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Columbia Regional Program - Teacher of the Visually Impaired/Orientation & Mobility Specialist - 1.0 FTE

Organization: 
Portland Public Schools

POSITION SUMMARY

Columbia Regional Program is hiring a Teacher of the Vision Impaired/Orientation and Mobility Specialist (TVI/O&M) to assist in meeting the education needs of students who are blind or visually impaired in an itinerant setting. The successful candidate will provide direct instruction and/or consultation for Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education through transition age students attending specialized classrooms or neighborhood schools.

DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:

Teacher of the Visually Impaired:

- Work with local educational staff in developing Individual Family Service Plans (IFSPs) or Individual Education Plans (IEPs) for students who are blind or visually impaired.
-Understand and follow policies and procedures for special education eligibility and due process.
-Perform and write high quality functional vision, learning media and orientation and mobility assessments for students with visual impairments.
-Select, design and/or modify specialized curriculum for students with visual impairments to be used in school and home including instruction in Braille, low vision devices, and all areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum
-Design and implement individual education programs based on assessment and observations and maintain current data to document and evaluate progress.
-Coordinate materials and equipment to ensure assessable instructional materials for assigned students.
-Provide assessment and instruction in all areas of the expanded core curriculum based on individual student need.
-Collaborate with general education and/or special education teachers and other school personnel to develop and implement instructional programs designed for students who are blind or visually impaired.
-Confer and collaborate with school personnel regarding travel needs related to students with visual impairments.
-Provide in-service training to school staff about the educational impact of blindness and vision loss.
-Provide community resources and information to school personnel, students and families.
-Performs other reasonable duties as assigned

Orientation & Mobility Specialist:

-Provides orientation and mobility assessment to determine student needs.
-Designs individual educational programs in the area of orientation and mobility for assigned students based on assessment data and monitor progress.
-Works with local educational staff to implement individual educational programs relating to orientation and mobility.
-Interprets for classroom teachers and staff the special travel and personal management needs of students who are blind or visually impaired.
-Confers with parents and professional staff members regarding travel issues.
-Provides equipment and materials as appropriate for individual student’s orientation and mobility needs.

Other Duties and Responsibilities:

-Ability to travel within the geographic area served by Columbia Regional Program
-Participate in staff meetings and in-service training
-Maintain a daily calendar and daily student contact logs

QUALIFICATIONS:

-Incumbents must be properly licensed by the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission for assignment as a Professional Educator.

Preferred Qualifications:

-Completion of a nationally certified program for Orientation and Mobility instructors
-At least three years working as a teacher of the visually impaired/orientation and mobility specialist
-Proficient in computer use

Special Requirements:

-Positions in this classification may require the use of a personal automobile and possession of a valid Class C Oregon driver’s license.

ENDORSEMENT REQUIRED: Visually Impaired Endorsement
COMPENSATION: $43,382 - $88,216 (Salary based on 1.0 FTE)
WORK YEAR: 192
FTE: 1.0

HOW TO APPLY:
1. Please go to https://careers.pps.net for more detailed job information and to complete the on-line application.
2. Search for Job Opening ID 21300 (for current school year) or 21840 (for 2021/2022 school year).
3. Apply