Orientation and Mobility Instructor

Location
Oxon Hill, MD, US
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Mar 04, 2019
Ref
IRC125038
Job Category
Teaching
Job Title:
Orientation and Mobility Instructor (10-Month)

Location:
Oxon Hill, MD, US

Organization Name:
Special Education Support Programs and Services Office/Vision Program Services

Department Description:

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Orientation and Mobility Instructor is responsible for the part of the educational process that prepares the student with visual impairment to travel safely and independently in their homes, school, and community environments. The Orientation and Mobility Instructor travels to the home or assigned school to provide direct or indirect service to students from birth to 21. These students may have only a visual impairment or other multiple impairments, and the cognitive levels of these students range from severely impaired to gifted and talented. Community-based instruction is a critical component of the program.

Brief Description:

This is a PGCEA, Table A, 10-Month Position

Salary Range: $47,781 - $103,819

CLOSING DATE: June 30, 2019

Detailed Description:

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
  • Perform orientation and mobility assessment that focus on long and short term travel needs of students with visual impairment;
  • Interpret eye medical reports, as they relate to the students' movement throughout his environment, to the IFSP/IEP teams;
  • Provide regular consultation and support to parents, classroom teachers, other school personnel, and students' sighted peers. Provide strategies for the students' safe, independent movement;
  • Work with the Teacher of the Visually Impaired to conduct the functional vision assessment as it relates to independent travel;
  • Work as a liaison with other agencies and the eye medical profession;
  • Instruct students with visual impairment to travel with proficiency, safety, and confidence in familiar and unfamiliar environments;
  • Prepare materials and use equipment during instruction, such as tactile maps, models, distance low vision devices, adaptive mobility devices, and long canes for the development of orientation and mobility skills;
  • Provide direct instruction as needed in the unique orientation and mobility curriculum such as, concept development, visual efficiency skills, pre-cane skills, cane skills, map skills, and travel outdoors in residential, semi-business, and business locations;
  • Emphasize social integration with peers and community personnel by providing opportunities for interaction; and
  • Provide administrative and record keeping duties such as IFSP/IEP documents and data collection, distribute resources to school and families, and communicate with low vision specialist, ophthalmologists, and optometrists concerning exams.


  • Job Requirements:

    QUALIFICATIONS:

    The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
  • Demonstrate the ability to collaborate effectively with school teams and parents;
  • Ability to act in an itinerant capacity;
  • Must drive from one location to the next for lessons;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the orientation and mobility field, including eye medical implications, instructional strategies, compensatory skills (especially long cane travel), technological travel aides, and access to the community metro bus and subway systems;
  • Demonstrate effective oral communication and written skills;
  • Demonstrate the ability to work effectively with diverse populations;
  • Demonstrate the ability to provide differentiated instructional techniques that inspire, motivate, and meet the individual educational needs of each student;
  • Demonstrate the ability to work alone, making judgments and decisions; and
  • Demonstrate an interest in professional growth and development.

  • EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:

    Bachelor's degree required (Master's Degree preferred) in Orientation and Mobility from a regionally accredited college or university program. Experience in teaching Orientation and Mobility to children is preferred.

    CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

    National Certification as an Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS) from the Academy of Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP).

    SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:

    No direct supervisory responsibilities.

    PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

    The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    The Orientation and Mobility Instructors drive from one location to the next for lessons. Ability to stand and walk frequently, for lengthy periods of time, and on a variety of terrains - with some opportunity to sit during a standard workday. Ability to bend, squat, kneel, and work on the floor. Ability to be fully aware of environmental stimuli while allowing for appropriate reactions within a reasonable length of time and insuring student safety. Ability to physically handle and assist other persons in the performance of daily living activities.

    WORKING ENVIRONMENT:

    The Orientation and Mobility Instructors provide their service in a variety of settings and locations depending upon the location of the student and the students' safe travel needs documented on the IFSP/IEP. These can include the home, school, or locations throughout the community. The lessons are generally one to one instruction.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

    None.

    Additional Details:

    Direct Deposit is expected as a condition of new hire employment.

    Based on the settlement agreement reached in Administrator, Wage and Hour Division, U.S. Department of Labor v. Prince George's County Board of Education, OALJ Case No. 2011-LCA-00026, PGCPS is ineligible to sponsor foreign nationals for U.S. employment under any temporary or permanent visa program. As a condition of employment, all applicants for employment must be qualified to work in the United States without sponsorship by PGCPS. If you are not work-authorized and would require PGCPS to sponsor you for a work visa you will not be considered for employment.

    How To Apply:

    Instructional:

    To submit an application online select apply.

    Please complete ALL sections and provide applicable details to ensure full consideration. If you need assistance with submitting your application online, please contact the Employee Support Center Services at 301-780-2191.

    Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request.

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