Outreach Consultant (NCECBVI)

ESU 4 is accepting applications for an Outreach Consultant at NCECBVI. ESU 4 offers an outstanding salary and benefit package. For more information regarding this position, please contact Sally Schreiner. View the complete job description.

*This is a full-time position that can be located at NCECBVI in Nebraska City, Nebraska, or alternate location in Nebraska (with the expectation to work on campus as determined by the NCECBVI Administrative Team).

Minimum Requirements:

  • Possession of, or ability to, obtain Nebraska Teaching Certificate with Visual Impairment endorsement.
  • Teaching experience in special education and specifically in the area of blindness/visual impairments.

Preferred Requirements:

  • Experience and training in one or more of the following areas: early childhood, behavior, CVI, low vision, and/or technology.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of consultation protocol and process of calling on LEAs, ESUs, and parents; basic technology for documentation and communication; various disabilities in addition to visual impairments; teaching and regulations of special education; and methods and techniques for assessing children with disabilities, and ability to interpret assessment data.
  • Basic skills related to leadership, problem-solving, organizational, time management, organization, and communication skills; self-motivated and self-starter; flexible; and work cooperatively with others as a team player.
  • Ability/willingness to extensively travel statewide with overnight stays required; operate a personal computer in order to complete all functions of daily operations and communication related to the job position; learn current technology devices and applications specific for those with disabilities; physical ability to lift; effectively provide services and teach students of a variety of ages and ability levels to include academics, functional life skills, and severe/profound disabilities; and be flexible in work hours as required to fulfill duties.
  • Coordinate with other professional and support staff in providing best practices for students; involvement in professional development activities and network with others; and maintain confidentiality of student records.
  • Completion of required training including: State of Nebraska Defensive Driving Course; CPR certification; Suicide Prevention Course; and Basics of Blindness and Low Vision Course.
  • Represent the Nebraska Center for the Education of Children Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired in a professional manner in dress, attitude, and actions.

Primary Function:

  • Provide statewide outreach consultation, direct service, assessment/evaluation services, mentoring, and professional development opportunities for students, families, and educators. Serve as a consultant for the NCECBVI center-based program to assist with student programming and instruction.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Provide direct service to students ages birth-21 statewide who are blind or visually impaired, including those with additional abilities. Services may be provided in-person, remotely, or hybrid.
  2. Perform requested assessments/evaluations in order to assist teams with developing appropriate goals, objectives, programming and instruction.
  3. Document student progress data and provide progress reports as required by students’ resident school districts. Learn and utilize the IEP database system for each district served.
  4. Provide recommendations, strategies, and adaptations to promote successful outcomes for students with visual impairments.
  5. Participate in MDT/IEP/IFSP meetings statewide as requested.
  6. Maintain accurate student records and documentation of outreach services.
  7. Understand, recommend and implement assistive technology to address the educational needs of students with visual impairments, including those with additional disabilities.
  8. Provide statewide workshops and in-service for educators and families.
  9. Provide training for educators, support staff, parents and/or families at local districts.
  10. Participate in outreach department meetings, NCECBVI staff meetings, and other meetings with administration and staff as requested.
  11. Assist teachers, support staff and related service providers in adapting curriculum.
  12. Participate in statewide programs and initiatives related to visual impairments.
  13. Utilize and serve as a resource for materials available in the Nebraska Instructional Resource Center.
  14. Be knowledgeable of research specific to the field of visual impairments by participating in professional development activities, attending conferences, workshops, and regional/state/national offerings.
  15. Assist with the planning and implementation of statewide NCECBVI Student and Family Support Programs such as Braille Challenge, Cane Quest, and Low Vision Clinic.
  16. Other duties as assigned by the NCECBVI Administrative Team.

Working Conditions: Exposure to the following situations may range from remote to frequent based on circumstances and factors that may not be predictable.

  • Constant repetitive hand motions; prolonged use of a computer
  • Frequent sitting and driving
  • Frequent travel to schools (state-wide) with a home base to be determined (example: Nebraska City)
  • Primarily involves working indoors in an environmentally controlled environment
  • Normal effort or occasional periods of light physical activity

Employee Punctuality and Appearance:

  • In order for schools to operate effectively, employees are expected to perform all assigned duties and work all scheduled hours during each designated workday, unless the employee has received approved leave
  • Any deviation from assigned hours must have prior approval from the employee’s supervisor or building administrator
  • All employees are required to report to work dressed in a manner that reflects a positive image of ESU 4 and is appropriate for their position

Salary:

  • 185 day school year contract.
  • Pay based on ESU 4 Salary Schedule

Applications will be open until the position is filled. Start date will begin with the 2022-2023 school year. Please send a request for the application form. Any questions regarding the application process can be directed to:

Sally Schreiner, Campus Administrator
NCECBVI
824 10th Ave.; PO Box 129
Nebraska City, NE 68410
800.826.4355

Educational Service Unit 4 is an equal opportunity employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, or disability. This job description summary does not imply that these are the only duties to be performed. This job description is subject to change in response to funding variables, emerging technologies, improved operating procedures, productivity factors, and unforeseen circumstances.