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
- 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.
- 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.)
- 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
- 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