WV Department of Education

Title of Vacancy

WV TAC Regional Outreach Specialist for Blind/Low Vision (230 Days) (Professional)

Administrative Unit

West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind (Technical Assistance Center for Accessibility and Transitions)

Duties and Responsibilities

• Develops, recommends, implements, and evaluates policies, operations, and regulations relating to technical assistance and outreach services. 
• Identifies children from infancy though five years of age who have vision and/or hearing loss and are in need of early intervention and/or special education services. 
• Demonstrates knowledge in specialized services available for children and youth with vision and/or hearing loss. 
• Demonstrates knowledge of educational and psychological needs of children and youth with vision and/or hearing loss. 
• Provides K-12 technical support statewide for assigned exceptionality(ies) which includes, but is not limited to, student evaluation services. 
• Develops and maintains a productive working relationship with other members of the staff, families, relevant agencies, county Special Education Directors and the general public. 
o Attends low incidence student IEP meetings in counties throughout the state to provide information regarding services available through WVSDB programs, as assigned. 
o Provides support and training to stakeholders identified above. This support may include ASL and/or Braille instruction. 
• Serves as a consultant to local education agencies and special task forces regarding program development for young children with vision and/or hearing loss. Provides training for staff, as requested. 
• Demonstrates knowledge of WVDE Policy 2520.15 Early Learning Standards Framework: Content Standards and Learning Criteria for WV Pre-Kindergarten (WV Pre-K). 
• Organizes and supervises WVSDB/WV TAC Short Course and Expanded Core Curriculum activity events, as scheduled. 
• Maintains knowledge of current literature, materials and equipment in the field of education of children and youth with vision and/or hearing loss. 
• Maintains appropriate records in accordance with regulations and policies governing confidentiality. 
• Provides to the superintendent on an agreed upon schedule data related to implementation of early intervention services and coordination with county and state agencies. 
• Uses data for ongoing program development to effect positive outcomes for children and youth with vision and/or hearing deficits affecting. 
• Requests, stores and issues appropriate educational materials or equipment as needed. 
• Participates in and contributes to development of Individual Family Service Plans (IFSP) or Individual Education Plans (IEP). 
• Maintains accurate logs of travel including destination, reason for travel or case identifier (if applicable), date(s), time of departure and time of return. 
• Provides working schedule and itinerary to immediate supervisor at least one week in advance for approval. 
• Maintains a professional relationship with colleagues, students, parents, and community members. 
• Uses effective communication skills to present information accurately and clearly.  
• Compiles, maintains and files all physical and computerized reports, records and other documents required.  
• Attends and participates in faculty meetings and serves on staff committees as required. 
• Attends Professional Learning courses to maintain or enhance delivery of services on an ongoing basis (i.e. mastery of technology devices/services to provide remote access when needed).  
• Adheres to Employee Code of Conduct as outlined in WVSDB personnel policies. 
• Performs other duties deemed appropriate and assigned by the Superintendent and/or immediate supervisor. 
 

Qualifications

• Master’s Degree in Special Education or a related field, preferred. 
• Valid teaching certificate authorizing the individual to teach in the specialization and grade levels, pursuant to WV Code §18A-3-2. Must hold Visually Impaired PK-AD and/or Deaf/Hard of Hearing teaching endorsement to serve students as a Birth to Three provider.  
• Criminal background check conducted pursuant to WV Code §18-5-15c and/or §18A-3-10, as appropriate.  
• Meets the qualifications outlined in WV Code §18A-3-2a. 
• At least 5 years of work experience with children who are B/LV and/or D/HH, preferably in early intervention services. Candidates with experience working with children having combined B/LV and D/HH exceptionalities considered favorably. 
• Experience with data collection, analysis and compilation of reports, along with distance learning, preferred.  
• Must have demonstrated proficiency in public relations.  
• Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to travel statewide to effectively accomplish job responsibilities.  
 
 
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The employee shall remain free of any alcohol or non-prescribed drugs while in the workplace. Alcohol and controlled substance which affect employee productivity, safety or judgment in the workplace will not be tolerated. 
 
PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  
The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to reach, stand, walk, lift, grasp, write, talk, hear, see, use technology such as computers and multimedia equipment, and use repetitive motions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may frequently lift and/or move at least 50-100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision such as to read handwritten or typed material, the ability to adjust focus. The position required the individual to meet multiple demands from several people and interact with the public and other staff members.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Expectations

1. The staff member must meet ASL and/or Braille skill level requirements as delineated in the WVSDB Communication Policy for job classification. 
2. The staff member must complete all required annual trainings. 
3. The staff member works effectively as a member of the educational team. 
4. The staff member demonstrates self-control and exhibits an attitude of mutual respect and tolerance. 
5. The staff member demonstrates ethical conduct and good work habits such as punctuality and attendance. 
6. The staff member demonstrates self-direction and the ability to use software applications for work productivity and collaboration. 
7. The staff member is self-motivated and demonstrates the ability to manage multiple tasks/assignments to accomplish high-quality work to meet demanding deadlines. 
8. The staff member demonstrates excellent communication skills and excellent presentation skills using current technologies. 
9. The staff member understands that work assignments may change or be added as priorities emerge. 
 
 
*These are field based positions throughout the state with a minimum of two days per month required to report for work on the campus of WVSDB. These dates will be determined by the immediate supervisor based on department needs.* 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Salary

Pursuant to WV Code §18A-4-2, in accordance with WVSDB Professional Salary Schedule, commensurate with experience and education level, 230-day annual contract. Salary supplement available for ASL or Braille proficiency demonstrated as delineated in the WVSDB Communication Policy.

Closing Date

December 12, 2022

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Evaluation

Performance evaluation in accordance with West Virginia Board of Education Policy 5310.

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