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Employment Opportunities2019-02-13T13:19:42+00:00

Updated as of February 13, 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: 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.

DONOR RELATIONS MANAGER — (Job#: 19-4) New
Duties Include: Management and oversight of retention, stewardship, and upgrades of annual and mid-level donors through direct mail and digital outreach; creates communications to promote campaigns including direct mail and other printed materials to promote annual giving campaigns; assures effective integration of annual giving communications with related communications In the department and the regional centers; maintains current and accurate donor records, coding, and other data for the fundraising database; helps set strategy to achieve retention, renewal, and revenue goals; oversees the work of consultants as needed to produce materials for direct mail, online, etc.; maintain current knowledge of organization’s programs and services and attends donor, volunteer, student and community events to promote the organization; performs yearly updates to charity registrations (Charity Navigator, Guidestar, etc.) and philanthropy pages on BIA website.
Minimum Requirements: A Bachelors degree in Communications, English, Marketing or related field or equivalent work experience required; knowledge of fundraising techniques, marketing, and communication strategies including writing and editing; three (3) to five (5) years fundraising and annual giving experience; direct mail marketing experience; working knowledge of CRM fundraising software; position requires excellent written and verbal communication skills, strategic planning, organizational, marketing and interpersonal skills.

LOW VISION OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST — (Job#: 19-3) 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.

NATIONAL PROGRAMS COORDINATOR — (Job#: 18-39)
Duties Include: Develop, enhance and grow sustainable programs on a national level; manage internal teams to improve overall workflow and productivity; lead the implementation of program guidelines, processes, policies and procedures; collaborate with the National Advisory Committees to discuss and communicate new concepts and effectively guide the direction of programs; oversee data collection and management for each program and identify trends and routinely provide reports to Director of National Programs; allocate and manage program budgets, track expenditures to ensure programs stay within budget; collaborate with Marketing Team to ensure cohesive branding; ability to present workshops to a diverse population; participate in additional organization activities, including community relations when appropriate.
Minimum Requirements: A Bachelors degree or equivalent work experience required; Masters in Public Administration, social work, education or related program field preferred; 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; ability to serve as primary logistical liaison between national partners and Braille Institute; ability to track and quality control data collection tor various national programs; experience working with volunteers for large events and helping coordinate event logistics; 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 as well as materials and supplies; familiarity with pre and post program assessments.

ORIENTATION & MOBILITY SPECIALIST — (Job#: 18-36 & 19-2) 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.

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.

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.

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT — (Job#: 19-1)
Duties Include: Answers incoming phones and direct to appropriate department; greet clients, volunteers and visitors, impart information related to curriculum, services and donations; gathers, compiles & prepares reports as requested by management and maintain attendance logs of clients; assists with client paratransit arrivals and departures to ensure safety; enters required information in student database; assists Administration with correspondence, reports, data entry, fliers and files; assists Literacy Services Coordinator with book check out and library operations; 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, Publisher, Adobe & database software; experience with basic office equipment, copiers, printers, fax machines; ability to perform multiple tasks accurately; bilingual (Spanish/English) 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.

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).