Founded in 1918, CNIB is one of Canada’s oldest and most respected charities. For 99 years, the organization has been Canada’s primary source of support for people who are blind or partially sighted, providing crucial vision loss rehabilitation services to thousands of Canadians each day.

With a dedicated team of approximately 700 staff members and thousands of volunteers across the country, CNIB is proud to be there, every step of the way, for people who are blind or partially sighted and their families, from the crucial early childhood years through adulthood and into the autumn of life. We also work diligently to increase public understanding of vision health, and to advocate proudly for an inclusive society where no citizen is left behind, regardless of vision loss.

CNIB has ambitious goals for the future. Through our new strategic plan, CNIB is working to ensure that every Canadian who is blind or partially sighted has access to the full range of services they need to increase their independence and have more control over their own lives.

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November 3, 2017

Job Title:

Specialist, Independent Living Skills


Permanent, Full-time


Victoria, BC


In covering a broad range of duties and responsibilities include providing instruction and guidance in compensatory independent living skills, and assistive technology, enabling individuals living with vision loss to independently carry out daily activities. 

This position provides functional expertise for the comprehensive multi-faceted service and operations program within a matrix reporting structure. 

Essential Duties entail (but not limited to):

  • Assesses the independent living needs and abilities of individuals.
  • With the individual, identifies and prioritizes goals, and develops an independent living plan.
  • Teaches adaptive skills for independent living in areas of personal management, household management, communication, leisure activities, basic indoor orientation & mobility skills, and basic technology training 
  • Assists individuals in the acquisition and use of assistive devices.
  • Promotes self-advocacy skills for individuals living with vision loss to access community programs and resources (i.e. leisure programs, acquisition of adaptive equipment, etc.).
  • Maintains all case data and documentation consistent with CNIB Systems and Procedures.
  • Provides consultation, public education, and in-service training.
  • Performs administrative duties including, but not limited to service tracking, benchmarking, report writing, etc.


  • Liaises and builds relationships with community based   rehabilitation teams, agencies, schools, partners and stakeholders.
  • Provides support and consultation to individuals and their families re adjustment to vision loss.
  • Attends and participates in multi-disciplinary team meetings.
  • Promotes an understanding and awareness of vision health related issues through consultation, public education, and in-service training.
  • Assists with the training, placement and supervision of volunteers and students.

Problem Solving/Time Frame of Impact

  • Provide timely delivery of services to ensure people living with vision loss acquire skills and assistive technology to remain/regain independence.
  • Ability to creatively and quickly problem solve to respond to unique individual needs.

Decision Autonomy

  • Utilizes standard procedures and processes to implement each individual’s unique independent living plan.
  • Utilizes judgment when determining if the individual requires a referral to another CNIB service or external services.


  • Takes initiative to keep abreast of knowledge in the expertise of vision rehabilitation/independent living skills
  • Facilitate and enhance team efforts on a professional level and share specialized knowledge, sources, experience, concepts, and skills.
  • Provides leadership to community groups and partners by educating, advocating and promoting awareness about vision loss.
  • Provides leadership in training and coaching volunteers, students and staff.

Qualifications: (Education, Training, Experience):

Knowledge and Skill Requirements:

  • Knowledge and experience working with individuals with vision loss
  • Knowledge and experience working with access technology
  • Demonstrated individual centred approach and commitment.
  • Mature and professional attitude
  • Knowledgeable about disabilities and all life stages (children to seniors)
  • Well-developed interpersonal and communications skills.
  • Decision-making and problem-solving ability
  • Self-directed, organized and detail oriented

Experience and Education:

  • Graduate of the Instructor for Blind and Visually Impaired Program (Mohawk College), Diploma in Specialized Studies, O&M and Vision Rehabilitation (University of Montreal), or other equivalent study
  • Eligible for ACVREP certification.
  • Good command of relevant computer applications
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Work Environment:

Travel will be required. Day travel to outlying communities and overnight travel throughout the year.

Closing Date for Applications:  December 31, 2017
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.

CNIB strives to establish and maintain an inclusive workplace and believes that the diversity of our workforce is an invaluable asset. CNIB is committed to following recruitment and selection practices based on merit, transparency, accessibility and inclusion ensuring that all candidates are given a fair opportunity for employment with CNIB.

To help ensure that this commitment is met, CNIB is committed to working with all candidates that require an accommodation. If you require an accommodation, please state in your cover letter what accommodation you require and CNIB will work with you to meet your needs at every stage of the recruitment and selection process.

We thank all applicants for their interest in CNIB, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.