Job Title: Orientation & Mobility Instructor II
Reports to: Daily Living Skills Team Lead
Society for the Blind is currently seeking qualified candidates to fill a position of Orientation & Mobility Instructor II. Our mission is to empower individuals who are blind or have low vision to live productively and independently by building confidence through training, tools and mentorship. Society for the Blind is a 501c3 organization serving Northern California, with a focus on Sacramento, Placer and Yolo counties.
General Description: The essential function of the job is to teach clients how to maneuver and utilize Orientation & Mobility aids, methods and services intended to assist in the development of the client’s independence and personal skills.
- Provide instruction in Orientation & Mobility to clients using the standard methods and techniques of the long cane.
- Instruct clients in the use of certified low vision and electric mobility aids.
- Provide instruction in problem solving, direction finding and structured discovery of the travel environment.
- Orient clients to their physical environment through maximum development and utilization of their remaining senses.
- Conduct training on city streets. Instruction is to include, but not limited to the use of public transportation, escalators, elevators, revolving doors and other features found in traveling.
- Prepare tactual and auditory maps and instruct clients in their proper use.
- Evaluate clients’ functional, physical and mental capabilities, as related to mobility and orientation.
- Determine individual clients’ need for physical conditioning.
- Stay current in areas of responsibility.
- Address and conduct workshops for interested groups as requested.
Maintain thorough, complete and timely ongoing weekly and monthly record keeping of client services; including, but not limited to case notes, lesson notes, evaluations, progress reports, and correspondence.
Team building and Networking
- Present client issues to supervisor and contribute to ongoing problem solving of such issues while maintaining appropriate confidentiality.
- Consult with other professionals, family members or other appropriate parties regarding the progress and problems of the clients.
- Participate in individual case conferences and confer regularly with program staff on multi-disciplinary service team concerning client’s program and adjustment to blindness or vision loss.
- Maintain positive and professional relations with counselors of Department of Rehabilitation and other agencies as well as Society clients, staff, and volunteers.
- Coordinate effective client service with third-party counselors, such as Department of Rehabilitation.
- Attend all staff and department meetings
- Adhere to all Society policies and procedures
- Obtain training to enhance job requirements
- Other duties as required
- A minimum of two years working experience.
- Master’s Degree in appropriate field.
- Applicants must be graduates from either:
O&M programs sponsored by the U.S. Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA).
- Certification/certifiability from one of RSA approved certifying bodies required
- Excellent writing skills- English grammar and usage.
- Excellent verbal communication skills.
- Good computer skills. MS Office programs- Word, Excel, Outlook & Internet Explorer.
Submit cover letter and resume by email to Diane Starin, Daily Living Skills Team Lead at email@example.com
Application’s deadline: Until the position is filled.
NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE!