Careers

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

 

REHABILITATION INSTRUCTOR

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:

Evaluate and provide instruction for blind or vision impaired individuals in order to become fully independent. The goal of the program is to provide instruction that enables the student to gain independence in their daily activities, which include Household Management, Communication Skills, Recreation and Leisure, basic Computer and iPhone training, and Self Advocacy Skills.

Responsibilities:

  • Interview student to determine their needs and desired outcomes.
  • Plan lessons which will help student reach desired outcomes.
  • Role play situations that will reveal the abilities and limitations of each student, discuss outcomes, and plan lessons accordingly.
  • Maintain record of services provided to students in a database.
  • Record progress through checklists and reports that show accomplishments or needed work of measurable functional outcomes.
  • Prepare written correspondence documenting the progression and final status of skill level of the student.
  • Participate in regularly scheduled conferences with the student and funding source to update and discuss progression of training.
  • Work with students from the ages of 14+ years of age.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Job Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree, required.
  • Master’s degree, preferred.
  • Experience working with individuals who have vision loss or other disabilities, preferred.
  • Orientation & Mobility Certificate, preferred.

Decision Making Authority/Supervisory Responsibility:

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

Physical Needs for Job:

Lift 10 pounds.

Job Type

Full-time position; Monday through Friday

Immediate opening

Salary

$40,000 – $45,000

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.


 

COORDINATOR OF REHABILITATION SERVICES

Job Summary: 

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 successful candidate will be responsible for the daily operations of Community and Employment Transition Programs.

Responsibilities:

  • Planning and directing work and rehab activities for transition programs and appropriate community resources.
  • Supervision of all staff within the transition programs. Includes: training of new staff and completing all required paperwork; completing yearly evaluations, daily attendance, and by-weekly time sheets; monitor and document staff training hours and medical requirements.
  • Responsible for interviewing and assessing individuals for admission into programming.
  • Responsible for interviewing and decision making regarding candidates applying for employment.
  • Liaison with outside agencies such as ODP, Support Coordination Units, schools, businesses, residential agencies, family members, etc.
  • Record keeping for controlling and managing the programs and required billing submissions through HCSIS and maintaining financial information on program expenses and revenue.  Includes: reports for National Industries for the Blind, school districts and other records as required by the Office of Developmental Programs and Allegheny County.
  • Conduct regularly scheduled team meetings with transitional program staff.
  • Attend bi-weekly coordinator meetings on a regular basis.
  • Track, schedule and attend six month and annual reviews for all consumers in program.
  • Coordinate procurement and billing of contract work for ETS.
  • Work closely with ESS staff to expand community-based work experiences for ETS consumers.
  • Ensure 2380/2390 regulations are being followed to meet licensing regulations.
  • Attend required meetings through Department of Human Services, Allegheny County and others.
  • Perform other job related tasks as assigned.

Job Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Special Education, Psychology, Social Work, Rehabilitation Counseling or other related field
  • Ability to develop program services for persons with severe disabilities and or vision loss or blindness
  • Ability to supervise and instruct staff
  • Ability to communicate effectively, written and orally.
  • Ability to participate in organizational planning as related.

Decision Making Authority\Management Responsibility:

  • Daily decision making on behalf of the consumers in program based on health and safety and program needs.
  • Daily decision making on behalf of staff to ensure that the needs of the consumers are met.

Physical Needs for job:

The ability to physically assist individuals to maintain safe and appropriate mobility as needed.

Job Type

Full-time position; Monday through Friday

Immediate opening

Salary

$40,000 – $45,000

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.


 

VOCATIONAL TRAINING ASSISTANT

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. This program provides persons with vision loss or other disabilities a supportive day program where they develop essential skills for everyday success in life and the workplace.  The program is licensed through the Pennsylvania Office of Developmental Programs.

Job Summary

The successful candidate will be responsible for the support of daily activities by performing a variety of duties to ensure individual safety and mobility and to support individual vocational needs.  This individual will be responsible for completion of contract work and set-up of job stations for both contract work and work samples.

Responsibilities

  • Support Vocational Training Specialist in the activities and plans for program individuals in program, as well as in the community
  • Give individualized instruction to individuals and calculate production percentages for work monitored
  • Complete daily sheets and assign jobs. Document arrival and departure time, total hours on jobs, and total for the day
  • Add daily production sheets for contract and vocational work
  • Assist in lunch duty
  • Enter individual’s times and payroll into the data base
  • Quality control check for contract jobs
  • Ensure all 2390 regulations are being met
  • Maintain twenty-four hours of training per year
  • Perform other job-related tasks as assigned

Qualifications

  • Associates degree in Special Education or related field
  • Minimum of one year experience with persons with disabilities
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Attention to detail
  • Valid driver’s license and proof of insurance

Physical Needs for Job

The ability to physically assist individuals to maintain safe and appropriate mobility; assist with personal care as needed.

Decision Making Authority/Responsibility

  • Daily decision making on behalf of the individuals in program based on health and safety
  • Daily decision making for individuals in program based on the vocational needs to ensure their maximum potential

Job Type

Full-time. Immediate opening.

Salary

Commensurate with experience.  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.


TRANSPORTATION COORDINATOR/DRIVER

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 administer the support program that provides transportation services for individuals to safely reach medical offices, banks, stores, and other essential community resources. This includes driving and limited escort services.

Responsibilities

  • Administers the transportation/chore services under the Pennsylvania Association for the Blind contract.
  • Schedules all transportation for clients.
  • Maintains vehicle safety
  • Maintains statistical data for PAB and makes database entries.
  • Maintains and adheres to budget guidelines.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Valid driver’s license required.
  • Three or more years of experience in administrative support, preferred.
  • Interpersonal skills in dealing with clients who are blind, vision impaired, or have other
    disabilities and their families.
  • Computer and database management skills.
  • Commitment to the mission of the agency.

Physical Needs for Job

Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.

Job Type

  • Full-time
  • 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.  Mask-wearing required at all times.

 


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.

 


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.
  • $12.00 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.


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.