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State of Montana Orientation and Mobility Specialist (13020) in Billings, Montana

/Women (and/or) minorities may be under-represented in this position and are encouraged to apply. / The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) currently has a great opportunity within the Blind and Low Vision Office in Billings. At the Department of Public Health and Human Services, our mission is to improve and protect the health, well-being and self-reliance of all Montanans. The department has four overreaching goals: * All Montana children are healthy, safe and in permanent, loving homes. * All Montanans have the tools and support to be as self-sufficient as possible. * All Montanans are injury-free, healthy and have access to quality healthcare. * All Montanans can contribute to the above through community service./ / Job Overview:The Orientation and Mobility (O&M) Specialist provides direct instructional services to high school youth and adults with visual impairment, blindness or other disabilities. Instruction may include safe and efficient techniques to navigate home and community, techniques to use a white cane, independent living skills, bus travel skills, low vision assess and low vision techniques and assistive technology.The O&M Specialist may perform up to 75% of their duties in a consumer's home and community or outdoors, and while traveling in an automobile. The O&M Specialist works with people who have a variety of physical and/ or mental disabilities. Major Duties or Responsibilities Evaluation and Assessment * Evaluates current level of adaptive knowledge, skills, and abilities. Collaborates with the individual to determine what needs to be taught. * Develops lesson plans of graduated difficulty to provide direction and obtain the objectives. * Implements lesson plan. * Evaluates progress and results, revises as needed. Instruction * Determines current level of functional vision. * Works with individual to identify effective low vision aids and authorizes or recommends purchase of aids. * Provides follow-up instruction and training to maximize benefits from adaptive techniques and low vision aids. * Provides follow-up services as needed including additional instruction and training. * Refers for additional services as deemed appropriate. * Determines orientation and mobility needs. * Provide orientation and mobility instruction. Technical Assistance * Works interdependently with Rehabilitation Counselor, Vision Rehabilitation Therapist, and support staff to accomplish agency goals. * Participates in statewide and local team meetings providing ideas, suggestions and recommendations. * Represents the agency in the public forum by doing group presentations, developing and encouraging support groups and providing accurate agency information that result in appropriate public education and referrals. Case Management * Manages referrals by identifying needs of those inquiring about services. Refers them to others as appropriate. * Determines eligibility for and maintains each case file according to Agency and Federal regulations. * Implements services in a timely manner as required by the Agency guidelines. * Manages and maintains budgets. * Closes cases per Agency guidelines. Physical and Environmental Demands:The O&M Specialist may perform up to 75% of the work in a consumer's home, the community, outdoors, and while traveling in an automobile. Consumer's home and workplace may offer unpredictable conditions including, but not limited to, unpleasant odors or fumes, filth, animals, noise, dust, extreme temperatures, and cigarette smoke, and often are not handicapped accessible. The O&M Specialist works with people who have a variety of physical and/or mental disabilities. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (Behaviors) Required for the_first day of work_ * Knowledge of the principles and methods of curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals, and the measurement of training effects. * Knowledge of the practical application of orientation and mobility principles and techniques as well as low vision. * Knowledge of human behavior, physical/psychological aspects of disability and have specific knowledge of the functions of the eye and conditions that lead to vision loss and/or blindness. * Knowledge of assistive technology used by individuals who are visually impaired or blind. * Knowledge of community resources. * Knowledge of oral and written communication and case management skills. * Skill in effectively implementing teaching strategies. * Skill in planning and organizing. * Skill in use of computer for word processing, e-mail, Internet, etc. * Ability to teach adults. * Ability to communicate orally and in writing. * Ability to exercise professional judgment in evaluation and decision making. * Ability to accurately interpret medical and psychological information. * Ability to maintain effective working relationships with team members, consumers, agencies, and the public. * Ability to manage budgets, caseload, and good work organization. * Ability to initiate activities with minimal supervision. Minimum Qualifications (Education and Experience): * Master’s degree with emphasis in Orientation and Mobility or other related degree and eligibility to sit for the Certified Orientation and Mobility (COMS) certification. o For more information on the COMS: * Must meet qualifications for certification as an Orientation and Mobility Specialist by the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Educational Professionals (ACVREP). * Equivalent combinations of related education and experience may be considered. /Applicants with a related bachelor's or master’s degree in a field other than Orientation and Mobility or other related degree as acceptable for ACVREP certification//maybe considered for a training assignment at the minimum listed salary. Applicants hired under a training assignment are required to perform the duties of the job while completing a//master’s degree in//Orientation and Mobility or other related degree as acceptable for ACVREP certification//. Employees who complete their master’s degrees will receive a base pay increase. Employees who choose to take the//ACVREP certification//exam and pass it, will receive an additional base pay increase./ /Employees hired under a training assignment are guided to schools that provide both distance learning and scholarship funds//./ /To be considered for this position, please submit the following materials online through the State of Montana Careers site:/ * Cover Letter-In your cover letter: o Describe your experience teaching new skills to individuals over 55 years of age. o Describe an experience interacting with a person with a disability. * Resume-Please include dates of employment and your Supervisor’s name/phone number for each position * Undergraduate Academic Transcripts /To be considered for any DPHHS Agency position, applicants must complete and submit their application online, as well as upload any required application materials. Successful applicant(s) are required to successfully pass all DPHHS specific background check(s) relevant to each position./ *Job: Community/Social Services *Title: *Orientation and Mobility Specialist (13020) Location: Billings Requisition ID: 21143394