Updated as of January 9, 2020
Braille Institute is built on the time-tested foundation of excellent leadership, generous support from our donors, boundless service from our volunteers and extraordinary daily service from our dedicated staff. If you are interested in joining our team, we invite you to review the current employment opportunities and application instructions listed below for all of our Braille Institute regional centers.
How To Apply
Please e-mail your resume and cover letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Documents submitted via e-mail as attachments must be in Microsoft Word format with the “.doc” file extension or as an Adobe PDF document. We cannot accept compressed or zipped files. Resumes that do not reference a specific job title in the cover letter or e-mail subject line will not be considered.
Or mail hard copies to:Human Resources
Braille Institute Of America
741 N. Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, Ca 90029
For more information call 1-800-BRAILLE (272-4553) Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (PST).
Click on a heading below to see jobs for that location.
SENIOR TECHNICIAN— (Job#: 19-37) New
Duties Include: Processing and distributing reading materials requested by patrons including Braille books, cassette tapes, talking book equipment, and related accessories; prepares and packages requested items and mails material to patrons; provide technical assistance to patrons by telephone, E-mail and in person regarding proper use of library equipment; receives new incoming Braille books, cassettes and assistive equipment by mail; inspects materials and equipment to verify quality and functionality; reports problems with equipment and materials as needed; may repair equipment or send damaged equipment to be repaired.
Minimum Requirements: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience; working knowledge of library services, practices and procedures is needed; basic knowledge of standard office computer software required; good communication, organization, computer and customer service skills; ability to complete assignments accurately on a timely basis while meeting the needs of patrons is essential; at least two years of library services and shipping and receiving experience is strongly preferred.
ACCESS TECHNOLOGY SPECIALIST (On-Call) – (Job#19-35)
Duties Include: Assist with Connection Pointe (tech center) staff to maintain a full schedule of appointments; training/instructing low vision students on assistive and mainstream devices; work closely with low vision staff to consistently refine our workflow to provide our students with prompt and outstanding tech education services; collaborate with BIA tech education staff to stay on top of new innovations related to mainstream and assistive technologies as they evolve; work with CP staff to develop workshops, classes and one-on-one offerings that will keep our students engaged and informed.
Minimum Requirements: College graduate and or holder of Assistive Technology Certification; experience working with people with visual impairments (blindness/low vision); experience with assistive devices; experience teaching basics of mainstream technology; interest and aptitude to learn about accessibility features of mainstream technology and learn about / teach assistive tech (devices, soft wear, etc.)
LOW VISION OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST — (Job#: 19-22)
Duties Include: Conduct Occupational Therapy evaluations for clients with low vision; develop goal-oriented plan of care and provide intervention in daily living skills, the use of assistive devices and other relevant rehabilitation activities; work in conjunction with existing services to develop a comprehensive, collaborative plan of care; educate clients on programs, services and resources available; documenting and updating client records, outcomes and all services as needed to comply with Braille Institute standards; maintaining good communication with referring physicians; recommend adapted equipment and magnification devices to achieve clients’ goals.
Minimum Requirements: Degree in Occupational Therapy required with CA State licensure or eligible for CA licensure; three (3) years of clinical working experience with geriatric/adult physical disability population; preference given to candidates with Low Vision certification or are participating in Low Vision Rehabilitation certification program; experience in working with people who are visually impaired; Bilingual (Spanish/English) preferred.
MAINTENANCE — (Job#: 19-27)
Duties Include: Under general supervision perform electrical, plumbing, heating and air conditioning, locksmith and general construction duties; remove and replace lights, fixtures, diffusers, ballasts, ground fault circuits, outlets, voice and data jacks, lines and terminals, fan motors, switches and receptacles; assist in electrical panel circuit breakers, photo cells, fuses, data fire life safety equipment (smoke detectors, fire alarms, strobe lights, sprinkler systems), appliances, time clocks, fan motors; repair and replace if needed toilets, sinks and faucets; assist in replacement of internal parts for plumbing fixtures, hot water heaters, clear drains and clogged toilets, repair and replace pipes and research leaks; perform renovation and facility remodels, build walls, replace and rehang doors, install counters and build cabinets if needed, hang drywall, replace window glass, assist in high voltage HVAC repairs.
Minimum Requirements: Combination of experience and training equivalent to six (6) years of experience as assistant/laborer, or six (6) years of hands-on experience in general facilities and systems maintenance and repair work; working knowledge of the common terminology, methods, practices, tools and procedures related to building and facilities services maintenance and repair and/or a basic knowledge of building/construction or mechanical trade; must be able to perform proficiently a variety of semi-skilled facilities maintenance and repair tasks, operate all applicable tools, equipment and systems; ability to follow standard written Instructions and procedures, read and write at a level appropriate to the position and perform simple arithmetic calculations as required by the position; demonstrate the ability to learn maintenance and repair functions; requires the performance of strenuous manual labor; must be knowledgeable of California Safety & Health Administration safety requirements pertaining to industrial safety.
INTAKE SPECIALIST – (Job #: 19-38) New
Duties Include: Answering incoming phone calls and direct to appropriate department;greeting students, volunteers and students and impart information related to curriculum, services and donations; gathering, compiling and preparing reports as requested; maintaining attendance logs of clients; basic intake for new clients; participating in client case management; following up with appointment reminder calls; supporting class registration, descriptions and up keeping of schedule changes; assisting with providing coverage for administrative functions.
Minimum Requirements: Bachelor’s degree with a focus in the human services field; bilingual (English/Spanish); at least one (1) year of administrative support or customer service experience strong communication, organizational and customer service skills; experience with basic office equipment; excellent computer skills including knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite; highly proficient with Microsoft Excel; ability to effectively multi task.
LITERACY SERVICES COORDINATOR – (Job#: 20-1) New
Duties Include: Supervises daily operations and coordinating all aspects of library services and technology education for the Library and Connection Pointe; provides assistance and information to library patrons with requests for books, reference materials, research and assistive devices for the visually impaired; receives, reviews and processes new library application from patrons; instructs new patrons on the use of library programs, services, materials and equipment; conducts individual consultation with students as needed to determine technology skill levels, needed and abilities; makes recommendations for instructional programs and equipment to meet the needs of students with a wide variety of skills, abilities and needs; prepares and analyzes data input for library; schedules and provides students with one-on-one and small group training on advanced computing techniques, and use of screen readers, large print display software and adaptive and mainstream technologies; conducts presentations on Library Services and Access technology; maintains current knowledge of computer software and adaptive and mainstream technology for the visually impaired; works collaboratively with technology vendors; coordinates with IT for installations; performs other duties as assigned.
Minimum Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in Library or Computer Science or related field or the equivalent in additional experience required; requires strong knowledge of library operations and/or advanced computer skills, and various adaptive and mainstream technologies; requires good communication, interpersonal, computer, organizational, at least two (2) years of work experience with library operations and/or technology instruction is strongly preferred; one (1) year of experience working with the visually impaired; supervisory experience and experience working with the visually impaired is desirable; requires good communication, interpersonal, computer, organizational, research and leadership skills; the ability to effectively train visually impaired students with a wide variety of skills and abilities is essential; excellent computer skills including knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite; bilingual (Spanish/English) is a plus; certificate in Assistive Technology (i.e. CATIS/Certificate in Assistive Technology Instruction Specialist from ACVREP or ATACP/Assistive Technology Applications Certificate program from CSUN preferred or will be an expectation to obtain within 6-12 months of hire.
REGIONAL MANAGER — (Job#: 19-36)
Duties Include: Staff development and corrective action issues, managing budgets and participating in creating new budgets, overseeing and managing time keeping for staff, including approving all schedules and work flow of center; reviewing and possibly approving training schedules for Orientation and Mobility and Low Vision rehabilitation;implementing care plans for in home services, Low Vision Certified Therapy, Library Services and Connection Pointe Technology Center; overseeing Educational Programs and supporting implementation of core classes and curriculum and maintaining knowledge of programs and services; providing on-going evaluation of classes, initiating change and improvements as needed; overseeing volunteers, instructors and staff;responsible for quality data collection; establishing and maintaining business relationships with various community partners; partnering with Marketing to edit and approve press releases, flyers and related materials; providing advice and counsel to stakeholders at the center; working with landlords to address concerns regarding rental space; working with Development and Associate Vice President on grants and foundation reports as well as processing all donations to the center.
Minimum Requirements: Bachelor’s degree preferred or equivalent experience; must have strong communication skills; organizational leadership and problem-solving skills;multi-task, developing and implementing a wide variety of educational and enrichment programs for a diverse population of visually impaired; minimum of two years managing staff; bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred; minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience as an instructor and three or more years of leadership and educational program management strongly preferred.
ORIENTATION & MOBILITY SPECIALIST — (Job#: 19-25)
Duties Include: Conducts initial and on-going assessment of orientation and mobility skills for visually impaired individuals; identifies and discusses mobility/travel goals and objectives; determines and communicates the extent of training needed to achieve goals; develops and documents lesson plans; documents students’ progress using company data software; schedules students for Orientation & Mobility classes; teaches students in the classroom, in the field, and in the home setting; also teaches balance/coordination to students as needed; assures that visually impaired individuals are able to travel safely, confidently and efficiently; conducts seminars and presentations in the community.
Minimum Requirements: Master’s degree in Special Education with specialization in Orientation & Mobility; strong knowledge of Orientation & Mobility training techniques and mobility devices for the visually impaired also required; at least one year of experience training visually impaired and/or disabled individuals is desirable; good communication, training, time management, and organizational skills; the ability to work independently and effectively train the visually impaired to achieve their Orientation & Mobility goals is essential; bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred.
YOUTH ASSISTANT (On-call) — (Job#: 19-8)
Duties Include: Assists with the instruction and provides assistance to students during scheduled programs; assist in monitoring programs and activities to ensure a safe environment is maintained at all times; notifies supervisor of any potential safety issues or other problems; provides sighted guide for children as needed to better assist students with program participation and enrichment; may make recommendations for student activities to keep participants engaged and learning; may require driving a company vehicle to transport visually impaired children between the regional center or designated training location and activities within the local area.
Minimum Requirements: High school diploma or equivalent required, college coursework preferred; basic knowledge of training as applied to children with disabilities is needed; at least six (6) months of experience working with children’s programs and working with special needs children, youth, & young adults; good communication and interpersonal skills; valid driving license with clean driving record preferred; ability to work a varied schedule including weekends, extended hours and evenings; ability to learn and participate in physical and teaching activities; CPR & First Aid certified preferred.
DRIVER (On-call) — (Job#: 18-28)
Duties Include: Responsible for transporting students, staff and others as necessary to and from the Santa Barbara facility and other locations in a safe and timely manner; drive students and others for specific field trips; assist with the inspection and maintenance of the vehicle fleet, including visual inspection of each vehicle used and maintain their cleanliness.
Minimum Requirements: High school diploma or equivalent required; one to two years of experience operating public or private vehicles to transport passengers; class B driver license with passenger endorsement, clean driving record; CPR & First Aid certified; Current Medical Card; ability to lift 40lbs and able to push or pull up to 80lbs; ability to make minor repairs as necessary.
Always committed to integrity and ethical behavior, Braille Institute encourages the prompt reporting of any unethical, illegal, or fraudulent activity. Such reporting can be made without fear of retaliation, discrimination, or harassment.
Reports may be made on a confidential toll-free Whistleblower Hotline which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The number is (855) 463-5277.
Calls can be made anonymously and all reporting is handled with discretion. For additional information, see Braille Institute’s Whistleblower Policy and Optional Misconduct Report Form.
For Braille program or service questions, suggestions or complaints, please call 1-800-BRAILLE (272-4553).