Employment Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in joining our team! 

The Lighthouse for the Blind & Low Vision is an Affirmative Action EEO Employer. Programs associated with this position are sponsored by Division of Blind Services (State of Florida., Dept. of Education), United Way Central Florida, and local government contracts.   HOW TO APPLY:  Submit a resume via email to candy.caldwell@lighthouseblv.org In the subject line, please put Resume for Consideration.

COVID-19 considerations:

Social distancing is practiced and PPE is provided for any direct client/employee contact.

Current Employment Opportunities

Orientation and Mobility Specialist

STARTING PAY: Salary will be based on degree level and experience

BENEFITS: Medical & Life Insurance; 403b pension plan, vacation & sick leave, paid holidays, personal leave days, professional development, optional low-cost dental and other supplemental insurance plans

REPORTS TO: Director of Program Services

LOCATION (position based at): Winter Haven, FL

Lighthouse for the Blind & Low Vision currently has an opportunity for an Orientation and Mobility Specialist. This position is responsible for the organization, planning and direct provision of orientation and mobility to adults who are blind and visually impaired.

The position will be based out of our Winter Haven office located at 206 Avenue D, N.W., Winter Haven, FL.

Key Responsibilities and Duties
– Assess each adult’s O&M training needs, then plan and provide orientation and mobility training as needed.
– Monitor for safety in all scenarios of instruction and provide modifications for client as needed.
– Provide individualized instruction in all basic and advanced orientation and mobility skills according to client needs.
– Instruction may be provided in job, college, community and/or home environments.
– Cooperate and consult with other staff members and other professionals on common matters, volunteers and community resources on behalf of the client.
– Assist in the development of community resources and education through in-service training programs.
– Keep up to date with knowledge and techniques in relevant fields.
– Complete all paperwork and applicable reporting requirements.
– Other duties and projects as assigned.

Qualifications & Requirements
– Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Orientation and Mobility.
– Must be ACVREP Certifiable in O&M (COMS) with intention of achieving permanent certification within one year of hire date.
– Discerning judgment and empathetic understanding of clients.
– Flexibility and imagination in teaching and programming.
– Reliable transportation.
– Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.

Teacher of Children with Visual Impairments – Early Intervention Program

STARTING PAY: Salary will be based on degree level and experience

BENEFITS: Medical & Life Insurance; 403b pension plan, vacation & sick leave, paid holidays, personal leave days, professional development, optional low-cost dental and other supplemental insurance plans

REPORTS TO: Director of Program Services

LOCATION (position based at): Winter Haven, FL

Lighthouse for the Blind & Low Vision is currently seeking a Teacher of Children with Visual Impairments – Early Intervention Program. This individual will provide early childhood development and instruction in Expanded Core Curriculum to visually impaired children aged birth to 5 years old and their families to help maximize their children’s self-sufficiency and independence as well as their physical, emotional, cognitive, social skills and development. Services are provided in the home, school and other appropriate environments.

The position will be based out of our Offices located at 206 Avenue D N.W., Winter Haven, Florida.

Key Responsibilities and Duties
– Evaluate and provide support services related to the child’s visual impairment and development to each assigned child and their family
– Complete assessments including educational, developmental and functional vision/sensory learning (FVLMA) and ECC.
– Establish educational plans and objectives to meet the needs of the children and families.
– Teaching areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum including: independent living skills, orientation and mobility, communication skills, self-help skills, social development, sensory development, emergent literacy, pre-braille skills and braille literacy and cognitive development including the application of assistive devices.
– Instructional techniques including play-based learning, calendar boxes, communication devices and techniques, sensory learning and other instructional methods for children with multiple impairments including visual impairments.
– Team player and liaison between schools/agencies and other community resources; organize events and trainings for parents/families.
– Keep up to date with knowledge and techniques in relevant fields.
– Complete all paperwork and applicable reporting requirements.
– Other duties and projects as assigned.

Qualifications & Requirements
– Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Visual Disabilities Education (with emphasis in early childhood preferred).
– Must have access to reliable transportation and a clean driving record for the required itinerant visits and travel.
– Possess excellent verbal and written communication skills.
– Possess excellent interpersonal skills and effectively work with a variety of personalities.
– Discerning judgment and empathetic understanding of clients. 

ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY SPECIALIST I 

STARTING PAY:  Salary will be based on degree level and experience 

BENEFITS:  Medical and Life Insurance; 403b pension plan; vacation & sick leave; paid holidays; personal leave days; professional development; optional low-cost dental and other supplemental insurance plans 

REPORTS TO:  Director of Technology Services 

LOCATION: (position based at) Tampa, FL 

Lighthouse for the Blind & Low Vision currently has an opportunity for an Assistive Technology Specialist I.  This position is responsible for providing rehabilitation engineering, technical assistance, consultation and computer skills training to visually impaired clients.  The Assistive Technology provides consultation and recommendations for accessibility solutions to customers and stakeholders.  If assigned, organizes, plans and provides computer training to adult visually impaired persons. 

Key Responsibilities and Duties

  • Provide assessment of prospective employment settings to determine computerization options. Consult with prospective employers to analyze relevant aspects of the worksite to ascertain feasibility of placement.  Write job task analyses for all feasible sited identified.
  • Following approval of job modification plan, purchase, deliver and install complete configuration. Provide training to client and employer at worksite.
  • Work with customers in arranging computer purchases for clients and on related issues as needed.
  • Provide follow-up, re-engineering and further technical support as needed.
  • Perform Accessibility Audits to determine compliance with current WCAG and Section 508 standards and usability with AT products.
  • Evaluate new technology and make recommendations for improvements in the program.
  • Maintain records and complete reports and forms as required (note: extensive report writing required). 
  • Perform troubleshooting and repair on computer components.
  • If assigned, provide assistive computer training to assigned clients and evaluate progress and class completion. Plan and update curriculum to meet client needs; make recommendations regarding curriculum updates when needed.
  • Consult as needed with other staff members who are working with the same clients.
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Degree in Rehabilitation Engineering, Vocational Rehabilitation, Computer Science or related field preferred.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in verbal and written forms.
  • Ability to teach both vocational and non-vocational clients.
  • Knowledge of computer technology, job engineering, job placement and PC troubleshooting and repair skills.
  • Must have own reliable transportation and be willing to travel extensively in Florida.
  • Prefer experience in vocational services with persons who are disabled.
  • Must be able to lift 40 lbs. of computer equipment for delivering and setting up workstations.
  • Must earn DBS Assistive Technology Endorsement and ACVREP Certified Assistive Technology Instructional Specialist for People with Visual Impairments (CATIS) certifications within two years of hire.

Lighthouse for the Blind & Low Vision is pleased to offer competitive pay and benefits that include medical and life coverage, 403(b) retirement plan, optional benefit plans (dental, vision), paid vacation, sick leave, holiday pay, personal leave days, and professional development opportunities.  

Lighthouse for the Blind & Low Vision is an equal opportunity employer and a drug-free workplace.