Computer and Assistive Technology Instructor
Title: Computer and Assistive Technology Instructor
Location: Seattle, Washington
Dept.: Employee Community Services
Reports to: Computer and Assistive Technology Instructor Manager
Hours: Full-time (40hrs. wkly.), Monday – Friday, Days
Job Number: E030116.1
The Lighthouse is a mission-driven, private, not-for-profit social enterprise providing employment, support, and training opportunities for people who are blind, DeafBlind, and blind with other disabilities.
We are a successful manufacturing organization with over 60 years of experience in precision machining as well as being a professional service provider and federal contractor. We produce an array of machined parts and plastic injection molding for various aerospace manufacturers, as well as a host of office products and hydration equipment. The Lighthouse also offers a variety of services to our commercial, federal, and military customers. These include Contract Management Support (CMS) services for government contracting offices and a Contact Center which places and receives inbound and outbound calls. We also own and operate stores on military bases along the West Coast.
If you are interested in being a part of a dynamic and engaged social enterprise that values: Accessibility, Accountability, Communication, Community, Confidentiality, Respect, Safety, Teamwork, Training, and Upward Mobility, you are encouraged to apply for the below position.
The successful Computer and Assistive Technology Instructor candidate will serve as computer and assistive technology instructor within a computer skills training program for adult learners with a wide variety of visual conditions and computer experience levels. The emphasis of this position is to teach software and assistive technology (AT) use, focusing on AT solutions and devices for people with limited vision, including screen magnification software such as ZoomText and MAGic. Curriculum development and implementation are critical and required components of this position.
Essential Job Functions:
- Coordinate, plan and deliver all aspects of the skills curriculum for the Computer Training Program
- Work with supervisor and coworkers to formulate curriculum and engage in a variety of instructional methods including but not limited to; individual training, group instruction, demonstrations, meetings and workshops
- Instruct students/employees on the use of AT in conjunction with basic to advanced computer skills
- Ensure ongoing student skill development
- Develop and conduct surveys and assessments to identify individual and organizational training needs
- Coordinate with Employee and Community Services and Human Resources staff to conduct creative and effective outreach to Lighthouse employees and others as appropriate
- Maintain files, skills database, provide documentation, data collection, reports, and summaries as needed – all materials should be created and updated in a timely manner, as close to time of service as possible
- Participate in the development of annual budget and work plans
- Work with Lighthouse Communications staff to ensure continued successful funding and marketing of program
- Serve as a liaison with DSB, other agencies, and the community to ensure long-term sustainability and success of the Computer Training Program
- Maintain the strictest confidentiality standards at all times in keeping with LFB/CTP policies and best practices
- Other duties as assigned
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Requirements
- Comprehensive knowledge of Windows applications, including MS Office suite and Internet Explorer. Knowledge of alternative browsers (Firefox, Chrome, etc. a plus)
- Comprehensive knowledge of assistive software for blind and low vision users, such as ZoomText, Magic and JAWS. The emphasis of this position will be to support Lighthouse employees in need of training on magnification software and low vision AT solutions.
- Knowledge of an array of assistive technology hardware including but not limited to: refreshable braille displays, cctv, talking book readers, braille/qwerty note takers, electronic wayfinding devices, etc.
- Knowledge of mobile operating systems with an emphasis in magnification and low vision accessibility features in mobile devices (iOS, Android)
- Demonstrated ability to research curriculum and develop additional materials as needed
- Ability to problem solve quickly and effectively
- Creativity & flexibility; ability to change approach as needed, willingness to try multiple approaches depending on needs of individual student
- Ability to take initiative, function autonomously, and be dependable, while working in close coordination with CTP coworkers, supervisor, and other Lighthouse staff
- Kind, courteous, and professional demeanor at all times
- Excellent interpersonal communication skills, including in written materials, teaching materials, email, as well as in in-person communication, both one on one and in group settings
- Ability to communicate effectively and enthusiastically about the programs and services we offer
- Demonstrated excellent organizational skills
- Willingness to travel as needed, possibly for extended periods, between Seattle and Spokane locations, as well as to conferences, trade shows, and other events as assigned
- Bachelor’s degree in Human Services, Education or related field or Associate/Technical degree in Professional Technical Education or related field plus equivalent experience desired.Equivalent training/experience considered.
- Strong technical skills and extensive knowledge of Windows computer hardware and software applications – Mac/iOS/Android skills and experience a plus
- Minimum 2 years of successful teaching/training experience
- Mature judgment and sensitivity in interpersonal relations and among diverse groups
- Must be able to lift up to 20 lbs. and be physically able (with or without reasonable accommodation) to ensure lab equipment is plugged in and in good working order.
- Bilingual ability is a plus
- Three (3) plus years supporting users with low vision utilizing assistive technology – software and hardware preferred
Though you may meet the requirements for work eligibility in the United States, this position requires that you meet special government/military compliance regulations (ITAR-International Traffic in Arms Regulations). This means you must be able to provide legal documentation as a U.S. citizen, U.S. permanent resident alien, or other ITAR compliant status.
Equal Opportunity Employer, Male / Female / Persons with Disabilities / VEVRAA
Please send resume to:
Kevin Daniel, Sr. Director of Strategic Recruiting
The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc.
2501 S. Plum Street
Seattle, Washington 98144
Fax number: (206) 436-2244
Telephone: (206) 973-4060