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Job 3189

Orientation and Mobility Specialist

The Blind & Visually Impaired Center of Monterey County

Pacific Grove, CA

 

Duties: The primary purpose of the Orientation and Mobility Specialist is to organize, plan and implement orientation and mobility services to adults (largely seniors age 50-90+) who are blind and visually impaired and who may or may not have additional disabilities. In addition, you may provide rehabilitation/daily living skills related services by assessing consumer needs in their home or other environments. You will work with other outreach staff to create a service plan, as well as connect clients to other services and resources. The BVIC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, culture, age, disability, gender or sexual orientation. Provide OM instruction to adults (generally senior citizens), who are blind/legally blind/low vision throughout Monterey County, Ca. Work with staff to create a service plan. Coordinate referral or connection to other service providers and resources. Maximize the safety, functionality and independence of clients. Document progress/outcomes and complete all reporting in accordance with established guidelines. Maintain electronic documentation (and paper as needed) in accordance with established guidelines. Possess the ability to work independently as well as in a team setting. Listen and understand the goals/needs of the client. Conduct thorough assessments to determine individual goals and needs. Provide services to meet identified client goals and achieve successful outcomes. Communicate regularly and effectively with clients, colleagues, managers, Board members and volunteers to ensure successful outcomes. Stay current on trends and adaptive equipment in the field. Orientation & Mobility Instruction: Outreach & Center-based. Assessment & evaluation of client’s needs in home, community, education, or vocational settings. Develop plan of care for client. Teach adaptive independent living skills. Facilitate referrals to appropriate agencies or services. Documentation of clients care Daily Living Skills/Rehabilitation Services. Provide basic daily living skills support. Provide referrals to the Department of Rehabilitation or other service providers for additional services Public relations. Liaison to community resources. Participate in presentations and in-service workshops to other groups about blindness, vision impairment, and the services we provide Networking. Work with other agencies and individuals to promote the goals of the BVIC and its clients. Participate in local committees and other advocacy groups which impact transportation services and environmental accessibility to our consumers Inter-office. Work closely with staff members to insure that clients are served efficiently.

 

Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree with concentration in Special Education / Orientation & Mobility or equivalent. AER, ACVREP or COMS certification as an O&M Specialist or commitment to attain certification within one year of hire date. Master’s Degree preferred with concentration in Orientation & Mobility. Dual certification in Vision Rehabilitation Therapist (CVRT) or Low Vision Therapist (CLVT) • Minimum one year experience working with the visually impaired; preferred five years of work experience. Additional educational background and/or work experience in other areas of Blind Rehabilitation and working with the elderly is a plus. Ability to cooperate and work collaboratively toward achieving client, department and agency goals. Energetic, flexible, patient, organized and detail-oriented. Ability to think independently, problem solve, and execute assigned tasks. Ability to counsel in a caring manner while also being able to balance agency policy with individual perceptions and sensitivity to clients. Proficiency with MS Office suite produces. Excellent report writing and computer skills required. Must be familiar with the blindness community and professional resources, as well as standard concepts, practices, and procedures within the vision rehabilitation field. Must have a valid California driver’s license, access to your own reliable transportation, and insurance. Mileage reimbursement at current IRS rate. Acquire appropriate CEUs in order to maintain certification.

 

Additional Information: 30-40 hours per week, FTE (flexible based on your preference). Ten paid holidays per year Paid Time Off: Employee accrues up to 25 paid days off per year. Full-time employees are eligible for health, dental and vision benefits Retirement: The BVIC offers a simple IRA retirement plan. Responsible to: Executive Director BVIC The Blind & Visually Impaired Center of Monterey County, Inc. (aka: BVIC; Blind Center) has served Monterey County residents since 1971. It offers a complete spectrum of services that help people adapt to the loss of sight. Collectively our staff provided support to 379 people last year. The majority of our clients are seniors who often have other age related health conditions. Our services are designed for the individual needs, abilities and goals of each person and are offered by our professional specialists in the comfort of your home, community and at the BVIC. Services include Training in Orientation & Mobility, Independent Living Skills, Support Services, Information and Referral, Assistive Technology and the Marjorie McNeely Low Vision Clinic. The Low Vision Services Coordinator, Orientation & Mobility Special and Rehabilitation Assistant provide outreach. An Optometrist who specializes in low vision attends the clinic two afternoons a week. The BVIC is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. BVIC is a fragrance free work environment. Mission To encourage and inspire people who are blind and visually impaired to transcend the loss of sight as contributing members of society. The vision of the BVIC to empower individuals to meet the everyday challenges of visual disabilities through education, support services, and skills training. APPLICATION AND INQUIRIES Send cover letter, resume, and three references with contact information by email to vision@blindandlowvision.org or mail to Blind & Visually Impaired Center of Monterey County, Inc. 225 Laurel Avenue Pacific Grove, CA 93950 Review of applications will proceed as qualified applicants respond. They will continue until a suitable candidate is selected. While we sincerely appreciate all applications, only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted. Please note the selected candidate will be required to submit to any special requirements e.g., criminal records check, TB testing, provide proof of a valid California driver’s license, and proof of insurance.

 

Closing Date: Until filled

 

For further information, contact:

Diana Trapani

Executive Director

225 Laurel Ave

Pacific Grove, Ca 93950

Phone: (831) 649-3505

Email: vision@blindandlowvision.org

 

 

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