Job Description

Job Number:2016-1551

Teacher-Visually Impaired/Orientation & Mobility
ERAC-Special Services

FTE: 1.000
Hours Per Day: 7.00
Position Type: Continuing

Start Time:
End Time:

Salary: $45,518.00 - $88,792.00

Closing Date: Open Until Filled - To be considered for this position, please submit a
completed online application and upload required documents on or before
this date.

Additional Information: This position is .5 fte TVI (Tchr of Visually Impaired) and .5 fte 0 & M
(Orientation & Mobility. Beginning 2016/2017 school year.



: Exempt
Plus additional days as provided by the HEA bargaining agreement

SUMMARY: The Visually Impaired/Orientation and Mobility Specialist Teacher assesses plans, organizes and

teaches orientation & mobility/vision compensatory skills for visually impaired students ages 3 through 21 in the

school and community. Direct service as well as consultation is provided to students, schools, staff and

parents. The teacher works with other staff to integrate students into the regular classroom. The teacher travels

to the student’s assigned schools and/or homes to provide direction and/or consultative special education

services relating to the vision loss.

CONTEXT AND MISSION: Highline Public Schools serves approximately 19,000 students in the communities of

Burien, Des Moines, Normandy Park, SeaTac, Boulevard Park and White Center Heights in Washington State.

Starting in the fall of 2012, the Highline community came together to develop a four-year strategic plan outlining

the community’s bold goals and big dreams for its children. The plan’s promise is that every student in Highline

Public Schools is known by name, strength, and need, and graduates prepared for college, career, and citizenship.

The collective commitment embodied in the plan is grounded in the community’s deep belief that Highline
students are capable of reaching the plan’s ambitious goals and is driven by students’ aspirations for their future.

The instructional vision articulated in the plan is organized around Four Pillars that guide professional and

organizational practices:

- Equitable access to rigorous, standards-based instruction. High-quality instruction for all students.

- Results-focused professional learning and collaboration. Investing in our people so they continuously fine-
tune their craft and grow in their profession.

- Strong partnerships with families and community. Schools can’t do it alone. We are better when students,
families, community and educators work hand-in-hand.

- A culturally responsive organization. Our diversity is a strength and an asset. We are committed to equity,
excellent service for all, and continuous improvement.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. This list is meant to be representative, not

exhaustive. Some incumbents may not perform all the duties listed while in other cases related duties may also

be assigned. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the

essential functions.

Assessment and Evaluation

- Perform orientation and mobility evaluations that focus on long and short term needs of the student.

- Provide consultation and support services to parents, regular and special education teachers, other

school personnel and sighted peers.

- Work with the teacher of visually impaired students to conduct the functional vision assessment as it

relates to independent travel.

- Evaluate the student’s progress on an ongoing basis, and keep progress notes on each student.

- Assist in determining and procuring classroom equipment and materials necessary for the student with

visual impairments to learn (braille, low vision devices, assistive technology, computer) including

necessary room modifications and lighting changes.


Appropriate Learning Environment

- Provides specially designed instruction in the appropriate educational media: regular print, large print,

braille, auditory or a combination for students with visual impairments, as determined by the IEP.

- Instruct the visually impaired student in the development of skills and knowledge that enables him/her

to travel independently based on the IEP.

- Teach students with vision impairments to travel with proficiency, safety and confidence in familiar and

unfamiliar environments.

- Transport the student to various community locations, as necessary, to provide meaningful instruction

in realistic learning environments.

- Be responsible for the student’s safety at all times and in all teaching environments while fostering

maximum independence.

Administrative/Record Keeping Duties

- Be knowledgeable about community funding available for the students with vision impairments.

- Provide in-service training to general and special education personnel, administrative personnel, sighted

peers and parents concerning the O&M needs of the student and appropriate methods for interacting

with the student with vision impairments that will foster maximum independence and safety.

- Participate in necessary parent conferences and meetings as well as teachers’ staffing meetings regarding

the students with vision impairments.

- Maintain adequate records on all assessments, IEPs, progress reports and signed parental consent forms

for permission to travel in O&M specialist’s personal car/district vehicle.

- Actively participate/collaborate in an instructional team with other Special Education staff who are

serving students with vision impairments.

- Interpret and explain eye conditions and educational implications for school staff responsible for

instruction of students with visual impairments

- Register students with visual impairments with appropriate agencies such as Recordings for the Blind and

Dyslexic, Washington Talking Book and Braille Library, Washington Instructional Resources Center and

Department of Services for the Blind.

Other Functions

- Performs other related duties as assigned for the purpose of ensuring the efficient and effective

functioning of the work unit and supporting student learning objectives.

Washington State Teaching Certification with endorsement in Special Education

Certification as an orientation and mobility instructor

One year experience teaching Braille


Master’s degree in Special Education

Previous experience with direct instruction, data collection, behavior management and data analysis



Criminal background clearance

First Aid and CPR certification within 90 days of hire and maintain certification

Valid WA State Driver’s License and proof of insurance

Type II driver’s license obtained within 60 days of hire


Braille and basic mobility/orientation instruction techniques

Functional low vision and low vision aids

Function and use of assistive, accommodative devices for use by students with visual impairments

School board policies and procedures


Communicate effectively verbally and in writing

Demonstrate interest in and provide evidence of continued personal and professional growth

Demonstrate individual personal achievements

Develop and implement appropriate positive behavior interventions for students

Work as part of a multidisciplinary team

Operate a computer and related software

Maintain effective working relationships with individuals and groups in a multicultural and diverse community

Work collaboratively with school and central office administrators, parents, and community members

Remain flexible to changes in assignments or situations

Organize activities, set priorities, and follow through to completion

Comply with school board policies and follow administrative procedures

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: The Visually Impaired/Orientation and Mobility Specialist Teacher reports

directly to the Executive Director of Student Support Services or designee and maintains the following


Building Principal and Program Directors - The teacher is supervised and accountable to the Executive Director

of Student Support Services & the Assistant Director of Special Education for interpreting and executing the

above responsibilities in addition to other related responsibilities assigned by the Executive & Assistant Director.

Personnel/Staff Members - The teacher communicates regularly with program staff, building personnel and

other staff members in order to assist them in meeting District program goals.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an

employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. 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 regularly required to sit, stand, and walk. The employee

frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The

employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and ability to adjust focus.


WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an

employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be

made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in indoor conditions and regularly works

near video display. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. The employee must deal with

angry and upset students, parents, and community members. The employee must adjust to frequent

interruptions in their work schedule. The employee must use personal or district vehicle for business purposes

and will occasionally be required to transport students in personal vehicle.

Created by Human Resources and Executive Director Student Support Services, 2015.05.06

Job descriptions are written as a representative list of the ADA essential duties performed by the entire classification. They cannot include, and are not

intended to include, every possible activity and task performed by every specific employee.

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