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Rehabilitation Instructor

This position supports Community Services and Rehabilitation Services departments. Community Services clients are mostly older adults managing vision loss in varying degrees. Rehabilitation Services clients are predominately working age, 18 years old through retirement. Vision rehabilitation support is provided in the classroom setting at Vision Loss Resources offices or in the home. The Rehabilitation Instructor will instruct clients on assistive technology that will allow for them to be safe, productive and independent.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Primary accountabilities for the position include, but are not limited to:

  • Design, evaluate and/or modify teaching approaches to accommodate different abilities and learning styles, both for individual and small group training.
  • Be knowledgeable of methods of evaluating and ability to measure student’s progress and knowledge.
  • Plan instruction and deliver rehabilitation that is aligned with Vision Loss Resources curriculum, using various motivation techniques to support clients in reaching individual goals and engage in collaborative teaching as needed.
  • Review and improve Vision Loss Resources training and rehabilitation protocol and curriculum to stay current with best practices.
  • Organize instructional area/facilities and equipment, determine needed equipment and supplies and adapt and maintain equipment and resources to meet client requirements.  Ensure equipment is properly used to maximize the client’s ability to accomplish educational/training goals.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, their family members and caregivers to deliver optimal rehabilitation support.
  • Evaluate client progress and learning difficulties against goals and communicate this information to members of the client’s inter-disciplinary team. Jointly plan alternative strategies and processes to assist in client goal attainment.
  • Complete documentation and monthly status reports.

Position Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Vision Rehabilitation, Occupational Therapy, Counseling, Social Work, Teacher of the Visually Impaired, or related field.
  • Experience working with persons with visual impairments preferred.
  • Experience with adaptive technology including screen readers magnification software.
  • Commitment to Vision Loss Resources’ 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.
  • Ability to travel and manage travel arrangements independently in the metro area essential
  • Competency with Microsoft Office Suite and using a database (database training provided).
  • Ability to work both independently and within teams supporting team cohesion and goals.
  • 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

To apply: Please download and complete the application packet (Word) and email it to HR@vlrw.org. A completed application is required to be considered for an open position. You may also include a resume with your application.

Digital Communications Specialistt

Your attention to detail and tech-savviness are incredibly important to nonprofit programs and fundraising! This position provides digital, web and database support for the Community Services Program, Community Center, and Volunteer Program and supports the Development Department with implementation of fundraising and communication initiatives.

The primary accountabilities include:

1. Provide web support and fee processing for Community Services Program
Publish Community Center activities and publish corresponding services for fee collection and process fee collection.
Utilize MailChimp for scheduling and reminders of monthly activities and maintain email lists and templates for webinar marketing.
Create and post social media content about webinars and update landing pages on the website.

2. Provide database support for Community Center & Volunteer Program
Create and record the audio activity line script.
Create and maintain target audience mailing lists on Mailchimp and new volunteer information.
Utilize and maintain ACORN for new activities, collect webinar attendee information, volunteer information, hours and reimbursements.
Conducting volunteer program evaluation surveys and initial CS service surveys.
Manage the info line, phone line and outreach.

3. Provide Support to Development Department
Ensure donations are reflected in DonorPerfect database and send acknowledgements.
Develop content for social media and e-newsletter based on review of Google news alerts, social media feed, and Community Center events.
Create graphics for website, social media, and e-newsletter using web-based software such as Canva and Pixlr.
Write new client stories by soliciting staff members, interviewing clients and staff members.
Prepare Mailchimp templates for e-newsletters and other communications.
Update and maintain mailing lists for postal and email communications with 2,000+ contacts.
Support for annual efforts such as fundraising events and campaigns

Education and Preferred Experience
Advanced user of MS Office Suite including advanced functions of Excel, Word, and mail merge
Intermediate to advanced user of database systems i.e. CRM
Intermediate to advanced user of web commerce platforms i.e. WooCommerce, and payment processors i.e. Stripe
Advanced user of WordPress, social media for professional branding, and social media scheduling programs

To apply: Please download and complete the application packet (Word) and email it to HR@vlrw.org. A completed application is required to be considered for an open position. You may also include a resume with your application.

Support Service Provider – Moorhead, DeafBlind Services Minnesota

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To apply: Please download and complete the application packet (Word) and email it to HR@vlrw.org. A completed application is required to be considered for an open position. You may also include a resume with your application.

Support Service Provider, DeafBlind Services Minnesota

Are you interested in supporting self-determined deafblind adults, age 22 and up, living throughout Minnesota? Our Support Service 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

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To apply: Please download and complete the application packet (Word) and email it to HR@vlrw.org. A completed application is required to be considered for an open position. You may also include a resume with your application.

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

Read the full job description here.

To apply: Please download and complete the application packet (Word) and email it to HR@vlrw.org. A completed application is required to be considered for an open position. You may also include a resume with your application.

Intervener (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

  • 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

To apply: Please download and complete the application packet (Word) and email it to HR@vlrw.org. A completed application is required to be considered for an open position. You may also include a resume with your application.

 

Vision Loss Resources is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer for all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

Diversity Statement

Vision Loss Resources defines diversity as differences that influence and affect our services, our workplace culture, and the communities and clients we serve relating to ability, age, cultural background, ethnicity, faith, gender, gender identity, ideology, income, national origin, race or sexual orientation. We commit to being inclusive, to respecting each other, and to honoring each other’s rights.

We are committed to the following:

  • Welcoming all individuals in our programs and facilities
  • Developing programs that respond to the needs of our clients, participants, and communities
  • Using hiring and employment practices that are free from bias or discrimination
  • Hiring and maintaining a diverse group of employees and volunteers
  • Maintaining a safe environment that is free from acts of discrimination or harassment against any individual

We value community, service, respect, and innovation; they guide our behavior, our interactions with each other, our programs and our decision making.

Every morning, I think: ‘I get to go to work.’ Our clients are the best. I watch them change their lives. It’s like I have a front-row seat for their journey from despair to hope.

Susan Anderson, Associate Director of Programs