Perkins School for the Blind
08/28/2023Return to view all job openings
We are the worldwide leader in education services for children and young adults who have multiple disabilities and visual impairments. We believe every child can learn and learning is for life. We are committed to delivering best-in-class education to children, providing immersive training to professionals and creating a world of inclusion, accessibility and opportunity for people with multiple disabilities. At Perkins, we think courageously, we are collaborative and we take ownership. Join a community of growth where you will be supported and where your work makes a difference.
Join our collaborative community of educators as an Itinerant Orientation and Mobility Specialist for the Visually Impaired. You will help make a true difference by giving our students independence through instructional mobility instruction. About the Role:
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 programs for students.
- Assesses individual needs of each student in all areas of independent 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, attends scheduled staff meetings and IEPs, and confers 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 the 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.
- 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
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.
We have benefits that put you first, including an employer contributing retirement plan, tuition reimbursement from day one, professional development for our employees, personal days, paid time off and paid sick leave. Our campus is quaint, charming and historical, a perfect mix of legacy and modern buildings. It is located in the heart of Watertown, adjacent to the Charles River and a 5 minute drive from food & entertainment at Arsenal Yards.