What would you choose? Job 1: Employment Specialist for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing This job ranges from providing workshops related to job hunt skills (resume building, interview skills, etc) to on site job coaching (for those with additional spell needs or low communication skills). I would work with employers to promote accessibility while working to provide reasonable accommodation solutions. I would teach functional ASL communication courses. I would network in the community and promote accessibility access and placement of those who are deaf/hoh. The person who takes this position is asked to design a program from scratch. They are prepared to throw money at it to buy whatever equipment to make the office über accessible and provide resources to clients and businesses. It is expected that the person who takes this job understands not only the language spectrums but also the cultural spectrums. (I'm deaf so this is my community and I have a MA degree in Deaf Education. I also do a lot of personal advocacy projects on a volunteer basis to promote change and integration). Job 2: Manager over a Vocational Training Program (center based) and a Retirement Program for adults with mod to severe developmental delays (no official title yet) This job has 3 goals: 1. Provide leadership and vision. Basically go in and see what the strengths and weaknesses are, streamline processes, work towards efficiency and growth while motivating workers to move in a forward direction. 2. Manage a staff of 12. A lot needs to be done to clarify their roles and look and of course provide training and support. 3. Recruit business contracts for the vocational program and promote the agency to schools and other places to expand participants/clients. This also requires a fair amount of advocacy, just for a different population. Bottom line: Job 1 appeals to my need for direct services, is in my field/community, allows me to connect to a wider network professionally, provides a highly accessible environment, and I get to work in my community and I get to sign often. Because I am expected to be the person that provides communication access, missing work can be problematic because there is no one to back me up. Job 2 will expand some skills in areas I haven't explored but the real draw power is that it is a day job (as opposed to random shift work required by job 1) and it is very family friendly. Life happens. They have my back. As a parent with a special needs child, this is an important consideration. Both are local. The pay is similar.