Part-time Job Coach

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 Job Coach. This is a temporary Summer assignment to assist in our Youth Program.

Specific duties include:

  • Act as a job coach, assist supervisors/employers with consumer training.
  • Provide information to consumers as to work skills and appropriate work behaviors under the guidance of the Coordinator of Vocational Services.
  • Make job modifications when necessary to allow deaf-blind consumers to perform job successfully.
  • Maintain quality control of consumers work. Work collaboratively with team members to ensure necessary support services during work experience training.
  • Functions as a role model for work behavior.
  • Provide feedback and support to students regarding progress and problem solving on the job.
  • Provide regular opportunities for dialogue with consumer about work progress related to job performance, appropriate dress socialization at the work site and problem solving.

Requirements: Bachelor's degree in Special Ed. or in education of deaf-blind, blind, deaf, or developmentally disabled individuals; related degree or equivalent experience. One year of experience in work with deaf-blind, blind, deaf, or developmentally disabled individuals required or experience with sheltered workshops, supported employment or vocational training programs with disabled individuals. Knowledge of sign language preferred.

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

Please Send Resume and Cover Letter to: