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Deaf Digest Blue – October 23, 2011

WORK EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: – Knowledge of advocacy techniques – Knowledge of Civil Rights Laws – Maintain effective record keeping practices – Two years experience in working with deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the areas of independent living skills training, advocacy, and community outreach is required. – Knowledgeable about diversity and needs within the Hard of Hearing and Deaf populations – Knowledge of all telecommunication equipment, the relay system and related services – Ability to evaluate and assess consumer needs – Ability to complete documentation accurately and in a timely fashion – Ability to work independently as well as a team is essential – Must have valid driver’s license and reliable transportation – Basic Computer Skills

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: – Bachelor’s of Arts Degree Preferred, but will accept Associate of Arts Degree with 3 years of experience working with Hard of Hearing and Deaf populations – Ability to communicate using American Sign Language in strongly desired.

TO APPLY: All applicants must submit a resume and an application form to DHHARC at: 999 Pyramid Way, Sparks, NV 89431.  Contact DHHARC office for the application form.

APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 5:00 PM ON OR BEFORE THE CLOSING DATE (October 14, 2011)

DHHARC selects applicants for employment based on job related knowledge, skills and abilities without regard to race, color, gender, national origin, religion, age, disability, gender orientation, or political affiliation.

For further information contact Executive Director Edina Jambor at mailto:edina.jambor@dhharc.org or 775-355-8994 V/TTY or 775-355-8996 FAX or 775-434-0290 VP

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job title Outreach Consultant for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Montana School for the Deaf & Blind position located in Billings or other community in Eastern Montana

START DATE:  August 22, 2011

STARTING SALARY:  Dependent on education and years of experience

STATUS: Permanent, Full-time (200 duty days)

SUPPLEMENT REQUIRED:  Yes

PAY GRADE:  Contract exempt

POSITION NUMBER:  51300321

BARGAINING UNIT:  MEA/MFT

CLOSING DATE:  Open until filled

TYPICAL DUTIES:  Serves deaf and hard-of-hearing children in their home communities by providing information, technical assistance and consultation with the goal of promoting appropriate intervention strategies and educational practices for deaf and hard of hearing children in Montana.

Facilitates the implementation of the Family Advisor Program, which involves home-based early intervention services for infants and preschool age children.  This includes working with parents, overseeing the work of family advisors, and collaborating with other service providers to develop Individual Family Service Plans (IFSPs) that appropriately meet the needs of children.

Provides classroom support, consultation and technical assistance for school age children. Provides classroom based assessments, offers recommendations and suggestions to classroom teachers and specialists who directly serve deaf and hearing impaired students, and provides information on professional and instructional resources. Participates in evaluation team meetings and assists in the development of Individual Education Plans.

Assists in the planning and facilitation of annual Family Learning Weekends, Summer Skills Programs, and facilitates other learning opportunities for students.  Works with the MSDB admissions coordinator to facilitate appropriate referral of students for evaluation and placement at MSDB.

Completes summary reports of site visits and contacts, travel logs and expense vouchers, and other documents required by the outreach program supervisor.  Keeps Outreach Data Base current. Reviews and approves reports and invoices submitted by contracted Family Advisors.

Additionally, serves as a resource to the medical, home, education and community service agencies by providing training and information.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:  Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Deaf Education.  Previous experience working with deaf and hard-of-hearing children in an educational setting preferred.  Applicants with degrees in related fields and previous experience working with deaf and hard-of-hearing children will be considered.  Must be able to obtain a Montana Educator’s License with special education endorsement within three years of date of hire.

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:  Knowledge of general special education instructional practices and specifically best practices in the education of the deaf; educational and audiological assessment procedures and interpretation of assessment results; support services typically utilized in the education of the deaf, including speech/language and interpreter services; special education rules and regulations and the IEP/ETR process. Ability to comply with data collection, records management and reporting features assigned to the position.  Ability to develop and maintain relationships with a broad constituency through the application of skills and knowledge fundamental to the position as well as excellent interpersonal communication skills.

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