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Organization and Position Summary
Shrub Oak International School is a world-class, private, special education boarding and day school preparing students for independent adult life and employment. We serve the sophisticated needs of an international co-ed population of young adults on the Autism Spectrum. Our innovative relationship-based model grounded in evidence-based principles builds on students' strengths and interests, maximizing therapeutic and learning opportunities. Our renowned experts work with students to individualize life and career development paths based on each student’s specific needs and interests. Each student’s team of clinicians, teachers, and student- life staff collaborate closely to address the student’s issues quickly and reinforce therapies and learning paths, so that the student progresses more rapidly. Our modern, technology-infused facility is set on 127 acres of agriculture and farmland where students learn in a natural environment full of sensory experiences. Our graduates live independently and have a purposeful, self-sustaining future, to the best of each student’s ability. After a few years of operation, Shrub Oak will have close to 600 staff and 390 students.
We seek a part time Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS) who will work with visually impaired students (and collaboratively in a transdisciplinary environment with our professionals in Education, Campus Life, and Clinical) to empower and develop those skills which will enable them to live comfortably in their environment, familiar or unfamiliar, and function safely, efficiently, gracefully and as independently as possible.
Develop and maintain trusting, respectful relationships with students, including understanding his/her unique interests, needs and goals, as well as the student body generally, to maintain a positive and cooperative environment
Explain, enforce and support all policies and procedures to students ensuring an inclusive and respectful community, all to promote self-advocacy, collaboration, and independence
Conducting initial and on-going assessment of orientation and mobility skills for visually impaired individuals’
Identifying and discussing mobility goals and objectives
Determining and communicating the extent of training needs to achieve goals
Working collaboratively with all parts of SOIS team and consultants to support our visually impaired students, i.e. Education, Clinical and Campus Life professionals to ensure a seamless and transdisciplinary approach to support students
Participate in ITEP goal planning, updating or meetings with staff, student and parents as needed
Proactively work with students in crisis to de-escalate situations using school protocol
Attend to and report all emergencies and/or other situations requiring immediate attention in a timely manner to the appropriate staff member(s) in accordance with Shrub Oak policies/procedures
Developing and documenting lesson plans
Document students’ progress using SOIS systems
Scheduling students for Orientation and Mobility classes or sessions
Teaching students in or outside the classroom;
Teaching balance/coordination to students as needed
Assuring that visually impaired individuals are able to travel or navigate safely, confidently and efficiently
Must hold a current credential as an Orientation and Mobility Specialist issued by the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP) or the National Orientation and Mobility Certification (NOMC) issued by the National Blindness Professional Certification Board (NBPCB)
Strong knowledge of Orientation and Mobility training technique and mobility devices for the visually impaired is required
At least 1 year of experience working with students with visual impairments
Good communication, training, time management and organizational skills
The ability to work independently and effectively train the visually impaired to achieve their Orientation & Mobility goals is essential
Experience working with students, adolescents or young adults on the autism spectrum or developmental disabilities is preferred
Experience working with individuals exhibiting challenging behaviors
Experience working cross-functionally in a transdisciplinary program to consistently support students
Ability to speak multiple languages is a plus
Valid drivers’ license preferred
The work will generally be performed in a residential, campus school environment.
Physical demands are in excess of sitting, and require walking or standing to a significant degree. The COMS is required to move throughout the campus on a routine basis and execute program operations. Daily desk work including extensive amounts of computer and phone time as well as the ability to navigate stairs, mobility around a large campus with uneven pavement, bending and squatting, lifting/carrying boxes up to 25 pounds, and the ability to rearrange furniture for events is occasionally required.
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
Part time positions may be available afternoons/evenings and weekends. Your manager will discuss the particular shift hours, which could be day, evening and/or weekends.
Shrub Oak International School is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to apply for a job or to perform the essentials functions of his/her job. Please advise us if you require a reasonable accommodation.
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