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Employment Opportunities 2018-07-19T15:48:31+00:00

Updated as of July 6, 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.

MAINTENANCE — (Job#: 18-16) New

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.

CONNECTION POINTE COORDINATOR — (Job#: 18-13)

Duties Include: Coordinate all aspects of a technology education program that provides students with free, one-on-one and small group training across all platforms and devices; greet and direct students and conduct formal and informal intake interviews; organization of technology devices and materials; coordinate appointments.

Minimum Requirements: Bachelor’s degree; excellent organization and time management skills; familiarity with mainstream consumer technology; calm/compassionate demeanor; experience working with people with disabilities; experience teaching (informally/formally); bilingual (Spanish/English) is a plus.

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) New

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) New

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) New

Duties Include: Supervise and coordinate all aspects of facility service including: 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#: 18-1)
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.

FIELD INSTRUCTOR — (Job#: 18-17) New

The position will provide services in the Riverside, Moreno Valley, Banning/Beaumont areas. 

Duties Include: Working with the Educational Programs Manager, oversee instruction at a new Riverside location and maintains relationships with organizations, agencies, community leaders, media reps and others; maintaining current knowledge of programs, services and resources for the visually impaired; conducts workshops, classes, and seminars; provides training and education to various agencies, senior organizations and care facilities; network with agencies to identify and promote referrals and resources; determine needs of visually impaired and refer as appropriate; trains and directs work of volunteers.

Minimum Requirements: High School diploma or equivalent, four year college degree In social work, education, or related field preferred; three (3) years’ experience in teaching, social work or related field; some work experience with visually impaired or disabled community; good communication, presentation, interpersonal, organizational, teaching and computer skills; ability to make effective presentations, facilitate workshops and classes, and represent the organization; bilingual (English/Spanish) is preferred; valid California class C drivers license; clean driving record, travel throughout the assigned region will be required.

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

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.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SANTA BARBARA — (Job#: 18-14) New

Duties Include: Responsible for directing all operations and staff at the center and for providing leadership and vision to achieve goals and objectives, while meeting the needs of the visually impaired within Santa Barbara, Ventura and surrounding communities; provides oversight, guidance and coordination for all regional programs, services and classes for the visually impaired; evaluates the effectiveness of programs and services to ensure continued and consistent high-quality service delivery; collaborates with the Vice President of Program Delivery in developing and monitoring the Santa Barbara Center budget, goals, objectives and strategic plans; leads and motivates staff to achieve goals, maximize productivity and promote teamwork; accountable for general management responsibilities, including recruitment, training, corrective action and performance evaluation; ensures maintenance of accurate and timely record keeping for the center, including program related data, donations, timekeeping and expenses; in collaboration with Marketing & Communications, develops and implements plans to promote the Santa Barbara Center; establishes and maintains positive business relationships with donors, community leaders and other agencies providing services to the visually impaired within the region. Assists the local auxiliary as needed.

Minimum Requirements: A four-year college degree or the equivalent in additional work experience; masters degree preferred; at least five years of progressive and successful experience in leadership, management and business operations; strong knowledge of budget & facilities management, program development & implementation and, marketing & fundraising techniques; excellent communication, leadership, decision making, problem solving, analytical and office technology skills; work experience with non-profit organizations, as well as with the visually impaired and/or disabled community is desirable; working knowledge of diseases of the eye, related research, treatments and technologies 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).