Perkins School for the Blind
08/28/2023Return to view all job openings
We are the worldwide leader in education services for children and young adults who have multiple disabilities and visual impairments. We believe every child can learn and learning is for life. We are committed to delivering best-in-class education to children, providing immersive training to professionals and creating a world of inclusion, accessibility and opportunity for people with multiple disabilities. At Perkins, we think courageously, we are collaborative and we take ownership. Join a community of growth where you will be supported and where your work makes a difference.
Join our collaborative community of educators as the TVI/Technology Specialist who performs a number of duties to enhance opportunities for students and staff through use of assistive technology. Help us be the school with leading expertise in assistive technology while developing your professional growth and leadership skills.
Essential Duties, Responsibilities and Expectations include the following:
Collaborate with other Technology Specialists and leaders to identify an assessment framework/model for campus students and outside evaluations; in the development of an assistive technology curriculum progression and of a model for completing technology trials
Review and implement (Low Vision Clinic, Eval) recommendations by interpretation of medical eye reports and provide analysis of medical implications for optimizing visual functioning and assessment of functional limitations
Assist with personal technology acquisition (through districts, adult agencies, school loan)
Guide teams in assessing assistive technology needs across settings
Collaborate with IEP teams in the development and implementation of individualized and evidence-based objective-based learning and intervention programs
Support teams by coordinating ECC Reviews
Identify and share local, regional and national resources with teams
Attend campus appointments and support LV Clinic liaison as needed
Support staff in acquiring skills needed to implement use of student technology
Assist in integrating appropriate and innovative technologies to support, enhance, and extend learning across Educational Programs
Stay at the forefront of Assistive/Ed Technology by participating in professional communities, attending conferences/trainings, and providing visibility
Provide mentorship as assigned
Campus Leadership/Continuous Improvement Tasks
In coordination with school success planning, prioritize, organize and implement comprehensive professional development activities on assistive technology currently in-place as well as ‘new to Perkins’ technologies and successful integration into classrooms and residential settings.
Collaborate with Ed Directors, Technology Liaisons and IT Directors for cross-discipline decision making.
Working with the research coordinator. research emerging technologies, make recommendations for possible trials of new software/hardware to support instruction and student independence and share ideas and information with other experts in the field.
Assessment and Instructional Tasks
Provide instructional support (AT, compensatory strategies, Braille) for staff and students
Complete FVEs/LMAs (5%-10%)
Assess student AT needs and identify appropriate curriculum (30%)
Perform other duties as assigned
To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
Knowledge of the Massachusetts Frameworks and understanding of the expanded Core Curriculum for Students with Visual Impairments
Ability to communicate effectively both orally and written
Ability to maintain confidential information
Ability to work with diverse populations
Ability to interact in a consultative professional manner
Demonstrated strong organizational skills
Ability to prioritize and manage several responsibilities concurrently
Ability to utilize available resources and creative problem solving skills in supporting the growth and performance of teaching staff
Knowledgeable about the impact of vision impairment on development, classroom learning and community access
Knowledge of state and federal laws regarding the education of students with visual impairments and other disabilities
Education and Experience
Masters Degree in Education and experience working with students with multiple disabilities in a school and community setting.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
ACVREP Graduate Certificate in Assistive Technology Instructional Specialist or Certification as Massachusetts Teacher of the Visually Impaired with commitment to acquire such certification within one academic year.
We have benefits that put you first, including an employer contributing retirement plan, tuition reimbursement from day one, professional development for our employees, personal days, paid time off and paid sick leave. Our campus is quaint, charming and historical, a perfect mix of legacy and modern buildings. It is located in the heart of Watertown, adjacent to the Charles River and a 5 minute drive from food & entertainment at Arsenal Yards.