Nonvisual Skills Instructor- Orientation and Mobility: Phoenix Campus

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Job Summary:

This position contributes to Saavi Services for the Blind mission to cultivate growth and opportunity for blind people through nonvisual skills training; gaining the knowledge that all challenges have solutions, and fostering self-efficacy, empowerment, and confidence. This means that all hold a positive philosophy of blindness, and all contribute to the success for each student.  This position provides non-visual instruction in individual and multistudent settings to Saavi Services for the Blind students while maintaining Structured Discovery principles. Instruction may take place both in the training center environment and in the community.  Instructors must demonstrate personal competence in performing all skills taught in an authentic nonvisual manner.

Supervision Received: Varies    

Location: Phoenix


Key Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Provide direct instruction in the areas of Daily Living skills, Orientation and Mobility, Braille, Access Technology, Academics, job readiness/development, and Sports and Recreation as assigned and required by program.
  • Foster opportunities for confidence growth at all times
  • Support non-visual skills development using a structured discovery approach.
  • Facilitate guidelines and activities set by SAAVI
  • Be aware of your assigned students at all times
  • Provide regular written reports documenting training
  • Communicate regularly with Team regarding student progress and concerns.
  • Support student learning through incorporating braille, technology, cane travel and ILS, in all settings throughout all Saavi activities and practices.
  • Facilitate students’ development of age-appropriate social skills through recreational activities on and off campus.
  • Assist students in traveling to and participating in activities in the community.
  • Reinforce proper cane technique and other nonvisual skills during all activities.
  • Serve as a role model for students in the use of nonvisual techniques and problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrate respect and inclusion for all
  • Adhere to all timelines or develop reasonable alternate plans for accomplishing job tasks.
  • Ensure learning shade and cane is used at all times while taking part in Saavi Services for the Blind and other appropriate activities.
  • Positively represent Saavi Services for the Blind at professional development and special functions as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned

Professional specialization: Orientation & Mobility

Essential Functions

  • Evaluate the student’s skill level and provide a proper cane recommendation based on their needs.
  • Teach using Structured Discovery and NOMC-based approved methodologies
  • Facilitate one-on-one and multi student environment lessons.
  • Plan lessons geared towards transferability that students are able to take with them in their lives and future career goals
  • Participate in outings where promotion of the cane is required.
  • Provide direct instruction with travel and navigational applications.
  • Teach the difference between different types of canes and promote a positive outlook of the usage of canes in the everyday life geared towards self-reliance and independence.


  • NOMC, COMMS certification or equivalent
  • Or have at least 5 years of experience in the field of teaching Orientation and Mobility
  • Or willing to work towards their NOMC apprenticeship upon employment.
  • Experience teaching students with secondary disabilities and adapt the curriculum based on their needs including working with PT’s, OT’s, and other specialists.
  • Able to demonstrate proficiency with a cane under learning shades.

Skills and Knowledge:

  • Possess a current Certification from the National Blindness professional, Certification Board, or
  • Certification from the Academy Certification Vision rehabilitation and Education Professionals board, ACVREP, or
  • Possess a post-secondary degree in Orientation and Mobility, Rehabilitation Teaching, Teacher of Blind students, or Teacher of the Visually Impaired, or Counseling/Social work, or another related field, or
  • 3 or more years’ experience providing skills training to blind individuals using Structured Discovery methodology.
  • Ability to demonstrate a positive philosophy of blindness and a history of inclusive practices.
  • Excellent verbal communication and the ability to demonstrate emotional intelligence,
  • Experience advocating for individuals and encouraging self-advocacy
  • Strong negotiation and relationship building skills
  • Ability to communicate, promote and work within a team environment
  • Ability to initiate and complete job duties with strong problem solving and critical thinking skills
  • Good organizational skills

Conditions of Employment:

  • Able to work evenings and weekends as needed
  • Must demonstrate a positive philosophy of blindness
  • Must complete internal blindness emersion training 
  • Ability to pass a Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) background check
  • Ability to obtain an approved DPS Fingerprint Clearance Card (provided by SAAVI)
  • If performing driving functions for Saavi Services for the Blind, Possess a valid Arizona Driver’s License. If driving SAAVI vehicles must have a clean driving record and be approved by SAAVI insurance

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