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Orientation and Mobility Specialist

01/31/2024

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Are you in search of a rewarding career? Join us at the Department of Labor & Industry as an Orientation and Mobility Specialist. This position is responsible for providing Orientation and Mobility instruction to blind and visually impaired customers in addition to evaluating and teaching independent travel within the customers’ homes, workplaces, and communities. If you are dedicated to improving the lives of others, this is the job for you.
 

DESCRIPTION OF WORK

As an Orientation and Mobility Specialist, you will be responsible for planning and teaching adaptive travel techniques to children and adults in an individual and/or group setting. This position promotes optimal personal and social adjustment to blindness, leading to self-sufficiency and independent living and contributing to the customer's rehabilitation process through instruction and consultation.

In this role, you will assess customers referred for Orientation and Mobility by collecting and reviewing reports/information, conferring with staff, interviewing customers, and observing current level of functioning to develop an individualized plan of instruction and/or make referral for appropriate services.

Additional details regarding the duties of this position may be found in the position description.

 

Work Schedule and Additional Information:

  • Full-time employment.
  • Work hours are 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday - Friday, with 30-minute lunch.
  • Telework: You may have the opportunity to work from home (telework) part-time. In order to telework, you must have a securely configured high-speed internet connection. If you are unable to telework, you will have the option to report to the headquarters office in Altoona.
  • Salary: Most employees will start at the beginning level of the advertised salary.
  • You will receive further communication regarding this position via email. Check your email, including spam/junk folders, for these notices.

 

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE, TRAINING & ELIGIBILITY

 

QUALIFICATIONS
Minimum Experience and Training Requirements:

  • Successful completion of the commonwealth’s Orientation and Mobility Intern program; or
  • A bachelor’s or master’s degree or certificate from an approved college or university program in orientation and mobility that includes a practicum; or
  • Possession of an active Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist certificate issued by the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP). 
  • Applicants will be considered to have met the educational requirements once they are within 3 months of graduating with a qualifying degree/credit.

 

Other Requirements:

 

Legal Requirements: 

  • This position falls under the provisions of the Child Protective Services Law.
    • Under the Law, a conditional offer of employment will require submission and approval of satisfactory criminal history reports including, but not limited to, PA State Police clearance, PA Child Abuse history clearance, and FBI Fingerprint clearance.

E_mail: mschuchart@pa.gov

Phone: 7173213524

Cert: COMS

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE, TRAINING & ELIGIBILITY

 

QUALIFICATIONS
Minimum Experience and Training Requirements:

  • Successful completion of the commonwealth’s Orientation and Mobility Intern program; or
  • A bachelor’s or master’s degree or certificate from an approved college or university program in orientation and mobility that includes a practicum; or
  • Possession of an active Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist certificate issued by the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP). 
  • Applicants will be considered to have met the educational requirements once they are within 3 months of graduating with a qualifying degree/credit.

 

Other Requirements:

 

Legal Requirements: 

  • This position falls under the provisions of the Child Protective Services Law.
    • Under the Law, a conditional offer of employment will require submission and approval of satisfactory criminal history reports including, but not limited to, PA State Police clearance, PA Child Abuse history clearance, and FBI Fingerprint clearance.