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Vision Rehabilitation Therapist or VRT Trainee

April 14, 2017

Position:  Vision Rehabilitation Therapist, full-time, salaried, with benefits, serving Augusta and surrounding communities in Maine.

Agency:  The Iris Network, 189 Park Avenue, Portland, ME.  www.theiris.org

The Iris Network, a community-based nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with a mission of helping people who are visually impaired or blind to attain independence and community integration, seeks a Vision Rehabilitation Therapist to teach independent living skills and provide primary vision rehabilitation to adults and transition-age youth who are visually impaired or blind on an individual basis or in small groups within the client’s community.

Qualifications:  The ideal candidate will have either a

  1. A Master’s degree in Vision Rehabilitation Therapy (formerly Rehabilitation Teaching) and be ACVREP certified or eligible for certification; or
  2. A Bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Teaching with five years related experience and be ACVREP certified or eligible for certification.

A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, Special Education, Social Work, Sociology, or related field may be considered if the individual can become ACVREP certified within 12 months of hire.

Experience &/or aptitude teaching technology to people who are visually impaired or blind a huge plus.

Duties:  The Vision Rehabilitation Therapist will work with people who are visually impaired or blind in assessing needs and developing a rehabilitation plan, effectively teach assistive technology, independent living and low vision skills, including appropriate communication techniques to individuals or to small groups and to provide information on obtaining adaptive materials, provide information and counseling, serve as an advocate and make referrals to other agencies for support services, prepare and maintain case records in a professional manner, work within the requirements of contract and grant funding sources, serve as a resource, providing information and public education within the community, and participate in the establishment and implementation of department program development. 

In the instance of the individual being hired as a VRT Trainee, during the period in which the individual is working on obtaining ACVREP certification, the job duties may be modified to focus on intakes and related support duties until the individual is ready to start a supervised internship during which the intern will work as a VRT Aide under the supervision of a Certified VRT.

How to apply:

Please submit a resume and cover letter, outlining your qualifications and suitability, to Aparna Shah, HR Manager, The Iris Network, 189 Park Avenue, Portland, ME 04102, or via email at ashah@theiris.orgOpen until filled.  No phone calls please.

 

The Iris Network provides equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religious creed, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, or sexual orientation. 

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