Social Worker

Reports to: President/CEO
Salary: DOE
Hours: Full time, exempt, Monday through Friday
Closing Date: Open until filled
Procedure: Please send cover letter and resume to Sight Connection, email to ekallander@sightconnection.org

Job overview:

Provide home-based counseling and case management to visually impaired individuals in a supportive team environment.

Responsibilities and duties:

• Provides direct social work and counseling services on an individualized basis to persons with visual impairment, their family and friends
• The Agency service area covers six counties in Western Washington. This role serves clients in Skagit, Snohomish, and San Juan Counties.
• Provides information and education to support groups and community groups
• Participates actively in the agency’s information and referral service and maintains current knowledge of a wide-range of community resources
• Coordinates with agency rehabilitation staff in overall case planning
• Counsels and advises clients in low vision and rehabilitation program services as needed

Minimum required qualifications:

• MSW from an accredited graduate school of Social Work, LICSW preferred
• One year experience in providing social services
• Experience with an older population desired
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team approach to social services
• Demonstrated ability to develop effective working relationships with the appropriate community resources
• Computer literacy essential
• Sensitivity with elderly and disabled persons
• Ability to travel throughout the Agency service area
• A valid Washington state driver’s license, if driving on agency business
• Automobile insurance meeting the minimum levels set forth in the Personnel Policies and Procedures, if driving on agency business

Low Vision Optometrist

Reports to: the Low Vision Optometrist will report to the President/CEO
Hours: 2-4 days a week, 8:30am-5pm
Salary: DOE

Job overview:

The Low Vision Optometrist provides specialty low vision care to patients who have experienced a vision loss, are under the care of a primary eye care professional and who wish to improve the quality of their daily living, specifically to meet individual patient-stated goals. Services will include testing, evaluation and consultation with patients. Treatment may include spectacle correction, low vision aid and technology recommendations and low vision rehabilitation therapy. The optometrist will consult with others on the low vision rehabilitation team and with the referring eye care provider.

Responsibilities and duties:

• Reviews ophthalmologic reports from referring providers.
• Provides functional vision assessments, routine eye examination, including visual field tests and other testing as needed.
• Keeps thorough record of vision assessment and client counseling in database.
• Provides recommendations for near and distance adaptive aid training to be completed by Low Vision Therapist.
• Communicates with referring eye care physicians, including written reports following care.
• Makes intra-agency referrals to other vision rehabilitation professionals when appropriate.
• Makes referrals to other agencies when appropriate.
• Provides training to other staff when needed.
• Keeps current with new developments in the field of optometry, specifically low vision. Takes courses (in person or online) to further develop low vision skills.
• Assists with program planning and development, and participates in department and team meetings.
• Participates in educational presentations to support groups, the public and other providers.
• Understands and utilizes the electronic health record system.
• Maintains all records in accordance with agency and legal requirements.
• Understands and complies with HIPAA and agency patient confidentiality guidelines.

Minimum required qualifications:

• Graduate of an accredited School of Optometry.
• Licensed to practice in the state of Washington (required before first day of work).
• Fully credentialed (or actively in process of) with the following insurance companies: Medicare, Kaiser Permanente, United Healthcare, Premera, Regence, Molina, Humana, and Aetna. Documentation of completion is required before contract agreement.
• Dedication to client-centered approach to low vision care.
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team approach to rehabilitation services.
• Demonstrated ability to develop effective working relationships with appropriate community services.
• Demonstrated ability to communicate well with staff team, clients, and other providers.
• Ability to travel throughout agency’s service area.
• A valid Washington state driver’s license, if driving on agency business.
• Automobile insurance meeting the minimum levels as set forth in the Agency Policies and Procedures, if driving on agency business.
• Acceptable criminal background check.
• CPR certification obtained within 90 days of employment and kept current throughout term of employment.

Preferred qualifications:

• Two years of demonstrated experience in the field of low vision rehabilitation.
• Experience with an older population with multiple disabilities and health issues.

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