Employment Training Specialist- HKNC, California CSP

The mission of the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults is to enable each person who is deaf-blind to live and work in his or her community of choice. Authorized by an Act of Congress in 1967, HKNC is the only organization of its kind—providing training and resources exclusively to people age 16 and over who have combined vision and hearing loss. Students travel from across the country to our headquarters in Sands Point, New York, for on-campus training in assistive technology, vocational services, orientation and mobility, communication and independent living, and our regional offices bring HKNC resources to communities throughout the United States. Employment at HKNC is a "one-of-a-kind" experience and at HKNC, we seek employees who have a strong work ethic, strive for excellence, enjoy a challenge, and are highly motivated and creative.

We currently have an exciting career opportunity available to join the HKNC team as an Employment Training Specialist in our California Community Services program. The Employment Training Specialist in the Community Services Program–San Diego/Los Angeles is responsible for assisting with job development for deaf-blind consumers.

  • Provides Pre-ETS to youth in support of readiness for employment and supports them in finding volunteer opportunities for career exploration.
  • Provides vocational training on all goals established in the individual’s assessment and provides feedback to Community Services Program (CSP) team regarding suggestions for additional services consumer needs to be placement ready.
  • Provides communication assessment, if needed, to assure that candidate has the skillset for successful placement.
  • Creates a career ready portfolio for each candidate electronically that be stored in a shared drive for easy transition to placement services, which may include; resume, cover letter, references, and certificates if applicable.
  • Consults placement specialist to create informational interviews for vocational assessments, and mock interviews.
  • Provides counseling, information, and training to consumers to master basic life skills, work skills and appropriate work behaviors such as, but not limited to, soft skills, dress and grooming, punctuality and dependability.
  • Ensures all services provided are consistent with consumer’s interest, capabilities and needs.
  • Assists consumers with developing self-advocacy skills regarding their responsibilities and opportunities that can occur in the workplace. 
  • Performs additional work related duties, when necessary, at the discretion of the CA CSP Coordinator.
  • Maintains necessary documentation regarding consumer progress, communicates regularly with CSP team, and completes required case documentation and reports in a timely manner.
  • Offers work adjustment services, if needed, on a time-limited basis, to provide the consumer with an understanding of the work environment, work related behaviors and work skills in a community based integrated setting.

Note: This position requires extensive travel throughout the San Diego and Los Angeles service areas.



Bachelor’s degree in Special Education, Social Work, or related degree strongly preferred or Associates degree with minimum of one year experience working with individuals who are deaf-blind, blind, or deaf. Fluency in American Sign Language and braille is preferred or candidate must become proficient in ASL within two years of employment.

Please Send Resume and Cover Letter to: hkncrecruitment@hknc.org