Mid Santa Barbara County, South Santa Barbara County, Other
Ventura to Simi Valley
Full Time
Braille Institute of America

Duties Include: Instruct visually impaired students in a variety of subjects in order to achieve independent living and provide enrichment.  May also teach students to read and write braille as well as the use of braille writers.  Monitors, evaluates and documents student progress, recommending additional resources and support to students and families as needed.  Researches subject matter and, in collaboration with the Educational Programs Lead, develops curricula for classroom instruction.  Works in collaboration with the Educational Programs Lead and educators across BIA centers to provide continuity in departmental instruction.  Prepares lesson plans as needed.  Gathers supplies, adaptive devices and materials needed to teach students.  Assures in-person and online classrooms are set up each day with supplies, tools, equipment and materials needed for an effective and safe learning environment. Prepares and maintains appropriate forms and documentation for each class as required, such as attendance and student progress.  May design and conduct seminars, workshops and training sessions throughout an assigned region to educate families, caregivers, and professionals on issues related to the visually impaired, as well as to promote the organization’s programs and services within the community. May participate in planning and/or preparation for special events to benefit the visually impaired. Acquires knowledge of research and advancements in the subject matter taught, as well as the organization’s programs and services and other resources for the visually impaired.  Makes use of professional development workshops and resources.  May train and direct the work of volunteers assisting in classrooms.
Minimum Requirements: A bachelor’s degree (ex/ BA) in a designated field of expertise is required (or may be substituted with one year of teaching experience). Strong knowledge of the subject matter taught is required. Previous online teaching experience is desirable. May require conversational knowledge of another language. The position requires good communication, training, interpersonal, assessment, research, computer, presentation, organizational and time management skills. The ability to effectively teach visually impaired students in a particular field of expertise is essential. At least one to two years of experience teaching in a designated field of expertise is desirable. Some work experience with the visually impaired is desirable.

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