School Vision Advocate (SVA) will be hired by the Vision for Baltimore project to support elementary and middle schools in providing vision care to students and encouraging the use of glasses by students.
The SVA will be assigned 10-12 schools, which s/he will work with throughout the school year. S/he will be responsible for making contact with the school, building relationships with the administration, staff and parents at the school. The SVA will also be responsible for training and overseeing the parent volunteers at each school. The SVA will collect the data in each school about students’ use of their prescribed glasses.
NOTE: For consideration, the ideal candidate MUST BE LOCALLY BASED IN BALTIMORE CITY OR SURROUNDING METROPOLITAN AREA. This position involves local travel; therefore the ideal candidate must have reliable transportation to travel to assigned locations.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities:
There are several different components to this project, which include: health department screening, Vision to Learn exams, delivery of glasses, and supporting use of glasses. The SVA will be present for at least a portion of each of these stages of service delivery. His/her role during these events is that of preparation, assistance, and problem solving. The SVA will help schools be prepared for the visits by the Health Department and Vision to Learn. The SVA will be crucial during the collection of consents for vision exams from parents; this may require calling parents, talking to parents before and after school or going to student homes to ensure that parents receive, understand and respond to the consent form. The SVA will assist the school with troubleshooting any issues that arise related to the glasses, including identifying students that may need glasses replaced as well as fitting and repairing glasses.
Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):
Bachelor’s degree in health-related field
Some related work experience required including training, educational materials development and implementation or similar
Additional education may substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.
JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.
Prior experience working with elementary students
Prior experience in a medical setting preferred
Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Excellent organizational, communication and interpersonal skills
Be able to pay attention to details
Ability to multi-task and work well in a team setting and take instructions from coworkers and supervisors
Strong command of English language
Any Specific Physical Requirements for the Job:
Must be willing to work flexible hours as necessary, but typical hours will correspond to the school schedule (M-F 8: 30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.).
Classified Title: Health Educator Working Title: School Vision Advocate Role/Level/Range: ACRO37.5/03/CD Starting Salary Range: $16.26 to $22.35 per hour Employee group: Full Time Schedule: Sunday through Saturday Exempt Status: Non-Exempt Location: 15-MD:JH at Towson Department name: 60000026-Cntr for Research & Reform in Education Personnel area: School of Education
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