Orientation & Mobility Specialist

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10/31/2020

Description

Department:               Special Services          
Reports To:                 Special Services Director  
Supervises:                 N/A
Classification:             Certificated/Exempt
Full Time Equiv.:        1.0 FTE, 180 days/year
Location:                     Pasco, WA
Salary Range:             To be determined based on education and experience (54,428 - $76,199)

 
SUMMARY:  The orientation and mobility (O & M) specialist travels to various schools to provide direct and/or consultative special education services relating to vision loss.  Students range in age from birth to 21; may be singularly or multiply disabled; and may range from severely disabled to gifted.  Many of the visually impaired students are mainstreamed in their home schools, while others are in special programs at various campuses.  Services for infants may be provided in the infant’s natural environment.  
 
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
  • Assessment and Evaluation
    • Contribute to the appropriate specialized evaluations as needed, such as low vision, orientation and mobility, psychological, and adaptive PE;
    • Consult with diagnosticians, classroom teachers, students, and parents concerning appropriate evaluations, modifications, and test administration;
    • Assist in the administration of standardized testing materials (NAPT, ITBS, TAAS, SAT, ACT, etc.);
    • Work as liaison with other agencies in vocational assessment process.
  • An Appropriate Learning Environment
    • Provide assistance on how to order and set up necessary equipment and materials in the students’ classroom to learn (Brailler, low vision devices, computers, etc.);
    • Provide the classroom teacher with information regarding the unique needs of the visually impaired child, including modifications and lighting changes;
    • Consult with the classroom teacher regarding methodology, modification of materials, and strategies in teaching a VI student;
  • Direct Instruction/Consultation in the Expanded Core Curriculum
    • Monitor the students’ progress in academic subjects and provide instruction in compensatory skills as needed in Braille reading and writing, such as listening skills, visual efficiency, concept development, daily living skills, and self-help skills;
    • Assist with low vision aids, including Abacus, typing/keyboarding, adaptive devises;
    • Assist with the development of career readiness, transition planning, leisure and recreation skills, social skills, organizational and study skills, and self-advocacy.
  • Support and knowledge
    • Possess a working knowledge of orientation and travel skills from preschool through high school; including adapted mobility devices, long cane, public transportation, etc.
    • Provide input into students’ schedules, keeping in mind all special services such as direct vision instruction and orientation and mobility;
    • Do progress checks on students with visual impairments in regular education classes and follow up with teacher and or parent conferences as appropriate;
    • Communicate with low vision specialists, ophthalmologists, and optometrists concerning exams and attend exams when appropriate.  Follow up on recommendations when appropriate.
    • Ability to teach tactile maps and the techniques to train eccentric viewing and utilization of appropriate low vision devices necessary for orientation or travel

  • Administrative/Record Keeping Duties
    • Provide referral procedures to appropriate personnel;
    • Maintain adequate records of all assessments, IEP’s, progress checks, and registrations with various agencies.
  • Liaison Between Community and School
    • Provide information about the ESD O&M Program to schools and the community;
    • Provide information concerning recreational and summer programs to parents and students and assist with application forms and procedures;
    • Be knowledgeable about community funding available for the visually impaired student.
  • Professional Standards
    • Maintain a reference library of current professional materials;
    • Acquire information about current research, development and technology by attending conferences, workshops and area meetings and by reading journals in the field of visual impairment.
Supervisory: N/A
 
OTHER JOB FUNCTIONS:
Performs related duties as assigned.*
 
*Related duties as required are duties that may not be specifically listed in the Position Description but are within the general occupational series and responsibility level typically associated with the employee’s classification of work. The current position will include mostly Orientation and Mobility services to school aged children within the region.
 
QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Organizational certification as a specialist of Orientation and Mobility, Master’s Degree preferred;
  • Must demonstrate an understanding of Braille;
  • Working Knowledge of Washington State Special Education Rules and Regulations (WAC 392-172) as they pertain to children with vision and mobility
  • disorders;
  • Verifiable successful experience in working with children and their families, in the areas of vision and orientation and mobility assistance
 WSP/ FBI background clearance required.
 
Requires knowledge of:
  • Best practices in serving visually impaired students;
 Requires the ability to:
  • Work under limited supervision.
MUST HAVE VALID DRIVERS LICENSE AND CAR INSURANCE
POSITION BENEFITS:
  • opportunity to attend one paid conference per year
  • Access to digital assessment tools 
  • Access to updated assessment and technology 
  • Ability to work independently 
  • Opportunity to telecommute 
  • Opportunity to collaborate and network with seasoned and knowledgeable professionals throughout our region
  • Access to full benefits including the agency's wellness program
  • Paid leave
TRAITS THAT YOU MUST POSSESS
  • Proactive self-starter. A strong sense of taking initiative moving forward without waiting to be told what to do and how to do it.
  • Flexible and can thrive in a fast paced environment where you may have to wear several hats.
  • Possess confidence while being humble- lack excessive ego or concern about status. Willing to share credit, emphasize team over self and define success collectively rather than individually.
  • Hungry- always looking for more. More things to do, learn, and take responsibility for. Constantly thinking about the next step an opportunity.
  • Smart- have common sense about people. Good judgement and intuition around the subtleties of group dynamics and the impact of your words and actions.
WSP/ FBI background clearance required.

THESE STATEMENTS MUST RESONATE WITH YOU:
“Yes, that is possible. Let me handle it, I’ll figure it out.”
“I am not sure, but I will find out for you.”
“I have not done that before, but I can do it.”
“I take a see-it, own-it, solve-it, do-it approach.”

ABOUT OUR TEAM AND AGENCY 
Helping students realize their dreams and aspirations is at the heart of everything we do at ESD 123. We accomplish this by embracing our employees as One Team, and operating with loyalty and commitment through compassion, dedication, and collaboration. At ESD 123, we strive to offer the highest quality customer experience by committing to our Core Values, and always looking for ways to say, “Yes, and…”  We expect our employees to model our Core Values of integrity, respect, relationships, stewardship, and perseverance.  Each member of our ESD team must be humble, hungry, and smart, with a focus on making his or her teammates look good while working toward achieving our mission. 
We want this position to be one that you are or can be passionate about and look forward to embracing. We want you to grow, be challenged, and have fun while doing things that you are skilled at and enjoy. We are looking for someone who is proud to join our ESD One Team!

 

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Educational Service District 123

3924 W. Court St., Pasco, WA 99301