Western MA Regional Program Coordinator: Career Exploration program for legally blind youth
- Job posted by Polus Center for Social & Economic Development, Inc.
Details: This is a consulting position; will negotiate project fee based on experience. Approximately $20-25/hour
We are looking for the right person to coordinate the Springfield region's "Envision Success Project," a project of the Polus Center for Social & Economic Development, Inc. This program supports 6-10 youth, age 14-22, who are legally blind and live in the Springfield area. The coordinator will meet (along with Polus Center staff and MCB) with students to identify their career interests, and then create opportunities to visit with local businesses and other workplaces as a group or individually, identify potential internship options for each student, and provide workplace readiness training and coaching,
This is the expansion of a successful program run by the Polus Center and the MA Commission for the Blind that was launched in 2017 that runs in the Central MA and MetroWest regions. It is one of MCB's "Pre-Employment Transition Services" (Pre-ETS). Pre-ETS services address the five areas below:
- Job exploration counseling;
- Work-based learning experiences, which may include in-school or after school opportunities, or experience outside the traditional school setting;
- Counseling on opportunities for enrollment in postsecondary educational programs;
- Workplace readiness training to develop social skills and independent living;
- Instruction in self-advocacy, which may include peer mentoring.
This is a part-time, flexible position where the consultant uses the framework and philosophies of the program and the Polus Center (please review our guiding principles and more about Polus at www.poluscenter.org), but then has the freedom to shape their own regional program based on the needs and interests of their students.
The ideal candidate has experience with work readiness programs and career planning, has worked with people who have vision impairments, has ties to the community to help identify interesting and informative business tours, is creative and able to both work independently and be part of a small team of other consultants and trainers. Knowledge of "social role valorization" a big plus, and/or a commitment to inclusive opportunities for people with disabilities. Experience working with people who are blind or low vision preferred.
The program runs through the summer and throughout the year after school. While hours are flexible, it is necessary to work around the students' schedules and may require some weekend trips. Average 20-25 hours per week.
Would like to find the right candidate by early August, meet with students before they go back to school, and then begin tours, training, etc. after school beginning in September.
Level of Language Proficiency
Depending on students selected for the program, bi-lingual would be a plus but unknown which languages at this time.
Minimum Education Required