Job Status: Full Time
FLSA Status: Exempt
Reports To: Director of Children’s Programs
Work Schedule: 40 hours a week; times may vary; weekends and evenings may be required
Position Summary: Manage the transition program curriculum, referrals, intakes, and counseling for high school age students (ages 14-24).
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following, but not limited to:
- Creates and directs group and individual sessions and program events that are designed to help the student move from school to post –secondary education, vocational education, and integrated employment.
- Accept and process referrals from DBS.
- Conduct initial intakes and assessments (ICFAs) with all new students as well as plan review and plan revisions for existing students.
- Review and ensure program and curriculum meet contract requirements.
- Create & direct curriculum-based modules to prepare the students for post-secondary education, vocational education or integrated employment.
- Schedule and coordinate group and individual sessions for the students in relation to their post-secondary needs.
- Maintain the program budget.
- Counsel and empower students with communication skills, mobility skills, social interaction, independent living skills, recreation skills, career planning, using assistive technology and visual efficiency.
- Coordinate with other Lighthouse instructors to provide assessments, instruction and counseling with the students as needed.
- Coordinate with outside resources to enhance services for the students by providing opportunities for community integration, job shadowing , job readiness, job coaching and work experiences.
- Coordinate services in conjunction with the goals of the students’ IEP plans (via school) and IPE plans (via DBS).
- Coordinate and implement extended day, overnight and summer camp activities to best enhance the services for the student.
- Coordinate and oversee annual summer work experience program
- Knowledgeable of common medical terms and standard treatment procedures that pertain to clients.
- Maintains required records.
- Prepares accurate and timely correspondence and comprehensive reports.
- Demonstrates excellent communication skills working with children and adults, expressing ideas clearly and concisely, orally and in writing.
- Maintains professional accreditations, licensing and/or continuing education as required.
- Participates in staff conferences.
- Report monthly service units in appropriate database.
- Attend IFSP’s and IEP’s as requested
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- Assists with other cases within Children’s Program, or adults, as needed
- Possess a positive attitude, flexibility, multi-tasking, empathy for students, desire to help students grow, working harmoniously with others, sense of humor.
- Minimum of a BA in rehabilitation of the blind & visually impaired. (MA preferred).
- Ability to work a flexible schedule.
- Experience working with children with disabilities preferred.
- Completion of required certifications (e.g., CVRT, TVI, or COMS) within 2 years of hire or as required for curriculum compliance.
- Ability to communicate effectively in verbal and written English.
- Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred.
- Proficient in use of computers including Word, Excel, Outlook and Internet research.
- Valid Florida Driver’s License and/or ability to get to clients’ home or travel within the community.
- Excellent interpersonal and communications skills.
- Ability to write reports and business correspondence.
- Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, their families and the general public.
- High degree of discretion when dealing with confidential information.
- Must be able to successfully pass a drug test and criminal background screening.