Outreach Coordinator

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 053700 - NRTC-Nat'l Research Ctr Blindness
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Professional
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

The primary responsibilities of this position are to 1) provide technical assistance to individuals who are blind, their families, service providers, and employers; 2) provide training related to blindness, rehabilitation, and NRTC research results to groups of varying sizes; 3) conduct outreach to stakeholders and to disseminate NRTC research results; and 4) assist with the dissemination of research results under the direction of experienced staff members. Remote work will be considered for this position.

Salary Grade:  14

Please see Staff Compensation Structure or Skilled Crafts and Service Maintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges.  For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Department Profile:

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The Outreach Coordinator will assist in the implementation of a comprehensive research-to-practice training and technical assistance program related to blindness and low vision rehabilitation. Specific duties include:
• Providing technical assistance (in-person and via phone and email) upon request by
stakeholders (e.g., providing information, sharing resources, offering support)
• Developing web-based technical assistance content
• Developing new and maintaining existing technical assistance products
• Providing in-person and virtual training at workshops and conferences (periodic travel will
be required)
• Marketing of training activities to external organizations
• Developing curriculum (as needed) for trainings
• Providing outreach and education to employers, professionals, and organizations, both
locally and nationally

The Outreach Specialist will also have the opportunity to assist with research activities, if desired.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, Vision Rehabilitation Therapy/Rehabilitation Teaching, Orientation & Mobility, Special Education, or a related field.

3 years of related experience

Preferred Qualifications:

Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, Vision Rehabilitation Therapy/Rehabilitation Teaching, Orientation & Mobility, Special Education, or a related field.

• Experience working for a state vocational rehabilitation agency
• Experience as a vocational rehabilitation counselor
• Certification or licensure in at least one rehabilitation-related area
• Business development experience
• Experience presenting to groups of people

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

• Knowledge about assistive technology used by individuals with visual impairments
• Ability to develop and implement training evaluations
• Expertise with a variety of software, including word processing, spreadsheets,
presentation, and virtual meeting platforms
• Excellent communication, technical writing, and interpersonal skills
• Ability to prioritize competing demands and meet deadlines.
• Ability to work independently and show initiative.
• Ability to balance quality and productivity.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

• No unusual physical requirements. Requires limited lifting of files and records and nearly
all work is performed in a comfortable indoor facility.
• Frequent external imposed deadlines; set and revised beyond one’s control; interruptions
influence priorities; difficult to anticipate nature or volume of work with certainty beyond a
few days; meeting of deadlines and coordination of unrelated activities are key to the
position; involves conflict-resolution or similar interactions involving emotional issues or
stress on a regular basis.
• Job frequently requires walking, sitting, reaching, talking, hearing, and handling objects
with hands.

Instructions for Applying:

If you are interested in helping the NRTC accomplish its mission, please apply for the position directly to the NRTC and through Mississippi State University’s website. Email your letter of application, resume or curriculum vitae, and names and contact information for at least three references to Additionally, apply through the university's job website at:, PARF Number 505658 (job title – Outreach Coordinator). Contact Michele McDonnall ( for additional position information. For more information about our center, view the NRTC website at

Restricted Clause:

Position is contingent upon continued availability of funding.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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