NYC Youth and Vision Loss Coalition Project

Youth and Vision Loss Coalition Project Manager, Available October 1, 2013

The Project Manager will be responsible for planning, implementing, and evaluating activities associated with the Youth and Vision Loss Coalition, which will include providing: general oversight for coalition activities and associated projects. The Project Manager will work to develop and implement strategies that will lead to long-term involvement of community institutions, organizations and individuals. The Project Manager will provide leadership in the development of partnerships with various state and local community sectors.


Report to lead agency (VISIONS) and Coalition members

Work as team member with lead agency staff/administrators to meet project goals

Continually broaden expertise in program areas and serve as resource person

Recruit and maintain a diverse coalition membership with city and state partners

Coordinate activities such as:

•Provide leadership to recruit and engage coalition partners

•Collaborate with local, states and national organizations focusing on services for children and youth with vision loss

•Develop protocols for testing effectiveness of coalition strategies

•Direct needs assessment activities

•Plan, coordinate, and conduct educational and training activities

•Coordinate efforts to improve service coordination

Develop Work Groups/Committees and recruit members to work in depth on selected issues.

Write (with coalition members) the four handbooks to help parents to successfully transition their blind or visually impaired child from 1. Early Intervention (NYS Department of Health); 2. Pre-school (private nonprofits); 3. Public school or specialized residential school (NYC Department of Education or 4201 schools); 4. Pre-vocational and transition services. Handbooks will include information specific to the IEP (individualized education plan) and IEP meetings.

Direct and assist coalition to develop NY City Council/NYS legislative action that promotes the coalition mission by: developing position statements; reviewing and recommending endorsements of policies, and advocating for policies/legislation at city/state levels. Advocate/expand continuous quality improvement processes in service delivery.

Collaborate with administrators, legislators, NYSCB, DOE, private schools, vision rehabilitation agencies, academic institutions and other community-based organizations to promote coalition’s mission and goals

Advocate for New York State and New York City government to hold hearings on the needs of blind and visually impaired children and their families. Write and provide testimony at public hearings.

Document findings and progress of programs and activities in written reports to lead agency, other funding agencies, and coalition members

Represent the Coalition at community events and meetings in order to maintain a high profile for the coalition.

Report and present coalition progress and program findings through presentations at meetings/conferences and hearings.

Maintain open and effective communication with service providers and colleagues

Supervise the Project Associate; oversee work of interns and volunteers

Fulfill other duties as required.


Bachelor’s Degree and five years relevant work experience; or Master’s Degree with three years relevant work experience.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required:

·Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in written format with individuals and groups from diverse professional, socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.

·Proficient with Microsoft Office and general computer skills

·Successful experience in program or project planning, implementation and evaluation.

·Skill in facilitation, network building, resource development

·Self-starter with proven ability to work both independently and as a member of a team, able to creatively solve problems, work under pressure and meet deadlines.

·Ability to manage a broad scope of responsibilities and multiple partnerships. Excellent follow-through and organizational skills.

·Passion for and commitment to working with children, youth and young adults who are blind or visually impaired with a variety of needs and from diverse populations.

This full-time exempt position is located primarily at VISIONS main office at 500 Greenwich Street in West Soho/Hudson Square in Manhattan. Scheduled evening and weekend hours may be required.

How to apply

Please email cover letter and resume to Ms. Diane S. Weiss, Chief Program Officer:

new york, New York
Ms. Diane S. Weiss,

500 Greenwich Street 3rd floor, New York, New York, 10013-1354, United States