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2022-57 Orientation and Mobility Specialist (Newfoundland, Labrador)

St John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada .
full-time . August 9, 2022


Competition #: 2022-57
Location: Newfoundland and Labrador (Location is Flexible within the Province)
City: Flexible
Job Type: Full Time, Permanent
Application Deadline: Open until Filled
Anticipated Start Date: October 2022
Compensation: $66,458 to $80,786 CAD annually

Who We Are 
Atlantic Provinces Special Educational Authority (APSEA) is an interprovincial cooperative agency established in 1975 by joint agreement among the Ministers of Education of New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. 
APSEA provides educational services, programs, and opportunities for children and youth who are Deaf, hard of hearing, blind, or visually impaired who reside in Atlantic Canada. Our employees support learners to reach their highest potential for an independent, self-sufficient, and fulfilling life. 
What We Offer  
APSEA offers meaningful opportunities to help make a difference in the lives of children, youth, and their families. We are committed to fostering a culture that is inspiring, supportive, and inclusive. 
In joining APSEA's team, you would receive: 

  • Access to a Pension Plan  
  • Access to Comprehensive Health and Dental benefits 
  • Paid vacation 
  • Professional learning opportunities 

Position Details 
The Orientation and Mobility (O&M) specialist is responsible for the delivery of quality O&M programs in Newfoundland and Labrador for children and youth supported by APSEA who are blind or visually impaired.  The individual will provide O&M professional training, guidance and support to inform and enhance the development and implementation of individualized O&M programs throughout the province. Working collaboratively with APSEA colleagues, school-based teams, and other professionals is a critical component of the O&M Specialist’s role. They also will:

  • Facilitate student learning by conducting assessments in O&M. 
  • Develop, administer, monitor, and evaluate O&M programs for students in their local community and/or in short term programs and assessment.
  • Consults with the child and/or youth's team, their families, and other medical and community service providers regarding effective supports and resources are in place for learning and development.  
  • Creates and maintains disability-specific records for students, while following confidentiality policies for student information. 
  • Compiles, maintains, and files all physical and electronic reports, records, and other required documents. 
  • Contributes individually and as a member of the O&M Team to the development of resources and supports such as guides, handbooks, and video/web materials.  

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are among APSEA’s guiding principles. Moreover, diversity within APSEA is a strength that must be cultivated. It is the responsibility of every APSEA employee to foster a culture that embraces and promotes diversity.  
  • Ability to communicate effectively within a team is paramount, working with contacts who are not specialized in the field of Orientation and Mobility.
  • Graduation from a Certified Orientation and Mobility program.  
  • Professional Certification in Orientation and Mobility (COMS) from the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP). 
  • Experience with assessment and program planning in O&M for children and youth who are blind or visually impaired, including those with additional exceptionalities.  
  • Experience working with children who are blind, visually impaired, or who have multiple exceptionalities. 
  • Competency with the use of technology and assistive technology. 
  • Excellent problem-solving, adaptability, and decision-making skills. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with both children and adults. 
  • Ability to facilitate and support team building for the development and implementation of student programming. 
  • Professionalism and confidentiality are required regarding access and distribution of student information. Diplomacy and tact are required to address sensitive issues with families and colleagues.   
  • Strong time management skills are required to ensure work can be completed effectively and in a timely manner to optimize operations.    
  • Occasional provision of service may be required outside of school hours, so flexibility in working hours is preferred.  Regular travel required.
  • Knowledge of the Unified English Braille Code and the ability to design tactile graphics are an asset.
  • Experience teaching O&M in a variety of settings is an asset. 
  • French language proficiency is an asset.  

Offer of employment is conditional upon the successful completion of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials. 
APSEA is committed to the full inclusion of all applicants. As part of this commitment, APSEA will ensure that applicants are provided reasonable accommodations, as required. If accommodation is needed to participate in the job application process, please contact Julia Pascucci, HR Generalist, julia_pascucci@apsea.ca.  


$66,458.00 - $80,786.00

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