Careers

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 .

Employment Specialist

Summary of Position:

Implements individualized employment services. This position will develop employment opportunities with the local business community and provides training to facilitate successful employment outcomes for consumers.  Employment Specialists prepare consumers for employment, monitor their progress and compile accurate data for each file.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • 3+ years of employment development experience
  • Must have ability to physically assist consumer at job site
  • Experience working with individuals who are blind, vision impaired or have other disabilities is preferred.
  • Ability to complete paperwork accurately and timely
  • Excellent communication skills (written & verbal) required
  • Ability to lift up to 20 pounds

Business Development Sales Representative

Summary of Position:

This position is responsible for selling and promoting Crypton fabrics and manufactured products of PBA Industries. Qualified candidates will increase product penetration to current, former and new customers, in addition to acquiring new contracts for our employment programs.  The Sales Representative will be highly motivated by customer satisfaction, goal attainment and earnings potential.

Qualifications:

  • BA Degree preferred.
  • 3+ years of sales/business development experience required
  • Proven successful sales record and experience
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrates effective sales, listening and time management skills
  • Positive attitude with strong customer relationship skills
  • Professional appearance and behavior required

Supervisor, Production Department

Summary of Position:

This position is responsible for supervising employees in the Production Department, planning and assigning work, implementing and following through with all policies and procedures. Supervisor will also recommend improvements in manufacturing process, assembly methods, equipment, operating tactics and working conditions.

Qualifications:

  • High-school graduate/GED required
  • College experience preferred
  • 5+ years of relevant experience in a manufacturing
  • 2+ years of Sewing experience preferred
  • Highly organized to ensure inventory is accurate
  • Ability to communicate effectively with all age groups and personalities.
  • Supervisory experience a plus
  • Ability to manage staff to meet deadlines
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills required
  • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds

 


 

Vision Rehabilitation Therapist

Summary of Position:

Evaluate and provide instruction in one or more of the following areas to persons who are blind and/or visually impaired: activities of daily living, communication skills, household skills, sensory training, leisure time instruction, household mechanics, typing, handwriting and audio device instruction.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in vision rehabilitation, rehabilitation therapy, occupational therapy, special education or related field preferred.
  • Experience working with individuals who are blind, vision impaired or have other disabilities is preferred.
  • Excellent communication skills required
  • Ability to lift up to 10 pounds

To Apply

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

BVRS is an equal opportunity employer.