Early Intervention Services Mentor
Job Details
Experienced
Program Services - Orlando, FL
Full Time
Bachelors Degree - 4 Years
Education - Instructional
Basic Functions

Lighthouse Central Florida is a mission-driven, values based organization providing optimal blend of rehabilitation training services and real world application to help individuals of all ages, who live with any degree of vision loss to adjust to their reality with grace and confidence so they can remain active, productive members of our community.

 

Lighthouse has an opportunity for an experienced Early Intervention Mentor to provide services to children with visual impairments, birth to six years, residing in the service area of Lighthouse Central Florida.  Participate as a member of the Early Intervention team and support all aspects of Program Service. Maintain the confidentiality of program participants in accordance with State and Federal regulations.

 

Essential Job Requirements

Leadership:

  • Reflect Lighthouse Central Florida’s mission, vision, and values in daily interactions with clients, staff, and all external and internal constituencies.
  • Identify and actively support appropriate involvement of volunteers in program functions to extend and enhance team effectiveness and efficiency.  Serve as the primary staff contact for volunteers who are assisting with aspects of assigned work
  • Collaborate with Youth, Client Care departments, and Marketing/Development to provide staffing support needed to ensure successful achievement of contract and grant deliverables.

 

Service Provision:

  • Conduct developmental assessments and functional vision evaluations to establish, in consultation with parent(s) or guardian, an Individual Service Plan including immediate and long term goals
  • Provide Early Intervention services to children, birth to six (6) years, including intake, assessment, and instruction based on established individual goals and professional standards
  • Provide home, community and center-based instruction as appropriate to the needs of the child with primary focus on the child’s natural environment
  • Collaborate with other community agencies as a member of the child’s and family’s IFSP team in accordance with the Early Steps Program of Florida (Part C)
  • Collaborate with local school districts as a member of the child’s IEP team in accordance with Part B
  • Provide guidance and support to families for the purposes of developing their understanding of and ability to positively cope with the impacts of their child’s disability; leading to the optimal development of the child, and establishing the family as the primary child advocate.
  • Coordinate the implementation of service plans and curricula with other members of the team
  • Stay current with new developments in the field and recommend appropriate new and revised program initiatives to team and supervisor
  • Support and assist in collaborative activities with community partners as assigned.

 

Case Management and Reporting

  • Complete required reports to document child’s progress, including assessments, goals, daily and monthly progress reports, and data entry
  • Communicate with LCF Client Care Coordinators, DBS counselor(s), and other LCF staff as appropriate to expedite each client’s progress through service delivery.
  • Assist in preparing, monitoring and reporting of data for grants, contracts and other funding sources and/or community collaborators.
  • Ensure maintenance of complete, accurate and timely documentation of your assigned clients, as necessary to meet agency and contractual requirements. 
  • Comply with agency policies and procedures including completion of required documentation and reports (timesheets, certificate of absence, etc.)

 

Community Education:

  • Participate in community education and public awareness activities to develop collaboration with other agencies, municipalities, civic organizations, and schools to ensure that vision rehabilitation services are recognized as an important resource to the community and known to individuals who can benefit from services. 
  • Act as a liaison with the educational, therapeutic, and medical communities, and assist with interpretation of functional vision information. 
  • Assist with training and professional development of colleagues as appropriate to acquired experience and education
  • Assist in the development of the Early Intervention Services curricula based on established professional standards.  
  • Participate in community education and public awareness activities to develop collaboration with other agencies, municipalities, civic organizations, and schools to ensure that vision habilitation services are recognized as an important resource to the community and known to individuals who can benefit from services. 
  • Participate in general agency development activities and events as appropriate and necessary

 

Professional Development:

  • Demonstrate an aptitude for learning and teach new instructional concepts, advancements, and approaches; be willing to modify instructional design when appropriate
  • Participate in available continuing education, attend training and conferences on new advancements and approaches in the field; share this information with co-workers and implement the knowledge, concepts, and skills with clients
  • Participate in general agency development activities and events as appropriate and necessary.
  • Participate in agency and department meetings to ensure communication and teamwork.
  • Perform other duties as required 
Qualifications

Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in special education, visual impairment education, early childhood education, speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, or other related degree required. 
  • Relevant Master’s Degree preferred

 

License and Certification:

A minimum of one certification is required:

  • TVI (Teacher of the Visually Impaired)
  • ACVREP O&M (Orientation & Mobility)
  • INSITE certification and VIISA Certifications (i.e. 0 – 3 & 3 – 5)

Or

Pursing a minimum of one of the above certifications along with a minimum of one of the following certifications is required:

  • ITDS Certification (Infant Toddler Development Specialist)
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Early Childhood Special Education
  • Must complete the following upon hire:
    • Recreational Safety Supports: CPR – First Aid

 

Experience:

Minimum of one (1) year experience teaching or working with children, ages birth through five who have a disability preferred

 

Demonstrated Knowledge & Skills:

  • Ability to adjust, cope and support agency changes in positive manner
  • Communicate with other departments with demonstration of tolerance and flexibility
  • Possess excellent verbal and written communication skills 
  • Possess a working knowledge of MS Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Skilled in the use of standard business machines and computers
  • Possess an ability to utilize the database for client demographics, documentation and agency reports
  • Professional maturity, judgment and objectivity
  • Capable of working with a variety of personalities and leadership styles
  • Possess effective organizational and time management skills with attention to detail
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, management, business professionals, civic organizations, and the general public
  • Ability to work as an effective member of the team
  • Ability to project a positive, compassionate image to the public
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality when appropriate
  • Flexibility and ability to multi-task

 

Physical Demands:

  • Moderate physical effort required
  • Moderate ability to move and lift items usually ranging up to 40 lbs
  • Strength to physically assist visually impaired and multi-handicapped children
  • Climbing stairs
  • Walking
  • Reaching and/or grasping
  • Carrying, pushing and/or pulling
  • Stooping, kneeling, bending and crouching in order to work with children on the floor
  • Ability to actively participate in a variety of indoor and outdoor field trips
  • Ability to move about independently
  • Prolonged standing upon occasion
  • Prolonged sitting at work station

 

Requirements:

  • Maintain required certification and/or license
  • Possess reliable transportation
  • If using one’s vehicle, hold a valid driver’s license, good driving record, and proof of insurance      
  • Pass Level 2 background check

 

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