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Vision Rehabilitation Therapist - Career Opportunities

Tip Sheet for Applying for Vision Rehabilitation Therapist Position

OVR’s Bureau of Blindness & Visual Services (BBVS) provides services to assist Pennsylvanians who are blind or visually impaired to work and maintain independent lives. Rehabilitation Teacher of the Blind and Visually Impaired helps individuals safely and efficiently carry out their daily activities at home, on the job, and in the community. Rehabilitation Teachers promote optimal personal and social adjustment to blindness, leading to self-sufficient and independent living.

Career Opportunities Available Statewide

OVR continually accepts applications for Vision Rehabilitation Therapist (job code 2010-145). All positions are within the Department of Labor and Industry’s Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services. OVR’s Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services (BBVS) has 6 District Office locations that provide a wide range of services for persons with visual disabilities throughout Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania residency requirement is waived and no written test is required. You will be rated on your experience and training. Your score will be based on meeting Minimum Experience and Training Requirements as reported on application. All positions are filled through the State Civil Service Commission.

Background Verification

All positions in this job title come under the provisions of the Child Protective Services Law. If you are a final candidate for one of these positions, you will have to provide reports on your background from such sources as the Pennsylvania State Police and the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. If you are a final candidate and not a Pennsylvania resident, you must also obtain a report of Federal Criminal History Record Information from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. If your background is unacceptable, you will be disqualified for employment in such positions. You will receive information about these requirements and how to obtain the required reports at the time you are being considered for employment.

Minimum Requirements

Successful completion of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Vision Rehabilitation Therapist Intern program;

or

Successful completion of an approved college or university program in rehabilitation teaching of the blind or visually impaired, vision rehabilitation therapy, teacher of the visually impaired, or education with a concentration in visual impairment, and completion of a practicum;

or

Possession of a valid Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist certificate issued by the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP).

Salary and Benefits - Starting Salary Statewide is $47,883/year

OVR offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefit package. OVR Vision Rehabilitation Therapist work full time and pay is based on 37.5 hours per week. The starting salary for Vision Rehabilitation Therapist positions statewide is $47,883 per year (Pay Schedule 7 Step 1). Commonwealth benefits available to new employees include liberal retirement/pension plan; paid vacation, personal and sick leave; paid holidays; prescription, vision and dental plan coverage (after six months); paid group life insurance, and much more.

Application Process

APPLICATIONS FOR REHABILITATION TEACHER OF THE BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED POSITIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

The Vision Rehabilitation Therapist #2010-145 and information on how to apply for Pennsylvania Civil Service positions can be found on the State Civil Service Commission website. Apply online at http://www.scsc.pa.gov or submit your completed paper application and paper application supplement to: State Civil Service Commission, (ATTN: Applications), P.O. Box 569, Harrisburg, PA 17108-0569.

Online and paper applications both require submission of documentation from the agency which provided your training in an orientation and mobility program; OR a transcript from your college or university; OR a list of completed coursework. Print your name and social security number at the top of the documentation, course listing or transcripts and mail to the address above.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Program

Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

Inquiries

If you have any questions, please contact Hattie McCarter, OVR's Recruitment Specialist at: 717-787-2521 voice or via e-mail at hmccarter@pa.gov.