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Competition #: 2023-12

Initial Posting Date: April 17, 2023

Location: New Brunswick (Location is Flexible within the Province)

City: Flexible

Job Type: Full Time, Permanent

Application Deadline: Open until Filled

Anticipated Start Date: As soon as possible

Compensation: $66,127 to $80,384 CAD annually, in accordance with the APSEA/BNU Collective Agreement

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Who We Are 


Atlantic Provinces Special Educational Authority (APSEA) is an interprovincial cooperative agency established in 1975 by joint agreement among the Ministers of Education of New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. 


APSEA provides educational services, programs, and opportunities for children and youth who are Deaf, hard of hearing, blind, or visually impaired who reside in Atlantic Canada. Our employees support learners to reach their highest potential for an independent, self-sufficient, and fulfilling life. 


What We Offer? 


APSEA offers meaningful opportunities to help make a difference in the lives of children, youth, and their families. We are committed to fostering a culture that is inspiring, supportive, and inclusive. 


In joining APSEA's team, you would receive: 


  • Access to a Pension Plan  
  • Access to Comprehensive Health and Dental benefits 
  • Paid vacation 
  • Professional learning opportunities 



Position Details 


The Orientation and Mobility (O&M) specialist is responsible for the delivery of quality O&M programs in New Brunswick for learners supported by APSEA who are blind or visually impaired. The incumbent will provide O&M services and consultation, supporting the planning, development and implementation of individualized O&M programs throughout the province of New Brunswick. Further O&M service and consultation will also be provided as needed throughout the Atlantic Provinces in Canada.


Working collaboratively with APSEA colleagues, school-based teams, and other professionals is a critical component of the O&M Specialist’s role. They also will:


  • Facilitate student learning by conducting assessments in O&M. 
  • Develop, administer, monitor, and evaluate O&M programs for in their local community and/or in short term programs and assessment.
  • Consult with the learner’s team, their families, and other medical and community service providers regarding effective supports and resources are in place for learning and development.  
  • Creates and maintains disability-specific records for learners, while following confidentiality policies for learner information. 
  • Compiles, maintains, and files all physical and electronic reports, records, and other required documents. 
  • Contributes individually and as a member of the O&M Team to the development of resources and supports such as guides, handbooks, and video/web materials.  


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are among APSEA’s guiding principles. Moreover, diversity within APSEA is a strength that must be cultivated. It is the responsibility of every APSEA employee to foster a culture that embraces and promotes diversity.? 



  • Ability to communicate effectively within a team is paramount, working with contacts?who are not specialized in?the field of Orientation and Mobility.
  • Graduation from a Certified Orientation and Mobility program.  
  • Professional Certification in Orientation and Mobility (COMS) from the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP). 
  • Experience with assessment and program planning in O&M for learners who are blind or visually impaired, including those with additional exceptionalities.  
  • Experience working with learners who are blind, visually impaired, or who have multiple exceptionalities. 
  • Competency with the use of technology and assistive technology. 
  • Excellent problem-solving, adaptability, and decision-making skills. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with both children and adults. 
  • Ability to facilitate and support team building for the development and implementation of programming. 
  • Professionalism and confidentiality are required regarding access and distribution of the learner’s information. Diplomacy and tact are required to address sensitive issues with families and colleagues.   
  • Strong time management skills are required to ensure work can be completed effectively and in a timely manner to optimize operations.   
  • Occasional provision of service may be required outside of school hours, so flexibility in working hours is preferred.  
  • Regular travel is required within the province; and may be required to support O&M service delivery and consultation throughout the Atlantic Provinces.
  • Knowledge of the Unified English Braille Code and the ability to design tactile graphics are an asset.
  • Experience teaching O&M in a variety of settings is an asset. 
  • French language proficiency is an asset.   


Offer of employment is conditional upon the successful completion of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials. 


APSEA is committed to the full inclusion of all applicants. As part of this commitment, APSEA will ensure that applicants are provided reasonable accommodations,?as required. If accommodation?is?needed to participate in the job application process, please contact Julia Pascucci, HR Generalist, 


Phone: 782-640-9696

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