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at State of Washington

Posted: 11/6/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2623072
Keywords: teacher

Job Description

Overall Job Objective


The annual salary for this position is paid in accordance with the Vancouver School District salary schedule for 180 days per school calendar year. Note: Teachers are not eligible for the vacation or holidays listed in the Benefits tab.

Striving to educate blind and visually impaired children for independence and success!

The Washington State School for the Blind provides specialized quality educational services to youth ages birth to 21 within the state of Washington. Our purpose is to serve as a statewide demonstration and resource center and provide direct and indirect services to students both on campus and in the children's local communities. Each employee plays a critical role for the school and our students. We value our employees and continuously encourage them to improve the way we provide service to our students and the community.


Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Perform or facilitate necessary learning media assessments: functional vision, technology, and orientation & mobility;
  • Provide direct and consultative services as per Individual Education Plans (IEP);
  • Provide workshops and in-services as needed to assist families and school district personnel in understanding the unique needs of the visually impaired learner;
  • Assist districts in obtaining necessary alternative format materials and equipment as identified through the IEP process;
  • Work collaboratively with families, students and district personnel to develop IEP goals and objectives in the expanded core curriculum. Expanded core curriculum addresses the following areas:
    • Compensatory skills, including braille and literacy
    • Assistive Technology
    • Independent living
    • Career and vocational education
    • Recreation and leisure skills
    • Social Interaction skills
    • Self-Determination
    • Orientation and Mobility
    • Sensory Efficiency
  • Prepare meaningful instruction geared to the student's assessed needs, as identified in the IEP;
  • Provide consultation to classroom teachers and other involved personnel, and adapt materials as needed to enable the learner to benefit from instruction; and,
  • Maintain ongoing communication with all parties involved in the student's education, including the parents.

Working Conditions:
  • Constant travel due to providing services to multiple school districts; and,
  • Must be able to sit and stand for long periods of time, walk long distances, and have the ability to respond to emergent situations.


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in educational or other relevant field of study;
  • Current Washington State Teaching Certificate, or can obtain a Washington State Teaching Certificate;
  • Certification as a Teacher of the Visually Impaired from an accredited and nationally recognized university program;
  • Must have Unified English Braille Exam (UEB) certification or Library of Congress certification, or be able to obtain either within one year of hire date.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in Teacher of Visually Impaired Learner/Orientation & Mobility program;
  • Teaching experience as an itinerant teacher of the visually impaired;
  • Experience working with children with multiple disabilities including blindness; and/or,
  • Orientation & Mobility Certification.

Key Competencies:
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills;
  • Effective time management skills;
  • Ability to set high expectations that support the acquisition of student's independence and success;
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse groups; and,
  • Ability to work independently.

Supplemental Information

How to apply:
To be considered for this position you must include the following information in your online application and complete the supplemental questionnaire.

  • A letter of interest describing how you meet the qualifications for this position;
  • A detailed chronological resume or a completed online application profile that includes education and employment history; and,
  • Three professional references, including at least one supervisor, with current contact information.
For further information about this position, please contact Pam Parker, Outreach Director, at (509) 301-2031 or email

For questions or information regarding the online application, please email

The state of Washington is an equal opportunity employer. Persons with a disability who need assistance with their application, or that need this announcement in an alternative format, may call (360) 947-3311.  TTY users should first call 711 to access the Washington Relay Service.

Note:  Background inquiries of convictions and pending criminal charges shall be completed on applicants prior to their appointment to positions in the state of Washington which are directly responsible for the supervision, care or treatment of children. Information obtained from background inquiries will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant character; suitability and competence to perform in the position applied for and may result in the denial of employment. Applicants are required to sign a release authorizing inquiry. Failure to do so shall disqualify the applicant from employment in these positions.