Creating opportunities for success and independence with people who are blind or visually impaired. That's our mission! We rely on our people to make that happen. Therefore, we recruit people who are committed to making a difference in their own lives and the lives of others. Whether it's providing comprehensive vision rehabilitation services to consumers, producing high quality paper products, operating a hospital switchboard, or performing administrative services, our employees are members of a team committed to excellence!

We know our employees are our most important asset. So, while we have high expectations, we also support our team members and encourage personal and professional growth - in and through AVRE. We live our mission and take pride in the fact that we engage and advance people who are blind or visually impaired at all levels of the organization!

We think AVRE is a great place to work. Browse through our website and learn why AVRE may be the right place for you!

AVRE's Business Division presents an array of employment opportunities for people who are blind or visually impaired. We work with our employees to match their skill set and personal goals with the agency's business needs. We encourage all employees to pursue continuing education opportunities within and outside of the organization. National Industries for the Blind offers a variety of work-related programs to help individuals thrive in their careers. AVRE also offers tuition assistance and employee scholarships to pursue post-secondary degrees and certifications.

Manufacturing

Opportunities in manufacturing include:

  • machine operation
  • assembly and packaging
  • shipping and receiving

Production Manager Luigi DiRusso has been with AVRE for 10 years. Luigi has progressed from an entry level position to the team lead for one of AVRE’s busiest departments. Luigi now oversees all manufacturing departments as Production Manager. It is clear Luigi wants to continue growing as a leader. He has shown the interest and ability to lead others in AVRE’s unique environment and has the potential to be promoted to higher level positions.

Light Assembly

There's never a dull moment in the Light Assembly department! AVRE takes on a variety of unique projects commercially and through state and federal set aside programs. Current projects include repackaging Goody hair products for sale in military commissaries abroad and packaging batteries for the New York City Housing Authority. We've put together educational kits for the New York Teacher's Association and packaged environmentally friendly cleaning products for sale in the state and federal markets. AVRE's business development team is always working to identify and meet the needs of its current and potential customers.

Switchboard Operations

AVRE contracts to manage switchboard operations at three Veterans Administration Medical Centers downstate - Montrose, Castle Point, and the Bronx. Operators are responsible for all incoming calls, including relaying all emergencies to the appropriate parties. They also monitor many hospital alarms with the use of adaptive, audio equipment. Adaptive technology is critical to successfully running this operation. Each operator's needs are accounted for so that each can perform their jobs at the highest quality level. Collectively and individually, our operators have received awards and recognitions for their commitment to excellence in the workplace. They're proud to be a part of the community that assists American veterans!

Continue through our website and learn why AVRE may be the right place for you!

AVRE is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and as such affirms the right of every person to participate in all aspects of employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, disability, genetic information, or any other protected characteristic. If you are interested in applying for employment and need special assistance or an accommodation to apply for a posted position, contact our Human Resources department via phone at 607-724-2428 or email at apply@avreus.org.

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A competitive hourly wage or annual salary is just a part of financial stability and quality of life. Health insurance, retirement plans, and paid time off help to secure your family's well-being and peace of mind. At AVRE, we believe that a comprehensive benefits package is key to recruiting and keeping the best and most dedicated people.

Benefits available for eligible employees

  • Health, dental, and vision insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
  • Paid holidays
  • Paid family leave
  • Paid personal time off
  • Paid volunteer time
  • Paid bereavement time
  • NYS Short-term disability
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Scholarships for employees and their families
  • 403(b) plan and employer contribution
  • Supplemental life insurance
  • Discounts on home and auto insurance

A very important aspect of quality of life is where you live, work, and relax. If you have a family, good schools are crucial to your kids' education and future success. Affordable, quality housing can often make or break a decision to relocate to a new area. Binghamton, NY and the surrounding municipalities offer a wide range of housing options, good public transportation, and a wide variety of places to relax and enjoy you're free time.

Here's a list of some of the best reasons to relocate to this area with some links to provide more detail.

  • Affordable, high-quality higher education at Binghamton University and Broome Community College
  • Professional hockey (Binghamton Devils) - and baseball (Rumble Ponies) teams and NCAA Division 1 college sports
  • A variety of cultural offerings, including local opera, off-Broadway shows, museums, musical performers, and art galleries
  • A professional golf tournament and cycling event
  • Plentiful and accessible state, county, and city parks
  • Good public transportation, including paratransit and BC Country
  • Pedestrian friendly downtown with numerous Accessible Pedestrian Signals and expanding walking trails
  • Good schools that offer advanced placement courses, International Baccalaureate programs, and solid arts and music programs
  • The confluence of the Susquehanna and Chenango rivers
  • Within a three hour drive (or bus ride!) from popular urban areas - New York City, Philadelphia, Albany, and Rochester. Also close to the Finger Lakes Region and the Adirondack State Park.

You can learn more about our area by visiting the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce. We think you'll find that AVRE's surrounding community is a great place to begin a new career!

Giving back to the community - Working at AVRE is not just a job. It's an opportunity to help create meaningful jobs and provide comprehensive vision rehabilitation services to people who are blind or visually impaired throughout AVRE's broad service territory.

Commitment to quality - In all aspects of the agency, quality work is valued and encouraged, whether it's manufacturing a product, answering a patient call, or teaching safe travel skills. We're focused on consumer and customer satisfaction!

Skill enhancement - In order to meet our high quality standards, AVRE offers training opportunities to enhance existing skills and to learn new ones. Employees are encouraged to find opportunities to cross train and learn about different positions within the organization.

Adaptability - We know that every employee's needs are unique and we make every accommodation possible to ensure that individuals have the tools to do their jobs to the highest standards! We offer technology, physical adaptations, and training to fit each employee's needs!

Being part of a team - Everyone at AVRE understands that a vision disability doesn't need to stand in the way of personal and professional accomplishments. We embrace our differences and work together to focus on each other's strengths. As a team, we do what's necessary to get the job done and to help eachother succeed.

Room to grow - We're always looking for growth opportunities so we can create more meaningful jobs for people who are blind or visually impaired. New projects mean new opportunities for higher level jobs and advancement. We're proud to employ people who are blind at ALL levels of the organization!

Great benefits - AVRE offers a comprehensive fringe benefits package to all eligible employees. We're committed to empowering people to live productive, independent lives and we know how valuable benefits like health insurance, retirement plans, and tuition assistance can be to meeting financial goals.

At AVRE, the whole is greater than the sum of our parts. Team work, camaraderie, and a sense of belonging make it a pleasure to come to work each day. Continue through the website to learn more!

View Current Openings

If you've determined AVRE is the place for you, check out our current openings below to find an opportunity that interests you. If you have any questions about a position or the application process, feel free to call our Human Resources department at 607-724-2428.

Health and Rehabilitation Services

Employment and Career Specialist

The Association for Vision Rehabilitation and Employment, Inc. (AVRE) seeks candidates for the position of Employment and Career Specialist (ECS) to work with individuals who are blind or visually impaired to identify employment opportunities in the community. 

Association for Vision Rehabilitation and Employment, Inc. (AVRE)

 
JOB DESCRIPTION
 
I. JOB IDENTIFICATION
 
A. TITLE: Employment and Career Specialist
B. REPORTS TO: Director of Health and Rehabilitation Services
C. FLSA STATUS: Exempt, Full-Time
 
II. STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
 
The primary responsibility of the Employment and Career Specialist is to establish relationships with employers and facilitate interviews that lead to job placements for blind or visually impaired consumers. Additional responsibilities include assisting consumers in the identification of career interests, developing employment or appropriate career plans/paths, and implementing their employment/career plan.
 
Some of the Employment and Career Specialist’s work will involve assisting the consumer to develop sufficient information and/or experience to engage in career planning; especially with younger consumers or those with limited work experience.
 
 
III. RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE WORK OF OTHERS
 
The Employment and Career Specialist may be responsible for the work of volunteers, or other employees, job coaches and others as related to the particular circumstances.
 
IV. BUSINESS COMMUNICATION
 
A. Professional, clear and concise verbal and written communication skills are required.
B. Communication with consumer is frequent and ongoing.
C. Communication with Director of Health and Rehabilitation Services is frequent and ongoing.
D. Communication with Assistive Technology staff is frequent and ongoing.
E. Communication with Health and Rehabilitation Services staff is ongoing.
F. Communication with outside organizations is frequent and ongoing.
G. Communication with New York State Commission for the Blind (NYSCB) staff is frequent and ongoing.
H. Communication with professional, peer, and collateral groups and organizations is regular.
 
V. SUPERVISION REQUIRED
 
The position requires self-direction and independent action within appropriate agency, regulatory and funding/referral source policies, practices and guidelines.
 
VI. EDUCATION REQUIRED
 
This position requires a minimum of an Associate’s degree in related field and one year experience in job development and/or placement services with people with disabilities. A Bachelor’s degree is preferred.
 
VII. PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
 
A. Must be able to sit, stand, or drive for more than 4 hours in a work day.
B. Must be able to occasionally lift and carry up to a 25 pound object.
 
 
VIII. TRAINING AND SPECIALIZED KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED
 
A. Experience with individuals with disabilities in general or vision disability.
B. Experience with job development and placement practices is required.
C. Thorough understanding of current job market and employment trends in the AVRE service territory is strongly preferred.
D. Knowledge about external resources that support employment and career service delivery.
E. Ability to outreach to AVRE consumers, network in the community, and market AVRE programming.
F. Proficiency in Microsoft Office and other widely used software applications.
G. Knowledge of current assistive technologies that support access for people with vision loss is preferred.
H. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
I. Excellent problem-solving and organizational skills.
 
IX. SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
 
A. Establish and maintain business relationships that facilitate job placements for both current and future consumers, through a combination of planned and cold calls. Create partnerships with employers to use AVRE as a staffing mechanism.
B. Identify trends in employment and career service delivery and funding with special attention to general disability and/or vision disability.
C. Routinely use data and evidence-based practices to target sectors and employment partners to obtain job and internship opportunities.
D. Coordinate services with other community agencies for job placement.
E. Assess individuals to determine what services are needed.
F. Conduct job task analysis and accommodation for individual’s needs including the application of assistive technology.
G. Identify appropriate career exploration activities, internship and job placements.
H. Assist consumers in the development of a placement plan and a professional portfolio of their work history and job skills.
I. Prepare and communicate job specifications carefully to match potential consumers and employers.
J. Refer appropriate participants to potential employers for consideration of the job openings and provide consistent follow-up to employers.
K. Track employment placement outcomes and retention for program participants.
L. Monitor quality and outcomes of career and employment service delivery with the objective of continuous improvement.
M. Coordinate and monitor government, career and employment service related contracts including assuring satisfactory performance, submission of reports, timely billing, maximizing funding etc.
N. Assist in the research and development of additional funding/referral/support resources.
O. Plan, coordinate, and run workshops as appropriate to support consumer success in the workforce. Conduct training for general and targeted publics.
P. Meet with Health and Rehabilitation Services staff on a regular basis to ensure appropriate information sharing, coordination of program activities and service delivery.
Q. Represent AVRE in appropriate community, professional, consumer and related organizations.
 
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