Youth Services Coordinator-UTAH

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 Youth Services Coordinator.  The Youth Services Coordinator (YSC) is responsible for providing Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) for transition-age youth with combined vision and hearing loss who are eligible and potentially eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation services in the state of Utah. The YSC will provide the five (5) Core Pre-ETS to students statewide and partner with employers to provide work-based learning opportunities.

 Primary office will be a remote location in the state of Utah. Helen Keller National Center headquarters are located in Sands Point, NY. Extensive local and some statewide travel required throughout Utah. The Youth Services Coordinator is required to visit consumers’ homes, schools, and local community and provide services in a variety of environments. 

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

  • Teach Core Pre-ETS, provided in the student’s school, home, local community, and virtually. Pre-ETS will be provided individually to students as well as in a group settings following the T-folio transition portfolio tool.
  • Conduct vocational assessments with students including coordinating informational interviews, situational assessments, interest inventories, and career exploration.
  • Conduct Pre-and- Post Assessments of students’ skill gain in each area of Pre-ETS.
  • Outreach, develop, and maintain relationships with Local Education Agencies (LEAs or schools), Institutions of Higher Learning, local Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) offices, and other partners necessary to effectively and efficiently identify and serve students. Arrange for tours/interviews at colleges, community colleges, and vocational training programs.
  • Outreach, develop, and maintain partnerships with Utah’s local businesses to provide paid work-based learning opportunities for students. In particular, opportunities to access the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) career pathways.
  • Monitor and comply with HKNC’s Pre-ETS contract with Utah State Office of Rehabilitation housed under the Department of Workforce Services (DWS-USOR). This includes but is not limited to: 
  1. Provide a quarterly status report on the program to DWS-USOR, 
  2. Enter student information and Pre-ETS service dates through access to DWS-USOR’s case management system. 
  3. Submit all invoices with required documentation within 30 days following the end of the contract period.
  4. Manage service budget of $327,000.00 for a 2-year cycle as outline in DWS-USOR contract.
  • Stay abreast of regulations and legislation related to youth services.
  • Attend Individualized Education Plan Meetings, transition planning meetings with students and their support team
  • In collaboration with Regional Representative provide student and support team with information and resources to other services – Assistive Technology, Orientation and Mobility, Independent Living, Communication, Vocational Rehabilitation, etc.
  • Collaborate with the HKNC Deaf-Blind Immersion Experience program to provide services to deaf-blind youth with intellectual disabilities.
  • Required: extensive local and some statewide travel throughout Utah. Meeting all job duties and responsibilities may require use of personal vehicle. 

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES 

This job has no supervisory responsibilities.

QUALIFICATIONS 

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE 

Bachelor’s degree in Special Education, Deaf Education, Social Work, Rehabilitation Counseling or related degree. Experience working with individuals who are Deaf-blind, blind, Deaf or multiply disabled. Proficiency in American Sign Language and other methods of communication utilized by individuals who are deaf-blind strongly preferred.

To Apply: please send resume and cover letter to hkncrecruitment@hknc.org