• The Allgheny Intermediate Unit is seeking an Itinerant Teacher of the Blind/Visually Impaired for a permanant position beginning August 14, 2019. This position is responsible for planning, adapting and/or providing instruction to students who are blind and visually impaired and the staff that work with them, in order to enable them to effectively and efficiently benefit from educational experiences.

    Duties and Responsibilities:

    1. Instructs students in blindness related skills that are found in the Expanded Core Curriculum:
    • compensatory or functional academic skills, including braille
    • orientation and mobility
    • social interaction skills
    • independent living skills
    • recreation and leisure skills
    • career education
    • use of assistive technology
    • sensory efficiency skills
    • self-determination
    1. Adapts curriculum, plans lessons and modifies special education programs and teaching methods in accordance to the students’ abilities and disabilities.
    2. Conducts ongoing evaluations and progress monitoring and adapts goals and objectives based on the gathered data.
    3. Monitors student progress in and outside the special education setting, through direct and indirect communication with the staff working with the student.
    4. Maintains, modifies and ensures the safety of the physical environment of the educational setting.
    5. Maintains contact with families of students and school administration, and shares information regarding student progress, school performance, advocacy and social/emotional issues, etc.
    6. Evaluates student progress based on work output and observation, determines goals, objectives and specially designed instruction of the IEP and makes recommendations for the ordering of materials in the student appropriate learning mediums.
    7. Prepares Evaluation Reports, Reevaluation Reports, IEP’s,  progress reports, federal and state mandated reports, educational records, classroom observation records, progress monitoring records and other forms as necessary that are legally defensible.
    8. Ensures and maintains student confidentiality and protects student data in accordance with the AIU policy.
    9. Collaborates and consults with school district personnel and other members of the student’s IEP team.
    10. Utilizes BVISP Wiki to facilitate and expedite communication.
    11. Participates in staff development opportunities.
    12. Participates in Educator Effectiveness Evaluations and provides sources of evidence to supervisor.
    13. Monitors and obtains ACT 48 and or ACVREP credits in order to maintain certification
    14. Maintain a professional demeanor at all times, following all AIU policies, building procedures and Pennsylvania professional code of conduct.
    15. Work collaboratively with co-workers; including the proper management of support staff within the classroom.
    16. Utilize e-mail, Microsoft Office programs, and student informational systems (i.e. IEP Writer) to manage communication, information and records.

    Qualifications:

    1. Bachelor’s Degree in Education of the Visually Impaired required.
    2. PA Certificate in Teacher of the Blind/Visually Impaired required.
    3. ACVREP O&M Certification highly preferred.
    4. Ability to effectively present information and articulately respond to questions from administrators, staff, parents, students, business and educational partners, and the general public.
    1. Excellent written and oral communication skills.
    2. Self-motivator, independent, cooperative, flexible, creative, and responsible.
    3. Ability and experience working as a member of a team.
    4. Skilled in the use of Microsoft Office Suite including Word, PowerPoint, Access, Excel and Outlook, and willingness to experiment and work with new technologies.
    5. Ability to comply with AIU Conduct Policy.

    Additional Requirements:

    1. Current Act 114, Act 34 and Act 151 required prior to an offer (Must be dated within 1 year of hire date).
    2. School Personnel Health Record (Form H511.340 (8/2011)) must be completed and received by Human Resources prior to hire date.

    Working Conditions:

    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    When performing activities throughout the day related to the education of students, the teacher spends the majority of the day standing/walking in the classroom.  Working with students may entail kneeling or squatting, stooping and bending from 50-70 degrees at the waist on an occasional to frequent basis. 

    The teacher must be able to exert up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds of force as frequently as needed to move objects (textbooks/materials and equipment such as wheelchairs).  The teacher may rearrange the layout of the classroom furniture to enhance the learning situation.  The teacher must see and hear on a continuous basis as well as speak frequently.  Positions may vary from standing, sitting or walking.  On a rare occasion it may be necessary to move quickly, or run.  The teacher must have manual dexterity to use office equipment, manipulate books and other learning materials, and assist students with various activities.  The teacher must have repetitive movement of fingers and hands for keyboarding.

    1. Be able to lift or carry up to 25 pounds. 
    1. Be able to bend or twist at the neck and back. 
    1. Specific vision includes peripheral vision, close vision, and color vision. 
    1. Be able to stand for extended periods throughout the day.

    The information contained in this job description is for compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed for this position.  Additional duties are performed by the individuals currently holding this position and additional duties may be assigned.

    Disclaimer: The preceding description is not designed to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required of this position.

    Reports To:  Supervisor       

    Department:     Vision Support Program

    Position Schedule: August to June

    Salary: AIUEA salary scale

    Benefits: AIUEA benefits

    To Apply: Send cover letter and resume to HRWEB@aiu3.net