Would you like to be part of an amazing culture that helps Arizonans reach their full potential through temporary assistance? The Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) is looking for individuals that are committed to service, community, and teamwork.
The Department of Economic Security, Division of Employment and Rehabilitation Services (DERS) performs an integral role in improving Arizona’s workforce by assisting individuals who are unemployed or underemployed, and those with barriers, to prepare for and obtain meaningful employment. DERS supports Arizona employers with recruitment assistance by connecting them to a skilled workforce.
We are seeking an experienced and highly motivated individual to join our team as a Rehabilitation Instructional Services Specialist 3 with the Rehabilitation Service Administration (RSA) This position is responsible for working under the RAES Assistant Manager teaching independent living skills which include Orientation and Mobility, Home Management, Personal Management, Communication, plus functional Low Vision evaluation and Orientation and Adjustments to blindness as well as he provision of adaptive aids and devices.
• Vision Rehabilitation Therapist or Orientation and Mobility Specialist.
• Teach independent living skills to blind or visually impaired persons in appropriate environment(s) (home, skills center, work).
• Record clients’ performance and evaluate clients’ progress.
• Interview clients for services, noting essential information and client’s need and reason for applying.
• Develop service plan based on assessment and knowledge of client’s situation, gained from interviewing, and gathering case information.
• Performs functional low vision evaluations.
• Attend meetings of community action or community service organizations.
• Develop and participate in the development of training aids, instructional guides, written and performance tests and other instructional course material.
• Knowledge of limitations imposed by blindness/visual impairment.
• Knowledge of the methods and techniques of instructing blind/visually impaired persons.
• Knowledge of adaptive aids/devices available for blind/visually impaired persons.
• Knowledge of resources available in the community.
• Skills in teaching a range of independent living skills to blind/visually impaired persons.
• Skills in behavioral observation, evaluation, and interpretation.
• Skills in counseling blind/visually impaired persons to provide information, assist in the resolution of adjustment to disability problems.
• Skills in oral and written communication.
• Ability to motivate.
• Ability to prioritize, assign and organize work.
• Ability to multitask and problem solve.
• Ability to work well with others.
• Rehabilitation Teacher or Vision Rehabilitation Therapist.
• Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Teaching, with certification as either a Rehabilitation Teacher or a Vision Rehabilitation Therapist or Low Vision Specialist.
• Counseling degree or counseling skills or experience in addressing adjustment to disability issues.
• Bachelor’s or master’s degree in Rehabilitation Teaching, Vision Rehabilitation, Special Education, Education, Social work, Counseling, or a degree with an emphasis in Rehabilitation or closely related field.
• Must be eligible to sit for the certification exam to become a certified Orientation and Mobility (O&M) Specialist as provided by the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP) or the National Blindness Professional Certification Board (NBPCB) within 6 months of employment or have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in O&M.
• Successfully complete the Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify), applicable to all newly hired State employees.
• Successfully pass background and reference checks; employment is contingent upon completion of the above-mentioned process and the agency’s ability to reasonably accommodate any restrictions.
• Candidates for this position shall be subject to a search of both the Child Protective Services Central Registry pursuant to A.R.S. 8-804 and the Adult Protective Services Registry pursuant to A.R.S. 46-459.
• Candidate shall have or meet the requirements to obtain prior to their first day of employment, a valid Level One Arizona fingerprint clearance card issued pursuant to Arizona Revised Statute 41-1758.07 in order to work with children and vulnerable adults.
We offer a competitive benefits package that is unmatched by the private sector and a culture that encourages team success and advocates for personal advancement.
-Affordable Health, Dental, Vision and Life and Disability Insurance
-10 holidays per year
-Paid Vacation and Sick time off - start earning it your 1st day
-Eligible to participate in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (must meet qualifications)
-Contribute to, and participate in the Arizona State Retirement System
-Ride Share and Public Transit Subsidy
-Career Advancement Opportunities
-Opportunity to work remotely (home office) on an ad-hoc basis
For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page
State employees are required to participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS), the State sponsored retirement contribution plan and the Long-Term Disability (LTD) program after a 27-week waiting period. The ASRS defined benefit plan provides for life-long income upon retirement. You will also have the option to participate in a voluntary deferred compensation program to take advantage of tax-deferred retirement investments.
On, or shortly after, your first day of work, you will be provided with additional information about the available insurance plans, enrollment instructions, submission deadlines and effective dates.
For questions about this career opportunity, please call (480) 204-2707 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by contacting (480) 204-2707 or email email@example.com. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.
ARIZONA MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (AMS)
All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress. Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.
The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.