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Rehabilitation of the Blind Specialist II

Recruitment #170808-K23B-02

Introduction

Position may be filled at a higher level.

Position location
: VS #91 – Tulsa, OK

Essential Functions
Position provides Orientation and Mobility (O&M) Instruction for people who are blind or have low vision and facilitates solutions to the challenges of being able to safely travel in their everyday environment and in dealing with problems created by their blindness, promoting confidence and the self-esteem of the individual customer. A key duty will be raising the awareness of the clients to the opportunities and options which mastery of O&M skills can develop. The O&M instructor provides assessment and instruction for their customers in navigating their home, community, school and work type environments, and shall cover topics such as proper white cane travel techniques, and instruction to facilitate self-problem solving, sighted guide, and guide dog use, and strategies to address potentially dangerous situations. The person in this position will also consult with other rehabilitation professionals throughout the vocational rehabilitation process to ensure high quality career and independent living outcomes for their customers. Communication between the O&M instructor and the Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor must be ongoing.

Preference may be given to applicants with a Master’s Degree in either Rehabilitation of the Blind, Visual/Vision services or Orientation and Mobility training experience with three years of experience in rehabilitation teaching or orientation and mobility and prefer applicants holding current Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist (CVRT), Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS) through the Academy for  Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVEP), the National Orientation and Mobility Certificate (NOMC), or the National Certification in Literary Braille or Unified English Braille (NCLB or NCUEB) from the National Blindness Professional Certification Board.

Applicant must be willing to perform all job related travel. 

Probationary period (or trial period if applicable) is required.

Background Check:
The Department of Rehabilitation Services will conduct a criminal background check on new hires as part of an offer of employment that is made contingent upon a successful criminal background check.

STATE EMPLOYEE INFORMATION

ALL SOURCES – Applicants, without previous classified state service, those that are in the unclassified status OR currently in probationary status, must apply through the Office of Management and Enterprise Services OKJOBS on-line External Listings applicant system (www.jobaps.com/ok/). 

Current State of Oklahoma employees with permanent status in the classified service, or those having reinstatement rights must apply through the Office of Management and Enterprise Services OKJOBS on-line Internal Listings applicant system (
www.jobaps.com/OK/promo.asp).

If you have any questions regarding this position or the application process, contact Calvin Small at (405) 951-3527 or Stephanie Roe at (405) 951-3454.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

BASIC PURPOSE

Positions in this job family are assigned responsibilities for performing complex professional work which involves working in partnership with individuals who are blind or severely visually impaired who may have multiple secondary disabilities in their homes, communities and work environments, by providing instruction in alternative techniques for independent living and by providing in-depth counseling to consumers and their families in addressing challenges created by their blindness.  Assistance is provided to consumers in obtaining information needed to make informed choices, which provides access to services that increase opportunities to live independently, increasing opportunities for employment. Assigned responsibilities include a comprehensive assessment of the consumers’ current level of independence in daily living, communication, orientation and mobility (ability to travel safely in their environment), and job readiness skills, and developing a comprehensive rehabilitation/independent living plan.

LEVEL DESCRIPTORS

This job family consists of four levels which are distinguished by the level of complexity and diversity of the specific job assignments, the level of expertise required for the completion of duties assigned and the responsibility assigned for assisting in the training and supervision of others.

Level I:
This is the basic level where employees are assigned responsibilities for performing entry-level work, in a training status, under direct supervision.  Direct supervision includes, but is not limited to, supervisor’s signature authority on approval on eligibility decisions, individual plans (IPE/IRP) and amendments, authorizations for services, evaluations and case closure.  In this role employees will be responsible for maintaining a caseload and providing services, instruction and counseling in such areas as Braille reading and writing at the level of Grade One, daily living skills, orientation and mobility skills, or independent living skills to persons who are blind or severely visually impaired who may have multiple secondary disabilities.

Level II:
This is the career level where employees are assigned responsibilities for performing professional duties with a moderate level of supervision which includes, but is not limited to, oversight, guidance, mentoring, and signature authority for case closure.  Specialists at this level may have signature authority for eligibility decisions, development and amendments of plans, written evaluation reports and authorization for services.  This level provides services to include counseling and instruction in such areas as Braille reading and writing at the level of Grade Two, daily living skills, orientation and mobility skills or independent living skills to individuals who are blind or severely visually impaired who may have multiple secondary disabilities.  Instructs individuals in dog guide techniques and procedures.

Level III:
This is the expert level of this job family where employees will act as a subject matter resource person providing guidance and assistance to lower level specialists in providing rehabilitation services and assistance to blind or severely visually impaired clients.  May provide community based training.

Level IV:
This is the leadership level of this job family where employees carry a full caseload and act as a team leader.  Employees at this level will function independently and assign work and supervise lower level rehabilitation of the blind professionals and/or rehabilitation technicians and/or develop new initiatives and serve as a special project manager.  Employees at this level will assign work and review completed work projects, provide in-service training to lower level Rehabilitation specialists and supervise interns and Rehabilitation Technician staff.  May provide community based training.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Level I:
Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of a Bachelor’s degree in orientation and mobility, rehabilitation teaching or a bachelor’s degree and one year of experience in a disability related field.

Level II:
Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those indicated in Level I plus two years of experience in rehabilitation teaching or orientation and mobility.  All applicants at this level must be eligible to sit for certification for either Vision Rehabilitation Therapist or Orientation and Mobility Specialist through the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP) or the National Orientation and Mobility Certificate (NOMC), or the National Certification in Literary Braille or Unified English Braille (NCLB or NCUEB) from the National Blindness Professional Certification Board, or have one additional year of experience in a closely related field teaching blindness skills.

Level III:
Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those indicated in Level II.    All applicants at this level must be certified in either Vision Rehabilitation Therapist or Orientation and Mobility Specialist through the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP) or the National Orientation and Mobility Certificate (NOMC), or the National Certification in Literary Braille or Unified English Braille (NCLB or NCUEB) from the National Blindness Professional Certification Board, or have two additional years of experience in a closely related field teaching blindness skills.

Level IV:
Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of a master’s degree in either Rehabilitation of the Blind, Visual/Vision services or Orientation and Mobility and three years experience in rehabilitation teaching or orientation and mobility.   All applicants at this level must be certified as either Vision Rehabilitation Therapist or Orientation and Mobility Specialist through the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP) or the National Orientation and Mobility Certificate (NOMC), or the National Certification in Literary Braille or Unified English Braille (NCLB or NCUEB) from the National Blindness Professional Certification Board, or have two additional years of experience in a closely related field teaching blindness skills.

SELECTIVE QUALIFICATIONS

The Department of Rehabilitation Services has been authorized to utilize a Selective Qualification when interviewing applicants for this position. 

Application must include the following: Copy of transcript showing degree has been awarded and copy of any current certifications for either Vision Rehabilitation Therapist (CVRT) or Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS) through the Academy of Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP) or the National Orientation and Mobility Certificate (NOMC), or the National Certification in Literary Braille or Unified English Braille (NCLB or NCUEB) from the National Blindness Professional Certification Board, OR must include documentation showing the applicant is eligible to sit for certification for either Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP) or the National Orientation and Mobility Certificate (NOMC), or the National Certification in Literary Braille or Unified English Braille (NCLB or NCUEB) from the National Blindness Professional Certification Board.

NOTES

Please read instructions carefully and include all required documents when you submit your application.

No additional information will be accepted after the application has been submitted.

Selection Plan

Scores based on:  100% Evaluation of Education and Experience listed on a supplemental questionnaire.

***NOTE:  Names of eligible applicants can be made available to State agencies upon their request, immediately following the closing date and time.


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