Blind Children Specialist I

Texas Health & Human Services Commission Irving, TX
Blind Children Specialist IThe Blind Children's Specialist I is hired by and reports to the Field Manager. The Blind Children's Specialist I performs at an entry level/routine (journey-level) and is responsible for assisting blind children and their families with counseling, information, support, training and guidance that foster vocational discovery and development while promoting the blind or visually impaired child's self sufficiency. Employees in this class provide guidance and information to assist children and their families in making informed choices toward employment outcomes.Work at this level is performed under general supervision and substantial mentoring with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Performs related work as directed. Essential Job Functions:

EFJ 1: With continued mentoring, provides quality Vocational Discovery and Development Services to children and their families by developing and implementing effective habilitation plans that enhances the child's ability to gain independence and employment. This includes the provision of effective assessment, planning, arranging and direct provision of services on an individual and group basis. These services will be provided in partnership with the child's habilitative team such as educational providers, community resources, medical providers, families and friends. (30%)EJF 2: Provides case management services which includes gathering referral sources and making appropriate referrals, identification and use of comparable benefits, as well as access to needed equipment and services. (25%).EJF 3: Completes and maintains documentation of case service delivery in compliance with Medicaid and Program requirements (20%).EJF 4: Accounts for and monitors case service expenditures and delivery of services to maintain adherence to established funding/expenditure directives (10%).EJF 5: Participates in training activities conducted for staff development. (10%).EFJ 6: Other duties as assigned (5%)Knowledge Skills Abilities:

Working knowledge of child growth and development.Working knowledge of the psychological, social, pre-vocational issues faced by blind or visually impaired.Working knowledge of counseling techniques as applied to children with disabilities.Working knowledge of resources applicable to children with visual disabilities.Working knowledge of caseload management by objectives.Working knowledge of report and record maintenance principles and practices.Skill in using personal computer and familiarity with Windows environment and Microsoft Office software.Skill in assessing and providing appropriate counseling, guidance and other assistance in connection with the established program plan.Ability to formulate an individual program plan with the child and family based on diagnostic and evaluative data.Ability to clearly express ideas, instructions, and reports orally and in writing.Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with consumers, departmental staff, agency staff, and the outside agencies with which the position interacts.Ability to plan, organize and review essential functions for efficient results.Ability to perform addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; calculate decimals and percentages; interpret graphs Registration or Licensure Requirements:

Initial Selection Criteria:

Bachelor's degree, preference in child development, special education, counseling, human services, rehabilitation, or psychology, and 2 years full time experience working with children or Master's Degree, preference in child development, special education, counseling, human services, rehabilitation, or psychology, and 1 year full time experience working with children. Preference given to applicants with at least 1-2 years experience with case management or direct service provision to children with disaiblities. Additional Information:

* If experience is not an exact match to initial criteria, applicant won't be considered.-Incomplete applications will not be considered.Note: There are no direct military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position. All active duty, reservists, guardsmen, and veterans are encouraged to apply. For more information see the Texas State Auditor's Military Crosswalk at Code:

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