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 Funded by the United States Department of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR).

The National Research & Training Center on Blindness & Low Vision recently received two large 5-year grants totaling more than $7.3 million in funding. As a result, we are hiring several new positions to help us complete the research, training, and technical assistance activities associated with these grants. Consider joining our team to help us accomplish our mission!

Project Director

The mission of the NRTC is to enhance employment and independent living outcomes for individuals who are blind or visually impaired through research, training, education, and dissemination. The director will serve as the Principal Investigator of the Older Individuals who are Blind Training and Technical Assistance Center (OIB-TAC) grant. The OIB-TAC is housed within the National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision.

The function of the project director of the Older Individuals who are Blind – Training and Technical Assistance Center (OIB-TAC) is to supervise and coordinate activities, staff, and external consultants. Responsibilities include planning and development of training to assist designated state agencies (DSA) and other service providers who provide independent living services to older individuals who are blind, in improving their programs. The project director also plans and coordinates all elements of grant management, evaluation, reporting, and program accountability to the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA). The successful candidate will have a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, Gerontology, Vision Rehabilitation Therapy/Rehabilitation Teaching, Orientation & Mobility, or a closely related field, and at least five years of related experience, which includes working with adults with vision loss and administration.

If you are interested in helping the NRTC accomplish its mission, please apply for the position at Mississippi State University’s website: explore.msujobs.msstate.edu, PARF Number 496947 (job title–Project Director), and submit a letter of application, resume or curriculum vitae, and names and contact information for at least three references to NRTCjobs@colled.msstate.edu. Contact B. J. LeJeune or Michele McDonnall at 662-325-2001 if you have questions. Persons with disabilities, especially those with vision impairments, are urged to apply.

Web Communications Designer

The web communications designer will assist in designing and maintaining the online presence for the NRTC, providing technical management of all facets of two principal websites in order to fulfill our NIDILRR-funded grant requirements of disseminating research results and providing training and technical assistance to a national audience. The successful candidate for this part-time position will develop and implement overall policies and procedures for website structure, format, and usage, and promote participation in and use of websites. Responsibilities will include: coordinating and integrating information contributed to the website; establishing template formats and logical structures for web pages; ensuring that designs of websites and other online information delivery are fully accessible and usable by mobile devices; analyzing current web usage statistics; and providing technical support and ongoing development for existing web and mobile applications.

For additional information about the position, or to apply, please visit the MSU website: explore.msujobs.msstate.edu and search for Job Number 497191. Additionally, submit the materials to Michele McDonnall at mmcdonnall@colled.msstate.edu at the time of applying.