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Date: February 12, 2013
Job Title: Specialist, Low Vision
Term: Full Time, permanent
Location: Kelowna / Prince George, BC
In accordance with CNIB policies, standards, systems and procedures, this position performs Functional Low Vision Assessments, which include education regarding vision related topics; training in the use of low vision devices; and instruction on how to maximize residual vision in both the Southern Interior and Northern British Columbia Regions.
Essential Duties entail (but not limited to):
· Conducts functional low vision assessments.
· Teaches individuals with partial sight how to maximize residual vision.
· Recommends and trains in the use of optical and non-optical aids.
· Educates individuals about their eye condition and vision health.
· Refers individuals to other internal and external services.
· Handles public inquiries regarding vision health and low vision services
· Conducts research on new optical aids, adaptive equipment, and new findings in the eye care field. Attends professional development training and conferences as required.
· Delivers public speaking seminars and workshops on low vision services and related topics to community agencies/groups and health care professionals.
· Interprets medical information.
· Performs administrative duties, including, but not limited to, service tracking, benchmarking, documentation of assessments/client contact, and applicable subsidy program as appropriate.
Qualifications: (Education, Training, Experience)
· Demonstrated knowledge of ocular anatomy, physiology, pathology, and low vision rehabilitation including optical and non optical aids, visual skills and adaptive technology, blindness, and deaf-blindness and the psychosocial aspects of vision loss.
· Demonstrated ability to facilitate various size groups.
· Knowledgeable about disabilities and all life stages (children to seniors)
· Demonstrated decision making and judgement.
· Mature and professional attitude
· Self directed, organized, and attention to detail.
· Demonstrated individual centred approach and commitment.
· All personnel hired to provide low vision services must meet the requirements of the CNIB National Vision Rehabilitation (Low Vision Specialist) Training Program.
· Must be a graduate of a post secondary institution with a major in health care or vision i.e. public health or community nursing. ACVREP Certified Low Vision Therapists, COC, AOC, or equivalent Certified Orthoptists, and JCAHPO certified allied health personnel in ophthalmology.
· Eligible for ACVREP certification.
· Good command of relevant computer applications
· Excellent verbal, written and math skills
· Willingness to travel
ACVREP - Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals
COC - Canadian Orthoptic Council
AOC - American Orthoptic Council
JCAHPO - Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology
Salary Range: Commensurate with experience
Closing Date for Applications: March 29, 2013
Please send cover letter and resume, and mention how you learned of this position. Although we thank you for your interest, we would appreciate no phone calls please.
We thank all applicants for their interest in CNIB, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
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