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Occupational Therapist / Rehabilitation Instructor

Summary of Position:

Evaluate and provide instruction to persons who are blind and visually impaired in many different areas ranging from activities of daily living, sensory training, household mechanics, and audio device instruction.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Identify the specific needs of clients and their desired outcomes.
  • Develop instructional strategies to help clients reach their desired outcomes.
  • Monitor progress of each client and through checklists and reports, show accomplishments or needed work of measurable functional outcomes.
  • Maintain well documented records and data.
  • Participate in regularly scheduled conferences with client and funding source to update and discuss progression of training.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in special education, occupational therapy, or related field required.
  • Master’s degree preferred
  • Experience working with people who are vision impaired, blind, or who have other disabilities.
  • Excellent communication and written skills.
  • Must be able to lift 10 pounds.
  • Child Abuse, Criminal History, and FBI clearances are required upon employment.

Rehabilitation Instructor

Summary of Position:

Evaluate and provide instruction in one or more of the following areas to persons who are blind or vision  impaired: activities of daily living, communications skills, household arts skills, sensory training, leisure time instruction, household mechanics, typing, handwriting, audio device instruction, spoken communications, introduction to computers, kinesiatrics, Braille, labeling skills, and pre-cane mobility skills.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Interview clients to determine their needs, desired outcomes, and plan lessons which will result in those desired outcomes.
  • Structure situations that will reveal the abilities and limitations of each client and discuss those findings with the client.
  • Maintain record of services provided to clients and their progress toward the accomplishment of measurable functional outcomes.
  • Prepare written correspondence documenting the progression and final status of skill level of the client.
  • Participate in regularly scheduled conferences with the client and funding source to update and discuss progression of training.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree is required.
  • Master’s degree is preferred.
  • Experience working with individuals who have vision loss or other disabilities is preferred.

This position does not supervise other staff positions but does have primary responsibility in decision making regarding clients’ training programs. This position supervises interns in the rehabilitation teaching program.


Utility Worker

Summary of Position:

Perform work to produce components or completed articles, including inspection, material handling, packaging, labeling, assembling, sewing of any or all articles produced. Some of the products being produced are reflective roll-up highway signs, aluminum highway signs, hard hats, textiles, activated carbon bags.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Perform assembly-type functions using hand or power tools. Responsible for inspection of product parts to ensure that products are manufactured correctly; material handling of raw materials to work site; use of commercial-grade sewing machine; packaging and labeling completed products for shipment.

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of tools (i.e. rivet gun, hand drill), and equipment (hand jack) is helpful but not necessary.
  • Ability to lift and pull objects (50 pounds).
  • Ability to stand at work station.

Vision Screening Technician

Summary of Position:

Conduct prevention of blindness services throughout Allegheny County primarily with children ages 6 months thru 6 years of age.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Schedule, manage, and conduct screenings for children and adults.
  • Work as a team member as well as independent.
  • Oversee small groups of volunteers at training sites.
  • Supervise and evaluate volunteer screening teams.
  • Participate in regularly scheduled staff meetings.
  • Organize, complete, and submit accurate screening results as scheduled.
  • Maintain screening tools and paperwork.
  • Continue to maintain current screening sites, while developing new sites.
  • Present a professional attitude with all directors, teachers, parents, and children.

Qualifications:

  • BA Degree preferred.
  • Act 33/34 clearances and 151 clearances.
  • 3-5 years experience working with preschool aged children.
  • Experience working with and supervising adults.
  • Valid drivers license with ability to drive throughout Allegheny County.
  • Effectively communicate with all age groups and personalities .

  • To Apply

    Please send an email with the position applying for in the subject line and attach your resume and cover letter to jobs@pghvis.org.

    BVRS is an equal opportunity employer.