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Orientation and Mobility Specialist - Career Opportunities

Tip Sheet for Applying

OVR’s Bureau of Blindness & Visual Services (BBVS) provides services to assist Pennsylvanians who are blind or visually impaired to work and maintain independent lives. Orientation and Mobility Instructors help people who are blind or visually impaired to develop the skills necessary for independent and safe travel within their homes, workplaces, and communities. The use of the sighted guide technique, the long cane, and electronic travel aides are some of the system techniques by which blind or visually impaired people orient themselves to their surroundings and move about safely and efficiently.

Career Opportunities Available Statewide

OVR continually accepts applications for Orientation and Mobility Specialist. OVR’s Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services (BBVS) has 6 District Office locations that provide a wide range of services for persons with visual disabilities throughout Pennsylvania.

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Residency Requirements

Pennsylvania residency requirement is waived and no written is test required. You will be rated on your experience and training. Score is based on meeting Minimum Experience and Training Requirements as reported on application. All positions are filled through the State Civil Service Commission.

Background Verification

All positions in this job title come under the provisions of the Child Protective Services Law. If you are a final candidate for one of these positions, you will have to provide reports on your background from such sources as the Pennsylvania State Police and the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. If you are a final candidate and not a Pennsylvania resident, you must also obtain a report of Federal Criminal History Record Information from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. If your background is unacceptable, you will be disqualified for employment in such positions. You will receive information about these requirements and how to obtain the required reports at the time you are being considered for employment.

Minimum Requirements

Successful completion of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Orientation and Mobility Intern program;


Successful completion of an approved college or university orientation and mobility program which includes study in such areas as the history of orientation and mobility, the psychological effects of blindness, identification of common eye disorders, sensory devices and travel techniques, and a practicum in orientation and mobility;


Possession of a valid Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist certificate issued by the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP).

You must submit documentation from the agency which provided your training in an orientation and mobility program OR a transcript from your college or university OR a list of completed coursework.

Salary and Benefits - Starting Salary Statewide is $49,076/year

OVR offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefit package. OVR Orientation and Mobility Specialist work full time and pay is based on 37.5 hours per week. The starting salary for Orientation and Mobility Specialist positions statewide is $49,076 per year (Pay Schedule 7 Step 1). Commonwealth benefits available to new employees include liberal retirement/pension plan; paid vacation, personal and sick leave; paid holidays; prescription, vision and dental plan coverage (after six months); paid group life insurance, and much more.

Application Process


The Orientation and Mobility Specialist information and how to apply for Pennsylvania Civil Service positions and further information on employment opportunities can be obtained by contacting the State Civil Service Commission at:

Equal Opportunity Employer / Program

Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.


If you have any questions, please contact Hattie McCarter, OVR's Recruitment Specialist at: 717-787-2521 voice or via e-mail at