Careers

Our current employment opportunities are listed below. Please direct any questions regarding these opportunities to Carole Nadzam at cnadzam@pghvis.org

 

DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR

Blind & Vision Rehabilitation Services is a leader in programs and services for people of all ages who are blind, vision impaired, or who have other disabilities. We are committed to improving the lives of persons with vision loss and related disabilities by teaching independence and self-advocacy.
Department: Development/Public Relations
Supervisor: Vice President External Affairs
Job Status (exempt or non-exempt): non-exempt

Job Summary
The Development Coordinator will work closely with the Vice President of External Affairs to meet the development goals of this dynamic agency. The Development Coordinator will be a keystone member of the team, with a concentration in successfully leading special events, and providing support in donor stewardship initiatives. This position will also be responsible for effective and efficient use of resources and the donor management system to measure and achieve development goals. They will be asked to think both strategically about the larger efforts of the department, along with performing highly detailed and creative work daily.

Essential Functions:
Special Events Coordination

  • Along with the Vice of President of External Affairs, strategically create a robust special events calendar that recognizes long-standing events
  • Lead all pre-event and day-of logistics for special events, including signature agency events, cultivation and exposure opportunities, and third party run events
  • As needed, work with event vendors and consultants
  • Manage the corporate sponsorships program to make events significant money earners for the agency
  • Create and implement new techniques and fine tune existing techniques to make events as profitable as possible
  • Cultivate and steward motivated participants to both raise funds for the event and remain connected to the agency afterwards
  • Work in conjunction with the Marketing Consultant to ensure the agency’s presence at events conveys its mission, services, and needs
  • Ability to coordinate events of various sizes while engaging stakeholders

Donor Stewardship

  • Effectively utilize the donor tracking database through accurate entry, advanced reports, and integrated communication options
  • Ensure all donors are acknowledged in a timely manner
  • Along with the Vice President of External Affairs manage a pipeline of donors to welcome supporters in at every level and further leverage their generosity
  • Recommend development process modifications
  • As work load allows, grow a small portfolio of individual donors

Annual Fund Management

  • Create and implement an annual strategy for cultivating and stewarding donors through social media, events, email, and other innovative techniques that can attract a diverse range of donors
  • Remain up to date on the latest fundraising techniques to attract new donors and adopt new practices to further the agency’s fundraising goals
  • Work closely with the Marketing Consultant to leverage the power of social media, internet presence, printed materials, and technology use to cross promote agency messaging
  • Solicit needed in-kind donations

General Responsibilities

  • Maintain current knowledge in present areas of responsibility, profession, and industry trends
  • Living the values of BVRS: Inclusion, Equity, Innovation, Compassion, Integrity, Professionalism, and Excellence
  • Make a positive contribution by making suggestions for improvement and learning new skills, procedures, and processes

Other Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of fundraising principles and practices to participate in the planning and implementation of an effective, well-rounded development campaign
  • Demonstrate the ability to use sound judgement and discretion regarding confidential information
  • Demonstrate excellent organizational skills with the ability to prioritize a workload and multi-task while maintaining strict attention to detail
  • Demonstrate solid project management skills, including critical ability to coordinate and balance multiple projects in a time-sensitive manner
  • Develop strong relationship management skills with both internal and external stakeholders
  • Strong communication skills, both verbally and written; comfortable facilitating meetings and speaking to groups when needed
  • Computer skills: Microsoft Office Suite, Donor management systems, Social media platforms, Internet based fundraising tools, Basic design abilities
  • Ability to work both individually and in a team environment
  • Strong work ethic that gives you an internal drive to exceed goals

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelors Degree in Public Administration, Marketing, Social Sciences, Communications, or other related fields. Combination of education and equivalent work experience may be considered.
  • 4+ years of experience in fundraising, special events, donor communication, or a combination of education and experience providing equivalent knowledge and experience. Intensive experience with a shorter period of time may be considered.
  • 3+ years successful Event Management experience from planning and implementation including management of budgets, resources, staff and volunteers.
  • Proven stakeholder management skills, demonstrating ability to establish rapport with all levels of Staff, Board of Directors, Funders and Donors.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage details, meet fundraising goals, build momentum around events, and work in a collaborative, welcoming manner.
  • Ability to create comprehensive reports to provide executive level insight into development activities and progress toward goals.
  • Strong Technical Skills including: Microsoft Office user, ability to create complex excel workbooks, manage donor databases and create presentations.
  • Valid Drivers’ License and/or reliable transportation for special event purposes

Working Environment/Physical Demands:
Working Environment:

  • General office environment: Works generally at a desk in a well-lighted, air-conditioned cubicle/office, with moderate noise levels.
  • May be required to work out of doors with exposure to natural elements (sun, wind, rain etc) for event management
  • Travel to sites in car as needed
  • Work outside of normal office hours may be required including nights and weekends
  • Periods of high stress may occur.

Physical Demands:

  • Activities require a significant amount of sitting at office and work desks and in front of a computer monitor, including using a keyboard and mouse extensively
  • Ability to speak professionally on the phone with various stakeholders
  • Ability to utilize a visually based database and social media programs
  • Responsibility to lift and /or carrying of supplies up to 25 Pounds without assistance,
  • Ability to lift and move 50 pounds + with assistance (e.g. with dolly or push carts) and walk at least 2-3 blocks for special event set up
  • Presence at specific events for extended periods that include standing, hauling material, and set up in various weather conditions, while speaking effectively with the public
  • Ability to bend, stoop, kneel may be required for event set up

Reasoning Abilities & Language Skills:

  • Strong executive level oral and written communication skills. Including executive reporting and presentations.
  • Ability to evaluate information and the implications of a course of action or solution.
  • Ability to interpret and apply common sense understanding to carry out a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.
  • Ability to follow and execute directives from leadership
  • Ability to solve problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
  • Define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.
  • Evaluate trends in data or information.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to multi-task often without losing momentum or focus.
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret both internal and external documents

For consideration, please forward resume and any questions to cnadzam@pghvis.org


CUSTODIAL WORKER SUPERVISOR SLIPPERY ROCK UNIVERSITY

Job Summary
PBA Products & Services is an agency that supports and works with individuals with disabilities. We are looking to staff a new janitorial contract on the campus of Slippery Rock University. Basic cleaning skills needed such as mopping, sweeping, dusting, and cleaning of restrooms. Persons with Disabilities encouraged to apply.

Multiple Positions/Times Available

  • Monday thru Friday 8AM – 2PM
  • Monday thru Friday 10AM – 2PM
  • Saturday and Sunday – 6 hour shifts

Job Type
Part-time

Pay
Competitive; commensurable with experience.

For consideration, please forward resume and any questions to cnadzam@pghvis.org


ORIENTATION & MOBILITY SPECIALIST

Blind & Vision Rehabilitation Services is a leader in programs and services for people of all ages who are blind, vision impaired, or who have other disabilities. We are committed to improving the lives of persons with vision loss and related disabilities by teaching independence and self-advocacy.

Job Summary
The successful candidate will evaluate orientation and mobility skills and provide instructions that will improve the ability of individuals who are blind and vision impaired to travel as independently as possible.

Responsibilities

  • Instruct clients who are blind or vision impaired on skills and equipment that will improve their ability to navigate independently in a variety of environments, including public transportation.
  • Interview clients to determine their needs, desired outcomes and plan lessons which will result in those outcomes.
  • Assess clients’ current ability to travel safely and independently.
  • Conduct ongoing evaluation with clients, discuss findings, and modify instruction, as necessary.
  • 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.
  • Monitor and Supervise interns.
  • Coordinate schedules of clients and staff to streamline lessons.
  • Orient clients to the BVRS facility and agency procedures.
  • Maintain all certifications.
  • Provide sighted guide training to staff and volunteers.
  • Assess needs of clients for other services and make referrals, as necessary.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in orientation and mobility is required.
  • Experience working with individuals who have vision loss or other disabilities is preferred.
  • ACVERP Certification.
  • Valid driver’s license is required.

Physical Needs for Job
Persons in this position must possess the ability to anticipate hazards that might compromise the safety of their clients and be prepared to take whatever measures necessary to ensure their client’s safety. Persons in this position must be able to assist someone to their feet if they have fallen. Persons in this position must be able to walk up and down stairs, to walk down stairs backwards and to walk the majority of the workday while teaching classes.

Job Type
Full-time. Immediate opening.

Salary
$50,000 annual.

COVID-19 Considerations
The health and safety of our clients and staff is of the utmost importance to BVRS. All CDC guidelines are being followed.

For consideration, please forward resume and any questions to cnadzam@pghvis.org


JOB COACH/EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT SPECIALIST – Pittsburgh Area

Blind & Vision Rehabilitation Services is a leader in programs and services for people of all ages who are blind, vision impaired, or who have other disabilities. We are committed to improving the lives of persons with vision loss and related disabilities by teaching independence and self-advocacy. Our Vocational/Employment services provide support to both employers and to individuals with vision loss and other disabilities. The goal is to help individuals prepare for, retain or secure competitive jobs. Our Pittsburgh office serves Allegheny County, while our Uniontown office serves Fayette, Greene, and Washington counties and our Somerset office serves the Somerset, Johnstown, and Altoona areas.

Job Summary

The successful candidate will provide training to facilitate successful employment outcomes for consumers who are blind, vision impaired, or have other disabilities. Responsible for development of jobs, strategies for maintaining employment, monitoring progress, and compiling accurate data. Coordinates employment services with ESS team.

This is NOT a recruiter or human resources position.

Responsibilities

  • Assess consumer’s general work habits, characteristics, and training needs.
  • Develop relationships with employers in the community.
  • Establish job requirements and performance standards with input from the employer.
  • Provide job site advocacy, support, and follow-up services.
  • Maintain accurate records: progress reports of case activities, Placement reports, CBA reports, worksite information.
  • Complete intake interviews for new referrals.
  • Submit pre-weekly and post-weekly schedules to ESS Coordinator for review
  • Assist with development of individual employment services plans with State VR agencies, ISC’s, County MH/MR representative.
  • Participate in OVR and ISP team meetings.
  • Responsible for providing career guidance, resources, and related employment activities to consumers to facilitate the job search.
  • Maintain accurate files for licensing requirements and contract agreements.
  • Communicate with referral sources on case progress.
  • Participate in agency, departmental, and ESS staff meetings.
  • Performance of other duties as assigned.
  • Must be able to work daytime, evenings, and weekends.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Vocational Rehabilitation, or a related field.
  • Minimum of one year experience working with individuals with disabilities.
  • Valid driver’s license, reliable personal vehicle, proof of automobile insurance
  • Computer and data entry skills.
  • Criminal background, child abuse, and FBI Fingerprint clearances required.

Job Type/Salary

  • Full-time/part time positions available.
  • $15.00 per hour
  • Signing bonus

COVID-19 Considerations
The health and safety of our staff and clients is of the utmost importance to BVRS. COVID precautions are strictly enforced, including mask-wearing at all times.

 


JOB COACH/EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT SPECIALIST – Uniontown Area

Blind & Vision Rehabilitation Services is a leader in programs and services for people of all ages who are blind, vision impaired, or who have other disabilities. We are committed to improving the lives of persons with vision loss and related disabilities by teaching independence and self-advocacy. Our Vocational/Employment services provide support to both employers and to individuals with vision loss and other disabilities. The goal is to help individuals prepare for, retain or secure competitive jobs. Our Pittsburgh office serves Allegheny County, while our Uniontown office serves Fayette, Greene, and Washington counties and our Somerset office serves the Somerset, Johnstown, and Altoona areas.

Job Summary

The successful candidate will provide training to facilitate successful employment outcomes for consumers who are blind, vision impaired, or have other disabilities. Responsible for development of jobs, strategies for maintaining employment, monitoring progress, and compiling accurate data. Coordinates employment services with ESS team.

This is NOT a recruiter or human resources position.

Responsibilities

  • Assess consumer’s general work habits, characteristics, and training needs.
  • Develop relationships with employers in the community.
  • Establish job requirements and performance standards with input from the employer.
  • Provide job site advocacy, support, and follow-up services.
  • Maintain accurate records: progress reports of case activities, Placement reports, CBA reports, worksite information.
  • Complete intake interviews for new referrals.
  • Submit pre-weekly and post-weekly schedules to ESS Coordinator for review
  • Assist with development of individual employment services plans with State VR agencies, ISC’s, County MH/MR representative.
  • Participate in OVR and ISP team meetings.
  • Responsible for providing career guidance, resources, and related employment activities to consumers to facilitate the job search.
  • Maintain accurate files for licensing requirements and contract agreements.
  • Communicate with referral sources on case progress.
  • Participate in agency, departmental, and ESS staff meetings.
  • Performance of other duties as assigned.
  • Must be able to work daytime, evenings, and weekends.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Vocational Rehabilitation, or a related field.
  • Minimum of one year experience working with individuals with disabilities.
  • Valid driver’s license, reliable personal vehicle, proof of automobile insurance
  • Computer and data entry skills.
  • Criminal background, child abuse, and FBI Fingerprint clearances required.

Job Type/Salary

  • Full-time/part time positions available.
  • Signing bonus

COVID-19 Considerations
The health and safety of our staff and clients is of the utmost importance to BVRS. COVID precautions are strictly enforced, including mask-wearing at all times.


COMMUNITY TRANSITION/DAY PROGRAM AIDE (1-on-1)

Blind & Vision Rehabilitation Services is a leader in programs and services for people of all ages who are blind, vision impaired, or who have other disabilities. We are committed to improving the lives of persons with vision loss and related disabilities by teaching independence and self-advocacy. The goal of this adult training program is to develop, improve, and expand life-long learning opportunities for adults with physical or developmental disabilities. Consumers participate in personal care and social interaction instruction, and arts and crafts. The program is licensed through the Pennsylvania Office of Developmental Programs.

Job Summary

The successful candidate will administer and coordinate program activities and plans for assigned consumers. Responsible for instructing consumers on functional skills, Activities of Daily Living skills, social, community, and behavioral skills.

Responsibilities

  • Following the support plan of the individual client.
  • Record keeping of assigned consumer required by the Allegheny County and 2380 regulations; goals, daily sheets.
  • Attend annual reviews, as needed.
  • Maintain twenty-four hours of training annually, which includes CPR/First Aid, Medication Administration Training, CPS, and all other required trainings.
  • Assist individuals in all aspects ADLs, as needed.
  • Assist individuals in maintaining Covid-19 protocols.
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • High School Diploma/GED
  • Minimum of 1 year of experience working directly with persons with disabilities.
  • Ability to instruct using appropriate methodologies.
  • Ability to organize and communicate effectively.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Computer usage skills.

Physical Needs for Job

  • Ability to physically assist individuals to maintain safe and appropriate mobility. Assist with personal care, as needed.
  • Able to stand for long periods of time.
  • Able to lift up to 50 pounds.

Decision Making Authority/Responsibility

Daily decision making for the consumers in program, based on health and safety considerations.

Job Type

  • Part-time; up to 30 hours weekly
  • Immediate opening.

Salary

  • $15.00 per hour
  • Signing Bonus

COVID-19 Considerations
The health and safety of our clients and staff is of the utmost importance to BVRS. All CDC guidelines are being followed, including mask-wearing at all times.

 


 

For consideration, please forward resume and any questions to cnadzam@pghvis.org

BVRS is an equal opportunity employer.