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Employment Opportunities2018-12-11T16:30:00+00:00

Updated as of December 11, 2018

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: resumes@brailleinstitute.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.

ORIENTATION & MOBILITY SPECIALIST — (Job#: 18-36) New
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.

LOW VISION OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST — (Job#: 18-34)
Duties Include: Conduct low vision evaluation and other occupational therapy assessments; 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; document and update records of Low Vision Rehabilitation assessments, outcomes and all services as needed to comply with Braille Institute standards; maintain 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 practice; 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).

DIGITAL MARKETING SPECIALIST — (Job#: 18-32)
Duties Include: Content development and updates for company website to enhance visitation and engagement – integrate content, layout, design and navigation best practices. Ensure use of proper nomenclature and branding guidelines; Manage and improve SEM and SEO campaign performance; manage Google Ad Grant account; recommend digital marketing strategies to target key audiences and drive engagement – remarketing, geofencing, digital advertising and social media marketing; curate new content to enhance visitor experience: videos, testimonials, student stories, educational content, etc.; tracking and reporting of web metrics and social media monitoring (through Meltwater, Google Analytics and other tools); oversee email marketing tool and list management; ensure proper sync between in-house student database and Mailchimp; manage prospect and conversion tracking.
Minimum Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications, digital communications or related field; at least two (2) years of web content management – experience in WordPress or other web content management system with demonstrated experience in writing, design/layout and user navigation; experience with SEM/SEO strategies, web analytics, digital marketing campaigns, email marketing & database management; knowledge of paid and promoted content on key social channels including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram; excellent writing and editing skills, with the ability to identify and articulate engaging and persuasive messages and content; experience with email marketing system a plus – MailChimp, Constant Contact, etc.; experience working in non-profit industry a plus.

NATIONAL PROGRAMS SPECIALIST — (Job#: 18-29)
Duties Include: Support National Programs logistics by coordinating dates, providing operation and troubleshooting support to regional partners; maintain database of participants and work with IT to track participant information as well as track outcomes set by National Programs Director; being a creative thinker when delivering programs to underrepresented populations; support internal teams that support inter-departmental projects; coordinate appropriate trainings, online campaigns, logistical support, etc. to elevate National Programs; help establish and reinforce branding and positive messaging policies on social media by supporting the Marketing team; participate in additional organization activities, including community relations, outreach, and fundraising; support with scheduling platforms for regional video and teleconferencing; ability to present workshops to blind and visually impaired youth, if needed; responsible for summarizing evaluation data and serving as a primary point of contact for Teachers for the Visually Impaired and Orientation and Mobility Specialists.
Minimum Requirements: A four year degree is strongly preferred or at least three (3) to five (5) years experience in project management and program development; strong writing and editing skills, excellent verbal and written communication and organizational skills; experience working in teams and project management; experience working with volunteers for large events and helping coordinate event logistics; ability to serve as primary logistical liaison between national partners and BIA; ability to track and quality control data collection for various national programs; ability to work independently and maintain a “big picture” perspective and self-monitor program support needs; must be able to work alone, think ahead, be prepared for the next task at hand- including maintaining all necessary resources, materials and supplies; familiarity with pre and post program assessments.

MAINTENANCE — (Job#: 18-16)
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) months of experience as assistant/laborer, or six (6) months 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.

STUDENT ADVISOR — (Job#: 18-35)
Duties Include: Responsible for advising visually impaired students on educational objectives, guidance through the admission process and class registration; schedules and conducts new admission interviews; answers questions and provides information to students; registers new and continuing students for classes; facilitates new student orientation meetings; monitors daily attendance and student progress; updates and maintains student files; provides input to curriculum, class scheduling and related logistics; prepares and sends out weekly announcements; serves as participating member of Case Conference Committee and Education Team; prepares and presents student information to committees for discussion; assists students on campus and in classrooms, as needed.
Minimum Requirements: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent required, Master’s degree in education, counseling, psychology or related field preferred; at least three (3) years counseling, teaching, social work or related experience; experience working with the visually impaired or disabled community; good communication, interpersonal, time management, counseling, computer and presentation skills; ability to advise visually impaired students on educational goals; ability to Investigate and resolve problems and provide solutions to visually impaired students; bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred.

LITERACY SERVICES COORDINATOR — (Job#: 18-19)
Duties Include: Responsible for supervising the operations and coordinating all aspects of library services and technology education for the Library and Connection Pointe at the Anaheim regional office; provide assistance and information to library patrons with requests for books, reference materials, research and assistive devices for the visually impaired; receive, review and process new library applications from patrons; instruct new patrons on use of library programs, services, materials and equipment; conduct individual consultation with students as needed to determine technology skill levels, needs and abilities; make recommendations for instructional programs and equipment to meet the needs of students with a wide variety of skills, abilities and needs; schedule and provide 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.
Minimum Requirements: Position requires a four year college degree in Library or Computer Science or related field, or the equivalent in additional experience; requires strong knowledge of library operations and/or advanced computer skills, and various adaptive and mainstream technologies; at least two years of work experience with library operations and/or technology instruction is strongly preferred; supervisory experience and experience working with the visually impaired is desirable; position requires good communication, interpersonal, computer, organizational, research and leadership skills; the ability to meet the needs of visually impaired library patrons and/or the ability to effectively train visually impaired students with a wide variety of skills and abilities is essential; bilingual (Spanish/English) is a plus.

YOUTH ASSISTANT — (Job#: 18-26)
Duties Include:
Participate in the planning, delivery and evaluation of the Youth programs; drive company vehicles as assigned; provide sighted guide assistance; provide daily living skills training and recreational training as determined by each students’ assessed needs.
Minimum Requirements:
Valid California class C drivers license; clean driving record; prior experience working with special needs children, youth, & young adults; ability to work extended hours, evenings, weekends as required; ability to learn and participate in physical and teaching activities; attend Youth/Career training programs and workshops as required; CPR & First Aid certified preferred; bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred.

DRIVER — (Job#: 18-37) New
Duties Include: Transporting students and staff to and from the facility and other locations in a safe and timely manner; drive students and others, both adult and children for specific trips and errands for staff, donors, guests, students and volunteers; maintain transportation records and lists of daily routes; assist in inspection and maintenance of vehicle fleet as well as cleaning of all vehicles; determine most direct routes to drive, using alternate routes as necessary based on traffic conditions.
Minimum Requirements: High school diploma or equivalent required; at least two (2) years’ experience operating public or private vehicles to transport passengers; ability to operate motor vehicles safely while transporting passengers; must have current knowledge of traffic and Department of Transporation rules and regulations; familiar with local freeways; must have Class B driving 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; bilingual (English/Spanish).

ORIENTATION & MOBILITY SPECIALIST — (Job#: 18-31)
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 — (Job#: 18-27) New
Duties Include: Participate in the planning, delivery and evaluation of the Youth programs; drive company vehicles as assigned; provide sighted guide assistance; provide daily living skills training and recreational training as determined by each students’ assessed needs.
Minimum Requirements: Valid California class C driver license; clean driving record; prior experience working with special needs children, youth, & young adults; ability to work extended hours, evenings, weekends as required; ability to learn and participate in physical and teaching activities; attend Youth/Career training programs and workshops as required; CPR & First Aid certified preferred; bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred.

LOW VISION OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST — (Job#: 18-38) New
Duties Include: Conduct low vision evaluation and other occupational therapy assessments; 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; document and update records of Low Vision Rehabilitation assessments, outcomes and all services as needed to comply with Braille Institute standards; maintain 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 practice; 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.

FACILITIES MANAGER — (Job#: 18-25) New
Duties Include: Supervise and coordinate all aspects of facility service including hands on with: HVAC, electrical, plumbing, grounds maintenance, safety, environmental, custodial and event coordination; supervise and train transportation staff and provide work direction and performance evaluation; oversee building security, maintaining custody of keys and locks; Insure compliance with OSHA rules and regulations and all State and Federal safety regulations; coordinate monthly safety meetings; develop, document, update and communicate procedures and disaster plans in collaboration with the Executive Director; consult with vendors to resolve problems and assure optimum serves are provided; monitor and manage all operating expenses related to facilities maintenance.
Minimum Requirements: At least three (3) years of experience in facilities maintenance and supervising others; demonstrated knowledge of construction codes, health and safety regulations, industry cleaning standards, maintenance of buildings and equipment; ability to interpret, apply and explain regulations, policies and procedures; excellent leadership and organizational skills; manage and negotiate service contracts with vendors for repair, maintenance and security of building, grounds and equipment; coordinate safety and disaster planning programs and vehicle fleet management; excellent leadership, communication and organizational skills; scheduling vehicle safety inspections and filing paperwork with DMV; CPR & First Aid certified preferred; working knowledge of and ability to utilize Microsoft Office applications, particularly Excel and Word.

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.

Whistleblower Policy

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) 997-9347.
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).