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Specialist, Low Vision

Healthcare, Nursing


Bathurst, Fredericton, New Brunswick

Founded in 1918, CNIB is one of Canada’s oldest and most respected charities. For 98 years, the organization has been Canada’s primary source of support for people who are blind or partially sighted, providing crucial vision loss rehabilitation services to thousands of Canadians each day.

With a dedicated team of approximately 700 staff members and thousands of volunteers across the country, CNIB is proud to be there, every step of the way, for people who are blind or partially sighted and their families, from the crucial early childhood years through adulthood and into the autumn of life. We also work diligently to increase public understanding of vision health, and to advocate proudly for an inclusive society where no citizen is left behind, regardless of vision loss.

CNIB has ambitious goals for the future. Through our new strategic plan, CNIB is working to ensure that every Canadian who is blind or partially sighted has access to the full range of services they need to increase their independence and have more control over their own lives.

For more information, please visit or call 1-800-563-2642.

Date:                 March 15, 2017
Job Title:           Specialist, Low Vision
                          (Opportunity for Specialized Training)
Location:           Fredericton (preferred) or Bathurst, New Brunswick


In covering a broad range of duties this position performs Functional Low Vision Assessments, which include education regarding vision related topics; training in the use of low vision devices; and instruction on how to maximize residual vision.

Essential Duties entail (but not limited to):

  • Conducts functional low vision assessments.
  • Teaches individuals with partial sight how to maximize residual vision.  
  • Recommends and trains in the use of optical and non-optical aids.
  • Educates individuals about their eye condition and vision health.
  • Refers individuals to other internal and external services. 
  • Handles public inquiries regarding vision health and low vision services
  • Conducts research on new optical aids, adaptive equipment, and new findings in the eye care field.  Attends professional development training and conferences as required.
  • Delivers public speaking seminars and workshops on low vision services and related topics to community agencies/groups and health care professionals.
  • Performs administrative duties, including, but not limited to, service tracking, benchmarking, documentation of assessments/client contact, and applicable subsidy program as appropriate.​

Qualifications: (Education, Training, Experience):

Experience and Education:

  • Willingness to be trained in the field of low vision and work towards the requirements of the CNIB National Vision Rehabilitation (Low Vision Specialist) Training Program.
  • Post-secondary studies in health care such as Nursing; Gerontology, Occupational Therapy. 
  • Post secondary studies in vision related health care a definite asset; eg. Orthoptist; Certified Ophthalmic Assistant or Technician; ACVREP Certified Low Vision Therapist.

Knowledge and Skill Requirements:

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with working with people with disabilities, particularly with seniors.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of ocular anatomy, physiology, pathology, and low vision rehabilitation including optical and non optical aids, visual skills and adaptive technology, blindness, and deaf-blindness and the psychosocial aspects of vision loss. 
  • Knowledgeable about disabilities and all life stages (children to seniors).
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in facilitating and presenting to various sized groups.
  • Proficiency in relevant computer applications – Microsoft Office, client management system.
  • Demonstrates sound decision making and judgement.
  • Mature and professional attitude with the ability to work well with others in a team environment.
  • Self-directed, strong organizational skills and attention to detail, and ability to adapt to changing situations.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours to meet client needs when required
  • Some travel will be required. 
  • Bilingual – French/English

Closing Date for Applications:  April 6, 2017

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CNIB strives to establish and maintain an inclusive workplace and believes that the diversity of our workforce is an invaluable asset. CNIB is committed to following recruitment and selection practices based on merit, transparency, accessibility and inclusion ensuring that all candidates are given a fair opportunity for employment with CNIB.

To help ensure that this commitment is met, CNIB is committed to working with all candidates who require an accommodation. If you require an accommodation, please state in your cover letter what accommodation you require and CNIB will work with you to meet your needs at every stage of the recruitment and selection process.

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