The Deaf-Blind Services Specialist is responsible for providing services for the Raleigh Regional Center and resources for the Eastern half of the State within DSDHH. Advocacy and training services provided to people with hearing and vision loss include: needs assessment, resource and skill development, guidance and counseling, advocacy with communication access, information and referral. The community development and public outreach and awareness services provided to the agencies and businesses in our catchment area include identification of major outreach targets; development of strategies to implement outreach activities; development and scheduling of presentations educating about the communication access needs for the target group; recruitment and training of support service providers. Consumer education workshops could include, but are not limited to topics related to physical and mental health, leadership or self-reliance. Service provision will often involve coordination of several service providers emphasizing consumer empowerment.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies:
In-depth knowledge of the field of vision and hearing loss, including communication, technology, and resources. Extensive knowledge of Hard of Hearing population’s issues, needs and concerns, Extensive knowledge of federal and state laws, programs and services related to deaf, deaf-blind and hard of hearing citizens of NC, Effective public presentation and interaction skills.
MANAGEMENT PREFERENCES: At least three years of work and/or volunteer experience in fields of vision and hearing loss, especially experience with those who are hard of hearing, Deaf and Deaf-Blind.
Ability and commitment to attain sign language skills at the Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI) “Advanced” level within two years from date of employment.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:
Master's degree in a human services field such as social work, counseling, psychology, special education, deaf education, or rehabilitation counseling or related curriculum and one year of experience in social work or counseling, preferably with the client population; or a bachelor's degree in one of the above fields and two years of social work or counseling experience; or graduation from a four-year college/university and four years of experience in counseling or a related human services field providing experience in the techniques of casework, group work, or community organization; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Administering the class - varying settings specialized programs, and job designs at this level allow for flexibility in accepting specialized degrees in the human services area and experience with the client population as required by the specific position.
Supplemental and Contact Information:
The DSDHH is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages qualified men and women to apply. DSDHH uses the Merit Based Recruitment and Selection Plan to fill positions subject to the State Personnel Act with the most qualified individuals. Hiring salary will be based on relevant qualifications, internal equity and budgetary considerations pertinent to the advertised position.
Online applications are only accepted through http://www.osp.state.nc.us/jobs/ and they must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the closing date.
To receive credit for all of your work history and credentials, you must list the information on the State of North Carolina application under “Work Experience”. Any information omitted cannot be considered for qualifying credit.
Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the state application and reference to “see resume” in application fields will result in an incomplete application.
- Applicants seeking Veteran’s Preference must attach a DD form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, along with your application.
- During the online process if additional documentation is required, attach the documentation at the bottom of Step 4 in the application process.
- Degrees must be received from appropriate accredited institutions.
- RIF candidates must attach their notification letter. Applicants seeking Veteran’s Preference should submit a copy of Form DD-214.
- DHHS selects applicants based on job related knowledge, skills & abilities without regard to race, color, gender, national origin, religion, age, disability, political affiliation or political influence.
- Drug testing is required for a direct care position.
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Contact Person: Brenda Raing
Contact Agency: DSDHH
Contact Address: 2301 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-2301
Contact Phone: (919) 874-2230
Applications may be filed online at:
North Carolina Office of State Personnel - 30+ days ago