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Employment Opportunities2018-09-18T16:33:02+00:00

Updated as of September 18, 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.

CHILD DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANT — (Job#: 18-23)

The position will provide services in Los Angeles County.

Duties Include: Responsible for conducting in-home play-based visits with children and families/caregivers; educate families in understanding children’s vision diagnosis and the impact on overall development and educational needs; provide suggestions on modifying activities and environments to support child development; conduct functional vision and development assessments using standardized assessments tools; monitors development, educational and vision needs of children on an on-going basis.

Minimum Requirements: Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education or related field or equivalent required; strong knowledge of child development, visual impairments and how they impact development, learning and family dynamics is essential; at least three (3) years of experience working with families on an early intervention, special education program is strongly preferred; experience working with visually impairment both in the home and school settings, using assessment tools; excellent computer skills utilizing MS Office and newer technology such as iPad and learning apps; position requires excellent communication, time management and facilitation skills; the ability to work independently out in the field and represent the organization while meeting the needs of children and families; CPR & First Aid certified preferred; valid drivers license with a clean driving record required; bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred.

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.

TRANSCRIBER — (Job#: 18-2)

Duties Include: Transcribes and proofreads all documents for print content and braille/tactile accuracy utilizing national guidelines; maintains up to date knowledge of braille codes and trends; oversees quality control of all braille projects and collaborates to assess tactile image inclusion, as deem necessary; determines project capacity and infrastructure to compare and contrast visual presentation and layout of organization wide projects; provides consulting support for org staff regarding braille transcription or embossing needs; maintains easy to access internal guidelines to account for production workflows of any braille projects; will edit guidelines for Braille Challenge preliminaries and finals as well as provide scoring room support and expertise; will support organization wide braille literacy awareness initiatives.

Minimum Requirements: Transcribe and format documents according to UEB code using best practices braille translation programs to compare and contrast content quality; responsible for transcribing a variety of material into braille for BIA distribution including departments and regional centers; oversee national Braille Challenge accurate braille transcription and quality control for both preliminaries and finals; coordinate tactile images per project, as assigned; possess strong command of braille code and the ability to proofread and edit for quality control; possess knowledge of grammar, spelling and formatting for both office 365 programs and braille programs, i.e. braille 2000 or Duxbury.

VICE PRESIDENT, PHILANTHROPY — (Job#: 18-11)

Duties Include: Develops and oversee the implementation of strategic development plans that support Braille Institute’s annual and long-range needs including capital, endowment, and other fundraising campaigns; directs the design, implementation, evaluation and administration of the planned giving program-with an emphasis on bequests and charitable gift annuities, including all related administrative, marketing, contractual and regulatory requirements – which accounts for nearly 80% of current fundraising revenue; directs the design, implementation and evaluation of individual outright major, principal, and endowment giving programs, including real estate gift processes; personally manages a portfolio of major gift prospects and donors; directs a robust individual giving prospect research and prioritization program; supervises and evaluates Philanthropy Department staff, including coaching and mentoring direct reports; works to ensure the department is effectively structured and staffed; assists the President in identifying, cultivating and recruiting potential Board members; manages the Philanthropy Committee of the Board and provides ongoing updates to senior management and the Board of Directors; directs efforts to promote and strengthen the organization’s culture of philanthropy; develops and manages a comprehensive annual department budget.

Minimum Requirements: Minimum of 15 years of progressive professional experience in fundraising including a demonstrable track record as the head of a fundraising team or department; demonstrated ability to conceptualize, plan, and implement a strategic approach to securing donations, including setting realistic goals, developing strategies, prioritizing activities, soliciting gifts, and orchestrating the involvement of institutional and volunteer leadership; comprehensive understanding of speculative, campaign/project, and nurturing fundraising methods; extensive knowledge across categories of organizational fundraising, including annual, major, planned, corporate, foundation, and endowment campaigns; a record of leading a nonprofit fundraising effort of $10 million or more annually; thorough understanding of fundraising services such as fundraising databases, prospect research, donor stewardship, and donor relations; expertise in outright major/principal gift fundraising and planned giving, including marketing, prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship; excellent verbal and written communication skills; must be able to effectively interact with Board members, high-wealth donors, and volunteers at all levels within the organization; Strong analytic, planning, organization, problem solving, delegation and technology skills.

All inquiries and applications for the Vice President, Philanthropy (including a cover letter and resume) should be directed electronically and in confidence to:

Kevin Chase, Managing Partner
Kevin Chase Executive Search Group
1800 Hi Point Street
Los Angeles, CA 90035
(323) 930-8948
kevin@kevinchasesearch.com

ART INSTRUCTOR — (Job#: 18-20)

Duties Include: Effectively teach visually impaired students in a diverse field of art; research subject matter, and develop curriculum for classroom instruction; Prepare lesson plans; assure classrooms are set up each day with supplies, tools, equipment and materials needed for an effective and safe learning environment; monitors, evaluates and documents student progress, recommending additional resources and support to students and families as needed; conduct seminars and workshops throughout the region for families, caregivers and professionals to better assist the visually impaired and promote independent living; train and direct the work of volunteers assisting in classrooms; manage entry of students’ art in regional/national art competitions.

Minimum Requirements: A two or four year college degree in a designated field of expertise, Masters degree is desirable; at least five or more years of experience teaching in the field of art; thorough knowledge of Art with the ability to teach multimedia, create and curate student art galleries both on campus and in the community; strong interpersonal, communication, assessment, computer research, presentation, organizational and time management skills; basic knowledge of diseases of the eye, visual impairments, adaptive tools and technologies; 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.

FACILITIES MANAGER — (Job#: 18-15)

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; bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred; working knowledge of and ability to utilize Microsoft Office applications, particularly Excel and Word.

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.

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.

DRIVER (On-call) — (Job#: 18-28) New

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.

FACILITIES MANAGER — (Job#: 18-25)

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.

LITERACY SERVICES COORDINATOR — (Job#: 18-18)

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 Santa Barbara 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.

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 to these individuals: List of Contacts Who May Receive Reports.  Alternatively, a confidential toll-free Whistleblower Hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (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).