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Position: Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS)

Classification: Part-time (3 days per week), Exempt, Salaried

Reports To: Director of Therapy & Early Intervention Services


·         Demonstrates practice knowledge

·         Analytical and critical thinking

·         Strong written and verbal communication

·         Collaboration and team management

·         Trust and Integrity

·         Attention to detail, problem-solving, and organization

·         Persuasion/Capacity to influence

·         Commitment to confidentiality

·         Engages in professional development

Leadership Responsibilities

·         Ability to guide and direct the tasks and duties of the Teaching Assistants, and to provide mentorship and coaching

·         Ability to coach and support interns and/or individuals working as student teachers

·         Manage daily schedule to maximize efficiency & benefit to children

·         Supports the Vision and Mission of CCVI by actively participating in building committee work

Essential functions

Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

·         Implements the CCVI orientation and mobility program within the center-based education environment, early intervention, and contractual external school district partnerships.

·         Understand educational implications of visual impairments and implement strategies within area of specialty

·         Responsible for the care and safety of each child across all CCVI related settings.

·         Develops an individual plan containing orientation and mobility goals, which is discussed with parents and teachers.

·         Implements individual plan, keeping parents and teachers informed of child’s progress.

·         Engages in IFSP, IEP, goal planning and student staffing, preparation and meetings.

·         Ensures orientation and mobility needs are met by ordering or creating AMD devices.

·         Upon request, observes and evaluates children referred to determine individual needs.

·         Maintains data on each child’s progress and writes subsequent reports.

·         Completes billing and documentation requirements.

·         Provides, with other staff members, in-service training for staff, administrators, community partners, and parents.

·         Researches and educates self with regard to current educational trends and new developments in the field of orientation and mobility.

·         Selects preview devices appropriate to student needs.

Work environment

·         Home, community, office, &/or classrooms. No extreme temperatures.

Physical demands

·         Sitting, standing, and prolonged walking

·         Lifting, positioning, pushing, and/or transferring students (lifting independently up to 35 pounds and co-lifting up to 70 pounds)

·         Frequent reaching, stooping, bending, kneeling, and crouching

Travel required

·         Outside the Kansas City metropolitan area - less than 50%

·         Some COMS staff may be required to drive to locations outside the KC metro area.

Required education and experience

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in orientation and mobility, education/special education, or relevant field
  • Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist (COMS) certification
  • Knowledge in the area of early childhood education and developmental needs of young children

Preferred education and experience

·         Master’s degree from an accredited university in in orientation and mobility, education/special education, or relevant field

Additional eligibility requirements

  • Microsoft Office, including Outlook, Word, and Excel
  • Proficiency in a variety of assistive technology

Other duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


Phone: 8168412284

Cert: COMS