Instructional Assistant - Blind/Visually Impaired Services

Northwest Regional ESD | Hillsboro, OR

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Posted Date 11/21/2022

Northwest Regional Education Service District is an equal opportunity employer; committed to building an inclusive community and an environment free from discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. We are proud to be an antiracist organization. We work to understand how racial ideology is manufactured and how it impacts the lives of our staff and those we serve.

In line with our commitment to disrupting systemic racism, we acknowledge that research shows that Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) and women are significantly less likely to apply for some positions, believing they must meet every qualification as described in the job description. At NWRESD, we value representation, and we are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job. We know that sometimes that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background. We encourage you to apply, even if you don't believe you meet every one of the qualifications described below.
Position Title: Instructional Assistant - Blind/Visually Impaired Services
Department: Related Services - VISION
Location: Various (Homebase: Washington Service Center)
Reports To: Coordinator of Special Education: Blind/Visually Impaired Services
FLSA Status: Non Exempt
Bargaining Unit: Classified, OSEA
Salary: Support Services Salary Schedule, Range E

NW REGIONAL ESD’S MISSION STATEMENT: In partnership with the communities we serve, Northwest Regional ESD improves student learning by providing equitable access to high quality services and support.

This position will serve students ranging from PreK-12th grade who experience varying degrees of vision loss. This position will implement individualized instructional and behavioral programs with students, as prepared and directed by a teacher of students with visual impairment (TSVI) according to the IFSP or IEP, and will also support specialized materials production that is specific for children who are blind or visually impaired.

1. Minimum requirement of a high school diploma or equivalent.
2. Ability to read braille is preferred
3. Experience working with students who are blind or visually impaired is preferred.
4. Experience working in a classroom setting or special education environment is preferred.
5. Proficiency in computer and keyboarding skills, specifically in the use of Microsoft Word, Google Docs, and Gmail.
6. May be required to travel to multiple work sites (must have access to reliable transportation)

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: The duties listed below are not inclusive, but characteristic of the type and level of work assigned for this position. Other duties may be assigned.
A. Successfully implement required skills (i.e., introductory braille, sighted guide techniques, technology in the vision related field, accommodations and modifications specific for students who are blind).
B. Successfully assist TSVI in implementation of specialized programs
C. Have basic knowledge of subject matter, common core, and expanded core curriculum
D. Provide instruction under general direction of the TSVI and/or classroom teacher
E. Interpret classroom related activities for vision-impaired students under direction of TSVI and/or classroom teacher
F. Prepare instructional materials under direction of TSVI, including adapting and producing materials into large print or tactile formats
G. Maintain data as needed and required by TSVI
H. Attend and participate in appropriate meetings
I. Communicate appropriately and regularly through use of email
J. Fulfill other duties as assigned by the TSVI or supervisor

Note: The description contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the principle functions of this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required, and the scope of responsibility, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned, including work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods, or otherwise to balance the workload.

NWRESD believes that every individual makes a significant contribution to our success. The administration reserves the right to modify, add or remove duties as necessary that still reflect the essential functions of the department. It is our expectation that every employee will offer their services wherever and whenever necessary to ensure the success of the ESD’s goals.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Northwest Regional Education Service District is an equal opportunity employer; committed to building an inclusive community and an environment free from discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. We are proud to be an antiracist organization. We work to understand how racial ideology is manufactured and how it impacts the lives of our staff and those we serve. Northwest Regional Education Service District is proud to be an antiracist, Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We are committed to ensuring diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruitment, selection, and employment without regard to race, disability, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity, religion, veteran or military status, or any other category protected under the law.

Northwest Regional Education Service District is committed to providing reasonable accommodations in our recruitment procedures for individuals experiencing a disability. If you need assistance or accommodation due to a disability, please contact us at Speech/Hearing impaired persons may contact the district for assistance through the Oregon telecommunications Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.

On August 19, 2021 Governor Brown ordered all public and private school teachers, educators, support staff, substitutes and volunteers to be vaccinated by October 18, 2021 or six weeks after FDA approval, whichever is later. Since the governor’s announcement, a COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech) has received regular Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval meaning October 18, 2021 is confirmed as the mandatory deadline for vaccination. "Fully vaccinated" is defined as 14 days after receiving all required doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine (currently two shots of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or one shot of Johnson & Johnson vaccine).

Starting October 18, 2021, testing will no longer be an option as the alternative to vaccination. All Northwest Regional ESD staff, substitutes, contractors, interns and volunteers will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 per the August 19, 2021 order from Gov. Kate Brown. All staff members will need to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Exemptions may be made only for eligible medical or religious reasons. There will not be an option to opt out for other reasons or choose testing in lieu of vaccination, under the state mandate. In order to support students and families, the essential functions of this position may require physical presence in the workplace. All public health protocols will be followed.


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