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                                               Orientation and Mobility Job Description


Job Title:  Orientation and Mobility Specialist

Reports To:  Director of Programs                             Department:  Rehabilitation

FLSA Status:  Exempt                                                  Location:  Ft Lauderdale

Prepared By/Date:                                                     Approved By/Date: 


Summary:  provides sequential instruction to individuals with visual impairment in the use of their remaining senses to determine their position within the environment and in techniques for safe movement from one place to another.  Clients may or may not have additional handicapping conditions.  Clients may be of any age.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following.  Other duties may be assigned.  Provide instruction to individuals in the core areas:  concept development, motor development, sensory development, residual vision stimulation and training, human guide technique, indoor protective techniques, cane techniques, using landmarks, route planning, travel in indoor environments, and outdoor residential, small and large business districts, mall travel, and rural areas, problem solving, use of public transportation, use of low vision devices. Provide instruction in daily living skills and recommendations of adaptive aids as needed. Assist in the development and implementation of an individualized instructional plan for each client. Develop and maintain lesson plans for instructional purposes. Provide training in the classroom, home or other community location as appropriate. Maintain appropriate records, gather essential data, and other information to prepare periodic reports reflecting progress, evaluation, problems, plans, and specific recommendations.


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.



A Master’s degree or Bachelor’s degree (or foreign equivalent, as verified through an independent credential evaluation company), with an emphasis in Orientation and Mobility (O&M), from an AER approved university or college O&M program at the time the degree or program of study was granted or completed. 


Certificates and Licenses:

ACVREP certification within one year of hire is required. 

Language Ability:

Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos.  Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization.  Ability to write daily reports to document training sessions.


Math Ability:

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.


Reasoning Ability:

Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions. Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations.


Computer Skills:

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of basic Microsoft Word and Excel and email/Internet software.


Supervisory Responsibilities:

This job has no supervisory responsibilities.


Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.


Specific vision abilities are required by this job:  the employee must be able to effectively monitor orientation and mobility skills, recognize potentially dangerous situations, and intervene as appropriate to ensure student safety.



While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, use hands to finger, handle, or feel, reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The ability to travel between sites to meet a minimum schedule of clients per day is a requirement of the job.



To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies: Technical Skills - Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills. Customer Service - Manages difficult or emotional customer situations; Responds promptly to customer needs; Responds to requests for service and assistance. Interpersonal - Listens to others without interrupting; Keeps emotions under control; Remains open to others' ideas and tries new things. Oral Communication - Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions. Team Work - Balances team and individual responsibilities; Gives and welcomes feedback; Supports everyone's efforts to succeed. Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively; Able to read and interpret written information. Ethics - Treats people with respect; Works with integrity and ethically. Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; Completes administrative tasks correctly and on time. Adaptability - Adapts to changes in the work environment; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events. 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; Commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals; Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan. Initiative - Asks for and offers help when needed. Planning/Organizing - Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently. Professionalism - Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments.                                         


Phone: 954-463-4217

Cert: COMS


The Lighthouse of Broward is the only full-service 501(c)3 serving people with visual impairments in Broward County, Florida.  We reach over 2,500 people who are blind or visually impaired in our community annually.  We are recognized by Charity Navigator and GuideStar as having the highest ratings, showing our dedication to our mission. We take a collaborative approach, combining our knowledge and resources to help our clients toward their goals of independence, employment, and/or educational success. The Lighthouse is seeking qualified applicants to join our team of dedicated and passionate staff. See our openings below, and please reach out with your résumé. 


The Lighthouse of Broward offers various benefits, including:

  • Competitive salaries
  • Health insurance at little or no cost
  • Life Insurance
  • Paid Holidays
  • Above-average paid time off
  • Short/Long term disability
  • Retirement Plan