We are looking for an organised, articulate, motivated individual who will drive our public education program & assist with PR activities.
This is a part time role based in Hobart, ideally suited to a person with marketing, education, fundraising or communications experience. It primarily involves pursuing, organising, and conducting talks in schools, community groups and organisations around the state, engaging with audiences about the services of Royal Guide Dogs Tasmania, and 'pitching' the Puppy Banks fundraising program. Other duties occasionally include support with print publications, social media/website content and event planning. Some volunteer recruitment, induction and coordination is required.
If you can engage and inspire a group, are highly competent with IT and can manage competing deadlines, we'd like to hear from you.
Applicants can obtain a copy of the Position Description from the Royal Guide Dogs Tasmania.
Applications must include the following attachments:
Applications to Kate Grady, Funding Development Manager: email@example.com Applications close 5pm, 27 April, 2012.
The successful applicant will be required to complete a National Police Check and a Pre-Employment Heath Check prior to commencing the role.
O&M Specialists work with clients of all ages who are blind or have low vision and may also have other disabilities. Some large organizations may have teams of specialists working primarily with children or with clients who have neurological vision loss but the majority of O&M Specialists need to be able to communicate with, assess and train individuals across the lifespan. Services are generally provided one-to-one with clients in their home, school, workplace or local community.
The role of an Orientation and Mobility Specialist is best suited to those people who are:
O&M Teachers are dual qualified as O&M Specialist and special education teacher who work primarily with clients aged 0-18 and are employed by State Government Education Departments.
Orientation and Mobility courses are a Post Graduate level qualification. There are currently no courses offered in Tasmania. Prior to undertaking training as an O&M Specialist, you must have obtained at least an undergraduate qualification in a related area. This may be a Bachelor of health science, teaching, psychology or similar.
La Trobe University, (VIC) Bundoora Campus
Graduate Diploma in Orientation and Mobility
1 year full time
Griffith University, (QLD), Logan Campus
Masters of Human Services
1 year full time
University of Newcastle,
Renwick College North Rocks Campus
Master of Special Education: Sensory Disability
Massey University, New Zealand, Palmerston North Campus
Graduate Diploma in Rehabilitation with an endorsement in the Rehabilitation of the Vision Impaired (O&M)
1 year full time
Graduate Certificate in Vision Impairment (Orientation and Mobility)
Vision Australia - Enfield, NSW
1 year full time
A Guide Dog Mobility Instructor works primarily with adult clients. Their role includes: training dogs; assessing clients to determine their eligibility for a Guide Dog; liaising with Orientation and Mobility Specialists; matching dogs with client applicants; conducting intensive training with clients when they are matched with a new dog; assessing the ongoing health and care of guide dogs; and providing ongoing support, training and advice to Guide Dog handlers throughout the working life of the dog. GDMIs are also involved with Puppy Raising programs which involve: selecting Puppy Raising volunteers; conducting one-to-one and group training sessions and teaching all aspects of puppy/dog healthcare and training.
The role of a Guide Dog Mobility Instructor is best suited to those people who are:
The role of a Guide Dog Trainer is primarily to train several dogs at a time, not to work directly with vision impaired clients.
Guide Dog Mobility courses are a Post Graduate level qualification. Prior to undertaking training as a GDMI, you must have obtained at least an undergraduate qualification in a related area and undertake an Orientation and Mobility course. Further training is usually conducted as part of a cadetship within a Guide Dog organization which has senior staff qualified to deliver the training to comply with International Guide Dog Federation standards.
Many non-government organisations in Australia and overseas that provide services for people who are blind or vision impaired employ Orientation and Mobility Specialists. They may be part of a multi-disciplinary team or be the primary specialist working with clients if O&M is the only service offered.
Organisations providing Guide Dog services employ both O&M Specialists and Guide Dog Mobility Instructors. Depending on the size of the organization, they may also employ Guide Dog trainers. Some larger Guide Dog organisations have their own breeding program and employ staff in their kennels.