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ASSOCIATION FOR VISION REHABILITATION & EMPLOYMENT, INC. (AVRE)
I. JOB IDENTIFICATION
A. TITLE: Orientation and Mobility Specialist (O & M) (I, II)
B. REPORTS TO: Director – Health and Rehabilitation Services
C. FLSA STATUS: Exempt
II. STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
An Orientation and Mobility Specialist (I, II) will assess the individual’s current travel abilities, determine (with the individual) mobility goals, and provide training to blind and visually impaired individuals in methods of independence and safe travel, to the extent of each individual’s abilities and desires.
III. RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE WORK OF OTHERS
O & M (I) - None.
O & M (II) –
A. May supervise and train O&M assistants and student interns.
B. As assigned by Director, maintains availability to provide clinical guidance to O&M Specialist (I) in the development and implementation of service plans, to ensure consistency with AVRE and ACVREP standards.
IV. BUSINESS COMMUNICATION
A. Communication with the Director - Health and Rehabilitation Services is frequent.
B. Communication for O & M (I) - with O&M Specialist (II) and (III) staff is frequent and ongoing, to obtain clinical guidance in development and implementation of service plans, to ensure consistency with AVRE and ACVREP standards.
C. Communication for O&M (II) - with assigned O&M Specialist (I) staff is frequent and ongoing to provide clinical guidance in development and implementation of service plans, to ensure consistency with AVRE and ACVREP standards.
D. Communication with other Community Service staff, i.e.: Social Workers, Rehabilitation Therapists, is ongoing.
E. Communication with eye doctors, NYSCB counselor and other vision related professionals is on a regular basis.
F. Communication with human service agencies is occasional.
G. Communication with visually impaired consumers, their family members and significant others (when appropriate) is frequent.
V. SUPERVISION REQUIRED
A. O & M (I, II) - requires the ability to work independently and in close coordination with the Director – Health and Rehabilitation Services.
B. O & M (I) - requires ongoing clinical guidance from assigned O&M Specialist (II) and (III) staff to ensure development and implementation of service plans, to ensure consistency with AVRE and ACVREP standards.
VI. EDUCATION REQUIRED
A. O & M (I, II) - must possess a Master’s or Bachelor’s degree with specialization in Orientation & Mobility instruction.
B. O & M (I) - Certification from the Academy for the Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP) is desired but not required.
C. O & M (II) - Certification from the Academy for the Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP) is required.
VII. TRAINING AND SPECIALIZED KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED
Knowledge of current trends in Orientation & Mobility teaching techniques and use of specialized equipment is expected.
VIII. EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
O & M (I) - Experience in providing Orientation & Mobility instruction to both children and adults is preferred, but not required.
O & M (II) – One or more years of experience providing Orientation & Mobility instruction to children and/or adults is required.
IX. PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
O & M (I, II) -
Additional for O & M (I) –
A. Seek regular and ongoing clinical guidance from assigned O&M Specialist (II) and (III) staff in development and implementation of service plans, to ensure consistency with AVRE and ACVREP standards.
Additional for O & M (II) –
A. Maintain availability to provide clinical guidance (and documentation of clinical guidance) in service plan development and implementation to Orientation & Mobility Specialist (I) staff as delegated by Director – Health and Rehabilitation Services .
B. Conduct periodic skill assessment of O&M (I) staff as delegated by Director – Health and Rehabilitation Services
C. Provide regular and ongoing clinical guidance to assigned O&M Specialist (I) staff in development and implementation of service plans, to ensure consistency with AVRE and ACVREP standards.
Nothing in this job description should be construed as meaning that these are the only tasks and duties of the position. Management reserves the right to modify positions as determined by business and consumer needs and requirements.
Association for Vision Rehabilitation and Employment, Inc., 174 Court St., Binghamton, NY 13901 (607)724-2428
AVRE encourages diversity in the workplace and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
Minority/Female/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Disability/Veterans
Please submit cover letter and resume to:
Dianne Cappiello, Human Resources
174 Court Street
Binghamton, NY 13901
Via email – email@example.com
AVRE is a private, non-profit organization. Its mission is to create opportunities for success and independence with people who have sustained vision loss. AVRE is the only organization in the Southern Tier that provides specialized employment and rehabilitation services for individuals with sustained vision loss. We provide rehabilitation services to consumers in the home, school, workplace, and at our Binghamton location. Our vision rehabilitation services include a low vision clinic, an information technology center, a retail store, orientation and mobility instruction, and independent living skills training. Our New York service counties include Broome, Tioga, Delaware, Otsego, Schuyler, Chemung, Tompkins, Cortland, and Chenango.
A Foundation for Vision Rehabilitation and Employment, Inc. (FVRE) is managed by a separate Board of Directors and is charged with oversight and growth of the investment portfolio and endowment. We operate a 93,000 square foot facility in Downtown Binghamton and off-site switchboard operations at three Veterans Administration Medical Centers. At the Binghamton facility we convert large rolls of paper (2 -3 thousand pounds) into manila file folders and copy paper. We also perform packaging and assembly operations that allow us to employ individuals with a range of skill sets and abilities.
AVRE’s hybrid business model enables it to be a self-sustaining human services organization. Individuals who are blind manufacture products and provide services for sale and distribution into the federal, state, and commercial markets. Operating income generated from these business activities is used to offset some of the cost of providing vision rehabilitation services. AVRE is positioned for growth in both the business division and provision of services.
New York’s Southern Tier abounds in natural scenic beauty. Its rivers and hills offer opportunities for a variety of outdoor activities year round including hiking, fishing, kayaking, skiing, and snowmobiling. Binghamton is located at the confluence of the Chenango and Susquehanna Rivers and is an hour from the gorgeous Finger Lakes. The Southern Tier boasts a low cost of living, world class educational institutions, and a lively arts, music, and food scene.
For more information about AVRE, the Greater Binghamton area, and to view the full job description at www.avreus.org.
AVRE encourages diversity and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.