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Buffalo Public Schools Teacher of the Visually Impaired - District Wide -Temporary in Buffalo, New York

Title:Teacher of the Visually Impaired - District Wide -Temporary


Department:Special Education









POSITION : The Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Tonja M. Williams, is interested in receiving applications from qualified candidates for the position of:



Candidates interested in applying must complete an online application on the district web site at

Applications successfully received will generate a confirmation email to the account listed on the application. If you do not receive a confirmation email, we cannot guarantee that your application was received. You must submit an application until you receive a confirmation email.

QUALIFICATIONS : Candidates must hold New York State certification as a Teacher of the Blind and Visually Impaired or Blind and Partially Sighted and/or in Orientation and Mobility. It is required that candidates must attach a PDF or a screen shot of their certifications.

DUTIES: The Teacher of Visually Impaired Students (TVI) has the following roles and responsibilities:

  • Has primary responsibility for specialized instruction and services required to meet the unique educational needs of students with visual impairments.

  • Possesses the skills and abilities necessary to provide and coordinate specialized instruction for students with visual impairments.

  • Assists the student, parents, special and general education teachers and paraprofessionals, and the student's sighted peers in understanding the unique educational needs and learning characteristics of students with visual impairments.

  • Becoming aware of services and support available from local programs for students with visual impairments.

  • Acquiring information regarding local, state, and national resources for the education of students with visual impairment, and interpreting the students with visual impairments specific eye condition, the educational implications of the visual impairment, and the results of functional vision and learning media assessments.

  • Consults regularly with the general education classroom teacher, other regular and special education personnel, parents, and others to coordinate programs and services for the student with a visual impairment.

  • Shares responsibility with general education classroom teacher and/or special education teacher in the identification of instructional areas in which the student with a visual impairment requires assistance.

  • Assures that large print or braille texts, supplementary materials, educational, aids, and equipment needed by the student with a visual impairment, and the general education classroom teacher or special education teacher, are provided in a timely manner to ensure the student's maximum participation in all classroom activities.

  • Provides instruction in the development and maintenance of skills to meet the student's unique educational needs in the following areas, as indicated in the IEP:

  • Low vision and visual efficiency skills.

  • Concept development & academic skills.

  • Daily living skills

  • Career and vocational education skills.

  • Communication skills (these skills include braille reading and writing as appropriate).

  • Social/emotional skills and abilities, and sensory motor skills.

  • Prepares sequential and meaningful instruction geared to the student's assessed needs, IEP goals and objectives, functioning, and motivational levels. This instruction should be reflected in weekly or monthly lesson plans, as appropriate.

  • Provides assistance to the general education classroom teacher and/or special education teacher in academic subjects and activities of the classroom that, as a direct result of the student's visual impairment, require adaptation for the student.

  • Provides initial and ongoing assessment:

  • Consults with assessment team to determine appropriate testing materials and modifications needed.

  • Assists with assessments when needed.

  • Interprets assessment results when needed.

  • Conducts functional vision/learning media assessments and produces written reports.

  • Attends IEP meetings for students with visual impairments.

  • Maintains ongoing contact with parents to assist them in the development of a realistic understanding of their child's abilities, progress, and future goals.

  • Provides in-service training programs for school personnel and students and education for parents regarding the needs of students with visual impairments and adaptations and services for students with visual impairments.

  • This recruitment bulletin in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by this employee. The employee will be required to follow any other instructions and to perform any other related duties as assigned by the appropriate administrator or supervisor. Buffalo Public Schools reserves the right to update, revise or change this recruitment bulletin and related duties at any time without prior notice. APPOINTMENT : Appointment will be made by the Board of Education upon the recommendation of the Superintendent following the assessment of training, certifications, experience, credentials, and evaluation of service. Personal interviews shall be scheduled where appropriate. All temporary assignments end not later than June 30 and must be processed each year. SALARY : Per teacher salary schedule FUNDING : Pending funding

    FINAL DATE FOR FILING : TBD DR. TONJA WILLIAMS, SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS The Buffalo Public School District does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's actual or perceived race, color, creed, religion, religious practice, national origin, ethnic group, sex (including sexual harassment and sexual violence), gender identity, sexual orientation (the term "sexual orientation" means heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality, or asexuality ), political affiliation, age, marital status, military status, veteran status, disability, weight, domestic violence victim status, arrest or conviction record, genetic information or any other basis prohibited by New York state and/or federal non-discrimination laws in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Inquiries regarding the District's non-discrimination policies should be directed to or to: Tami Hollie McGee, Chief of Human Resources 719 City Hall Buffalo, NY 14202 (716) 816-3579