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Orientation and Mobility Specialist, OIB

Job Details

Experienced
Wayfinder LA Campus - Los Angeles, CA
Full Time
4 Year Degree
$65,000.00 - $75,280.00 Salary/year
Day/AM
Nonprofit - Social Services

Description

Wayfinder Family Services ensures that children, youth, and adults facing challenges always have a place to turn.

 

Wayfinder is committed to advancing IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility).

Wayfinder believes inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility are essential to our excellence and our mission's execution. We value differences in the pursuit of inquiry and knowledge, mutual understanding, respect, trust, transparency, and cooperation. We are committed to creating a diverse and welcoming workplace that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve and includes individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences. Individuals of color, women, LGBTQIA+, veterans and differently-abled persons are encouraged to apply.

 

In exchange for your talent, Wayfinder offers an excellent benefits package, which includes the following:

  • This role is eligible for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)
  • Competitive salary - Sign-on bonus for eligible roles
  • Flexible schedules depending on the position (some offering hybrid)
  • Medical insurance with a $30 premium per paycheck coverage plan (employee-only)
  • Dental insurance 100% employer paid for HMO coverage plan (employee-only)
  • 401(k) retirement plan with an employer match up to 4%
  • 11 paid holidays per year and a generous paid time off policy
  • Five paid winter holidays (between Christmas Eve & New Year's Day)
  • Education Reimbursement Program
  • Robust training opportunities: Shared Core Practice Model, Trauma-Informed Care, Evidence-based Practices
  • Clinical Supervision for licensure

 

Compensation:

In accordance with California law, the expected salary range for this position is posted with this position.  The actual compensation will be determined based on experience and other factors permitted by law.

 

We offer a sign-on bonus of $5,000 (Paid in two installments). Relocation assistance is provided.

Full-time and Part-Time opportunities are available. Recent grads are encouraged to apply!

 

Role Summary:

The primary purpose of your job position is to organize, plan and implement orientation and mobility services to blind and visually impaired clients.  This position reports directly to the Manager of Adult Services.

 

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assesses each client’s orientation and mobility skills and develops an Individual Service Plan (ISP) to address the client’s individual orientation and mobility needs.
  • Develops and carries out a program of individualized instruction that may include pre-cane skills, cane skills, indoor travel, street crossings, travel in a small business district, downtown travel, and use of public transportation.
  • Emphasizes the effective use of any residual vision, tactile and other sensory modes, and reinforces learning associated with other areas of instruction.
  • Makes careful observations and evaluations concerning clients’ progress and maintains detailed tracking notes.  Prepares narrative reports as required as well as Measurable Outcome documentation. 
  • Cooperates and consults with other staff members and appropriate community resources on behalf of the client. Is an integral member of the rehabilitation team coordinating orientation and mobility skills training with other client services.
  • Participates in departmental and agency-wide planning and evaluation functions.  Makes recommendations concerning orientation and mobility skills training and future planning.
  • Participates in the public education function of the agency as needed.
  • Maintains a working knowledge of local and national resources and of significant trends in the field of blind education and rehabilitation through review of the literature and participation in seminars.
  • Assists with training volunteers; supervises volunteers in jurisdiction; assists with in-services.
  • Performs follow-up in specific area of devices prescribed for improvement of distance vision as used for mobility purposes.

Qualifications

Education/Certifications:

  • Master's degree in orientation and mobility from an accredited college or university required.
  • Within one year of hire obtain certification through the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals as a Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist.

 

Experience:

  • A Minimum of two years of teaching experience or working with individuals who are blind or visually impaired is preferred.
  • Knowledge of all areas of adaptive equipment for individuals who are blind or visually impaired.
  • Valid CA Driver License with a minimum of two (2) years good driving history and must be approved by the agency’s insurance carrier to drive agency vehicles.

 

 

Employee Wellness & Safety

Wayfinder is committed to creating an environment where employees and clients are safe. To meet this goal, we ask that employees be fully vaccinated (including boosters, where applicable) against the COVID-19 virus as a condition of employment. All staff must demonstrate evidence of complete vaccination, including booster, on or before their employment start date. Wayfinder will consider requests for exemption based on religious beliefs or medical accommodations. Wayfinder requires a thorough background screening process, including fingerprinting and a health screening.

 

Trauma-Informed Care

Wayfinder practices Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) principles which recognize the signs, symptoms, and widespread impact of trauma. Employees integrate the knowledge of Trauma-Informed Care into policies, procedures, and practices to prevent re-traumatization which promotes the healing of families, youth, individuals, and communities.

 

Wayfinder is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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