I feel lucky to have the opportunity to introduce a friend and colleague from a partner organization of AFB. Dr. Jamie O’Mally from Mississippi State University’s National Research & Training Center (NRTC) on Blindness and Low Vision, has been a big supporter of AFB CareerConnect, and we feel the same way about their program and staff. They continue to research, identify, and work to create tools to address the issues specific to employment and persons who are blind or visually impaired. I cannot stress enough that you should read about the resources below, visit their page, and pass on the information. Dr. O’Mally took the time to tell us a little information about a project and some recent job announcements within their program.
Introducing Dr. Jamie O’Mally!
Employment Mentoring Project
Are you graduating college or grad school next year? The NRTC on Blindness and Low Vision is working on an exciting project that explores how career mentoring may help students who are blind to find jobs after graduating. By signing up for the project, you may have an opportunity to receive job preparation resources, work face-to-face with a blind mentor in your field of interest, and receive incentives for participating over the course of one year. The project is open to legally blind (or totally blind) students graduating between April and December 2014 who plan to work after graduating. Participating in a mentoring project provides great opportunities for job shadowing, networking, and receiving support for those tough questions you may have before going out into the workforce. Visit the project page to learn more or contact Dr. Jamie O’Mally at 662-325-2001 or email Dr. Jamie O’Mally.
Job Openings at the NRTC on Blindness and Low Vision
The NRTC on Blindness and Low Vision at Mississippi State University has two job openings in the field of blindness and low vision.
Training/Research Associate II or III
The successful candidate for this position will assist in the development and implementation of a comprehensive research-to-practice training and technical assistance program related to blindness and low vision rehabilitation. This program will include curriculum development and implementation of research-based training activities, distance education/training, development of web-based technical assistance content, marketing of training activities, and providing training at workshops, conferences and in college classes. The Training/Research Associate II/III may also be involved on various research projects and assist in the development of reports and other publications.
Research Associate II or III
The successful candidate for this position will assist with existing research projects relating to persons who are blind or visually impaired. Specific work duties include conducting literature reviews, survey development, data collection, data management, and quantitative and qualitative analysis. The individual will be expected to assist in the development of proposals for external funding, reports, and peer-reviewed publications. The individual will also assist with the dissemination of results from all research and training products developed by center staff and development of material for the center’s website.
For more information about these positions, visit MSU’s site or send questions to the NRTC’s email. The PARF Number for the Training/Research Associate II or III is 7432 and the PARF for the Research Associate II or III is 7391.
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