WA State School for the Blind
Striving to educate blind and visually impaired children for independence and success!
Teacher of the Visually Impaired – High School Math
Agency: Washington State School for the Blind
Location: WSSB campus
Salary: $34,426 (BA + 0yrs) to $64,887 (MA+90 16+yrs)
Open Date: April 27, 2009
Closing Date: Open until filled
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. Each employee plays a critical role for the school and our students. We value our employees and continuously challenge them to improve the way we provide service to our students and the community.
Position profile: This full-time position requires a certified teacher who has obtained the high school math endorsement or meets NCLB standards. This position reports directly to the Director of On-Campus Programs and will be providing education instruction to blind and visually impaired children.
The successful candidate will: work in conjunction with work with other WSSB staff to provide educational services to students on campus, may perform a variety of assessments, participate in IEP development and implementation, act as an integral member of the student’s educational team and teach compensatory skills. These may include but aren’t limited to:
• High School Mathematics
• Assistive Technology
• Use of low vision devices
• Self-help skills
• Has graduated from a recognized university program specializing in blindness
• Has a current Washington State Teaching Certification or can obtain a Washington State Teaching certificate
• Must pass the Braille Literary Usage Examination
• Secondary Level/High School Math Endorsement
• Special Education Endorsement
• Working knowledge of WA State Special Education rules and regulations as they pertain to children with vision disorders
• Certified training or experience in Functional Vision Assessments and Braille instruction
• Must be able to design individual instruction and IEP goals for students
• Dual certification (TVI and Orientation & Mobility)
• 2 years of teaching experience
• Masters in education or related field
• Knowledge of laws regarding education of disabled students
• Experienced in developmentally appropriate practices, curriculum adaptation, the use of higher level thinking skill, knowledge of differing learning styles and alternative assessment techniques.
• Evidence of previous positive recommendations and/or employment
• Ability to maintain positive working relationships with staff, students, and parents as evidenced in evaluations and telephone references of co-workers.
• A cooperative and sensitive attitude in working with students, parents, and school personnel
• Familiarity with outside public and private medical, mental health and social service resources
Outstanding benefits: This position is a Washington State government position. Some of the outstanding state benefits include health, dental, life and long-term disability insurance, 8 hours of sick leave accrual per month, military and civil leave, dependent care assistance program, employee assistance program; deferred compensation plans, professional development funds, training, and state retirement plans.
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 classification.
How to apply: Please send a letter of interest, detailed resume, state application and references to the address or email listed below. If you are interested in this position and would like more information please call Craig Meador, Director of On-Campus Programs at (360)696-6321 ext 154.
Subject: Teacher Position
Attn: Human Resources
2214 E 13th St
Vancouver, WA 98661
Phone: 360-696-6321 ext 129
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 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 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.