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Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS)

Posted: Thursday, June 28th, 2018

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Updated June 2018

Position Summary
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 or visually impaired and who may or may not have additional disabilities. With a strong Hispanic and mono-lingual Spanish speaking community, bilingual (English-Spanish) language translators are available, as needed. We provide a salary stipend for bilingual (English-Spanish) and dually certified staff. Based on dual certification, you may provide assistive technology/rehabilitation/daily living skills related services by assessing consumer needs in their home or other environments. You may also assist in the Low Vision Clinic, Assistive Technology Lab and/or with social activities and community outreach. You will work with other 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.

This position is open until filled.

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 ability to work in the U.S., proof of a valid California driver’s license, and proof of insurance.


Job Description

Position: Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist. Dual certified or Bilingual (English-Spanish) preferred

Hours: 40 hours per week FTE

Salary: $55,000-$65,000, including bi-lingual and dual certification stipends; plus medical, dental and vision insurance; and mileage reimbursement.

Holidays: Ten paid holidays per year

Paid Time Off: Employee accrues up to 20 paid days off per year; three days sick leave per year

Benefits: Full-time employees are eligible for health, dental and vision benefits

Retirement: The BVIC offers a simple IRA retirement plan

Responsible to: Executive Director


Education and Experience:

  • Required: Master’s Degree with concentration in Orientation & Mobility and Bachelor’s Degree with concentration in Special Education, Occupational Therapy, or related field
  • ACVREP or COMS certification as an O&M Specialist or commitment to attain certification within one year of hire date
  • Minimum one-year experience working with the visually impaired
  • Additional educational background and/or work experience in other areas of Blind Rehabilitation and working with the elderly is a plus
  • Preferred: Dually Certified CLVT, CVRT or CAITS or Licensed OT with SCLV

Qualifications:

  • 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 think independently, problem solve, and execute assigned tasks, customarily and routinely exercise discretion and independent judgement
  • Ability to counsel in a caring manner while also being able to balance agency policy with individual perceptions and sensitivity to clients
  • Ability to work in a small closely- knit work environment where everyone can be cross-trained and handle various jobs to the extent of their ability.
  • Sensitivity to the elderly and people with disabilities
  • Must be familiar with the blindness community and professional resources, as well as standard concepts, practices, and procedures within the vision rehabilitation field
  • Strong report writing and computer skills required; Proficiency with MS Office suite produces
  • 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
  • Must have current TB test, CPR certification, and HIPAA training
  • Willingness to do what is needed to be done 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: (include but are not limited to)

  • Provide O&M instruction to adults (generally senior citizens), who are blind/legally blind/low vision throughout Monterey County, Ca
  • Perform new client intake, as assigned
  • Work with staff to create client service plans
  • Coordinate referral or connection to other service providers and resources, as needed
  • 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
  • Provide basic daily living skills/rehabilitation services, as needed
  • 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
  • Provide input toward program/service improvements and/or assist with developing new programs/services
  • Occasional networking with other agencies and individuals
  • Occasional community outreach for public education about BVIC services
  • Participate in presentations and/or in-service workshops, as needed
  • Other duties as assigned