Orientation and Mobility Specialist

At Leader Dogs for the Blind we believe that everyone deserves a life of independence and mobility. All of our services are provided free of charge to our clients, including travel in the U.S. and Canada, room and board, equipment and training. This means that no one is excluded from living their most fulfilling life due to lack of funds.

We are 100% philanthropically funded by individual donors, Lions clubs, corporate partners and foundations. Simply put, we could not provide over one million days of independence each year without the immense generosity of our supporters.

Our programs are designed to provide our clients with the tools and training to reintroduce them to a life of confidence, safety and independence. Through our full-range of services—Guide Dog Training, Orientation & Mobility Training and Summer Experience Camp—we meet the mobility needs of our clients at every stage of their lives.

SUMMARY

This position is responsible for the delivery of Orientation and Mobility services to Leader Dog clients, employees, associated professionals and community. The position will also be responsible for the supervision of O&M interns.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

- Assesses client orientation and mobility levels, determines needs, recommends services and conducts training to meet needs. Assesses and recommends the client’s need for services of related professionals.
- Provides field services to O&M clients in home, school and work environments. Provides education and awareness on Leader Dog services to the community.
- Provides location technology instructional services to clients, including GPS and other adapted devices.
- Provides management and direct instruction to university O&M interns and practicum students.
- Manages all case related documentation and correspondence in a timely manner. Maintains data on applicants, services rendered and post graduate activity.
- Responsible for monitoring follow-up and providing additional training as needed.
- Participates in the development of department goals, objectives and systems. Evaluates effectiveness of services, recommends improvements and executes new approaches in a continuous cycle of quality improvement.
- As needed, participates in the admission process and recommends client acceptance into the Leader Dog program.
- Takes leadership in the ongoing development and implementation of all O&M and guide dog client and professional related services and training materials.
- Participates in all Summer Experience Camp activities.
- Actively recruits, develops and maintains relationships on behalf of Leader Dog with O&M and other related professionals.
- Provides other services and additional duties as needed.
- Performs other duties as assigned

Qualifications

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

Bachelor’s degree required from an accredited university. Master’s degree preferred. Must have current Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS®) Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professions (ACVREP) certification. At least two years preferred of professional experience in O&M; supervision of interns preferred.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

- Must be able to effectively monitor the safety of clients during instruction.
- Must be proficient in latest version of Microsoft Office products.
- Must possess sound business judgment, exercise professional conduct, understand and follow business ethics and standards, and maintain a high level of confidentiality in all duties.
- Must have interpersonal skills and ability to instruct people who are blind or visually impaired in a respectful and effective manner.
- Must have a thorough knowledge of orientation and mobility principles and techniques and maintain current certification in O&M.
- Must have strong oral and written communication skills and have the ability to be organized and maintain detailed records and be comfortable providing education and instruction programs to students, management and the community.
- Must have aptitude for and ability to develop and administer new programs as well as develop and modify curriculum design.
- Must have aptitude for coordination of camp activities for teens with visual impairments.
- Must be knowledgeable of applicable safety and health policies, be able to read and interpret technical journals, legal documents and provide accurate reports.
- Must have aptitude and ability to use assistive technology such as JAWS, GPS, etc.
- Must be able to interpret eye pathology reports.
- Must possess sound business judgment, exercise professional conduct, understand and follow business ethics and standards, and maintain a high level of confidentiality in all duties.
- Must possess a valid driver’s license with no restrictions and the ability to travel as needed.
- Must be comfortable with and willing to work around large dogs.
- Must be willing to perform general public relations duties on behalf of Leader Dog (perform tours, answer general questions, be a professional and courteous representative of Leader Dog, etc.).
- Must be able to establish and maintain professional, productive and courteous interactions with employees that promote positive teamwork, as well as with volunteers, donors, clients and all constituents of Leader Dog. This encompasses going beyond giving and receiving instructions and includes but is not limited to (a) performing work activities requiring interacting or speaking with others; and (b) responding appropriately to constructive feedback or suggestions for improvement from a supervisor.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Upon receiving notice, reasonable accommodations may be made, if possible, to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, bend, crouch, kneel and reach with hands and arms. The employee frequently is required to climb or balance. The employee is occasionally required to sit, use the phone, and drive. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 75 pounds. Must regularly be able to independently travel distances consistent with training requirements for our clients in a variety of weather conditions.

Leader Dogs for the Blind reserves the right to change, amend, add, delete, and otherwise assign any and all duties, responsibilities and position title as it deems necessary to meet the needs of its business.

Leader Dogs for the Blind is an at-will employer. This means that the employment relationship may be ended at any time without notice by the employer or employee for any reason. Neither this document, nor any manual issued by Leader Dogs for the Blind, is a contract of employment.

Apply directly through the Leader Dog website at
https://www.paycomonline.net/v4/ats/web.php/jobs/ViewJobDetails?job=367…

Category
Orientation and Mobility Specialist
Location
Rochester Hills
Michigan
Contact
Name
Lea Craig
Organization
Leader Dogs for the Blind
Email
lea.craig@leaderdog.org
Phone
248-218-6429
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