[Nfbc-info] FYI FW: [Nfbnet-members-list] Fwd: RE: O&M Instructor Job Announcement
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Wed Mar 11 16:45:04 UTC 2015
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Subject: [Nfbnet-members-list] Fwd: RE: O&M Instructor Job Announcement
They have asked that this be widely distributed and would like to have some
Society for the Blind, located in Sacramento California, has been providing
individuals living with blindness or low vision training, tools, and
mentorship to achieve empowerment and independence for over sixty years.
Our organization is currently seeking experienced, qualified candidates for
an open Orientation & Mobility Instructor position. A description of the
job is provided below. This position is full-time (40 hours per week), and
it includes a competitive compensation and benefits package. Interested
applicants may email cover letters and resumes to Shane Snyder, Director of
Programs, at ssnyder at societyfortheblind.org. The position will remain open
until filled. No phone calls, please. Thank you for your interest!
Job Title: Orientation &
Reports to: Director of Programs
General Description: The essential function of the job is to teach students
how to travel safely, efficiently, and independently in their homes,
workplaces, community, and beyond.
1. Instruct students in the proper use of the long, white cane and
other mobility aids to travel safely, efficiently, and independently.
2. Introduce students to and teach them in the use of non-visual
methods and strategies for orientation and mobility.
3. Using the Structure Discovery Method, Provide real world
opportunities to practice and reinforce non-visual skills and techniques for
safe, efficient, and independent travel.
4. Instruct students in how to safely, locate, detect, and negotiate
stairways including ascending/descending, fall prevention/recovery, and
checking for hazards.
5. Conduct training in non-visual techniques for safely crossing both
controlled and uncontrolled intersections including strategies for
negotiating high traffic roadways.
6. Teach students how to safely and effectively utilize public
transportation, including: route and trip planning; locating transit stops
and transportation hubs; and boarding/exiting busses, trains, airplanes and
other vehicles. Instruct students in how to safely and effectively negotiate
escalators, elevators, revolving doors, and other challenges encountered
7. Teach students how to locate, use, and navigate safely and
efficiently busy public facilities such as shopping malls, stadiums,
airports, hospitals, college campuses, etc.
8. Create tactile and auditory maps and instruct students in their
9. Evaluate students' functional, physical and mental capabilities, as
related to mobility and orientation.
10. Determine individual students' need for physical conditioning.
11. Stay current in areas of responsibility.
12. Address and conduct workshops for interested groups as requested.
1. Maintain thorough, complete and timely ongoing weekly and monthly
record keeping of client services; including, but not limited to case
notes, lesson notes, evaluations, progress reports, and correspondence.
2. Documents immediately and thoroughly any student falls or other
accidents that occur during training.
Team Building and Networking
1. Present client issues to supervisor and contribute to ongoing
problem solving of such issues while maintaining appropriate
2. Consult with other professionals, family members or other
appropriate parties regarding the progress and problems of the students.
3. Participate in individual case conferences and confer regularly with
program staff on multi-disciplinary service team concerning client's program
and adjustment to blindness or vision loss.
4. Maintain positive and professional relations with counselors of
Department of Rehabilitation and other agencies as well as Society students,
staff, and volunteers.
5. Coordinate effective client service with third-party counselors,
such as Department of Rehabilitation.
1. Attend all staff and department meetings
2. Adhere to all Society policies and procedures
3. Obtain training to enhance job requirements
4. Other duties as required
1. A minimum of two years working experience.
2. Master's Degree in Orientation & Mobility or related field.
3. COMS or NOMC certification in O&M instruction.
4. Ability to stand and walk for at least seven hours per day
5. Sufficient stamina to walk distances of up to two miles at a time
6. Ability to safely descend stairs backward and ahead of students to
lend any necessary support and to help prevent falls.
7. Sufficient strength to support the weight of adult students in case
of stumbling or falling.
8. Proficiency in English grammar, usage, and mechanics
9. Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
10. Strong computer skills, including proficiency in MS Office - Word,
Excel, Outlook & Internet Explorer.
Director of Programs
Society for the Blind
1238 S Street
Sacramento, CA 95811
Direct Line: (916) 889-7588
SFTB Main Phone: (916) 452-8271
Fax: (916) 492-283
Email: ssnyder at societyfortheblind.org
Our mission is to empower individuals who are blind or have low vision to
live productively and independently by building confidence through training,
tools, and mentorship.
David Andrews and long white cane Harry.
E-Mail: dandrews at visi.com or david.andrews at nfbnet.org
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