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As a condition of employment, all CCS employees are required to qualify for an Arizona Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card

SSP III-iCanConnect-Program Specialist III-Internal Only

Position Purpose

Serves individuals who are deafblind or deaf-plus by providing supports that enhance independence.  Relays visual and environmental information and as well as provides sighted guide support and transportation to and from activities and events.  Transports individuals who are deafblind or deaf-plus using agency and/or rental vehicles.  Also provides additional supports such as advocacy, assistance with assistive/access technology, and reinforcement of the acquisition of self-advocacy, travel, and independent living skills.  Conducts technology assessments, technology installation, and training for iCanConnect (FCC).  Responsible for maintenance of demonstration technology for iCanConnect.  Extensive statewide travel through New Mexico and Arizona may be required.  Position may from time to time be stressful and require a high demand of performance.  May perform other duties as assigned. 

Essential Functions

Deafblind and Special Services:

  • Facilitates environmental and visual communication access between clients who are deafblind or deaf-plus and the community
  • Provides mobility/travel, communication, and other supports to clients who are conducting errands, participating in community events, and other self-directed activities
  • Provides text access/translation by reading clients’ mail (correspondence and bills) and signs in the environment as well as assist clients in completing forms
  • Assist clients in telephonic communications, provides assessment and training as necessary and requested
  • Provides client centered advocacy on behalf of clients
  • Supports clients’ independence and self-determination by providing accurate information and reinforcement of the acquisition of self-advocacy skills
  • Supports the independence of individuals who are deafblind or deaf-plus in the community by relaying information about the environment and providing communication access at all times.
  • Ensures completion of all required agency paperwork, forms, and reports, as required or assigned – including file notes when indicated/required
  • Keeps appropriate Program staff informed of changes and important information in the lives of clients served
  • Completes all required trainings and participates in required meetings
  • Provides transportation for clients who are deafblind or deaf-plus to/from their home into the community using agency and/or agency rented vehicles
  • Ensures passenger safety and practices safe driving while operating the vehicle
  • Ensures that Agency vehicles meet accepted operational standards
  • Performs pre-operational and post-operational checks
  • Ensures operational logs are accurately maintained
  • Notifies appropriate supervisor in writing when vehicle components give indication of failure
  • May drive agency, agency rented, and or personal vehicle on company business
  • May perform other duties as signed.

iCanConnect/FCC Program:

  • Provides iCanConnect/FCC Program services under the direction of COPD-NM’s Deafblind and Special Services Program Director or Coordinator
  • Works with the COPD-NM’s Deafblind and Special Services Program Director or Coordinator, the iCanConnect Program at the Perkins School for the Blind, and other federal, state, local agencies/organization to identify individuals who are deafblind and may be eligible for the FCC’s National Deafblind Equipment Distribution Program (aka. iCanConnect)
  • Performs technology assessments according to FCC guidelines to include: communication skills, visual acuity, hearing loss, learning style, supports needed
  • Arranges and conducts installations, trainings, repairs/exchanges of technology dispensed to individuals participating in the program
  • Works to make sure that assessments and trainings are done to support the needs of individuals who are deafblind seeking FCC services
  • Matches technological needs of the consumer with the proper equipment to support telecommunication needs
  • Responsible for data base entries – including adding consumers to the database, preparing material requests, assessment/training reports, repairs/exchanges, etc. – into the iCanConnect database
  • Prepares and submits monthly information – including billing – to the Program Director or Coordinator
  • Maintains inventory of demonstration technology for the iCanConnect program
  • May drive agency or personal vehicle on company business

 

The above statement reflects the general duties considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job as identified and shall not be considered a detailed description of all work requirements that may be inherent in the job.

Minimum Qualifications

Suitable work experience may be considered as transferable skills in order to meet minimum requirements of the position and will be considered by the Corporate Director of Human Resources.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation, Social Work, Education, Vocational Rehabilitation, Psychology, or related field
  • 2 years’ experience working with individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind, deaf-plus, blind, and/or low vision
  • Sign Language skills in American Sign Language, Manually Coded English, and/or English and/or uncontracted Braille and/or in other alternate communication modes used by individuals who are deafblind or deaf-plus (e.g., tactile signing, print-on-palm, tangible symbols, etc.)
  • Ability to train others on the use of computer and/or assistive technology
  • Ability to install technology used by individuals who are deafblind
  • Ability to identify and trouble shoot problems with technology used by individuals who are deafblind
  • Proven ability to write clear and easily understandable reports in standard English
  • Proven ability to lift 35 pounds 15% of the time
  • Ability to travel independently
  • Basic computer and typing skills

  • Arizona – Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card
  • Valid Arizona or New Mexico Driver License, proof of insurance, and Motor Vehicle Division 39 month Motor Vehicle Report for Arizona and 36 month Motor Vehicle Report for New Mexico
  • Pass drug screening
  • Pass FBI Fingerprint Criminal History Summary

Desired Qualifications

  • Master degree in Rehabilitation, Social Work, education, Vocational Rehabilitation, Psychology  or related field
  • Additional years of experience working with individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind, blind, or low vision
  • Fluency and/ or Certification (and/or Licensure in New Mexico and / or Arizona) in Sign Interpreting or Sign Transliteration (i.e.:  Interpreter III – NAD4, or RID CI or CT, or EIPA 4.0, or NIC Certified or Interpreter IV – RID CI and CT, or CSC, or CDI/RSC, or NAD5, or EIPA 5.0, or NIC Advanced)
  • Certification or evidence of completion of uncontracted Braille course
  • Certification or evidence of completion of contracted Braille course (Unified English Braille)
  • Experience in providing advocacy support to individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind, deaf-plus, low vision, and/or blind
  • Experience in providing follow-up support/reinforcement to individuals learning self-advocacy, travel, and/or independent living skills
  • Experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities
  • Experience working with individuals with fine and/or gross motor disabilities
  • Applicable knowledge in the assessment and modification of the environment to enhance the use of residual vision and/or audition by individuals who are deafblind or deaf-plus
  • Knowledge and use of varied communication modes used by individuals who are deafblind or deaf-plus to include tactile signing, Braille, communication board/devices, and/or tangible symbols
  • Proficient in using assistive/access technology and software for individuals who are deaf, blind, deafblind (i.e., ZoomText, JAWS, Windows Eyes, etc.)
  • Proficient in the use of assistive listening devices
  • Proficient in the use of low vision devices (optical and non-optical)
  • Additional years of directly related experience
  • First Aid and CPR certification
No.: 03-10-095
Location: Community Outreach Program for the Deaf -New Mexico & Arizona
Status: Non Exempt - On Call
Salary: $12.90-$19.35, DOE

How to Apply

 Catholic Community Services

140 W. Speedway Blvd. #230

Tucson, AZ  85705

 

Fax resume and cover letter –520-770-8505

 

Email resume and cover letter – humanresources@ccs-soaz.org

 

For more information visit our website at: www.ccs-soaz.org

 

Selection

Applicants will be rated and evaluated based upon their qualifications, training and related job experience

                                   

 

We encourage our Veterans to apply

Open: Mar 15, 2019
Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Due to the volume of applications we receive, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Any individual seeking accommodations should contact the Corporate Director of Human Resources at 520-623-0344, ext.1068

Catholic Community Services of Southern Arizona strengthens families, supports communities, provides compassionate services, and strives for excellence.  For more information visit our website at: www.ccs-soaz.org

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