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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 Fla., Dept. of Educ.), United Way Suncoast and Central Florida, and local government contracts.
Current Employment Opportunities
Assistive Technology/Rehabilitation Engineering Specialist
DATE ADVERTISED: 4/5/19
STARTING PAY: Based on qualifications.
BENEFITS: Medical & life ins., 403b pension plan, vacation & sick leave, 13 paid holidays, personal leave days, professional development, full-service credit union, optional low-cost dental and other supplemental insurance plans
REPORTS TO: Technology & Service Contracts Manager.
LOCATION (position based at): Winter Haven office
JOB SUMMARY: Organize, plan, and provide assistive technology assistance to outside companies that employ persons who are blind or visually impaired, and other technical assistance as assigned, mainly in Polk and Hardee Counties. This includes scripting or writing code (software programming) to achieve compatibility with screen readers and related.
MAJOR DUTIES: Provide assessment of prospective employment settings and client workstations to determine assistive technology options. Consult with prospective employers to analyze relevant aspects of the worksite to ascertain feasibility of placement. Write job task analyses for all feasible sites identified. Following approval of job modification plan, purchase (through DBS), deliver, and install complete configuration, then provide training to client and employer at the worksite. Work with DBS in arranging computer purchases for clients and on related issues as needed. Provide follow-up, re-engineering, and further technical support including scripting or programming where needed. Evaluate new technology and make recommendations for improvements in the program. Maintain records and complete reports, forms as required (note: extensive report writing required). If assigned, perform troubleshooting and repair on computer components, including but not limited to: printers, scanners, hard drives, video cards, monitors, network cards, power supplies, etc. Client training includes use of Microsoft products, iPads, iPhones, and other smartphone devices with the adaptations for persons who are blind or visually impaired. Plan and update curriculum to meet clients’ needs, including the following: Windows commands, speech commands, database management, interactive software, word processing, Braille printing, and use of speech and large text software. When assigned, carry out setups and repairs of PC workstations at job sites. Consult as needed with other staff members who are working with the same clients. Work with IT Manager and senior level team members to acquire advanced level AT skills as necessary to support clients and customers. Other duties as assigned.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must pass an information/computer technology test prior to being invited to apply. Those with passing scores and suitable backgrounds will be considered for in-person interviews. Preference given for a degree in Rehabilitation Engineering, Vocational Rehabilitation, Computer Science or related field along with good working knowledge of XML, MSAA or UIA, Python, C++, Java, and/or Visual Basic for scripting. Ability to communicate effectively in verbal and written forms. Ability to teach both vocational and non-vocational clients. Knowledge of assistive computer technology (including built-in AT features in iPads & iPhones, job engineering, job placement, and PC troubleshooting and repair skills (see H above). Proficiency with AT (assistive technology) software, such as JAWS and ZoomText and ability to develop skills required for training and supporting individuals who use AT software and hardware. Must have own reliable transportation, good driving record, and be willing to travel extensively in Polk and adjacent counties (mileage reimbursed @ $.48/mi.). Must also pass a Level II background investigation with Live Scan Fingerprinting. Prefer experience in vocational services with persons who are disabled. Must be able to lift 40 lbs. of equipment for delivering and setting up workstations. Must earn AT certification through Division of Blind Services within one year of hire and ACVREP CATIS certification within two years of hire. HOW TO APPLY: Submit a resume via email to Kristy.Smithwick@lighthouseblv.org.
Lighthouse for the Blind 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 is an equal opportunity employer and a drug-free workplace.