Orientation and Mobility Instructor

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

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Department of Labor - Bureau of Rehabilitation Services - Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Opening Date: April 30, 2021

Closing Date:  Until filled

Job Class Code: 3015
Grade: 23
Salary: $ 42,556 – $57,387 
Location:  Portland

DESCRIPTION:  

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. This position may be subject to finger printing. 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·        

Qualifications: 

  • Bachelors Degree in Orientation and Mobility from an accredited University and two (2) years of experience providing instruction in Orientation and Mobility - OR - Master’s degree in Orientation and Mobility from an accredited University.  (Master's Degree is preferred)
  • 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 certified as an Orientation and Mobility Specialist will have six months to successfully obtain this certification.

The selected applicant must pass a fingerprint based background check.

Questions about this position should be directed to Judy Wolfe at 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 (207) 623-6700. 

Why work for the State of Maine?

Benefits: 

The bi-weekly dollar values of some State-paid benefits include:

  • 14.11% of pay to retirement for bargaining unit positions
  • The value of State-paid Dental Insurance:  $14.60 biweekly.
  • At least 85% of the health insurance premium for the employee (up to $400.34).  Participating in the Health Premium Credit Program can increase the state-paid amount by 5%.  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.  To explore the detailed cost of coverage for specific situations, please consult these tables.

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