Senior Technology Instructor

Job Description

Job Title: Senior Technology Instructor
Department: 
Rehabilitation, Workforce and Youth Services
Employee Status: Non-Exempt
Reports to: 
Senior Director of Workforce Programs
Primary Location: VISIONS at Selis Manor, 135 West 23rd Street, New York, NY 10011
Salary Range: $58,500.00 – $64,000.00 per year

Summary:

The Senior Technology Instructor at VISIONS is an individual with both depth and breadth of knowledge related to computer operating systems, commercial software applications, and assistive technologies used by persons with impaired vision. They are a skilled computer instructor who has experience teaching in classroom settings as well as in small group or one-to-one settings. The ideal candidate will be patient, creative, friendly, and flexible. They are able to work autonomously, but is equally comfortable working as part of a team. They develop new courses, prepare lesson plans, provide direct instruction and monitors and documents student progress. In addition, the Senior Technology Instructor will contribute technical expertise and provide both agency-wide and end user computer support throughout the agency. This includes the 500 Greenwich Street office, VISIONS at Selis Manor and the VRC in Spring Valley NY.

The Senior Technology Instructor’s job responsibilities are divided into the following four areas

1. Vocational Skills Assessment and Training

  • Assessment/baseline
    • Individuals referred by a New York State vocational rehabilitation counselor will be assessed in the specified area(s) of vocational skills outlined in the referral material.
    • The baseline must indicate whether the individual possesses those pre-requisite skills necessary to successfully complete a vocational training program leading to employment in customer service, clerical, industrial or technology-related occupations.
    • The Vocational Training baseline must include the individual’s current level of functioning.
    • A plan of training must be included as part of any assessment and must include an estimate of the length of training and the frequency of training needed to successfully complete that program.
  • Training
    • Vocational skills training is provided to participants to prepare them for a specific occupational goal for entry or re‑entry into gainful employment consistent with the individual’s interests and capabilities as identified in their mutually agreed upon Individualized Plan of Employment (IPE).
    • Areas of instruction include the use of commercial applications (word-processors, spreadsheets, database management systems, operating systems, email, web-browsers, etc.) as used in tandem with various assistive technologies and devices including screen-readers, magnification systems or a combination of both, and/or smart phones, tablets and refreshable Braille displays.
    • The Senior Technology Instructor will also complete required forms, reports and case documentation and submit such information in a timely manner.
    • As assigned, provide technical evaluation and/or support services to participants at their job or education sites.

2. Vocational Skills Assessment and Training

  • VRT Keyboarding/Computer instruction will include:
    • a. Familiarization with any adaptive software the participant will be using (i.e. JAWS, ZoomText, or a combination of screen-reading and screen-magnification software).
    • b. Acquaintance with all keys and functions employed in personal computer use.
    • c. Keyboarding with the goal of typing 20 words per minute, or as close to 20 words per minute that the participant is capable of achieving in one quarter (3 months) of instruction.
      • Submit written progress summary for all VRT keyboarding/computer participants to supervisor upon completion.
      • Inform supervisor when VRT keyboarding/computer training is near completion so that a vocational skills training authorization can be requested.

3. Computer Classes at Selis Manor

  • Evaluate incoming students according to standardized departmental enrollment criteria; monitor and record student progress.
  • In conjunction with supervisor and other technology instructors, assess the interests and needs of program participants for computer classes each semester to determine what classes will be offered.
  • As assigned, develop course syllabi, daily lesson plans, and hands-on exercises for Selis classes.
  • Provide direct instruction to participants in Selis computer classes.
  • Maintain an organized system of recording and tracking participant progress, including attendance records and progress notes.
  • In conjunction with supervisor and other technology instructors, develop a quarterly list of potential short-term seminar topics geared to casual and new computer users; Selis and the senior center staff will consult with participants to determine which topics generate the most interest.
  • Assist in planning and presenting seminars that are selected by participants.
    • As assigned, supervise students and/or volunteers as they work independently in the computer lab.

4. Access Technology Center Training and Technology Support

  • As needed, provide readiness, and technology assessments to individuals referred for ATC training at VISIONS Center on Blindness in Spring Valley.
  • As needed, provide technology training to college students and other clients at the technology center at VCB, or at their college or workplace; This may involve traveling to counties outside of New York City.
  • Offer technical assistance to staff and/or perform routine technical maintenance activities throughout the agency.

Qualifications

The successful candidate will be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Some of the duties of this position may be performed virtually with permission from the direct supervisor, the CPO and COO of the agency.

Education and/or Experience

Bachelor’s degree plus a minimum of two years teaching experience (preferably in a blindness-related classroom environment.) Bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. Certification as an Assistive Technology Instructional Specialist (CATIS) is required within one year after the hire date, or eligibility.

Skills

  1. Proficient knowledge and use of assistive technologies such as screen reading, screen magnification, and refreshable Braille displays
  2. Mastery of essential operating system functions, file management, routine maintenance procedures, and commercial applications, including Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, Internet and the Google Suite.
  3. Proficiency in Apple Mac operating system and accessibility features preferred.
  4. Must have professional experience working with people with visual impairments.
  5. Ability to work equally well autonomously or as part of a team.
  6. Strong written and interpersonal communications skills.
  7. Time-management skills, ability to work on multiple projects at one time, meet deadlines, and prioritize essential activities.
  8. Excellent independent problem-solving skills.
  9. Occasional travel to counties outside of New York City is required
  10. Occasional nights and weekends are required

Salary Range:

$58,500.00 – $64,000.00 per year, commensurate with experience. 

Location and Schedule:

The primary location is: VISIONS at Selis Manor, 135 West 23rd Street, New York, NY, 10011. Occasional hours and overnights may be required at VISIONS Center on Blindness (VCB) and/or Vocational Rehabilitation Center (VRC) in Spring Valley.

To Apply

Send your resume and cover letter to Heather Hanlon, Senior Director of Workforce Programs at hhanlon@visionsvcb.org

VISIONS offers a very generous benefits package including four weeks of paid vacation, 13 sick days and four personal days annually, 12 paid holidays, Health insurance through Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, 403B retirement plan with a 5% employer contribution after one year of employment and more. 

VISIONS is a 501(c)3 nonprofit vision rehabilitation and social service agency incorporated in 1926.  VISIONS provides services for blind and visually impaired people of all ages in the Greater New York Metropolitan Area.

VISIONS is an equal opportunity employer.  All job candidates, consultants, volunteers, and interns 18 years of age and older, must consent to a background investigation after a preliminary job offer, references and education verification.