Job Title: Orientation and Mobility Specialist
Department: Rehabilitation Department
Reports To: Senior Manager of Rehabilitation Clinical Services
FLSA Status: Exempt
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
Teaches safe and effective orientation and mobility skills which enable consumers who are blind and visually impaired to achieve their highest level of functioning.
Requires a high level of professionalism, confidentiality, communication, teamwork, creativity, problem solving, dexterity, planning and organizational skills. Requires excellent teaching skills and the ability to get along well with a wide variety of personalities.
KEY JOB ELEMENTS
Effectively teaches orientation and mobility in a timely manner including: indoor mobility, cane skills, outdoor travel, self-protective techniques and sighted guide. Instruction also includes body and environmental concepts and low vision-related services.
Conducts comprehensive orientation and mobility evaluations and assessments; develops and implements personalized lesson plans.
Completes all required documentation in a timely manner.
Develops weekly schedules to achieve hourly expectations with a cost-effective approach.
Consults, refers and networks with primary caregivers, CBVH/VESID personnel, associated professionals and CABVI staff.
Conducts community presentations and represents CABVI at meetings as assigned by supervisor.
Conducts programs and assist staff with the Adaptive Sports and Recreation Program including Camp Abilities.
Provide follow-up at campers school districts as it relates to adaptive physical education.
Adapts to change and completes other duties as assigned.
Consistently achieves annual performance objectives.
Supervises Orientation and Mobility Assistants or interns as assigned by supervisor. Oversees the provision of orientation and mobility services to vocational rehabilitation consumers.
Must have the ability to effectively present information, and respond to questions from consumers, professionals and the general public. Must have ability to give explicit visual cues according to the consumer’s visual status and develop the consumer’s confidence. Requires excellent listening skills.
General computer knowledge helpful. Must be knowledgeable in Grade 1 Braille, map development and reading, orthopedic prosthetic and cane techniques. Must have excellent knowledge regarding adaptive equipment and low vision aids.
Must have the ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.
Frequently required to talk or hear. Must have the stamina for indoor/outdoor travel training. Occasionally must lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform key job elements.
Extensive travel required. Instruction may occur in a variety of environments including consumer’s home or school, CABVI, or the community.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Master’s degree or Bachelor’s degree in Orientation and Mobility Teaching from accredited college or university; AER certified preferred and/or AER certifiable. Experience preferred. Must meet CBVH contractual personnel standards.
CABVI is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and welcomes all qualified applicants. Qualified applicants will receive fair and impartial consideration without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic data or any other legally protected status.
Interested candidates please send completed resumes and applications to:
507 Kent Street
Utica, NY 13501
Attention: Julie Byrne