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NON-CLASSIFIED: Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI)

at State of Colorado

Posted: 1/21/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 454703
Keywords: teaching, educator

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Department Information

http://www.csdb.org

Vision Statement:  CSDB ... Learning, Thriving, Leading

Mission Statement: 
The Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB) provides children and families statewide with comprehensive, specialized educational services in safe, nurturing environments.  We empower learners to become self-determined, independent contributing citizens within their communities.

Core Values:
Collaboration; Open, Honest Communication; Respect; Responsibility
 

Description of Job


CSDB is accepting applications for TVI vacancies for the 2019-2020 school year.

Applications are accepted on an on-going basis for vacancies in all instructional areas, including but not limited to all core content areas:
 
Elementary Education (Early Childhood Education); English/Language Arts; Science; Mathematics; Social Studies

BROAD SCOPE OF POSITION:
 
This position reports to the Principal, School for the Blind, and is responsible for providing standards-based instruction and support to K-12th grade learners who are visually impaired and who may have additional needs. Utilizes Colorado Academic Standards and benchmarks in establishing instructional goals; and provides assessments that monitor learner progress, in a safe and civil school environment.
 

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Performs work associated with standards-based instruction: prepares lesson plans, adapts instructional materials, develops input for and presents daily instructional/learning activities based upon the Individualized Education Program (IEP) and school reform tenets under the direction of the Principal, maintains a positive learning environment utilizing appropriate positive behavior support strategies, keeps learners on task and engaged.
  • Demonstrates knowledge / skill in the development and use of accommodations for learners who are visually impaired, and further, in the areas of task analysis, assessment, progress monitoring, daily living skills, behavior management, organization / planning, curriculum development, current technology practices relative to learners who have vision loss, parent relations and teamwork.
  • Utilizes technology to model, teach, and assist learners relative to instruction and activities.
  • Demonstrates knowledge / skill in the areas of project and technology-based learning.
  • Organizes the instructional environment for collaborative group work.
  • Works in co-teaching teams with others.
  • Works as part of an education / assessment team responsible for identifying, developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating individual objectives for assigned learners.
  • Understands and supports learners' social-emotional development.
  • Serves as an Advocate for assigned learners.
  • Coordinates effectively with other service staff in facilitating instruction, supporting school reform efforts, strategic planning, and positively contributing to co-curricular activities.
  • Positively serves as a team member in the School for the Blind, and of the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB) as a whole; and participates in regular team and departmental meetings, school and instructional meetings as required.
  • Provides parent consultation; participates in selected parent-focused activities, etc.
  • Seeks opportunities for and participates in activities related to professional development and training/workshops as appropriate.
  • Performs other appropriate duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights


QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Bachelor's or Master's Degree in Education or closely related field from a regionally accredited college or university; specialization in Education for the Visually Impaired preferred
  • Must hold or be eligible for appropriate educator licensure in the State of Colorado
  • Must hold, be eligible for, or able to obtain within three (3) years from hire, appropriate educator licensure in the State of Colorado endorsed as a Special Education Specialist: Visually Impaired, or comparable endorsement
  • Subject area endorsement or specialization
  • Experience teaching / working with children (in an educational environment) with visual impairments and/or multiple disabilities desired
  • Ability to demonstrate competency in Braille by the end of the first instructional year, as evidenced by possession of a CDE Certificate of Braille Competency
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES:
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply current standards-based educational practices associated with learners who are visually impaired to a variety of settings.
  • Knowledge of Expanded Core Curriculum for learners with visual impairments, including those with multiple disabilities.
  • Knowledge of and ability to assess and apply technology to perform the requirements of the position; ability to effectively utilize a variety of computer software applications, which may include but is not limited to e-mail, Internet, word processing, electronic calendar, presentation development, spreadsheet, database, learning management systems, etc.; willingness to stay current and develop skills as needed with or without direct support from CSDB.
  • Knowledge of and ability to effectively adapt and apply teaching skills, learning environment management and lesson preparation to a technology rich environment, which may include but is not limited to on-site classroom, telepresence, and multiple distance education technologies and delivery modes; ability to effectively implement technology necessary to model, teach, and assist learners relative to instruction and activities.
  • Knowledge of and ability to effectively implement current technologies utilized by learners who are blind/visually impaired.
  • Ability to establish high standards for what learners must know and be able to do.
  • Ability to demonstrate competency in Braille by the end of the first instructional year, as evidenced by possession of a CDE Certificate of Braille Competency.
  • Ability to respond effectively and positively to feedback.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with others and participate effectively in a team setting.
  • Strong, positive interpersonal skills.
  • Proficiency or commitment to work toward proficiency in American Sign Language (ASL) at the Novice (0+) skill level as demonstrated through an appropriate assessment tool and according to school policy / procedures.
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:
  • Full-time; scheduled to work the standard number of days in the academic year (as per established School Calendar, currently 195 days, August to June).
  • The annual base salary shall be established pursuant to the Teacher Salary Schedule, and based upon appropriate education and experience.  Excellent benefits.
  • Employment is at-will, with no actual, expressed or implied contract.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
  • Selected applicants must verify experience / highest degree held.
  • Direct deposit of paycheck is required.
  • CSDB is a non-smoking facility in its entirety.
  • Selected applicant must comply with the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind Drug-Free Workplace Policy, and other policies.
  • As required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA), selected applicant must verify, within 72 hours of employment, his/her legal right to be employed in the United States.
  • Selected applicant(s) will be required to submit to and pass a background check, to include Colorado and Federal criminal history checks, employment verification, and professional/personal reference checks.

Supplemental Information


CSDB is accepting applications for TVI vacancies for the 2019-2020 school year.
 
Applications are accepted on an on-going basis for vacancies in all instructional areas, including but not limited to all core content areas:
 
Elementary Education (Early Childhood Education); English/Language Arts; Science; Mathematics; Social Studies


How To Apply:
In addition to the submission of a complete on-line application (to include salary history and references), please upload the items listed below to your on-line application:

Formal Letter of Interest
Current Resume
Recent Letters of Recommendation, with signature
Copies of All Transcripts
Copy of Educator Certification

CSDB is an EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

The Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind and its Board are committed to providing a safe learning and work environment where all members of the school community are treated with dignity and respect. CSDB does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, or veteran status. Accordingly, no otherwise qualified student, employee, applicant for employment or member of the public shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to unlawful discrimination, harassment, or unwelcome behavior under any CSDB program or activity on the basis of disability, race, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, or veteran status.  The following persons are designated to handle inquiries regarding this policy:  Chelle Lutz, Human Resources Manager (employee complaints) / Kathy Emter, Director of Special Education (student/parent/public complaints) at CSDB, 33 N. Institute Street, Colorado Springs, CO  80903 (Phone:  719-578-2100 / Fax: 719-578-2239). *Nondiscrimination in relation to genetic information is applicable to employment only.
 
"ADAAA Accommodations: Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact Chelle Lutz, Human Resources Manager by phone 719-578-2114 or email clutz@csdb.org at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date."