[Nfbnet-members-list] Virtual Job for Virginia

Kathryn Webster kcwebster43 at gmail.com
Thu Feb 18 11:27:47 UTC 2021

Message from Kathryn Webster, Project RISE Program Coordinator

Seeking an Employment Specialist | March 2021

Program Description

Project RISE, (Resilience, Independence, Self-Advocacy, Employment) 
is a pre-employment transition program, focusing on providing blind 
and low vision students with the skills necessary to become 
competitively employed. Students between the ages of 14 and 21 
participate in monthly meetings during the school year, participating 
in workshops designed to make them more competitive in the job 
market. Students then engage in some kind of work experience such as 
a job, paid or unpaid internship, or volunteer experience during the 
summer months.

We are seeking an Employment Specialist to secure summer work 
experiences for our students. This role will help to build 
long-lasting connections with employers and organizations in the 
community, based on our students' strengths, aptitudes, and 
interests. This position reports to the Project RISE program 
coordinator, Ms. Kathryn Webster. Compensation is commensurate with experience.

    * Approximate time commitment: 10 hours per week from March 
through August 2021.
    * Location: This is a virtual position open to anyone in the 
United States.

Roles and Responsibilities

    * Review existing materials and develop a strategic plan for 
employer recruitment/retention
    * Build new relationships with employers across the state and 
country, including corporate and local connections
    * Document contact information and other relevant details for 
employers and connections of employers in a database for efficiency
    * Work with mentors to understand student preferences and availability
    * Track student employer application processes and share 
opportunities with all students as they become available/identified
    * Pair at least 15 students with summer experiences during 2021
    * Complete other tasks as assigned by the program coordinator

Requirements for Personnel Contractors

All those contracted to provide services are required to go through a 
background check, performed by the state of Virginia. If awarded a 
contract, individuals will be providing services subject to the terms 
outlined in the independent contract agreement. The compensation will 
be provided on a monthly basis and excludes additional benefits of any kind.

Next Steps

If interested, send a resume and cover letter to Kathryn Webster at 
<mailto:rise at nfbv.org>rise at nfbv.org by March 1, 2021. Interviews will 
be coordinated dependent on your qualifications and experience.

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