POSITION: Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist
REPORTS TO: Director of Rehabilitation Services
The Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS) is responsible for teaching orientation and mobility to blind, low-vision and deaf-blind adults & seniors from diverse backgrounds. In providing orientation and mobility instruction, the COMS will conduct assessments and provide training which reflects recent and progressive travel and orientation techniques and trends, focusing on student’s travel needs in the home, work and community. The COMS must have the ability to assess and teach to differing skill levels, as well as to train on varied mobility devices and options such as; monocular use, purpose-built GPS, BrailleNote GPS, Seeing eye GPS, BlindSquare, Google Maps, Audible Pedestrian Signals and the Lighthouse’s very own tactile maps of public streets, transit hubs, and public spaces.
Flexibility and ‘thinking outside the box’ is essential to this position. The COMS must be able to work with and provide information and training to family and friends, community members, volunteers and service providers and effectively communicate and collaborate with referral agencies in providing services to shared students. The duties of the COMS may include (but are not limited to): conducting of assessments, writing individual training plans with the student, and facilitating individual and group instruction as needed. Orientation and mobility instruction may occur on-site, in the home, workplace or the student’s community, including travel on all forms of San Francisco Bay Area-wide public transportation and Paratransit.
The COMS must be flexible working throughout the greater San Francisco Bay Area, including periodic week-long training from the LightHouse North Coast office in Eureka, and able to travel as far south as Monterey and Salinas. Additionally, week-long seminar training may happen up to four times per year at Enchanted Hills Camp and Retreat. Training may occur in either urban or rural settings. The COMS may also be asked to teach and assess for urgent and basic daily living skills. The COMS is a professional within the Lighthouse Rehabilitation Team, sharing resources, recommendations and referrals.
Education or equivalent: Master’s Degree with specialty in Orientation and Mobility, & Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP) Certified – OR – Minimum of a BA Degree in Rehabilitation Services; or a related degree with National Orientation and Mobility Certification (NOMC) from the National Blindness Professional Certification Board (NBPCB).
Experience: A minimum of three years teaching Orientation and Mobility preferred A history of teaching basic independent living skills (home-to-work skills) with adults and/ or seniors necessary.
Intern supervision experience preferred; the LightHouse works with San Francisco State University and the intention is to provide supervised intern placement within LightHouse on an annual basis.
Other: Fluency in a language other than English is very helpful. Multicultural teaching experience preferred; excellent verbal and written communication skills; strong interpersonal skills in order to relate to staff, blind and visually-impaired students, and persons in the community with varied backgrounds and viewpoints.
An ability to formulate individual, sequential training plans. Knowledge of Braille desired.
Ability to teach in rain, cold, heat and other inclement conditions.
- Assess individual needs of students and set goals for instruction.
- Provide training under training shade as necessary or recommended.
- Provide professionally-written student assessments, goal development, and training summaries / recommendations, on a monthly basis to all third-party contracting sources (such as the Department of Rehabilitation, Veterans Administration and Regional Center).
- Maintain weekly and monthly database entries regarding units of service provided to students, along with notes, goal-planning and reports for all direct services provided.
- Act as Agency liaison in traffic, community transportation services and auditory signal issues or projects as requested.
- Provide cane travel, route travel with dog guide users & teams and human guide instruction.
- Develop and create maps for students as necessary; provide training in the use of tactile maps.
- Maintain updated information regarding Paratransit programs, providing registration assistance and training in the programs as necessary.
- Participate in Agency public outreach and education as requested.
- Provide orientation and route training in all environments and on various forms of public transit.
- Assess for and teach basic and essential independent living skills to blind and low-vision students such as labeling, money organization, use of an ATM, and home safety practices.
- Provide assessment and training in independent living strategies that impact personal safety.
- Provide assessment and training in independent living strategies which provide choice and independence in completing tasks in the home, volunteer work and employment.
- Facilitate or co-facilitate classes, including our Changing Visions, Changing Lives immersion cohort and community workshops.
- Initiate outreach, training and collaboration with local universities and school’s disabled student programs, in providing campus orientation.
- Conduct student home safety assessments and community agency environmental evaluations.
- Provide consultation and/or training to staff in community agencies regarding environmental modifications and strategies in working with persons who are blind or low-vision.
- Attend and participate in All-Staff meetings, monthly Consumer Review and departmental meetings (Rehabilitation Services).
- Complete requisite documentation in a timely manner.
- Ensure all publicity materials have first been approved by the Director of Rehabilitation Services.
- Completely and accurately record student information in the proprietary LightHouse client database.
- Complete monthly billing on a timely basis (by the first of each month).
- Maintain timely communication and responses to clients (within 48 hours of referral).
- Maintain professional communication via e-mail and voice mail on a timely and ongoing basis.
LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired is an equal opportunity employer to all. We strive to maintain a scent-free environment and a drug-free workplace. We also operate under a mutual “employment at will” policy.
Please submit a cover letter and résumé as Word attachments (no .PDFs please), to email@example.com, including the job title in the subject line. We will not consider videos or hyperlinks to online profiles. Due to time constraints we will only respond to complete submissions in which there is serious interest; thanks for your understanding.