Itinerant Orientation & Mobility Specialist (Sign-On Bonus!)

Perkins School for the Blind, located near Boston, was the first school for the blind chartered in the United States in 1829. For over 180 years, the staff at Perkins have been providing quality services to students and clients who are blind, visually impaired, deafblind and multi-impaired. Perkins School for the Blind embraces diversity in ability, thought, culture and belief. We provide equal education and employment opportunities and value the unique talents and contributions of all of our students and staff.

The O&M provides orientation and mobility services to school age children and to their teachers/professionals and parents in the community. Some of the children may have multiple disabilities. The O&M travels in the community to schools and is responsible for scheduling and maintaining communications among team members in numerous agencies and school district s as well as completing all paperwork associated with evaluations, contract service, reports, and billing.

Responsibilities include:
-Reads records, observes and assesses students, consult with other generalists, specialists, and parents or other caregivers; reviews individual education plans (IEPs) or individual family service plans (IFSPs) and the recommendations of supporting agencies to determine the capabilities, limitations, and needs of each student in the areas assigned to the teacher; utilizes this information to prepare goals, objectives and lessons based on program approved curriculum or other appropriate resources to meet the students' needs.
-Prepares and provides instruction through oral presentations, discussions, demonstrations, hand-on activities, modeling, and direct experiences such as
engagement in hands-on instruction with various mobility devices and listen for oncoming traffic; produces or secures Braille, enlarged print, aural or tactual material or compensatory devices needed to help the student arrive at appropriate goals.
-Using objective criteria, assesses student progress through evaluation of tasks and assignments and reports each quarter or according to IFSP, IEP or 504 requirements on student progress in meeting individual objectives; prepares other reports and meets the program deadlines for submission of completed reports.
-Participates in meetings and serves as a member of the team which is responsible for development and delivery of programs for each student and for overall program planning.
-Communicates with parents, agency staff, or others, to assure continuity of individual programs.
-Recommends goals and objectives for future programming of individual students; make scheduling recommendations when appropriate.
-Promotes the student's development of good work habits, good health habits, acceptable behavior and appropriate levels of independence.
-Provides appropriate structure and discipline to maintain order and provides a positive learning experience in the teaching situation, in the community and in other activities which take place under the supervision of the teacher.
-Plans and supervises activities in a manner which will safeguard the health and safety of students and assume responsibility for students under the teacher's supervision in an emergency.
-Designs educational programming commensurate with the current best practice in the field of Special Education including: Functional curriculum; Age-Appropriateness; Community experience; Integration of related services;
Context-based instruction; Expanded Core Curriculum, or as determined by appropriate assessments.
-Maintains family and home and school contact through log books, or other communication methods, as recommended by the program supervisor; maintain
appropriate records and provides these to the program file.
-Collaborates with families, early intervention staff, classroom and agency staff to direct and coordinate their involvement with the students in the classroom setting.
-Performs observations and physically track students for safety hazards and mobility issues.
-Submits required documentation for client service and any other associated expense in accordance with established due dates.
-To perform other related duties and tasks as assigned.

We offer:
-Competitive salary range
-Medical and dental insurance
-LTD and Life insurance
-Tuition reimbursement
-Professional development, training and mentorship
-Mileage reimbursement
-Flexible schedule
-Life and disability insurance
-Technology support
-Possible on campus housing (temporary if needed)
-Relocation assistance
-Sign on bonus
-Supervision and evaluation by experienced professionals within the vision field
-MTEL support and tutoring
-Possible opportunities for remote teaching and learning
-Changing and impacting the way students experience and navigate the world
Perkins seeks to enhance its community of intellectually, culturally, and socially diverse individuals to enrich the educational experience of our students. Applicants from a multicultural background, are bilingual, and/or who have life experience are encouraged to apply.

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER

Qualifications

Minimum Requirements:
-Bachelor’s degree
-Two (2) years’ experience working with school age children with visual impairments who may have additional disabilities or who are Deafblind
-Ability to complete and maintain First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Automated External Defibrillator (AED), and Crisis Prevention and Physical Intervention (CPPI) Certifications

Preference will be given to candidates with:
-Master’s degree in Special Education
-Dual TVI/O&M certification

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
-ACVREP Certification for O&M Specialist

Category
Orientation and Mobility Specialist
Location
Watertown
Massachusetts
Contact
Name
Shannon Spang
Organization
Recruiter - Perkins School for the Blind
Email
shannon.spang@perkins.org
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