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Exceptional Student Education - Teacher Consultant for Students with Visual Impairments  

Date Posted: Apr 28, 2021

Job Description

Job Title

Position Title: Exceptional Student Education - Teacher Consultant for Students with Visual Impairments

Location: Various Locations  

Salary:   DFT Salary Schedule 

Reports to: VI Supervisor  

Bargaining Unit: Detroit Federation of Teachers 

Benefits Eligible: Yes  

In accordance with the Agreement between Detroit Federation of Teachers (DFT) and the Board of Education of the School District of the City of Detroit, the following vacancy is announced. 

Position Summary: 

The Teacher Consultant for Students with Visual Impairments provides instructional services to students with a visual impairment or students with a visual impairment in combination with additional disabilities ages 0-26. The Teacher Consultant for Students with Visual Impairments provides information for Multidisciplinary Evaluation Team (MET) meetings, Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSP), Individualized Education Program plans (IEP), and related agencies. The support of the Teacher Consultant is necessary to provide all stakeholders with a wide array of resources, guidance, and professional development as it relates to the needs of students with visual impairments.   

Minimum Qualifications:¿ 

  • Possess a master’s degree or provide evidence of a bachelor’s degree with a current plan of work from an institution accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools or an equivalent agency 

  • Possess and provide evidence of a valid Michigan Teaching Certificate with a Visually Impaired (SK) endorsement 

  • Minimum of three (3) years of satisfactory teaching experience; not less than two (2) years of teaching the visually impaired preferred 

  • Working knowledge of current braille codes and knowledge of how to teach the reading and writing of braille, knowledge of abacus (and ability to teach multiple methods), knowledge of electronic devices including:  braille and other specialized note takers, familiarity with low vision tools, comfort and skill in teaching functional daily living experiences, using knowledge of the Expanded Core Curriculum 

Essential Functions:¿ 

  1. Provide appropriate, individualized instruction to qualifying students with visual impairments from birth through 26. 

  1. Demonstrate ability to implement technical skills for students with visual impairments including reading and teaching braille; utilization and ability to teach abacus (multiple methods depending on student need); teaching students to use appropriate low vision aids and tools to maximize their functional vision; and ability to teach signature and slate and stylus. 

  1. Participate in the development, implementation, and evaluation of individualized education programs. 

  1. Conduct functional vision assessments and learning media assessments to determine a student's visual functioning and learning media needs. 

  1. Share responsibility with classroom teachers in the identification of instructional areas in which the student requires assistance.

  1. Consult with classroom teachers, technology specialists, administrators, and other school staff to assist students based on assessed needs. 

  1. Provide consultation and assistance to classroom teachers as to physical and instructional modifications needed for each student with visual impairments. 

  1. Establish and maintain open, cooperative, and mutually supportive relationships with instructional staff, students, parents, district representatives and other agencies within the community. 

  1. Interpret medical reports and help students and their families to understand the student’s vision loss.

  1. Assure supplementary materials, educational aids, and equipment needed by the student with visual impairments, and the classroom teacher, are provided in a timely manner to ensure the student’s maximum participation in all classroom activities.

  1. Conduct academic achievement testing as deemed appropriate based on individual needs and evaluation plans. 

  1. Schedule time efficiently for assessments, instruction, planning, preparation of materials, travel, and conferences with relevant schools and other key individuals. 

  1. Maintain and improve professional competence by staying up to date with current research and practices by attending pertinent conferences, when available. 

  1. Transport materials and equipment to and from site locations.

  1. Maintain timely documentation.

  1. Support the mission, goals, and objectives of DPSCD.

  1. Demonstrate excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.

  1. Maintain strict confidentiality as outlined by FERPA AND HIPAA .

  1. Ability to work alone and in collaborative groups to provide services. 

  1. Maintain professional relationships with families.

  1. Fulfill other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the VI Supervisor (or Designee).

Security Clearance: 

Internal Applicants 

If you are a current Detroit Public Schools Community District employee, you do not have to submit to a new security clearance, unless your new role requires a different type of criminal background check. 

External Applicants 

In alignment with Michigan law, if you are hired to fill a position, you will be required to submit to a Detroit Public Schools Community District criminal background check. Information regarding required background checks will be shared at point of hire.  

Method of Application: 

Applicants must apply through the online application system. Only applications submitted through the online application system will be considered for any posted position and all applications require a resume to be considered. 

Successful candidates are required to submit official transcript(s) at point of offer to hire. Teaching service outside of the Detroit Public Schools Community District must be verified by the applicant's prior employer(s) prior to hire. It is the applicant's responsibility to provide all documentation (including copies) as requested. 

Applicants requesting assistance during the application process should contact the Office of Human Resources via email at [email protected] or phone at (313) 873-6897. 

DPSCD does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, religion, height, weight, citizenship, marital or family status, military status, ancestry, genetic information, or any other legally protected category, in its educational programs and activities, including employment and admissions. Questions? Concerns? contact the Civil Rights Coordinator at (313) 240-4377 or [email protected] or 3011 West Grand Boulevard, 14th Floor, Detroit MI 48202. 

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