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Oregon Commission for the Blind

05/13/2022

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What You Will Do

The purpose of this position is to provide OCCB students with Orientation & Mobility training that will lead to greater self-sufficiency and employment. The instructor will work with students on a full suite of O&M including orientation skills, pre-cane skills, human guide, self-protection, cane techniques, indoor travel, residential travel, commercial district travel, public transportation, and navigation and orientation technology. The position has an individual caseload and often collaborates with fellow Center instructors. Some highlights of this position include:

  • Provide one-on-one O&M training to OCB clients related to orientation, cane travel, navigating routes, safety, and travel technology tools
  • Conduct individual client assessments with written recommendations for Center clients’ O&M needs
  • Obtain quotes for any recommended products that would assist clients. This will involve coordination with Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors (VRC) and vendors, ordering, delivery, and instruction as needed
  • Develop lesson plans for individual training goals
  • Write and retain accurate, detailed client reports for individual client lessons
  • Maintain accurate reporting of lessons, case notes, and assessments in case management system
  • Attend staff meetings and client staffings as scheduled
  • Conduct pre- and post- training assessments to measure client progress
  • Assess students with low vision, demonstrate product solutions, and make purchasing recommendations to the counselor

 

The Benefits of Joining Our Team

The State of Oregon offers a competitive and affordable health and benefits package, including excellent medical, vision and dental coverage, paid holidays off, and personal business leave, as well as paid and accrued vacation leave and sick leave. In addition to standard medical benefits and employee leave, the state also provides additional optional benefits, such as basic life insurance, short-term disability, long-term disability, deferred compensation savings program, and flexible spending accounts for health care and childcare expenses.

 

What We Are Looking For

a Master's degree in Rehabilitation Teaching for the Blind, Special Education for the Visually-Impaired or Orientation and Mobility;

OR
A Bachelor's degree in Rehabilitation Teaching for the blind or Special Education for the Visually-Impaired, and one year of experience;

OR
a Master's or Bachelor's degree in Education or a Social or Behavioral Science and two years of experience;

OR
an equivalent combination of training and experience.

 

EXPERIENCE FOR THIS CLASSIFICATION IS DEFINED AS:
experience working with people with visual impairments that included at least four of the following:

Direct instruction in adaptive travel techniques; Analyzing barriers and developing solutions; Assessment of adaptive skill level; Development of training programs; Case management and documentation; Resource Management (funds and services); Advocacy for persons with visual impairment; Counseling in adjustment to blindness; Using and/or instructing use of adaptive equipment specific to persons with visual impairment; Interagency coordination.

To receive credit for completed coursework, you must submit a photocopy of your transcripts.

 

Underfill Opportunity Information: If the successful applicant does not meet the minimum qualifications for the Rehabilitation Instructor for the Blind classification, but does meet the minimum qualifications for the Rehabilitation for the Blind-Entry classification, the applicant will be appointed to the classification of Rehabilitation for the Blind-Entry (Salary Range 21, $ 3439.00 to $ 5234.00). The duration and conditions surrounding the assignment and supervision of work are determined at the time of appointment.

 

Candidates who are the most competitive will also reflect the following:

  • Ability to work both independently and within teams, supporting team cohesion and goals.
  • Ability to complete administrative duties while maintaining a student focus.
  • Problem-solving related to helping students overcome barriers.
  • Experience working with a diverse client demographic .
  • Demonstrate initiative and flexibility with good written and verbal communications skills.
  • Client service-oriented with a pleasant and positive disposition.

 

How to Apply

Your candidate profile, cover letter, and resume are the perfect place to display your interest in the position and highlight the skills and experience you will bring, making you the best candidate for the position. Submissions are screened for consistency of information and communication skills at the professional level (attention to detail, spelling, grammar, etc.).

  • Current State of Oregon employees - You must apply through your employee Workday account. At the time of application, please attach your current cover letter and resume
  • External Applicants - Please visit the State of Oregon job opportunities web-page to submit your application for the position, which includes your current cover letter and resume

 

Apply online at

https://oregon.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/SOR_External_Career_Site/job/Portland--OCB/Rehabilitation-Instructor-For-The-Blind_REQ-96994

E_mail: jonathan.scrimenti@ocb.oregon.gov

Phone: 9716731588

Cert: COMS

Recent and upcoming graduates welcome to apply