Sr. Instructor- Mobility

The mission of the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults is to enable each person who is deaf-blind to live and work in his or her community of choice. Authorized by an Act of Congress in 1967, HKNC is the only organization of its kind—providing training and resources exclusively to people age 16 and over who have combined vision and hearing loss. Students travel from across the country to our headquarters in Sands Point, New York, for on-campus training in assistive technology, vocational services, orientation and mobility, communication and independent living, and our regional offices bring HKNC resources to communities throughout the United States. Employment at HKNC is a "one-of-a-kind" experience and at HKNC, we seek employees who have a strong work ethic, strive for excellence, enjoy a challenge, and are highly motivated and creative.

We currently have an exciting career opportunity available to join the HKNC team as a Senior Instructor in our Mobility Department. The Senior Instructor Assesses consumers travel skills in various environments to help determine with the consumer their instructional needs/preferences pertaining to their unique home environments. Plans lessons based on assessment findings in content areas of the Orientation and Mobility curriculum employing appropriate tools, techniques, and communication preferences.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Ensures services provided to consumers are person-centered and meet their unique needs:

a. Assesses each consumer’s training priorities through dialogue with their respective team.

b. Actively collaborates with consumers and team to design trans-disciplinary goals and training activities creating an individualized program where progress is evaluated through debriefing and further dialogue to identify further learning opportunities.

c. Communicates with all team members regarding consumers’ training priorities and short and long term goals.

d. Ensures consumer involvement in decision making process with their team throughout evaluation and training.


Provides instruction in safe and efficient travel skills; specifically, indoor techniques including human guide, self-protection, and cane skills on campus to consumers. Lessons are given both day and evenings and the use of one's personal vehicle in transporting students during lesson's may be required.


Evaluates progress of students and submits scheduled written reports (assessment, training and transition).


Participates in weekly team meetings, community of practice (COP) meetings with O&M colleagues, student employment planning meetings, and full staff meetings.


Keeps abreast of and evaluates current O&M research, teaching methods and aids. If appropriate, recommends and implements these methods or aids into student programs and services.


Shares responsibility for the equipment and general appearance of the work area.


Suggests need for appropriate material and equipment.


When assigned provides in-service training for staff members and others regarding Orientation and Mobility training for deaf-blind individuals.


Accompanies and provides human guide and/or communication support for consumers and professional staff members when assigned. To accomplish this, it may be required to use personal vehicle on occasion.


Performs related duties, when necessary, at the discretion of immediate supervisor and/or members of Administration.


Education and/or EXPERIENCE

Master's degree in Blind Rehabilitation with an emphasis in Orientation and Mobility required. Two years’ experience in teaching orientation and mobility preferred. Knowledge of braille and sign language preferred.

To Apply: send resume and cover letter to