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Orientation and Mobility Specialist

Date Posted: Oct 21, 2020

Job Description

Job Title

Position Title:  Orientation and Mobility Specialist                                          

Location:  Exceptional Student Education                   

Salary: DFT Salary Schedule

Reports to: Exceptional Student Education, Visually Impaired Supervisor

Bargaining Unit:  DFT

Benefits Eligible: Yes

In accordance with the Agreement between Detroit Federation of Teachers and the Board of Education of the School District of the City of Detroit, the following vacancy is announced.

Position Summary:

The Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists (COMS) will provide Orientation and Mobility Services to students identified with a visual impairment in Detroit Public Schools and its catchment areas.  Services will be provided in accordance with state and national Orientation and Mobility standards, curriculum, and evidence-based practices.

The Orientation and Mobility Specialist will provide instruction to students with visual impairments in the use of their remaining senses to learn independent life skill concepts, determine their position within the environment, and in techniques for safe travel within school and outdoor environments, including residential, small business, large business and bus and alternative public transportation options.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in Orientation and Mobility from an accredited college or university.
  • Certified or certifiable by the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals (ACVREP)

Essential Functions:

  1. Evaluate, plan, coordinate, and implement individualized programs of instruction in all areas of Orientation and Mobility for students with visual impairments ages birth to 26, including students with multiple disabilities.
  2. Participate in MET and IEP meetings, and write observable, measurable goals leading toward progress toward specific outcomes.
  3. Provide instruction of sequential and appropriate Orientation and Mobility Skills including, but are not limited to: concept development, sensory development skills, low vision skills including the use of low vision aids, and/or cane techniques as necessary to ensure travel safety in all the above listed environments.
  4. Actively participate in consultation and collaboration with members of the student’s IEP team
  5. Complete all required documentation accurately and within all required or imposed timelines including Medicaid billing, IEP development, and progress reporting
  6. Remain current in practices related to Orientation and Mobility, medical aspects of vision loss, devices and technology for students with a visual impairment.
  7. Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor.


Security Clearance:

Internal Applicants

If you are a current Detroit Public Schools Community District employee, you do not have to submit to a new security clearance, unless your new role requires a different type of criminal background check.


External Applicants

In alignment with Michigan law, if you are hired to fill a position, you will be required to submit to a Detroit Public Schools Community District criminal background check. Information regarding required background checks will be shared at point of hire.


Method of Application:

Applicants must apply through the online application system. Only applications submitted through the online application system will be considered for any posted position and all applications require a resume to be considered.


Successful candidates are required to submit official transcript(s) at point of offer to hire. Teaching service outside of the Detroit Public Schools Community District must be verified by the applicant's prior employer(s) prior to hire. It is the applicant's responsibility to provide all documentation (including copies) as requested.


Applicants requesting assistance during the application process should contact the Office of Human Resources via email at [email protected] or phone at (313) 873-6897.


DPSCD does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, religion, height, weight, citizenship, marital or family status, military status, ancestry, genetic information, or any other legally protected category, in its educational programs and activities, including employment and admissions. Questions? Concerns? contact the Civil Rights Coordinator at (313) 240-4377 or [email protected] or 3011 West Grand Boulevard, 14th Floor, Detroit MI 48202.

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