Updated as of May 17, 2019
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: email@example.com
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.
PROGRAM MARKETING SPECIALIST — (Job#: 19-20) New
Duties Include: Develop and execute marketing plans to support key Braille Institute programs and services; manage marketing activities across various channels and segments to support program objectives; oversee project management of deliverables that may involve outside vendors, agencies or partners; establish metrics and track results to evaluate the impact of marketing activities in achieving stated objectives and to inform future planning; ensure plans and activities remain on track and on budget; support and collaborate with various stakeholders (multiple Program Managers/Directors) and oversee multiple projects concurrently; maintain consistent branding and messaging across all communications; assist with internal events (i.e. Annual Meeting) and stakeholder communications.
Minimum Requirements: Bachelors degree in marketing, communications or related field; minimum 2-4 years of professional marketing experience; work experience with marketing of programs that involve event management, publicity, collateral development and promotions; working knowledge of common marketing tools – email marketing program (i.e. Mailchimp, Constant Contact) and Microsoft Office Suite; experience with social media marketing (paid and promoted content for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) to reach target audiences; some experience with graphic design tool (i.e. Photoshop, Canva, InDesign), content management tool (i.e. WordPress), and social media management/monitoring (i.e. Hootsuite, Meltwater); ability to work and lead cross-functional team and oversee outside vendors; strong written and communication skills; experience working in non-profit industry a plus.
HUMAN RESOURCES GENERALIST — (Job#: 19-19) New
Duties Include: Maintains accurate records in the Human Resource Information System (HRIS) database, as well as supplemental files and documentation including general employee information, benefits, leaves of absence and workers’ compensation files; enter and processes new hire data and related documents into various systems; receives and updates employee status changes and benefit enrollment and changes; provides advice and expertise to other departments on initial recruitment process, including content and placement of advertisements, screening resumes and conducting preliminary interviews to obtain qualified candidates; administers employee leave of absence program, tracking absences, assuring appropriate documentation is obtained on a timely basis, and maintaining contact with employees on leave; administers new employee orientation program and conducts periodic orientations for new staff; produces monthly reports of staffing activity and distributes reports to management.
Minimum Requirements: A Bachelors degree or the equivalent in additional work experience is desirable; Human Resources certification is desirable; at least three (3) to four (4) years of Human Resources experience is preferred; knowledge of HRIS systems and standard office computer software is required; knowledge of a variety of Human Resource specialties including but not limited to benefits, compensation, recruiting, employee relations, workers compensation and leaves of absence is required; position requires good written and verbal communication skills, organization and problem solving skills; the ability to communicate effectively with, and establish and maintain positive business relationships with all levels of management and staff is essential; maintains current knowledge of legal requirements and regulations affecting Human Resources issues.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, LOS ANGELES — (Job#: 19-18) New
Duties Include: Reporting to the Vice President of Programs & Services, the Executive Director of Los Angeles Programs is responsible for the administration, programs, and operations of the Los Angeles Regional Center. They will be the principal program leader of Braille Institute’s flagship Los Angeles center which provides high quality services, programs, and classes to its blind and low vision clients throughout Los Angeles County. This Executive Director will be responsible for providing leadership and vision in order to achieve goals and objectives and meet the needs of the visually impaired within the region.
Minimum Requirements: Minimum of 7 years of professional experience, including a minimum of 3 years of experience in a management position; strong leadership and staff motivation skills, including proven change management experience; Bachelor’s degree in a related field strongly preferred; alternatively, a history of equivalent and directly applicable professional experience will be considered; demonstrated knowledge of directing, managing, developing, and implementing programs and curriculum in a non-profit social service/human service agency; well-developed organizational leadership, creative problem-solving, and decision-making skills; experience in tracking measurements, outcomes, productivity, and trends through data and software programs; knowledge of budgeting, monitoring, analyzing and allocating funds; able to present ideas, information, and viewpoints clearly, both verbally and in writing; history of effectively managing regional operations; solid familiarity of business operations and budget management; some history and experience in organizations serving people or communities who are differently abled is strongly preferred.
All inquiries and applications for the Executive Director, Los Angeles (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
DEVELOPMENT MANAGER — (Job#: 19-10 & 19-11)
Duties Include: Implementation of a mid-level donor program that works closely with annual, major, and planned giving officers to grow overall base of support; conduct in-person solicitations and upgrades of donors and prospects; develop, implement, and track stewardship strategies that follow donor relations guidelines; cultivate, solicit and steward a portfolio of approximately 125 donors and prospects in the $500-$10,000 gift range; provide support to volunteer auxiliaries as required; position will focus on Southern California geography and will travel locally; maintain knowledge of BIA programs and services for use in meetings and solicitations; attend donor, volunteer, student, and community events to promote the organization and solicit gifts, as appropriate.
Minimum Requirements: Bachelors degree or equivalent experience is desired; advanced knowledge of fundraising techniques, moves management, communication strategies, including writing and editing; requires excellent written and verbal communication skills, strategic thinking, and strong interpersonal skills; must have proven ability to establish and maintain donor relationships and secure funds from donors; three (3) to five (5) years in a fundraising position or equivalent experience preferred; must have valid driver license.
ORIENTATION & MOBILITY SPECIALIST — (Job#: 19-2)
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.
ACCESS TECHNOLOGY SPECIALIST — (Job#: 19-9)
Duties Include: Braille Literacy curriculum preparation and training; manage volunteers to support educational programming; assures proper functioning of equipment including but not limited to; Perkins Braillers and Braille Refreshable Displays; lead classes, workshops, and other designed programming for students; documents progress of students; prepares reports for management and others as requested; evaluate current and upcoming mainstream Braille Refreshable Display technology; prepares printed Braille documentation for students and staff; collaboratively work with staff, keeping adaptive technology and Braille Literacy tools current in other programming; staying abreast with latest development in Braille Literacy.
Minimum Requirements: Bachelors degree or equivalent work experience; proficient and experienced in industry standard Access Technology; proficient in Braille Literacy with two (2) years teaching experience; at least five (5) years’ experience in teaching Braille Literacy; able to work in a team; ability to work autonomously with strong problem solving, critical thinking skills; strong organizational and time management skills; prior experience In teaching individuals with a visual impairment or are blind; bilingual (English and Spanish) preferred.
INSTRUCTOR — (Job#: 19-7)
Duties Include: Teaching various subjects and/or independent living skills to the visually impaired; conduct seminars and workshops throughout the region for families, caregivers and professionals to better assist the visually impaired and promote independent living; researches subject matter and assists in the development of curriculum; prepares and maintains appropriate forms and documentation for each activity and student as required; coordinate several Saturday Youth programming days and work with on-call youth staff to help deliver programming; may train and direct the work of volunteers assisting in programs; may participate in planning and preparation for special vents to benefit the visually impaired.
Minimum Requirements: Bachelors degree or equivalent work experience in a designated field of expertise is required; experience instructing children 5 to 17 years of age; at least five (5) or more years of experience teaching in a designated field of expertise is desirable; dynamic team player with effective in communication skills; basic knowledge of diseases of the eye, visual impairments, adaptive tools and technologies is needed; position requires good communication, training, interpersonal, assessment, research, computer, presentation, organizational and time management skills; ability to effectively teach visually impaired students in a field of expertise is essential; knowledge of the Expanded Core Curriculum for students with Visual Impairments is preferred; experience with accessible technology, magnification, screen readers and how to use accessible features on mobile devices such as iOS and Android devices is preferred; bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred.
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT — (Job#: 19-5)
Duties Include: Answers incoming phones and direct to appropriate department; greet clients, volunteers and visitors; gathers, compiles and prepares reports as requested by management; receive and log monetary and in-kind donations; schedule and confirm client appointments; assists Administration with correspondence, reports, data entry, fliers and files; assists providing coverage for other administrative functions and special events as requested.
Minimum Requirements: High school diploma or equivalent; at least one (1) year of administrative support experience; strong communication, organizational and customer service skills; experience using office computer software, including Excel, Word, Adobe & database software; experience with basic office equipment, copiers, printers, fax machines; ability to perform multiple tasks accurately; bilingual (Spanish/English) preferred.
YOUTH ASSISTANT — (Job#: 18-27)
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.
CERTIFIED OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT — (Job#: 19-16)
The position will be based at our new Riverside Neighborhood Center.
Duties Include: Works with and under the supervision of the Occupational Therapist (OT) to implement the plan of care; completes assessments and provides OT intervention on an individual or group setting, on site or in home as directed by OT; educates clients on programs, services and resources available to them; documents and updates records of Low Vision Rehabilitation clinic assessments, outcomes and all services as needed to comply with Braille Institute standards; participates in seminars, marketing activities and other special events as needed to promote low vision services and the organization’s overall programs and services; some travel within the assigned region may be needed.
Minimum Requirements: Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant degree or certification required; valid State Occupational Therapy Assistant license; two (2) to three (3) years’ experience in Physical Rehabilitation field; experience working with visually impaired individuals; good communication, training, interpersonal, assessment, research, presentation and time management skills; excellent computer skills including knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite; ability to effectively teach visually impaired students; bilingual (Spanish/English) preferred; CPR & First Aid certified preferred; must have valid driver license.
LITERACY SERVICES COORDINATOR — (Job#: 19-15)
The position will be based at our new Riverside Neighborhood Center.
Duties Include: Responsible for supervising the operations and coordinating all aspects of library services and technology education for the Library and Connection Pointe; 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; maintain current knowledge of computer software and adaptive and mainstream technology for the visually impaired; work collaboratively with technology vendors; coordinate with IT for installations; conduct presentations on Library Services and Access technology; provide in-home services.
Minimum Requirements: Bachelors 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; 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 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; excellent computer skills including knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite; bilingual (Spanish/English) is a plus.
CERTIFIED OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT — (Job#: 19-13) New
Duties Include: Works with and under the supervision of the Occupational Therapist (OT) to implement the plan of care; completes assessments and provides OT intervention on an individual or group setting, on site or in home as directed by OT; educates clients on programs, services and resources available to them; documents and updates records of Low Vision Rehabilitation clinic assessments, outcomes and all services as needed to comply with Braille Institute standards; participates in seminars, marketing activities and other special events as needed to promote low vision services and the organization’s overall programs and services;
Minimum Requirements: Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant degree or certification required; valid State Occupational Therapy Assistant license; two (2) to three (3) years’ experience in Physical Rehabilitation field; experience working with visually impaired individuals; bilingual (Spanish/English) preferred; CPR & First Aid certified preferred; must have valid driver license.
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.
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT (Part-time) — (Job#: 19-12) New
Duties Include: Answer incoming phone calls and direct to appropriate department; greet students, volunteers and visitors; provide information regarding services, programs and donations; gather, compile and prepare reports as requested by supervisor; maintain attendance logs and assist with transportation needs; assist supervisor with correspondence, reports, filing, or data entry as needed; assist other program staff with tasks; participate in event preparation as requested.
Minimum Requirements: High school diploma or equivalent, one (1) year of administrative support experience; strong communication, organizational, and customer service skills; experience using office software, including MS Excel, Word and Adobe; experience with basic office equipment, copiers, printers and fax machine; ability to multi-task; bilingual (English/Spanish) 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) 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).