The National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute provides a substantial number of educational programs, services, and resources for the blind, and is widely considered the leading expert in the field of education for the blind. The NFB Jernigan Institute serves blind youth, teachers of the blind, parents of blind children, and the general public across the United States. The Education Program Specialist functions as a key member of the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute staff and will be responsible for providing administrative and other support to the various projects and programs throughout the institute. The educator tasked with providing services to these diverse audiences must be dynamic, energetic, flexible, passionate, and engaging. The job responsibilities of education program specialists at the NFB Jernigan Institute are intellectually and creatively challenging. There is a great deal of variability in the type of work that needs to be completed from one day to the next, so the work is never monotonous. Educators who are interested in playing an integral role in the work of the NFB Jernigan Institute, which is at the forefront of educational innovation, should apply for this position.
- Developing and implementing curricula for blind students in all content areas, including but not limited to: Braille; science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM); cane travel; social studies; and daily living skills
- Developing and implementing professional development for teachers and professionals in education
- Answering questions, providing resources, and providing support for parents of blind children, blind students, educators, and the general public on all aspects of blindness
- Authoring e-newsletters containing resources and information on topics specific to blindness for parents and teachers
- Marketing and promoting programs of the NFB to parents, students, teachers, members of the organization, and the general public
- Managing logistics for programs of all shapes and sizes in the area of education
- Bachelor’s degree in education or related field
- Experience in education or youth programming
- Must have a passion for learning
- Must be able to relate to, and build rapport with, diverse student groups quickly
- Knowledge or experience in blindness and the education of blind students
- Demonstrated ability to develop curricula for a wide range of students in a variety of subjects
- Ability to adapt existing curricular materials or lessons to meet the needs of blind students with diverse abilities
- Ability to align a given curriculum to a set of standards
- Demonstrated effective classroom management skills
- Works well in multi-disciplinary teams
- Applicant has an active professional learning network that he/she uses to enhance his/her own learning
- Comfortable speaking publicly in a variety of settings to diverse audiences
- Able to express himself/herself effectively in writing to various audiences
- High level of technology literacy
- Self-directed, self-motivated, organized, and sensitive to timelines and due dates
- Strong ability to manage priorities and adjust as needed
- Must be able to provide and receive constructive feedback
- Willing to work weekends and evenings when necessary
- Two to three years teaching experience in the last five years
- Knowledge or experience with the following teaching practices: project-based learning, inquiry-based learning, and student-centered learning
- Knowledge or experience in STEM
- Knowledge or experience working with students with disabilities other than blindness
- Knowledge or experience working with students birth to five years of age
How to Apply
We do not speak in terms of “positions” for many of our jobs at the NFB National Office, preferring to focus on the applicant’s total skill set in determining a fit with our needs. Candidates for jobs at this level are hired on the basis of their education and experience ratings and careful assessment of performance in multiple interviews. We seek individuals who long to identify with a cause and to assist in advocacy for a group long denied equal opportunity to succeed or fail on the basis of ability and not be denied opportunity on the basis of society’s stereotypes.
This job is open until filled. Applicants should send, preferably via email, a résumé and cover letter indicating salary requirements to: Human Resources, National Federation of the Blind, 200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place, Baltimore, MD 21230; telephone 410-659-9314, ext. 2488; fax 410-685-5653; email HR@nfb.org.
The National Federation of the Blind is an equal opportunity employer. Accordingly, all terms and conditions of employment will be carried out without regard to race, creed, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, marital status, age, or disability. For more detailed information about our commitment to equal opportunity in employment, please email a request to HR@nfb.org.
In accordance with federal law and US Department of the Treasury policy, the National Federation of the Blind is prohibited from discriminating in our programs and services on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write to the Director, Office of Civil Rights and Diversity, 1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20220, ATTN: 1801 L Street NW, Suite 600. The National Federation of the Blind is an equal opportunity provider and employer.