agency profile:  The mission of the Washington State School for the
Blind is to provide specialized quality educational services to visually
impaired/blind youth ages birth-21 within the state of Washington.  Our
purpose is to serve as a statewide demonstration and resource center and
provide direct/indirect services to students both on campus and in the
children's local communities.  For more information about WSSB, please
visit our website at www.wssb.wa.gov
oc/C58EA28C-18C0-4a97-9AF2-036E93DDAFB3/www.wssb.wa.gov> .

Philosophy:  WSSB believes that all students can benefit from a menu of
diverse services that can be provided through partnerships with LEAs and
ESDs.  The ease of movement between LEAs, ESDs, and WSSB, is critical to
overall programs for blind and visually impaired within the entire
state. No one school or agency can accomplish what these children need
without this spirit of cooperation and sharing. 

Benefits:  Employees of the WSSB receive State of Washington employee
benefits including medical, dental; long term disability and life
insurance.  Teachers are eligible for enrollment in the Teachers
Retirement System Plan 3 and deferred compensation plan.  Optional
programs also include Washington Guaranteed Education Tuition Program
(GET), Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP) and medical flexible
spending account (FSA).  Teachers accrue 8 hours of sick leave per month
and 1 personal holiday per calendar year. Outreach (itinerate) teachers
are supplied with the equipment necessary to complete the essential
duties of the position.  Equipment may include state vehicle, laptop
computer, cell phone and GPS. Position profile:  This position requires
a certificated teacher of the visually impaired/orientation & mobility
specialist who will provide specialized educational services to students
and districts in the greater SW Washington areas.  Working independently
under the direction of the Outreach Director, the incumbent will provide
instruction and services to best meet the unique needs of each visually
impaired student and the districts being served. 

Core responsibilities include but are not limited to:

*         Perform or facilitate necessary learning media, functional
vision, technology and orientation and mobility assessments.

*         Provide direct and consultative services as per Individual
Education Plans (IEP).

*         Provide workshops and in-services as needed to assist families
and school district personnel in understanding the unique needs of the
visually impaired learner.

*         Assists districts in obtaining necessary alternative format
materials and equipment as identified through the IEP process.

*         Work collaboratively with families, students and district
personnel to develop IEP goals and objectives in the expanded core
curriculum.  The expanded core curriculum addresses the following areas:

o        Literacy 

o        Technology

o        Self-help/daily living skills 

o        Career and vocational education

o        Self-advocacy skills

o        Travel skills

*         Prepares meaningful instruction geared to the student's
assessed needs, as identified in the IEP.

*         Provides consultation to the classroom teachers and other
involved personnel and adapts materials as needed to enable the learner
to benefit from instruction.

*         Maintains ongoing communication with all parties involved in
the child's education including the parents.

Key Competencies include but may not be limited to:

*         Excellent communication and organizational skills

*         Effective time management skills

*         Ability to set high expectations that support the acquisition
of student's independence and success

*         Ability to work effectively with diverse groups

*         Ability to work independently

Required Qualifications:

*	Bachelors degree in educational or other relevant field of study
*	Current Washington State Teaching Certification or can obtain a
Washington State Teaching Certificate
*	Certification as a Teacher of the Visually Impaired from an
accredited and nationally recognized university program
*	Orientation and Mobility certification 
*	Must pass federal and state criminal background checks

*	Must have Braille Literary Usage Exam Certification or Library
of Congress certification or be able to obtain either within 6 months of
hire date

Desirable Qualifications:

*	Masters degree in Teacher of Visually Impaired
Learner/Orientation & Mobility program
*	Five or more years teaching experience as an itinerant teacher
of the visually impaired
*	Experience working with children with multiple disabilities
including blindness

Note: This position is covered by a union shop provision. Therefore, as
a condition of employment, candidates who are appointed are required to
become members of the Washington Public Employee Association (WPEA), or
arrange to pay to that union a fee equivalent to its regular monthly
dues. The union shop provision shall be effective on the first day of
the month following the employee's initial 30 days in this

How to apply:  Please send a completed State Application
<http://www.wssb.wa.gov/Content/community/employment.asp>  (
http://www.wssb.wa.gov/Content/community/employment.asp), letter of
interest, detailed resume and references to the address or email listed
below.  For further information please call Dee Amundsen, Outreach
Director at (360)696-6321 ext 124 or Jessica Sydnor, Human Resources
Manager, at (360)696-6321 ext 129.  

Please mail applications to: 

WA State School for the Blind

Attn: Human Resources

2214 E 13th St

Vancouver WA 98682

FAX: (360)737-2120


Or Email to:

Jessica.sydnor at wssb.wa.gov <mailto:Jessica.sydnor at wssb.wa.gov> 

Attn:  TVI/O&M Position


Background inquiries of convictions and pending criminal charges shall
be completed on applicants prior to their appointment to positions in
the State of Washington which are directly responsible for the
supervision, care or treatment of children.  Information obtained from
background inquiries will not necessarily preclude employment, but will
be considered in determining the applicant character; suitability and
competence to perform in the position applied for and may result in the
denial of employment.  Applicants are required to sign a release
authorizing inquiry.  Failure to do so shall disqualify the applicant
from employment in these positions. 


This announcement is published by the Washington State School for the
Blind. The State of Washington is an equal opportunity employer. Persons
with a disability who need assistance in the application or testing
process, or those needing this announcement in an alternative format,
may call (360) 696-6321 ext 129 or email to jessica.sydnor at wssb.wa.gov.






Jessica Sydnor

Human Resources Manager

Washington State School for the Blind

2214 E 13th St

Vancouver WA 98661

360-696-6321 ext 129


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