[nfbwatlk] Teacher of the Blind Opening at WSSB

Nightingale, Noel Noel.Nightingale at ed.gov
Wed Mar 24 18:34:00 UTC 2010

I don't like the use of the word "striving."  shouldn't the motto be "Educating blind and visually impaired children for independence 
and success."  

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From: nfbwatlk-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:nfbwatlk-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Mike Freeman
Sent: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 8:22 PM
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Subject: Re: [nfbwatlk] Teacher of the Blind Opening at WSSB

MMM ... what doesn't grab you about it?


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From: "Nightingale, Noel" <Noel.Nightingale at ed.gov>
To: <nfbwatlk at nfbnet.org>
Sent: Monday, March 22, 2010 11:59 AM
Subject: [nfbwatlk] Teacher of the Blind Opening at WSSB

Below is a posting for a teacher at the Washington State School for the 
Blind.  I hope I am not stepping on anyone toes when I say that I have a 
negative reaction to the motto that precedes the announcement.

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From: jobs-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:jobs-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of 
Hyde, David W. (ESC)
Sent: Monday, March 22, 2010 10:58 AM
To: 'jobs at nfbnet.org'
Subject: [Jobs] Opening in Washington State
Importance: High

From: Dean Stenehjem [mailto:Dean.Stenehjem at wssb.wa.gov]
Sent: Thursday, March 18, 2010 9:42 AM
To: TOVI: Administrative Question; cosb at tsbvi.edu
Subject: TVI - WSSB Outreach Position Announcement
Importance: High


Striving to educate blind and visually impaired children for independence 
and success!

Recruitment Announcement:  Teacher of the Visually Impaired

Agency:                       Washington State School for the Blind

Location:                     Spokane WA and surrounding areas (itinerant)

Salary:                         Paid in accordance with Vancouver SD salary 
schedule (Salary schedule is available at 

Position details:               Scheduled between 182 to 190 days per year; 
full-time; permanent after successful completion of 12 month probationary 

Open Date:                       March 10, 2010

Closing Date:                    March 25, 2010


Agency profile:  The mission of the Washington State School for the Blind is 
to provide specialized quality educational services to visually 
impaired/blind youth ages birth-21 within the state of Washington.  Our 
purpose is to serve as a statewide demonstration and resource center and 
provide direct/indirect services to students both on campus and in the 
children's local communities.

Philosophy:  WSSB believes that all students can benefit from a menu of 
diverse services that can be provided through partnerships with LEAs and 
ESDs.  The ease of movement between LEAs, ESDs, and WSSB is critical to 
overall programs for BVI within the entire state.  No one school or agency 
can accomplish what these children need without this spirit of cooperation 
and sharing.

Benefits:  Employees of the WSSB receive State of Washington employee 
benefits including medical, dental, long term disability, and life 
insurance.  Teachers are eligible for enrollment in the Teachers Retirement 
System Plan 3 and deferred compensation plan.  Optional programs also 
include Washington Guaranteed Education Tuition Program (GET), Dependent 
Care Assistance Program (DCAP) and medical flexible spending account (FSA). 
Teachers accrue 8 hours of sick leave per month and 1 personal holiday per 
calendar year.  For more information about WSSB, please visit our website at 

Position profile:  This position requires a certificated teacher of the 
visually impaired who will provide specialized educational services to 
students and districts in Spokane, WA and surrounding areas.  Working 
independently under the direction of the Outreach Director, the incumbent 
will provide instruction and services to best meet the unique needs of each 
visually impaired student and the districts being served

Core responsibilities include but are not limited to:

*         Perform or facilitate necessary assessments: learning media, 
functional vision, technology, and orientation and mobility.

*         Provide direct and consultative services as per Individual 
Education Plans (IEP).

*         Provide workshops and in-services as needed to assist families and 
school district personnel in understanding the unique needs of the visually 
impaired learner.

*         Assist districts in obtaining necessary alternative format 
materials and equipment as identified through the IEP process.

*         Work collaboratively with families, students, and district 
personnel to develop IEP goals and objectives in expanded core curriculum. 
Expanded core curriculum addresses the following areas:

o        Literacy

o        Technology

o        Self-help/daily living skills

o        Career and vocational education

o        Self-advocacy skills

o        Travel skills

*         Prepare meaningful instruction geared to the student's assessed 
needs, as identified in the IEP.

*         Provide consultation to the classroom teachers and other involved 
personnel, and adapt materials as needed to enable the BVI learner to 
benefit from instruction.

*         Maintain ongoing communication with all parties involved in the 
child's education including the parents.

Key Competencies include but may not be limited to:

*         Excellent communication and organizational skills

*         Effective time management skills

*         Ability to set high expectations that support the acquisition of 
student's independence and success.

Required Qualifications:

* Bachelors degree in educational or other relevant field of study.
* Current Washington State Teaching Certification or can obtain a Washington 
State Teaching Certificate.
* Certification as a Teacher of the Visually Impaired from an accredited and 
nationally recognized university program.
* Three years of teaching experience as a teacher of the visually impaired.

* Must pass Federal criminal background check.
* Must have Braille Literary Usage Exam Certification or Library of Congress 
certification, or be able to obtain either.

Desirable Qualifications:

* Masters degree in Teacher of Visually Impaired Learner program.
* Orientation and Mobility certification.
* Five years teaching experience as an itinerant teacher of the visually 
* Experience working with children with multiple disabilities including 

Note: This position is covered by a union shop provision.  Therefore, as a 
condition of employment, candidates who are appointed are required to become 
members of the WPEA, or arrange to pay to that union a fee equivalent to its 
regular monthly dues.  The union shop provision shall be effective on the 
first day of the month following the employee's initial 30 days in this 

How to apply:  Please send a completed State Application 
<http://www.wssb.wa.gov/Content/community/employment.asp> ), letter of 
interest, detailed resume and references to the address or email listed 
below.  For more information please call Dee Amundsen, Outreach Director, at 
(360)696-6321 ext 124 or Jessica Sydnor, Human Resources Manager, at 
(360)696-6321 ext 129.

Applications must be submitted no later than midnight March 25, 2010.

Please mail applications to:

WA State School for the Blind

Attn: Human Resources

2214 E 13th St

Vancouver WA 98682

FAX: (360)737-2120

Or Email to:

Jessica.sydnor at wssb.wa.gov <mailto:Jessica.sydnor at wssb.wa.gov>

Attn:  TVI Position

Background inquiries of convictions and pending criminal charges shall be 
completed on applicants prior to their appointment to positions in the State 
of Washington which are directly responsible for the supervision, care or 
treatment of children.  Information obtained from background inquiries will 
not necessarily preclude employment, but will be considered in determining 
the applicant's character; suitability and competence to perform in the 
position applied for and may result in the denial of employment.  Applicants 
are required to sign a release authorizing inquiry.  Failure to do so shall 
disqualify the applicant from employment in these positions.

This announcement is published by the Washington State School for the Blind. 
The State of Washington is an equal opportunity employer. Persons with a 
disability who need assistance in the application or testing process, or 
those needing this announcement in an alternative format, may call (360) 
696-6321 ext 129.

Jessica Sydnor

Human Resources Manager

Washington State School for the Blind

2214 E 13th St

Vancouver WA 98661

360-696-6321 ext 129

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