O&M Specialist

Basic Information

Date posted: 05/21/2019

Location: Rochester Hills, MI

Posted by: Leader Dogs for the Blind

Salary: $45,572 - $68,358

Contact Information

Address

1039 S. Rochester Road
Rochester Hills, MI 48307

Phone

248-218-6429

More Details

Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree required from an accredited university.  Master’s degree preferred.  Must have current Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS®) Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professions (ACVREP) certification.  At least two years preferred of professional experience in O&M; supervision of interns preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Must be able to effectively monitor the safety of clients during instruction.
  • Must be proficient in latest version of Microsoft Office products.
  • Must possess sound business judgment, exercise professional conduct, understand and follow business ethics and standards, and maintain a high level of confidentiality in all duties.
  • Must have interpersonal skills and ability to instruct people who are blind or visually impaired in a respectful and effective manner.
  • Must have a thorough knowledge of orientation and mobility principles and techniques and maintain current certification in O&M.
  • Must have strong oral and written communication skills and have the ability to be organized and maintain detailed records and be comfortable providing education and instruction programs to students, management and the community.
  • Must have aptitude for and ability to develop and administer new programs as well as develop and modify curriculum design.
  • Must have aptitude for coordination of camp activities for teens with visual impairments.
  • Must be knowledgeable of applicable safety and health policies, be able to read and interpret technical journals, legal documents and provide accurate reports.
  • Must have aptitude and ability to use assistive technology such as JAWS, GPS, etc.
  • Must be able to interpret eye pathology reports.
  • Must possess sound business judgment, exercise professional conduct, understand and follow business ethics and standards, and maintain a high level of confidentiality in all duties.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license with no restrictions and the ability to travel as needed.
  • Must be comfortable with and willing to work around large dogs.
  • Must be willing to perform general public relations duties on behalf of Leader Dog (perform tours, answer general questions, be a professional and courteous representative of Leader Dog, etc.).
  • Must be able to establish and maintain professional, productive and courteous interactions with employees that promote positive teamwork, as well as with volunteers, donors, clients and all constituents of Leader Dog.  This encompasses going beyond giving and receiving instructions and includes but is not limited to (a) performing work activities requiring interacting or speaking with others; and (b) responding appropriately to constructive feedback or suggestions for improvement from a supervisor.

Job Description

Summary

This position is responsible for the delivery of Orientation and Mobility services to Leader Dog clients, employees, associated professionals and community. The position will also be responsible for the supervision of O&M interns.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assesses client orientation and mobility levels, determines needs, recommends services and conducts training to meet needs. Assesses and recommends the client’s need for services of related professionals.
  • Provides field services to O&M clients in home, school and work environments. Provides education and awareness on Leader Dog services to the community.
  • Provides location technology instructional services to clients, including GPS and other adapted devices.
  • Provides management and direct instruction to university O&M interns and practicum students.
  • Manages all case related documentation and correspondence in a timely manner. Maintains data on applicants, services rendered and post graduate activity.  Responsible for monitoring follow-up and providing additional training as needed.
  • Participates in the development of department goals, objectives and systems. Evaluates effectiveness of services, recommends improvements and executes new approaches in a continuous cycle of quality improvement.
  • As needed, participates in the admission process and recommends client acceptance into the Leader Dog program.
  • Takes leadership in the ongoing development and implementation of all O&M and guide dog client and professional related services and training materials.
  • Participates in all Summer Experience Camp activities.
  • Actively recruits, develops and maintains relationships on behalf of Leader Dog with O&M and other related professionals.
  • Provides other services and additional duties as needed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree plus a minimum of 3 years of related experience required.   Previous experience in a managerial role required. Must have successfully completed an IGDF recognized Guide Dog Mobility Instructor Program; Additional years of experience may be substituted for the university requirement.