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Date:                   June 3, 2013
Job Title:             Specialist, Low Vision Services
Term:                  1 year contract (Maternity Leave)
Location:             Halifax, Nova Scotia
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.  Services are provided in the CNIB Halifax Centre and in the community.  The Specialist must be willing to work flexible hours when necessary. Travel will be required.
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.
·        Provides timely delivery of services to ensure individuals with vision loss acquire skills and low vision aids to remain/regain independence.
·        Refers individuals to other internal and external services. 
·        Takes initiative to keep abreast of new optical aids and assistive technologies as well as current medical research and new findings in the eye care field.
·        Attends professional development training and conferences as required.
·        Liaises with external partners such as ophthalmologists, optometrists, other low vision service providers, adaptive technology vendors, etc.
·        Handles public inquiries regarding vision health and low vision services.
·        Promotes an understanding and awareness of vision health related issues through consultation, public education and in-service training.
·        Provides leadership to community groups and partners by educating, advocating and promoting awareness about low vision.
·        Delivers seminars and workshops on low vision services and related topics to community agencies/groups and health care professionals.
·        Attends and participates in multi-disciplinary team meetings.
·        Facilitates and enhances team efforts on a professional level and shares specialized knowledge, sources, experience, concepts, and skills.
·        Provides leadership in training and coaching volunteers, students and staff.
·        Supervises student placements and volunteers assisting with low vision services. 
·        Performs administrative duties, including, but not limited to, service tracking and documentation of assessments/client contact.
·        Interprets medical information and completes ICD9 coding.
·         Utilizes standard procedures, processes and expertise to work with individuals and to answer inquiries regarding vision loss.
Qualifications: (Education, Training, Experience)
·        Must be a graduate from 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.
·        Demonstrated knowledge of ocular anatomy, physiology, pathology, and low vision rehabilitation including optical and non optical aids and visual skills.
·        Must meet the requirements of the CNIB National Vision Rehabilitation (Low Vision Specialist) Training Program.
·        Must be eligible for ACVREP certification.
·        Proficient in Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, Outlook).
·        Demonstrated ability to facilitate various size groups.
·        Knowledgeable about disabilities and all life stages (children to seniors).
Closing Date for Applications:    June 16, 2013
Please Send The Application To: and quote the job title in the subject line.
Please send cover letter and resume, and mention how you learned of this position.
We thank all applicants for their interest in CNIB, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
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