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Certified Low Vision Therapist (CLVT) Low Vision Services Coordinator

Posted: Thursday, June 28th, 2018

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Updated June 2018

Position Summary
Mainly serving seniors (age 55+), the primary purpose of the CLVT is to serve as the Low Vision Services Coordinator for the Marjorie McNeely Low Vision Clinic, interact with the optometrist and intake coordinator, instruct individuals in the use of residual vision with optical devices, non-optical devices, and assistive technology, and help determine the need for environmental modifications in the home, workplace or school. The CLVT works as part of an interdisciplinary team with an optometrist, other program, office, management and volunteer staff to create a service plan and ensure quality services. With a strong Hispanic and mono-lingual Spanish speaking community, bilingual (English-Spanish) language translators are available, as needed. We provide a salary stipend for bilingual (English-Spanish) and dually certified staff. Dual certification or experience with O&M, VRT or CAITS is preferred but not required. The BVIC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the bases if race, culture, age, disability, gender or sexual orientation. This position is open until filled.

APPLICATION AND INQUIRIES
Send cover letter, resume, and three references with contact information by email to vision@blindandlowvision.org or mail to:

Blind & Visually Impaired Center of Monterey County, Inc.
225 Laurel Avenue
Pacific Grove, CA 93950

Review of applications will proceed as qualified applicants respond. They will continue until a suitable candidate is selected. While we sincerely appreciate all applications, only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted.

Please note the selected candidate will be required to submit to any special requirements e.g., criminal records check, TB testing, provide proof of ability to work in the U.S., proof of a valid California driver’s license, and proof of current auto insurance. Must have reliable transportation for work in the field.


JOB DESCRIPTION

Certified Low Vision Therapist (CLVT)
Low Vision Services Coordinator
(updated June 2018)

Position: Low Vision Services Coordinator is a Certified Low Vision Therapist

Hours: 40 hours per week FTE, Exempt

Salary: We offer a competitive salary, including bi-lingual and dual certification stipends; plus medical, dental & vision insurance; mileage reimbursement.

Holidays: Ten paid holidays per year

Paid Time Off: Employee accrues up to 20 paid days off per year; three sick days per year

Retirement: Simple IRA retirement plan

Reports to: Executive Director


Education and Experience:

  • Required: Master’s Degree in the areas of special education or rehabilitation of the visually impaired, concentration in low vision, or ample experience with low vision optical aids or low vision clinic; and Certification (CLVT); Bachelor’s Degree with concentration in Special Education / Low Vision Therapy or related field;
  • Dual certification (COMS, CVRT or CAITS) preferred
  • Bi-lingual (Spanish-English) preferred
  • Minimum one-year experience working with the visually impaired; preferred five years of work experience
  • Additional educational background and/or work experience in other areas of Blind Rehabilitation and working with the elderly is a plus

Qualifications:

  • Ability to cooperate and work collaboratively toward achieving client, department and agency goals
  • Energetic, flexible, patient, organized and detail-oriented
  • Ability to think independently, problem solve, and execute assigned tasks, customarily and routinely exercise discretion and independent judgement
  • Ability to counsel in a caring manner while also being able to balance agency policy with individual perceptions and sensitivity to clients
  • Strong professional communication skills
  • Proficiency with MS Office suite produces; Strong report writing and computer skills
  • Knowledge of visual system, eye conditions and their implications
  • Knowledge of components of Low Vision Evaluation
  • Knowledge of optical & non-optical equipment and intervention strategies
  • Knowledge of how to plan & implement an Individualized Vision Rehabilitation Plan
  • Knowledge of how to manage practice & resources / clinical practice competencies
  • Knowledge of assistive technology and software relating to visual impairment
  • Strong problem solving skills
  • Possess general office skills
  • Must be familiar with the blindness community and professional resources, as well as standard concepts, practices, and procedures within the vision rehabilitation field
  • Must have a valid California driver’s license, access to your own reliable transportation, and insurance. Mileage reimbursement at current IRS rate
  • Acquire appropriate CEUs in order to maintain certification
  • Must have current TB test, CPR certification, and HIPAA training
  • Willingness to do what is needed to be done

Responsibilities:

Coordinate Low Vision Services

  • Work closely with the Low Vision Clinic Optometrist, monitor supplies, provide follow-up to the Clinic when appropriate
  • Work closely with the Intake, Outreach and Care Coordinator for scheduling, paperwork, fee collection, record keeping
  • Perform new client intake, as assigned
  • Coordinate referral or connection to other service providers and resources, as needed
  • Maximize the safety, functionality and independence of clients
  • Conduct thorough evaluation and assessment to determine low vision needs
  • Work with client and staff to create Individualized Vision Rehabilitation Plan and provide services to meet goals and achieve successful outcomes
  • Train clients in the use of low vision aids and devices in areas of communication, personal management, recreation and travel
  • Supervise Assistive Technology Center; serve as a liaison to vendors and maintain current devices for the AT Center
  • Maintain & monitor optical aids inventory
  • Document progress/outcomes and complete all reporting in accordance with established guidelines
  • Maintain electronic documentation (and paper as needed) in accordance with established guidelines
  • Communicate regularly, professionally and effectively with clients, colleagues, managers, Board members and volunteers to ensure successful outcomes
  • Ability to work in a small closely- knit work environment where everyone can be cross-trained and handle various jobs to the extent of their ability.
  • Stay current on trends and adaptive equipment in the field
  • Provide input toward program/service improvements and/or assist with developing new programs/services
  • Participate in presentations and in-service workshops, as needed
  • Referrals to appropriate agencies or services
  • Occasional networking with other agencies and individuals
  • Occasional community outreach for public education about BVIC services
  • Other duties as assigned