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We are the worldwide leader in education services for children and young adults who have multiple disabilities and visual impairments. We believe every child can learn and learning is for life. We are committed to delivering best-in-class education to children, providing immersive training to professionals and creating a world of inclusion, accessibility and opportunity for people with multiple disabilities. At Perkins, we think courageously, we are collaborative and we take ownership. Join a community of growth where you will be supported and where your work makes a difference.

Join us as our temporary 4-6 month Orientation and mobility specialist. As our O&M in our Lower School, you will provide orientation and mobility instructional services for blind, visually impaired or multiple disability students; Train visually impaired students to make maximum safe travel and develop functional independence in a variety of environments; Serve as a member of an interdisciplinary team providing individual educational and pre-vocational program for students.


Essential Duties, Responsibilities and Expectations include the following.

Assesses individual needs of each student in all areas of independent  or daily living; Establish realistic and appropriate goals and objectives design and implement programs for each student’s individual education plan (IEP) evaluate and  report on the  progress of each student; Attend scheduled staff meetings and IEPs; and Confer effectively with parents.


Assist each student to develop his or her maximum safe travel potential, and develop functional independence in a variety of environments.


Serve as a member of a team in establishing realistic goals and  objectives for each student; Develop and implement programs and communicate results with team to ensure continuity of appropriate program services.


Maintain suitable learning environment, including appropriate planning and organizational techniques; Consult with appropriate support staff.


Prepare written functional vision assessments when appropriate.


Perform other related duties and tasks as assigned.


Supervisory Responsibilities This job has student supervisory responsibilities; on occasion, may supervise Teaching Assistants or   interns.



To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:


Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Works well in group problem solving situations.


Technical Skills - Pursues training and development opportunities; Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; Shares expertise with others.


Interpersonal Skills - Maintains confidentiality and remains open to others' ideas and tries new things.


Oral Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Demonstrates group presentation skills; Participates in meetings.


Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar; Presents numerical data effectively; Able to read and interpret written information.


Teamwork – Exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; Gives and welcomes feedback; and Contributes to building a positive team spirit.


Diversity - Demonstrates knowledge of EEO policy; Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; Promotes a harassment-free environment.


Ethics - Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values.


Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; Supports affirmative action and respects diversity.


Judgment - Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; Supports and explains reasoning for decisions; Includes appropriate people in decision-making process; Makes timely decisions.


Planning/Organizing - Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Develops realistic action plans.


Professionalism - Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Follows through on commitments.


Quality - Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality.


Safety and Security - Observes safety and security procedures; Uses equipment and materials properly.


Adaptability - Adapts to changes in the work environment.


Attendance/Punctuality - Is consistently at work and on time; Ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent; Arrives at meetings and appointments on time.


Dependability - Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Keeps commitments.


Qualifications To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Education and/or Experience

Bachelors’ degree from a recognized college or university; eligible for ACVREP Certification as an Orientation and Mobility Instructor; Masters degree preferred with two years experience teaching students with visual impairments who may also have additional disabilities; Ability to plan and conduct a system of continuous evaluation of each student’s progress; Knowledge of modern teaching techniques within the discipline; Valid driver’s license and willingness to drive school vehicles including chair cars; Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing; Ability to think clearly in stressful situations, a high stress  tolerance and physical stamina required and flexibility of schedule.


Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

Eligible for ACVREP Certification as an Orientation and Mobility Instructor; First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Automated External Defibrillator (AED) certification required. If required, Crisis Prevention and Physical Intervention (CPPI) training will be offered during scheduled work time.

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. Generally, the essential functions performed are typical in a school environment and involves work with Special Needs students requiring lifting or exertion of up to 50 lbs. of force occasionally. Occasionally, essential functions routinely require stooping, kneeling, crouching and crawling.  Workers are required to ascend and descend stairs, walk, bend, reach, and handle objects, travel independently, and use hands to operate tools and equipment specific to the discipline, computer and keyboard.  Work requires expression or exchange of ideas and the ability to receive detailed information.  Work requires ability to compare, compile, analyze, and coordinate data and information; ability to instructor train others; and ability to utilize effective interpersonal skills and behaviors. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Phone: 6179727762

Cert: Any Certification