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If you are passionate, committed and desire to be a member of a valuable, innovative, and well-respected organization, Vision Loss Resources is where you want to be an employee. Clients and caregivers, volunteers and staff, business partners and supporters are collectively the reason why Vision Loss Resources was founded and continues to thrive.

Now hiring, full-time and part-time!

Program Coordinator, DeafBlind Services Minnesota

DeafBlind Services Minnesota provides one-to-one services to children and adults with significant vision and hearing loss, often known as deafblindness or dual sensory loss. Our offices are in Minneapolis and we provide services throughout Minnesota thanks to Support Service Providers, Independent Living Skills staff, and interveners. For over 30 years, our specialists have provided community-based support and services to people who are deafblind. Deafblindness affects all facets of life: access to information, communication, relationships, mobility, community integration and independent living, to name a few. Because each deafblind individual has unique needs, challenges and abilities, most of our services are one-to-one and highly personalized. Generally, our consumers want to have more access to information, better-quality communication with others, and more independence and self-sufficiency.

Position Summary
Adaptability, inquisitiveness and attention to detail are crucial to this position. Responsibilities cross multiple departments with accountability to different leaders; you will be managing multiple projects against deadline. As Vision Loss Resources/DeafBlind Services Minnesota grows and changes, this position will also change.

Key responsibilities fall into three areas and include

1.) Invoicing and Reporting
2.) Administrative support to all DBSM programs and managers
3.) Community Support & Direct Service

This position may have increased responsibility as deliverables are met successfully and leadership is demonstrated by problem-solving, making recommendations and contributing to team cohesiveness. This position currently reports to the Director of Programs.

Essential Duties

Invoicing and Reporting
• Supervision and monitoring of SSP / Intervener activity reports
• Maintains DBSM client database (Access database)
• Produces and collates reports for Hennepin Country, DHS and other funders as requested
• Generate and collate monthly Crystal Reports
• Document and report monthly invoicing
• Compile monthly instructional reports
• Download reports and compile information to generate payroll and invoicing.

Administrative Support
• Coordinate DBSM operations and communication. Keep internal staff informed and on track.
• Create and maintain client files in Access database
• Ensure services are authorized
• Assist DBSM Managers in the recruitment, interviewing and training of SSP/Intervener staff.
• Schedule and meet regularly with DeafBlind clients to discuss issues and concerns as well as collect feedback about SSP/Intervener performance.
• Assist program staff with projects, mailings, bulk mailings, outreach phone calls and/or emails as assigned by the Director of Programs.
• Assist program staff in making contact with clients to secure needed information for the database or to communicate/implement policies for program participation.

Community Support & Direct Service
• Communicate with DeafBlind Community about their preferences and interests for Community Integration activities. Coordinate details of events such as the scheduling, transportation etc and oversee the events. Create and distribute fliers to notify DeafBlind community.
• DIRECT SERVICE: A minimum of 10 hours of direct service to DeafBlind clients per week.

Position Qualifications

• Commitment to the VLR mission to provide services, skills and support for people with vision loss.
• Ability to work in multi-cultural setting including hard-of-hearing, deaf, visually-impaired, blind or deafblind individuals. May also work with clients who are recent immigrants from other countries.
• Associate degree in relevant field, undergraduate degree preferred.
• Intermediate level skills with Microsoft ® Office Suite. (Office 365)
• Familiarity with Microsoft Access preferred.
• Ability to work independently and within teams supporting team cohesion.
• Strong attention to detail and problem solving skills.
• Demonstrated organizational, communication and project management skills.
• Ability to make recommendations with supporting rationale.
• Initiative and demonstrated pursuit of continuous improvement.
• Ability to maintain client confidentiality.
• Proficiency in American Sign Language; Tactile sign language also preferred.

Here is the application to download, complete, and email to Bill Goodman at billg@vlrw.org:

Support Service Provider, DeafBlind Services Minnesota

Are you interested in supporting to self-determined deafblind adults, age 22 and up, living throughout Minnesota? Our Support Services Providers (SSPs) work with deafblind adults with unique needs and communication styles. SSPs assist them with activities of daily living such as grocery shopping, banking, running errands, reading mail and filling out forms. They also assist the deafblind with accessing their community life and information in their environment.

Important skills and qualities:

  • Knowledge of sign language and different modes of communication
  • Knowledge of deafness, blindness and deafblindness
  • Friendliness, compassion, service orientation, excellent work ethic, and the ability to set boundaries
  • Experience working with adults with special needs
  • American Sign Language proficiency a plus

Here is the application to download, complete, and email to Bill Goodman at billg@vlrw.org:

Independent Living Skills/Supports, DeafBlind Services Minnesota

Do you have experience teaching independent living skills (ILS) or teaching other skills to people with various disabilities? Our Independent Living Skills staff work with deafblind, blind-hearing and deaf adults with unique needs and communication styles. ILS staff teach and support our clients to become more independent with activities of daily living such as grocery shopping, banking, filling out forms, scheduling appointments, etc.

Important skills and qualities:

  • Knowledge of sign language and deafblind modes of communication preferred, however, we also provide services to blind/visually impaired-hearing clients and other non-signers
  • Knowledge of deafness, blindness and deafblindness (although training as needed would be provided)
  • Knowledge of and experience with persons having mental health challenges a plus
  • Friendliness, compassion, service orientation, excellent work ethic, dependability, and the ability to set boundaries
  • Experience teaching and supporting adults with a variety of abilities, challenges and needs
  • Dependable car with insurance and good driving record

Here is the application to download, complete, and email to Bill Goodman at billg@vlrw.org:

Intervener (Full-Time and Part-Time), DeafBlind Services Minnesota

Are you interested in working with children and/or youths who have combined hearing and vision loss? Would you like to help deafblind youths develop their communication skills and find creative ways to access their community? Are you seeking full-time or part-time work at $15+ an hour, with a flexible schedule and paid training opportunities?

Become an Intervener

An intervener works one-to-one with deafblind children/youth in their homes and community assists them to become as independent as possible.  Interveners facilitate communication and language development, develop fun and educational activities with the support of a supervisor, work collaboratively with parents and professionals, and prepare progress reports. Being an intervener is a fun and rewarding experience!

Requirements:

  • Must have high school diploma or equivalent
  • Ability to travel to child’s home and community. If driving motor vehicle to accomplish this requirement, must have a driver’s license and provide own vehicle covered by insurance
  • Preference for individuals with experience working with children with special needs
  • Classes completed in Special Education, Early Childhood Education, Nursing, Childcare and classes with emphasis in communication techniques highly desirable
  • American Sign Language proficiency preferred

Here is the application to download, complete, and email to Bill Goodman at billg@vlrw.org: