Perkins School for the Blind

Watertown, Massachusetts ( map )

Job Details

  • Job ID: 3012736
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Posted : October 5, 2018
  • Starting Date: Immediately

Job Description

Orientation & Mobility Specialist
Department: Deafblind Program
Schedule: Full-time, 37.5 hours/week

Perkins School for the Blind, located near Boston, was the first school for the blind chartered in the United States in 1829. For over 180 years, the staff at Perkins have been providing quality services to students and clients who are blind, visually impaired, deafblind and multi-impaired. Perkins School for the Blind embraces diversity in ability, thought, culture and belief. We provide equal education and employment opportunities and value the unique talents and contributions of all of our students and staff.

Under the general direction of the Education Director, the O&M Specialist provides orientation and mobility instructional services for blind, visually impaired or multiple disability students. They will train visually impaired students to make maximum safe travel and develop functional independence in a variety of environments, while serving as a member of an interdisciplinary team to provide individual educational and pre-vocational program for students.

• Assesses individual needs of each student in all areas of independent or daily living to establish realistic and appropriate goals and objectives design and implement programs for each student’s individual education plan (IEP)
• Evaluates and reports on the progress of each student, attend scheduled staff meetings and IEPs, and confer effectively with parents.
• Assists each student to develop his or her maximum safe travel potential, and develop functional independence in a variety of environments.
• Serves as a member of a team in establishing realistic goals and objectives for each student; develops and implements programs and communicates results with team to ensure continuity of appropriate program services.
• Maintains suitable learning environment, including appropriate planning and organizational techniques; consults with appropriate support staff.
• Prepares written functional vision assessments when appropriate.
• Performs other related duties and tasks as assigned.

Minimum Requirements:
• Bachelors’ degree
• Eligibility for ACVREP Certification as an Orientation and Mobility Instructor
• Ability to complete and maintain First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Automated External Defibrillator (AED), and Crisis Prevention and Physical Intervention (CPPI) Certifications

Preference may be given to candidates with:
• Master’s degree
• Two years’ experience teaching students with visual impairments who may also have additional disabilities
• Valid driver’s license and willingness to drive school vehicles including chair cars
Benefits: We provide a complete benefits package, which includes, recess time, tuition reimbursement, medical and dental insurance, LTD and Life insurance, retirement programs and staff development and training. Dependent upon availability, housing may also be offered to staff.

Perkins seeks to enhance its community of intellectually, culturally, and socially diverse individuals to enrich the educational experience of our students. Applicants from a multicultural background, are bilingual, and/or who have life experience are encouraged to apply.


  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Positions Available: 1
  • Job Categories : 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

    • At least 1 year of relevant experience preferred
    • Bachelor degree preferred
    • Citizenship, residency or work visa required

    Contact Information

    • Nan Qin , Recruiter
    • 175 North Beacon Street
    • Watertown, Massachusetts 02472

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