WV Department of Education

Title of Vacancy

Itinerant Orientation and Mobility Instructor, Romney, WV (Professional)

Administrative Unit

West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind

Duties and Responsibilities

• Adheres to WVBE Policy 5902 – “Employee Code of Conduct” and the applicable WVSDB personnel policies for employee performance. 
• Ensures appropriate student supervision.  
• Implements programs of study. 
• Fosters a classroom climate conducive to learning. 
• Utilizes instructional management systems models that increase student learning. 
• Monitors student progress towards mastery of instructional goals and objectives. 
• Communicates effectively within the educational community, and with parents on a regular basis. 
• Meets professional responsibilities. 
• Demonstrates competency in the knowledge and implementation of technology standards. 
• Follows applicable school and departmental policies and procedures as well as State regulations and West Virginia Board of Education policies. 
• Develops, implements, and reviews sequential curriculum guides and courses of study. These are to follow the guidelines as established by the curriculum committee. 
• Prepares, implements, and evaluates individualized education programs in accordance with curriculum guides in each subject.  
• Uses appropriate materials, methods, and equipment in teaching students with visual disabilities. 
• Prepares daily lesson plans reflecting appropriate student objectives and goals at least one week in advance. 
• Develops appropriate teaching materials. 
• Provides instruction in Orientation and Mobility as stated in each child's individual education plan. 
• Provides Orientation and Mobility services to students at both the School for the Deaf and the School for the Blind, as assigned. 
• Provides Orientation and Mobility services to students in counties on an itinerant basis, as requested. This may require overnight travel. 
• In cooperation with the appropriate personnel, provides short term intervention and/or evaluation programs to students served by LEAs statewide. 
• Evaluates student work, formally and informally. 
• Attends to student social, emotional, physical, and academic needs. Refers students in need of special services such as counseling and physical therapy. 
• Plans and directs programs for special events. 
• Plans and supervises field trips. 
• Maintains parent-teacher communication as well as Residential Care Specialist communication. 
• Supervises additional students as assigned in the absence of other teachers. 
• Monitors halls and stairways when students arrive and leave as well as when they change classes. 
• Uses basic office equipment and audio-visual equipment. 
• Teaches Orientation and Mobility and pre-cane skills to students who are Blind/Low Vision or Deafblind PK-Adult. Evaluates all students for Orientation and Mobility skills and implement appropriate curriculum as needed. 
• Regulates downtown pass system to allow dormitory students to travel to town independently after school hours. 
• Coordinates dormitory staff development of Orientation and Mobility skills. 
• Consistently updates dormitory staff regarding which students participate in downtown travel and associated rules for travel. 
• Accompanies students off campus in the local community and larger cities to provide varying travel experiences. 
• Serves as a class sponsor as requested. 
• Other related duties and responsibilities as assigned. 
 

Qualifications

• Certificate in Orientation and Mobility Therapy from accredited program required. (Preference given to candidates with ACVREP certification.)  
• Possess valid driver’s license and be available for statewide travel. 
• Criminal background check conducted pursuant to WV Code §18-5-15c and/or §18A-3-10, as appropriate. 
• Meets the qualifications outlined in WV Code §18A-3-2a. 
 
 
 
 
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: 
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to reach, stand, walk, lift, grasp, write, talk, hear, see, use technology such as computer and multimedia equipment, and use repetitive motions. The employee may frequently lift and/or move at least 50-100 pounds. He/she shall remain free of any alcohol or non-prescribed drugs while in the workplace. Alcohol and controlled substances which effect employee productivity, safety, or judgement will not be tolerated. 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Expectations

1. The staff member must meet ASL and/or Braille skill level requirements as delineated in the WVSDB Communication Policy for job classification. 
2. The staff member must complete all required annual trainings. 
3. The staff member works effectively as a member of the educational team. 
4. The staff member demonstrates self-control and exhibits an attitude of mutual respect and tolerance. 
5. The staff member demonstrates ethical conduct and good work habits such as punctuality and attendance. 
6. The staff member demonstrates self-direction and the ability to use software applications for work productivity and collaboration. 
7. The staff member is self-motivated and demonstrates the ability to manage multiple tasks/assignments to accomplish high-quality work to meet demanding deadlines. 
8. The staff member demonstrates excellent communication skills and excellent presentation skills using current technologies. 
9. The staff member understands that work assignments may change or be added as priorities emerge. 
 
 
 
 

Salary

Pursuant to WV Code §18A-4-2, in accordance with WVSDB Professional Salary Schedule, commensurate with experience and education level, 200-day annual contract. Salary supplement available for ASL or Braille proficiency in accordance with the WVSDB Communication Policy.

Closing Date

December 12, 2022

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Evaluation

Performance evaluation in accordance with West Virginia Board of Education Policy 5310.

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