Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist/Rural Outreach Coordinator with Low Vision Therapist Certification

Basic Information

Date posted: 06/15/2022

Location: Anchorage, Alaska

Posted by: Alaska Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Salary: $50,000+ DOE

Contact Information

Address

3903 Taft Drive
Anchorage, AK 99517

Phone

907-248-7770

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Qualifications

All Alaska Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired employees are to consistently demonstrate the organization’s values and a commitment to the Center’s mission and to equality for people with disabilities. Employees are to demonstrate integrity, professionalism, accountability, cooperation with, and respect for others.

Required Education

Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited University.

Master’s Degree in Orientation and Mobility.

Preferred Education

Low Vision Certification.

Additional professional level work experience like the responsibilities of this position can be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required education. For these purposes, one year of professional work experience would substitute for one year of post-secondary education.

Required Work Experience

Two (2) years of prior experience in delivering O&M/other rehabilitation services to the blind and visually impaired.

Required Work Experience

Two (2) years of experience delivering functional sight assessments in a vision rehabilitation center or clinic setting preferred.

Job Description

The Alaska Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired is looking for a Certified O&M (or a certifiable O&M candidate), with a Low Vision Therapist Certification, or a COMS with low vision experience who would like to impact the lives of blind Alaskans. The Alaska Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired rehabilitation training center is the only blind and visually impaired center in the State and is headquartered in Anchorage, the largest city in Alaska.

This is a two-part position, the first portion of this position will be in Anchorage, delivering Center-based O&M instruction, and low vision clinics. The second portion will include traveling throughout the State via plane or on the road system to provide services in rural Alaska, facilitating low vision clinics, providing basic cane travel skills, and assisting in maintaining a grant that serves blind Alaskans living in rural areas. Alaska’s road system is small and limited, so rural travel will consist of plane trips to small communities. On average, there are 12 plane trips annually, lasting between 2 and 4 days and about 5 road trips that are within a day’s travel of Anchorage.

This is a full-time position with a salary range of $50,000+(DOE). Medical, dental and life insurance benefits with a health savings account, as well as 2 days of personal leave, sick leave, annual leave, and 12 holiday leave days are offered during the year. There also is the option of transitional housing of 60-90 days in our residential center during the initial period of finding housing.  If the candidate does not have the O&M ACVREP certification, the Center can help with this cost. Professional liability insurance, mileage reimbursement, and a monthly cell phone contribution, along with the opportunity to collect and use frequent flier miles earned while traveling for work are also available. There is an option to enroll in a pre-tax employee 403(b) retirement savings plan and plans are to offer an Employer Match for FY2023.

The Alaska Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired is a small organization with an interdependent, collaborative staff that values teamwork. This job includes room for creativity and variety. The Center is an equal opportunity employer.