R-9553 Orientation and Mobility Teacher, Short-Term Programs Special Projects (Decatur, Alabama) -Revised

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R- 9553 Reference#3111100515105

Posting Date: March 5, 2024



Candidates who are blind or visually impaired and/or deaf or hard of hearing are encouraged to apply for this position and may be given preference in hiring as permitted by federal laws.  Information related to disability is not required, and if disclosed voluntarily, will be used only in AIDB’s efforts to create opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Non-disclosure will not subject any applicant to adverse treatment.


POSITION: Orientation and Mobility Teacher, Short-Term Programs

Special Projects (Decatur, Alabama)




The Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind (AIDB) is the world’s most comprehensive education, rehabilitation and service program serving individuals of all ages who are Deaf, Blind, DeafBlind and multidisabled and their families. Founded in 1858, AIDB serves more than 36,000 infants, toddlers, children, adults and seniors with hearing and vision loss throughout Alabama each year.

Our services literally span a lifetime including five campuses in Talladega, ten regional centers located in Birmingham, Dothan, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery, Talladega, Tuscaloosa, Shoals, Opelika and Decatur with programs that range from early to senior intervention, traditional and nontraditional education services in residential and outreach settings and a manufacturing facility that is the state’s largest employer of adults who are Blind and Deaf.



AIDB’s Special Projects Department is AIDB’s collaborative effort to invest additional time and funding with deferral partners in order to support the mission of AIDB: To provide comprehensive education and service programs of superior quality to children with sensory differences and their families. It is our goal to expand services beyond our campus programs and even beyond our state borders. Special Projects consist of Special Education Coordination, The National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) Regional Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Center at AIDB, The Center for Assistive Technology Training (CATT), The Regional Early Acquisition of Language Project (REAL), Gallaudet University Regional Center (GURC), the Agriculture Education Program, and Short-Term Programs. In addition, Special Projects is expanding services within the new AIDB North Campus in Decatur, Alabama. Special Projects utilizes various technologies and networks to satisfy the collaborative needs of each department in order to achieve the overall mission. Specifically, Short-Term Programs are responsible for providing the highest level of care and education for students who are blind and visually impaired in the state of Alabama from public school, private school, or homeschool. Students in grades 6th-12th will attend three, four, or five day group or individual courses throughout the school year that focus on the Expanded Core Curriculum. Students attend in-person short courses at AIDB’s North Campus in Decatur, Alabama as well as virtual courses to gain specific knowledge and skills while remaining enrolled in their local school district.




The right candidate for this position will have a passion for working with students and colleagues to ensure all Short-Term Program students receive a world class experience that arms them with an abundance of knowledge and skills which enable them to live and function independently to the highest degree possible. This role will have a unique school calendar and will require schedule flexibility. This role will make effective decisions and solve problems using sound judgment, guided initiative, and team work. This role requires excellent listening skills, communication skills, and teaching skills. This will be accomplished by demonstrating flexibility, positive attitude, agility, and professional maturity. You will also be responsible for working closely with district teachers and parents in order to provide students with the best possible individualized instruction. You will play a vital role in the lives of our students and be a part of the miracles that happen every day at AIDB.



  • Must hold a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college/university in Orientation and Mobility.
  • Must be ACVEREP certified in Orientation and Mobility.
  • Must be certified in visual impairment OR be able to gain certification within the first thirty-six (36) months of employment.
  • Knowledge of the Expanded Core Curriculum to be used with students who are blind or visually impaired.
  • Must have knowledge and understanding of methodologies used to educate individuals who are blind and/or visually impaired.
  • Be familiar with Google Suites, Zoom, and Microsoft Office.


  • Master’s Degree in Orientation and Mobility from an accredited college/university.
  • Alabama Teaching Certificate in Collaborative Special Education and Visually Impairment.
  • One (1) year or more experience working with children who are blind and visually impaired in an education or rehabilitation setting.



  • Knowledge of or willingness to learn Braille, including becoming a National Library of Congress certified Braille Transcriptionist within the first thirty-six (36) months of employment.
  • A minimum sign language proficiency level of SURVIVAL must be obtained in the first twelve (12 months) and SURVIVAL PLUS in the first twenty-four (24) months.
  • Keep abreast of current research and teaching strategies of the Expanded Core Curriculum for implementation in the classroom settings.
  • Research, build, and implement curriculum for the Expanded Core Curriculum.
  • Create academic, technology, and all related curriculum for short-term courses.
  • Cooperate with other STP teachers, staff, and district TVIs in planning and implementing the unique instructional program for students who are blind and visually impaired.
  • Consult with classroom teachers and parents regarding the impact of visual impairment on development and learning.
  • Teach short term program courses; both in-person and via distance learning platforms.
  • Assess and evaluating educational strengths and needs including learning media assessments to determine instructional goals and objectives.
  • Determine appropriate services and instructional goals.
  • Plan and prepares for short term courses.
  • Become familiar with the implementation of technology for the visually impaired into the classroom.
  • Provide training in the use of adapted materials and devices.
  • Maintain classroom discipline.
  • Serve as a case manager.
  • Protect confidentiality of student information.
  • Exercise the Code of Ethics in the teaching profession.
  • Serve as a role model to students with professional behaviors.
  • Must be able to physically assist students as required.
  • Must be willing and able to work a flexible schedule to include some weekends.
  • Continue professional growth and development.
  • Perform other relevant duties as assigned by the Director.
  • Upon offer of employment, the applicant must submit to a fingerprint background check at an agency designated and paid by AIDB.
  • SALARY: $45,894 – $61,124  Scale l1 Rank 2T (BS-Class B)

          $53,794 – $70,204 Scale l1 Rank 1T    (MA-Class A)

           $57,268 – $74,189  Scale l1 Rank AA    (AA Certification)

                      (187) Days 

Direct deposit is required.


This is an exempt position and is not subject to overtime and/or compensatory time provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act


  • Health, dental, and vision insurance available
  • TRS retirement
  • Deferred compensation options available
  • Paid time off


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