Program Lead, Pre-Employment Orientation & Mobility and/or Independent Living Skills

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British Columbia & Yukon
Vancouver/Fraser Valley
Job description
This position entails, but is not limited to the following:
General Responsibilities:
  • Work with VLRC BC staff and managers to develop and implement tools, resources and expertise necessary to help young people and working-age adults identify and achieve their rehabilitation goals related to education and employment.
  • Assist in development and implementation of a Vision Rehabilitation Assistant within the current service delivery model
  • Within the field of certification this position will follow and implement scope of practice as outlined in ACVREP
  • Maintains all case data and documentation consistent with VLRC Systems and Procedures
  • Provides consultation, public education, and in-service training
  • Performs administrative duties including, but not limited to service tracking, benchmarking, report writing, (COPM) etc.
  • Adheres to established best practice standards, service rules and procedures
  • Liaises and builds relationships with community-based rehabilitation and medical teams, agencies, schools, partners and stakeholders.
  • Provides support and consultation to individuals and their families
  • Contributes as a member of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Promotes an understanding and awareness of vision health related issues through consultation, public education and in-service training.
  • Assists with the training, placement and supervision of volunteers and students
Problem Solving/Time Frame of Impact
  • Utilizing established business rules, service standards and practices, ensures policy and procedures are followed in a timely fashion.
  • Provide timely delivery of lessons to ensure individuals with vision loss acquire skills to retain/regain independence.
  • Ability to creatively and quickly problem solve to respond to unique individual needs.
Decision Autonomy
  • Utilizes Agency based curriculum, standard procedures and processes to work with individuals on developing an individual program to accommodate their unique needs.
  • Utilizes judgment when determining if the individual requires referral to another CNIB service or external services.
  • Provides leadership and direction to VLRC staff in areas pertaining to rehabilitation of pre-employment and career education model for children, youth and adults with vision loss
  • Takes initiative to be knowledgeable in the areas of expertise
  • Provides leadership to community groups and partners by educating, advocating and promoting awareness about vision loss.
  • Provides leadership in training and coaching volunteers, students and staff.
  • Facilitate and enhance team efforts on a professional level and share specialized knowledge, sources, experience, concepts, and skills.
  • Trains and coaches' volunteers as required.
Knowledge and Skill Requirements:
  •  Knowledge and experience working with individuals with vision loss.
  • Knowledgeable about disabilities and all life stages (children to seniors)
  • Well-developed interpersonal and communications skills.
  • Decision-making and problem-solving ability.
  • Mature and professional attitude.
  • Self-directed, organized and detail oriented.
  • Demonstrated client centred approach and commitment.
  • Able to work confidentially in a technology intensive operating environment utilizing both standard office software and specialized client management technology.
  • Knowledge and experience working with accessible technology.
  • Ability to produce materials in alternative formats to print (i.e.., tactile graphics, braille or recorded)
Experience and Education:
  • Graduate of the Instructor for Blind and Visually Impaired Program (Mohawk College); Diploma in Specialized Studies, O&M and Vision Rehabilitation (University of Montreal), or other related/equivalent studies.
  • Good command of relevant computer applications. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
  • Eligible for ACVREP certification.
Working conditions
  • Service will be provided in VLRC centres, individual homes and/or the community.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours.
  • Travel will be required.
Application and contact information

VLRC strives to establish and maintain an inclusive workplace and believes that the diversity of our workforce is an invaluable asset. VLRC is committed to following recruitment and selection practices based on merit, transparency, accessibility and inclusion ensuring that all candidates are given a fair opportunity for employment with VLRC.

To help ensure that this commitment is met, VLRC is committed to working with all candidates that require an accommodation. If you require an accommodation, please let us know what accommodation you require and VLRC will work with you to meet your needs at every stage of the recruitment and selection process.

For more information or to submit your resume, please contact

Please send cover letter and resume, and mention how you learned of this position.

Please note that the successful candidate will be required to pass a standard Criminal Record Check.

We thank all applicants for their interest in VLRC, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.