ORIENTATION AND MOBILITY SPECIALIST (SUMMER JOB)

Perkins School for the Blind

Watertown , Massachusetts ( map )

Job Details

  • Job ID: 2890711
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Posted : February 8, 2018
  • Starting Date: June 18, 2018

Job Description

Summary: Under the general direction of the Education Director; Provides orientation and mobility instructional services for blind, visually impaired or multiple disability students; Train visually impaired students to make maximum safe travel and develop functional independence in a variety of environments; Serve as a member of an interdisciplinary team providing individual educational and pre-vocational program for students.

Essential Duties, Responsibilities and Expectations include the following.
Assesses individual needs of each student in all areas of independent or daily living; Establish realistic and appropriate goals and objectives design and implement programs for each student’s individual education plan (IEP) evaluate and report on the progress of each student; Attend scheduled staff meetings and IEPs; and Confer effectively with parents.

Assist each student to develop his or her maximum safe travel potential, and develop functional independence in a variety of environments.

Serve as a member of a team in establishing realistic goals and objectives for each student; Develop and implement programs and communicate results with team to ensure continuity of appropriate program services.

Maintain suitable learning environment, including appropriate planning and organizational techniques; Consult with appropriate support staff.

Prepare written functional vision assessments when appropriate.

Perform other related duties and tasks as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities This job has student supervisory responsibilities; on occasion, may supervise Teaching Assistants or interns.

Competencies
To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Works well in group problem solving situations.



Technical Skills - Pursues training and development opportunities; Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; Shares expertise with others.

Interpersonal Skills - Maintains confidentiality and remains open to others' ideas and tries new things.

Oral Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Demonstrates group presentation skills; Participates in meetings.

Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar; Presents numerical data effectively; Able to read and interpret written information.

Teamwork – Exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; Gives and welcomes feedback; and Contributes to building a positive team spirit.

Diversity - Demonstrates knowledge of EEO policy; Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; Promotes a harassment-free environment.

Ethics - Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values.

Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; Supports affirmative action and respects diversity.

Judgment - Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; Supports and explains reasoning for decisions; Includes appropriate people in decision-making process; Makes timely decisions.

Planning/Organizing - Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Develops realistic action plans.

Professionalism - Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Follows through on commitments.

Quality - Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality.

Safety and Security - Observes safety and security procedures; Uses equipment and materials properly.

Adaptability - Adapts to changes in the work environment.

Attendance/Punctuality - Is consistently at work and on time; Ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent; Arrives at meetings and appointments on time.

Dependability - Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Keeps commitments.

  • Position Type: Summer
  • Positions Available: 1
  • Job Categories : Classroom Teacher > Alternative Learning Environment
    Special Education > Alternative Learning Environment
    Special Education > Autism
    Special Education > Emotionally Disabled
    Special Education > Hard of Hearing
    Special Education > Learning Disabled
    Special Education > Life Skills
    Special Education > Mild/Moderate Disabilities
    Special Education > Multiple Disabilities
    Special Education > Visually Impaired
  • Welcome TO Perkins School for the Blind!

    About Us

    Perkins School for the Blind is an innovative leader in serving people with visual impairments. Strong leadership from both staff and the Board of Trustees has created a legacy of education and discovery. We are always questioning how to best serve our students in the classroom, in the community and around the world. Learn more about us...

    Equal Opportunity Employer

    Perkins School for the Blind is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.

    Job Requirements

    • Qualifications To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

      Education and/or Experience
      Bachelors’ degree from a recognized college or university; eligible for ACVREP Certification as an Orientation and Mobility Instructor; Masters degree preferred with two years experience teaching students with visual impairments who may also have additional disabilities; Ability to plan and conduct a system of continuous evaluation of each student’s progress; Knowledge of modern teaching techniques within the discipline; Valid driver’s license and willingness to drive school vehicles including chair cars; Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing; Ability to think clearly in stressful situations, a high stress tolerance and physical stamina required and flexibility of schedule.

      Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
      Eligible for ACVREP Certification as an Orientation and Mobility Instructor; First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Automated External Defibrillator (AED) certification required. If required, Crisis Prevention and Physical Intervention (CPPI) training will be offered during scheduled work time.
    • At least 2 year s of relevant experience preferred
    • Bachelor degree preferred
    • Citizenship, residency OR WORK VISA IN United States required

    Contact Information

    • Daniel O'Connell , HR Specialist
    • 175 North Beacon Street
    • Watertown, Massachusetts 02472

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