Technology, Research, and innovation Center Coordinator
The mission of the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults (HKNC) 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.
HKNC currently has an exciting career opportunity available to join the team as a Technology, Research, and Innovation Center Coordinator. The Technology, Research and Innovation Center (TRIC) is the state-of-the art adaptive technology training center for deaf-blind individuals, the professionals who work with them, and manufacturers of technology products and IT personnel. The Center will serve as a hands on demonstration lab for users for the evaluation and review of technology and adaptive products manufactured by companies to test for universal design & accessibility, distribution of information through social media, newsletters and other methods on the latest developments in universal technology and product accessibility and the provision of short-term intensive adaptive technology trainings to deaf-blind consumers. The TRIC will also be used to provide train-the-trainer professional development opportunities and it will provide in house support to various departments.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
- In collaboration with the Associate Executive Director and other relevant staff, develop and expand the technology center.
- Initiate and develop relationships with top manufacturers of accessible/adaptive equipment for the purpose of providing evaluative feedback to them on their design and to review their equipment for general distribution.
- Review and provide staff training on software and hardware for HKNC-related purposes.
- Develop, implement and maintain curricula for training consumers, staff and professionals on commonly used software and hardware.
- Ensure that TRIC staff have current knowledge of software and hardware beneficial to the deaf-blind consumers.
- Coordinate short term trainings for consumers.
- Coordinate and provide “train the trainer” opportunities for professionals in the field.
- Assist with any technology-related training needs for center and field service staff.
- Utilize social media, listserv and newsletters to promote TRIC evaluations of products from outside companies.
- Develop and maintain a demonstration lab of adaptive technology products for deaf-blind consumers.
- Maintain documentation of outcomes and provide quarterly and annual reports.
- Monitor TRIC budget.
- Supervise up 3 Adaptive Technology staff members.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s degree preferred. Three or more years’ experience required in both supervision and deaf-blind adaptive technology field. Must be able to demonstrate experience in providing adaptive technology training to deaf-blind consumers; evaluating and reviewing adaptive technology; and collaborating with companies/corporations in the adaptive technology field. Proficiency in both English and American Sign Language strongly preferred. Must be comfortable with all forms of communication systems used in the deaf-blind community.