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Alabama Institute for Deaf & Blind
  • Position Number: 5131846
  • Location: Talladega, AL
  • Position Type: Disability Services

R-9839 Instructional Aide (230 days) E. H. Gentry Facility

Alabama Institute for Deaf & Blind

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R-9839 Reference# 1140200515300

Posting Date: March 25, 2024

Candidates who are blind or visually impaired and/or deaf or hard of hearing are encouraged to apply for this position and may be given preference in hiring as permitted by federal laws. Information related to disability is not required, and if disclosed voluntarily, will be used only in AIDB's efforts to create opportunities for individuals with exceptionalities. Non-disclosure will not subject any applicant to adverse treatment.

POSITION: Instructional Aide (230 days)

E. H. Gentry Facility


Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind (AIDB) is the world's most comprehensive education, rehabilitation and service program serving individuals of all ages who are Deaf, Blind, DeafBlind and multidisabled and their families. Founded in 1858, AIDB serves more than 36,000 infants, toddlers, children, adults and seniors with hearing and vision loss throughout Alabama each year.

Our services literally span a lifetime including five campuses in Talladega, ten regional centers located throughout the State of Alabama with programs that range from early and senior intervention, traditional and nontraditional education services in residential and outreach settings and a manufacturing facility that is the state's largest employer of adults who are Deaf, Blind, or DeafBlind.


E. H. Gentry Facility is one of the most distinct and comprehensive education and rehabilitation programs in the United States. You will be part of a dynamic team committed to a championship philosophy that underscores the genuine belief in and potential of all individuals. Our employees are among the organization's most valuable assets and resources and, collectively, we share compassion for leveling the playing field for all. Our Mission makes AIDB a unique place to work and opening the doors to opportunity is where it all begins!

As demand indicates, this position will work in specialized work experience classrooms with students with vision, hearing, or dual sensory loss, in addition to other exceptionalities. The suitable candidate will be passionate about working with students and colleagues to ensure all students receive world-class preparation for work and a career. The successful candidate will primarily work in the Wood Shop, but may also assist with other Work Experience areas including Gentry Manufacturing Training, Modern Manufacturing, Pre-HVAC Fabrication, Automotive and the Joe Tom Armbrester Agricultural Center. The candidate will help with day-to-day tasks such as student attendance, progress reports, outcomes data, payroll and reporting, requisitions, sales invoices, work orders and recommendations for program enhancements.

You will play a vital role to ensure that AIDB's culture of inclusion is reinforced and that employees feel connected, recognized, and proud to be a part of the organization.

  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word and Excel) and Google G-Suite, including Calendar, Sheets, Docs and Drive.
  • Must have the ability to work a flexible schedule.
  • Must be able to physically assist students, as required, in the various work experience classes.
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs. and stand for long periods.

  • Experience working with individuals with sensory/dual sensory loss.
  • Experience in Carpentry, Agriculture, Manufacturing, Automotive, HVAC pre-fabrication, etc.

  • Perform duties under Instructor direction to assist students in the classroom.
  • Assist with providing accommodations as needed for students.
  • Communicate effectively, follow directions and work cooperatively with the Instructors while teaming with other staffers.
  • Explain and enforce conduct/behavior rules to minimize/avoid conflicts between program participants; model and facilitate appropriate conflict resolution skills.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • May be required to have a current Alabama Driver License and to be able to be covered by the AIDB insurance carrier.
  • Must complete AIDB training on Deafness, Blindness, Visual Impairments, DeafBlindness and Multiple Disabilities within first twelve (12) months of employment.
  • Must obtain a sign language proficiency level of SURVIVAL within the first twelve (12) months, SURVIVAL PLUS within the first twenty-four (24) months and INTERMEDIATE within the first thirty-six (36) months of employment.
  • Upon offer of employment, the applicant must submit to a fingerprint background check at an agency designated and paid by AIDB.

SALARY: $14.58 - $16.99 Scale C4 Rank 27 (High School/GED)

$15.92 - $18.75 Scale C4 Rank 31 (30 Semester Hours Related Field)

$16.29 - $19.21 Scale C4 Rank 32 (60 Semester Hours Related Field)

Benefits: Health, Dental and Vision Insurance Available

Alabama State TRS Retirement

Deferred Compensation Options Available

Paid Time Off

Direct deposit is required.

This is a non-exempt position and is subject to overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.


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