(Job Opening) Youth Services Coordinator at HKNC



The mission of the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults is to enable each person who is deaf-blind to live and work in his or her community of choice. Authorized by an Act of Congress in 1967, HKNC is the only organization of its kind--providing training and resources exclusively to people age 16 and over who have combined vision and hearing loss. Students travel from across the country to our headquarters in Sands Point, New York, for on-campus training in assistive technology, vocational services, orientation and mobility, communication and independent living, and our regional offices bring HKNC resources to communities throughout the United States. Employment at HKNC is a "one-of-a-kind" experience and at HKNC, we seek employees who have a strong work ethic, strive for excellence, enjoy a challenge, and are highly motivated and creative.


We currently have an exciting career opportunity to join the Community Services Program as a Youth Services Coordinator. This position is based in Sands Point, NY. The Youth Services Coordinator is responsible for coordinating and providing Pre-Employment Transition Services for Deaf-Blind students and youth in the downstate NY area.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.


Outreach, develop, and maintain relationships with schools in the downstate area that may have deaf-blind students 


Maintain collaboration with NY Deafblind Collaborative - activities may include actively referring consumers between organizations, conducting intake appointments with NYDBC staff, supporting youth group activities such as the Usher syndrome socials and family weekends.


Conduct vocational assessments with students including coordinating informational interviews, situational assessments, interest inventories, and career exploration.


Plan and conduct Pre-Employment Transition Services "Ready to Work" classes. Update the curriculum adding pertinent activities and topics as appropriate.


Stay abreast of regulations and legislation related to youth services.


Attend IEP and transition planning meetings.


Plan summer work experiences for the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP)


Recruit job coaches for Summer Youth Employment Program. Plan and facilitate training for job coaches.


In collaboration with CSP Coordinator, help arrange other services - Orientation & Mobility, Vision Rehabilitation Teaching, and Social Casework for deaf-blind students.


In collaboration with CSP Case Manager, provide guidance and assistance to families applying for OPWDD services.


Provide post-secondary school counseling - arrange for tours/interviews at colleges, community colleges, and vocational training programs.


Plan events such as the CSP Summer Youth Employment Program kick-off breakfast.


Collaborate with the HKNC Deaf-blind Immersion Experience program to provide services to deaf-blind youth with intellectual disabilities.


Attend monthly Transition Services meetings held at the Harlem NY State Commission for the Blind (NYSCB) district office.


Attend and report on activities at scheduled meetings such as quarterly NYSCB-CSP meetings and Employment Planning meetings for students on campus at HKNC.


Perform work related duties, when necessary, at the discretion of the Coordinator, Community Services Program, and the Director, Direct Services.


 Maintain necessary documentation regarding consumer progress, communicate regularly with Community Services Program colleagues, and complete required  reports in a timely fashion




Master's degree in Special Education, Deaf Education, Social Work, Rehabilitation Counseling or related degree required. Experience working with individuals who are Deaf-blind, blind, Deaf or multiply disabled strongly preferred. Experience providing employment services to people with disabilities preferred. Proficiency in American Sign Language and other methods of communication utilized by individuals who are deaf-blind required. Required: extensive local travel throughout Long Island and New York City. Meeting all job duties and responsibilities may require use of personal vehicle.


To Apply:


Please send a cover letter and resume to hkncrecruitment@hknc.org or visit our website at https://www.helenkeller.org/hks/employment-internship-opportunities to see all our career opportunities available.