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Vision Forward, a cutting-edge non-profit organization, currently has a few career opportunities available; Program Assistant, Volunteer and Events Coordinator and a Teacher of the Visually Impaired.

Vision Forward is recognized as the premier agency serving people of all ages with vision loss in Southeastern Wisconsin.   We empower, educate and enhance the lives of individuals impacted by vision loss through all of life’s transitions.  Our vision is that all individuals with vison loss have reached their full potential to lead active and independent lives.

Program Assistant

Responsibilities to fulfilling the Vision Forward mission:

  • Promote the dignity of all people living with vision loss.
  • Provide exceptional customer service.
  • Maintain a positive, cohesive, transparent, and family-friendly environment.

Core Functions:

  1.  The Program Assistant is a critical team member who provides administrative and clerical support to the Adult Rehabilitation Team. 
  2. Works with consumers, families, referral sources and medical professionals to ensure appropriate collection and reporting of data relating to adult vision rehabilitations clients.
  3. Works with the team to create the rehab assessment, training and driving schedules.
  4. Assists with monthly documentation and billing process.  Enters billing for transportation and social work services.
  5. Processes intake orders, insurance verification and scheduling of non-Medicare low vision clients and insurance billed.
  6. Monitors available authorized hours for services and work to obtain additional authorizations as appropriate.
  7. Assists in generating monthly reports regarding services provided.
  8. Educates clients about Vision Forward programming opportunities, conferences and enrichment events.
  9. Answers phones, directs calls and takes messages.  Provides excellent customer service during all interactions with clients, referral sources and community members.
  10. Conducts appointment reminder phone calls, monitors attendance at appointments, follows up on unexcused absences and discusses concerns with appropriate staff.
  11. Communicates schedules to driver staff and ensures clients are transported appropriately to and from scheduled appointments.

Pay and Benefits:

  • $15.00 – $19.00 per hour
  • Monday through Friday full-time (32 hours)
  • Paid Time Off – 2 weeks after 1 year, 3 weeks after 2 years and 4 weeks after 5 years.
  • Holiday’s – New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Memorial and Labor Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day and the Friday after, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
  • Health Insurance
  • Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Short and Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • 401K

The perfect candidate will possess the following skills and qualifications:

  • Associates degree in Human Services, Education, Medical or related field.
  • 1-2 years of office medical administrative support experience.
  • Experience with electronic medical record systems preferred.
  • A good team player with the ability to complete work independently with broadly defined work objectives and limited oversight.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office.
  • Highly organized, detail focused with the ability to adapt to shift priorities.

Interested candidates are to send resume to Lorena Pittman:

Volunteer and Events Coordinator

 Responsibilities to fulfilling the Vision Forward mission:

  • Promote the dignity of all people living with vision loss.
  • Provide exceptional customer service.
  • Maintain a positive, cohesive, transparent, and family-friendly environment.

Core Functions:

  1. The Volunteer and Events Coordinator is a critical team member who engages volunteers in meaningful opportunities that support Vision Forward’s mission.
  2. Manages the day to day responsibilities for the volunteer program, planning, coordinating and responding to volunteer inquiries and implementing opportunities.
  3. Effectively communicates with volunteers, maintains a volunteer data base, collects and enters program statistics to track the impact of program efforts.
  4. Plans, manages and executes volunteer events and programs to successfully meet organizational goals and objectives.
  5. Identify and determine opportunities for volunteer support through collaboration with staff, volunteers and members.
  6. Recruits, interviews, orientates, trains, schedules and supervises volunteers and assignments.
  7. Facilitates four to six volunteer training seminars per year.
  8. Plan, coordinate, manage and implements fundraising and programmatic events from start to finish and provide onsite coordination during events. This includes recruiting volunteers, coordinating committee meetings, event logistics, conducting event wrap up evaluations and preparing final reports.
  9. Recruit, engage and coordinate volunteer committees and participants to assist with program activities/events, set goals, logistics and all details related to achieving successful programs/events.
  10. Secure in-kind donations for events and auctions.
  11. Research and cultivate new and existing donors for special event support including developing and maintaining strong relationships with corporate and individual donors.
  12. Works closely with Marketing Director to provide details and ideas for creative invitations, communications, promotions, sponsorships benefits and other event and volunteer materials.
  13. Serves as Vision Forward liaison for third-party events.

Pay and Benefits:

  • $20.00 – $22.00 per hour
  • Monday through Friday full-time (occasional evenings and Saturday hours)
  • Paid Time Off – 2 weeks after 1 year, 3 weeks after 2 years and 4 weeks after 5 years.
  • Holiday’s – New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Memorial and Labor Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day and the Friday after, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
  • Health Insurance
  • Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Short and Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • 401K

The perfect candidate will possess the following skills and qualifications:

  • BA in Marketing, Communications or related field.
  • A minimum of 2 years of related experience.
  • Passion to exceed volunteer, team and organizational expectations.
  • A good team player with the ability to complete work independently with broadly defined work objectives and limited oversight.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office.
  • Highly organized, detail focused with the ability to adapt to shift priorities.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills with a confident, concise, clear and compelling style.

Interested candidates are to send resume to Lorena Pittman:


Teacher for the Visually Impaired
to work primarily with the birth to six population.

Responsibilities to fulfilling the Vision Forward mission:

  • Promote the dignity of all people living with vision loss.
  • Provide exceptional customer service.
  • Maintain a positive, cohesive, transparent, and family-friendly environment.

Core Functions:

  • Conducts initial evaluations in accordance with performance indicators, center policies or collaborating agencies requirements for each child referred to Children Services in their natural environment, school or at Vision Forward. The evaluation will assess the child’s current level of functional vision and the impact is has on in the following domains: Health and Physical Development, Social and Emotional Development, Language and Communication, Approaches to Learning and Cognition and General Knowledge with emphasis on The Expanded Core Curriculum.
  • Develops an individualized educational plan for every child in conjunction with parents and child’s team that includes measurable goals. Monitors and documents child’s progress with regard to established vision goals, overall developmental objectives and parental input.
  • Identifies and establishes a plan for each child’s emerging literacy needs, including Pre-Braille, Braille or large print and/or the use of equipment such as magnifiers, lighting, filters, etc.
  • Conducts individualized vision education/braille sessions in the child’s home, school or Vision Forward Association in accordance to center policy and performance standards.
  • Works collaboratively with classroom teachers and physical, occupational and speech therapists, to meet each child’s individual needs.
  • Acts as a resource to parents and other team members regarding each child’s visual function and appropriate interventions and adaptations.
  • Introduces pre-braille skills and begins to teach braille when the child is ready.
  • Teaches students techniques that enable them to move about the environment independently in consultation with Orientation and Mobility Instructor.
  • Identifies appropriate toys, arts and crafts supplies, equipment and other materials that can be used with the child to ensure the child’s vision needs are met and to aid families in providing appropriate activities and or materials for their child.
  • Formulates anecdotal notes for each child at point of service that documents the child’s progress towards their individual goals and objectives that are measurable and includes coaching in the electronic medical records.

Pay and Benefits:

  • $55,000 – $65,000 based on experience
  • Health Insurance
  • Dental and vision insurance
  • Short term and long-term disability
  • Paid time off
  • Holiday’s – New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Memorial and Labor Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day and the Friday after, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
  • 401K
  • Company provided cell phone and laptop
  • Strong, experienced, supportive team

The perfect candidate will possess the following skills and qualifications:

  • Requires a Bachelor’s degree in Education, from a four-year college or university, with specialization as a Teacher of the Visually Impaired. Specialization in Orientation and Mobility preferred.
  • Maintains a current DPI license and certification.
  • A valid Wisconsin Driver’s License, proof of insurance and use of a personal automobile is required.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with children, parents, professionals and other employees of Vision Forward.
  • Experience in cross-cultural environments.
  • Good computer skills and competent in Microsoft Office, Word, Outlook, and Excel. Ability to use an electronic medical record system.
  • Clear understanding of HIPAA and privacy regulations.

Interested candidates are to send resume to Lorena Pittman: