Life Coach

Open Position: Life Coach-Part-time 2 positions available

Location: Sands Point, NY

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 a Part-Time Life Coach (Evening Shift). A life coach provides consistent instruction in the following areas: personal grooming, communication, home management, community skills, vocation, leisure and behavior support, under guidance of the Program Advisor.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned:

  • Participation in programming which consistently promotes an atmosphere conducive to the growth of all residents and encourages maximum independence and interdependence in all areas of living.
  • Provides consistent regular checks on all consumers during shift, ensuring safety and well-being.
  • Participates in team meetings sharing relevant observations with the instructional and clinical team as assigned.
  • Cooperates in the team effort to assist the consumer in meeting his/her individual goals.
  • Assists consumers with safe evacuation in the event of an emergency. Participates in regular in-service training offered by, or made available through HKNC and OPWDD.
  • Maintains daily, weekly and or monthly observation reports as required.
  • Shares responsibility for the equipment and general appearance of the home area.
  • Completes daily cleaning tasks to ensure compliance with OPWDD regulations.
  • Completes left over shift responsibilities from the previous shift.
  • Accompanies and serves as a guide and/or a facilitator of communication for consumers and professional staff members, when assigned. To accomplish this, it may be required to use personal vehicle on occasion.
  • Becomes CPR and First Aid certified.
  • Dispenses consumer medications after passing the AMAP course. Must become AMAP certified and maintain this certification as a condition of continued employment in this position.
  • Required to be part of the team of essential staff to support the residents during inclement weather or emergency situations.
  • Required to sleep-in 3 to 4 nights a week [if working the 4pm to 12am shift].
  • Accepts all other duties as assigned by the Program Advisor.


Associates Degree, or completion of two years of college (60 credits) preferably within the education or health related field of study. One year of experience in work with blind, deaf, deaf-blind, or severely disabled individuals. High school diploma and four years of paid experience as a residence/group home aide working with individuals who have intellectual disabilities. Must possess a valid New York State.

To apply please send your resume and cover letter, including salary requirements via email or, to:

Via Fax: (516) 767-2302

Via Mail: Helen Keller National Center

141 Middle Neck Road

Sands Point, NY 11050

Attn: Human Resources Department

Interviews are by appointment only. Only those candidates qualified for current open positions will be contacted for an interview.

The Helen Keller National Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process should contact (516) 944-8637 (Voice/TTY) or Fax (516) 767-2302.

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