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Orientation and Mobility Specialist


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This position will give you the freedom to use your understanding of orientation and mobility therapy, while applying that knowledge to assist blind and visually impaired customers. As the Orientation and Mobility Specialist, you will have the opportunity to promote optimal personal and social adjustment to blindness. This will lead to self-sufficiency and independent living, while contributing to the customer's rehabilitation process through instruction and consultation. You will be responsible for assessing customers referred for Orientation and Mobility by collecting and reviewing reports and information. This may include conferring with staff, interviewing customers, and observing current level of function. Information received from assessments will aide in developing an individualized plan of instruction and/or making referrals for appropriate services. The individualized service plan will include a schedule of instructions based on objectives or recommendations and in coordination with the Vocational Rehabilitation, Independent Living, and Social Services plan.


Interested in learning more? Additional details regarding this position can be found in the position description. 

 Work Schedule and Additional Information:

  • Full-time employment
  • Work hours are 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday - Friday, with 30-minute lunch.
  • Telework: You may have the opportunity to work from home (telework) part-time, upon successful completion of the required probationary period. In order to telework, you must have a securely configured high-speed internet connection and work from an approved location inside Pennsylvania. 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.





Minimum Experience and Training Requirements:

  • Successful completion of the commonwealth’s Orientation and Mobility Intern program; or
  • Possession of an active Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist certificate issued by the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP); 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.
  • Applicants will be considered to have met the educational requirements once they are within 3 months of graduating with a qualifying degree. 

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.

How to Apply:

  • Resumes, cover letters, and similar documents will not be reviewed, and the information contained therein will not be considered for the purposes of determining your eligibility for the position. Information to support your eligibility for the position must be provided on the application (i.e., relevant, detailed experience/education).
  • If you are claiming education in your answers to the supplemental application questions, you must attach a copy of your college transcripts for your claim to be accepted toward meeting the minimum requirements. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.  
  • Your application must be submitted by the posting closing dateLate applications and other required materials will not be accepted.
  • Failure to comply with the above application requirements will eliminate you from consideration for this position. 


Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS): 

  • 711 (hearing and speech disabilities or other individuals). 

If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodations due to a disability, please discuss your request for accommodations with the interviewer in advance of your interview date.

The Commonwealth is an equal employment opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse workforce. The Commonwealth values inclusion as we seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most qualified people to serve the citizens of Pennsylvania. The Commonwealth does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, ancestry, union membership, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, AIDS or HIV status, disability, or any other categories protected by applicable federal or state law. All diverse candidates are encouraged to apply. 


Phone: 7173213524

Cert: COMS

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