Education Specialist

National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute


The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) Jernigan Institute provides a substantial number of educational programs, services, and resources for the blind, and is widely considered the leading expert in the field of education for the blind. The NFB Jernigan Institute serves blind youth, teachers of the blind, parents of blind children, and the general public across the United States. The educators tasked with providing services to these diverse audiences must be dynamic, energetic, flexible, passionate, and engaging. The job responsibilities of education program specialists at the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute are intellectually and creatively challenging. There is a great deal of variability in the type of work that needs to be completed from one day to the next, so the work is never monotonous. Educators who are interested in playing an integral role in the work of the NFB Jernigan Institute, which is at the forefront of educational innovation, should apply for this position.

Job-Specific Duties:

  • Developing and implementing curricula for blind students in all content areas, including but not limited to: Braille; science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM); cane travel; social studies; and daily living skills;
  • Developing and implementing professional development for teachers and professionals in education;
  • Answering questions, providing resources, and providing support for parents of blind children, blind students, educators, and the general public on all aspects of blindness;
  • Authoring e-newsletters containing resources and information on topics specific to blindness for parents and teachers;
  • Marketing and promoting programs of the NFB to parents, students, teachers, members of the organization, and the general public; and
  • Managing logistics for programs of all shapes and sizes in the area of education.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • High level of technology literacy
  • Experience in education or youth programming
  • Must have a passion for learning
  • Must be able to relate to, and build rapport with, diverse student groups quickly
  • Must be able to provide and receive constructive feedback
  • Willing to work weekends and evenings when necessary

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Two to three years teaching experience in the last five years
  • Knowledge or experience in blindness and the education of blind students
  • Applicant has an active professional learning network that he/she uses to enhance his/her own learning
  • Ability to develop curricula for a wide range of students in a variety of subjects
  • Ability to adapt existing curricular materials or lessons to meet the needs of blind students with diverse abilities
  • Ability to manage large groups of students in classroom settings and non-traditional settings
  • Ability to align a given curriculum to a set of standards
  • Comfortable speaking publicly in a variety of settings to diverse audiences
  • Able to express himself/herself effectively in writing to various audiences using numerous formats
  • Self-directed, self-motivated, organized, and sensitive to timelines and due dates
  • Strong ability to manage priorities and adjust as needed
  • Works well in multi-disciplinary teams
  • Knowledge or experience with the following teaching practices: project-based learning, inquiry-based learning, and student-initiated learning
  • Knowledge or experience in STEM
  • Knowledge or experience working with students with disabilities other than blindness
  • Knowledge or experience working with students birth to five years of age

How to Apply:

We do not speak in terms of “positions” for many of our jobs at the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute, preferring to focus on the applicant’s total skill set in determining a fit with our needs. Candidates for jobs at this level are hired on the basis of their education and experience ratings and careful assessment of performance in multiple interviews. We seek individuals who long to identify with a cause and to assist in advocacy for a group long denied equal opportunity to succeed or fail on the basis of ability and not be denied opportunity on the basis of society’s stereotypes. This job is open until filled. Applicants should send preferably via email, a résumé and cover letter indicating salary requirements to: Human Resources, National Federation of the Blind, 200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place, Baltimore, MD 21230; telephone 410-659-9314; fax 410-685-5653; email

The National Federation of the Blind is an equal opportunity employer. Accordingly all terms and conditions of employment will be carried out without regard to race, creed, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, marital status, age, or disability. For more detailed information about our commitment to equal opportunity in employment, please email a request to