Orientation & Mobility Instructor for the Blind & Visually Impaired

Portland, Maine, United States | Professional Technical | Full-time

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Opening Date:   October 7, 2019

Closing Date: Until Closed 

Job Class Code:   3015
Grade:   23

Salary:  $40,768.00 - $55,182.40
Location: Southern Maine 


This position is located in the Portland Career Center. This position provides Orientation and Mobility services to children and adults who are Blind or Visually Impaired (often with additional disabilities) in York and Cumberland Counties. This is professional services work instructing individuals with blindness or visual impairments of all ages in methods of safe and independent travel.  This position works closely with schools, families, and other blindness rehabilitation professionals and requires strong interpersonal, organizational and collaborative skills.  Frequent regional travel is necessary. 

Primary responsibilities include:  

  • Determines feasibility of orientation and mobility training for clients, through evaluation of services available and expected results to set reasonable goals
  • Assesses and instructs infants, children and adults who are blind or visually impaired in areas such as concept development and spatial awareness using knowledge of blind rehabilitation technique in order to improve client’s orientation and ability to interpret the environment around them.
  • Teaches children and adults who are blind or visually impaired to travel safely and independently using remaining senses to improve mobility.
  • Confers with community providers (DOE, DHHS, CDS, DVR) and blindness professionals (TVI, VRT, BRS, VRC) and other related professionals (OT, PT) to provide and coordinate referrals, & client services
  • Provides services for potentially eligible, Pre-employment transition services and the transition services for youth with blindness and visual impairments as outlined in the state and federal laws and policies
  • Writes evaluation & reports, plan, & case notes to document client needs  

To be successful in the position, you must have knowledge of and experience in:

  • Medical and psychological/social aspects of rehabilitation of persons who are blind or visually impaired
  • Kinesiology, Audition and other senses
  • Concept and sensory development
  • Ability to work independently, with a team, and manage multiple tasks·        


  • Master’s degree or Bachelor’s degree in Orientation and Mobility from an accredited university.
  • Must have or be eligible for certification as an Orientation and Mobility Specialist.
  • Dual certification O&M and CVRT, TVI, CRC or CLVT preferred. 

New hires who are not currently O&M certified have six months to successfully obtain this certification

Questions about this position should be directed to Judy Wolfe at 822-3390 or Judy.H.Wolfe@maine.gov

Application Instructions:

Interested applicants need to apply online by selecting the "Apply for this opening" button along with uploading a cover letter, current resume, copies of post-secondary transcripts, licensing, registration and certifications.  If you require a paper application, please contact Human Resources at 623-6700. 

Contact Information: 

Mary-Jayne Monroe, Human Resources, at (207)623-6736 or Mary-Jayne.Monroe@maine.gov



The value of State’s share of Employee’s Retirement Contribution: 14.47% of pay for bargaining unit positions and 19.27% of pay for Confidential positions

The value of State-paid Dental Insurance:  $14.31 biweekly.

The value* of State-paid Health Insurance: 

100% State Contribution = $461.75 biweekly / Employee pays nothing

95%  State Contribution = $438.66 biweekly / Employee pays: 5%  = $23.09 biweekly

90%  State Contribution = $415.58 biweekly / Employee pays:10% = $46.17 biweekly

85%  State Contribution = $392.49 biweekly / Employee pays:15% = $69.26 biweekly

*The level of the actual value of state paid Health Insurance will be based on the employee's wage rate and status with regard to the health credit premium payment.

Maine State Government is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  We provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.