Employment Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in joining our team! 

The Lighthouse for the Blind & Low Vision is an Affirmative Action EEO Employer. Programs associated with this position are sponsored by Division of Blind Services (State of Florida., Dept. of Education), United Way Central Florida, and local government contracts.   HOW TO APPLY:  Submit a resume via email to Kristy.Smithwick@lighthouseblv.org.


Current Employment Opportunities

Job Development Specialist

DATE ADVERTISED: 7/7/2020     

The Lighthouse for the Blind & Low Vision is currently seeking a Job Development Specialist.

This is a full-time exempt position with full benefits; the home location is our Hyde Park office in Tampa, Florida and there is considerable travel in Hillsborough, Polk, and surrounding counties.

The salary will be based on experience and will start in the mid-thirties.

The ideal candidate will have experience with recruiting, ADA law, workplace accommodations, working with those who have visual disabilities or be familiar with visual disability, and is an independent and motivated worker able to function comfortably with minimal supervision.

3 – 5 years of experience is preferred
Bachelor Degree is required

Facilitates Job Readiness, Job Placement, On-the-Job-Training and/or work experiences to match the needs of each client in Hillsborough, Polk, and surrounding counties.

Key Responsibilities
• Meet with referred clients to evaluate their placement needs and identify and overcome employment barriers.
• Conduct community job development to generate employment, work experience, and on-the-job opportunities for clients.
• Act as a liaison between clients and employers to ensure successful job placement; through education, communication, and training, ensure barriers to placement with employers are minimized.
• Conduct training sessions for clients needing additional assistance.
• Guide clients through employers’ recruiting/hiring processes.
• Maintain regular and ongoing contact with clients.
• Build and maintain trusting relationship with employers in the community and seek out new employer relationship opportunities.
• Support working relationships with other community agencies towards disability rights.
• Assist in placing Summer Transition students and coach them during work experiences.
• Invite new and existing employers within the community to tour the facility to educate and raise awareness regarding independence and employment of individuals with visual impairments.
• Attend weekly and monthly meetings as required.
• Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications & Requirements
• Bachelor’s degree required. Preference is for a degree in Visual Impairment, Human Resources, Vocational Rehab, Special Education, or related.
• Minimum of 3 years’ experience in direct recruiting, 3rd party recruiting, disability recruiting, on-the-job training, work experience, or job placement.
• Strong knowledge of ADA law and workplace accommodation preferred
• Position requires considerable local travel; must have access to reliable transportation and a 3-year clean driving record.
• Experience in vocational services for persons with disabilities preferred.
• Must be able to work independently with minimal supervision.
• Ability to communicate effectively in verbal and written form.

The Lighthouse for the Blind & Low Vision is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and a Drug Free Workplace.

Teacher of the Visually Impaired

DATE ADVERTISED: 10/31/19         

STARTING PAY Salary will be based on degree level and experience

BENEFITS:  Medical & life ins., 403b pension plan, vacation & sick leave, 13 paid holidays, personal leave days, professional development, full-service credit union, optional low-cost dental and other supplemental insurance plans

REPORTS TO:  Director of Programs Services                           

LOCATION (position based at):  Winter Haven office

Lighthouse for the Blind & Low Vision is seeking a TVI or TVI/O&M for our Early Intervention Program. This position is located at our facility in Winter Haven, Florida (Polk county) and is full-time and fully benefited.

The Early Intervention Program works with children aged birth to 5 years and their families to help maximize their children’s self-sufficiency and independence as well as their physical, emotional, cognitive, social skills, and development.

The TVI or TVI/O&M will work directly with babies and children on ECC skills and play and is integral in:

  • Welcoming families to the work of visual impairments
  • Informing families about their child’s visual impairment
  • Giving children and families a head-start on concept development and communication skills
  • Teaching parents how to become their child’s “Teacher for Life” for Expanded Core Curriculum skills
  • Assisting their navigation through and understanding of the various service providers and service models
  • Supporting families in planning their child’s future in school and beyond


  • Bachelor’s in Visual Disabilities Education required, emphasis in early childhood preferred; Master’s Degree preferred
  • Be eligible to obtain a Teacher’s Certificate from the Florida Department of Education (the Lighthouse will assist with the process)
  • Clean driving record for 3-years (Motor Vehicle Records check will be run at offer

Assistive Technology/Rehabilitation Engineering Specialist

DATE ADVERTISED: 4/5/19         

STARTING PAY Based on qualifications. 

BENEFITS:  Medical & life ins., 403b pension plan, vacation & sick leave, 13 paid holidays, personal leave days, professional development, full-service credit union, optional low-cost dental and other supplemental insurance plans

REPORTS TO:  Technology & Service Contracts Manager.                          

LOCATION (position based at):  Winter Haven office

JOB SUMMARY:  Organize, plan, and provide assistive technology assistance to outside companies that employ persons who are blind or visually impaired, and other technical assistance as assigned, mainly in Polk and Hardee Counties. This includes scripting or writing code (software programming) to achieve compatibility with screen readers and related.

MAJOR DUTIES: Provide assessment of prospective employment settings and client workstations to determine assistive technology options. Consult with prospective employers to analyze relevant aspects of the worksite to ascertain feasibility of placement. Write job task analyses for all feasible sites identified.  Following approval of job modification plan, purchase (through DBS), deliver, and install complete configuration, then provide training to client and employer at the worksite. Work with DBS in arranging computer purchases for clients and on related issues as needed. Provide follow-up, re-engineering, and further technical support including scripting or programming where needed. Evaluate new technology and make recommendations for improvements in the program. Maintain records and complete reports, forms as required (note: extensive report writing required). If assigned, perform troubleshooting and repair on computer components, including but not limited to: printers, scanners, hard drives, video cards, monitors, network cards, power supplies, etc.  Client training includes use of Microsoft products, iPads, iPhones, and other smartphone devices with the adaptations for persons who are blind or visually impaired. Plan and update curriculum to meet clients’ needs, including the following: Windows commands, speech commands, database management, interactive software, word processing, Braille printing, and use of speech and large text software. When assigned, carry out setups and repairs of PC workstations at job sites. Consult as needed with other staff members who are working with the same clients. Work with IT Manager and senior level team members to acquire advanced level AT skills as necessary to support clients and customers. Other duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Applicants must pass an information/computer technology test prior to being invited to apply.  Those with passing scores and suitable backgrounds will be considered for in-person interviews.  Preference given for a degree in Rehabilitation Engineering, Vocational Rehabilitation, Computer Science or related field along with good working knowledge of XML, MSAA or UIA, Python, C++, Java, and/or Visual Basic for scripting. Ability to communicate effectively in verbal and written forms. Ability to teach both vocational and non-vocational clients.  Knowledge of assistive computer technology (including built-in AT features in iPads & iPhones, job engineering, job placement, and PC troubleshooting and repair skills (see H above). Proficiency with AT (assistive technology) software, such as JAWS and ZoomText and ability to develop skills required for training and supporting individuals who use AT software and hardware.  Must have own reliable transportation, good driving record, and be willing to travel extensively in Polk and adjacent counties (mileage reimbursed @ $.48/mi.).  Must also pass a Level II background investigation with Live Scan Fingerprinting. Prefer experience in vocational services with persons who are disabled.  Must be able to lift 40 lbs. of equipment for delivering and setting up workstations. Must earn AT certification through Division of Blind Services within one year of hire and ACVREP CATIS certification within two years of hire. 

Lighthouse for the Blind is pleased to offer competitive pay and benefits that include medical and life coverage, 403(b) retirement plan, optional benefit plans (dental, vision), paid vacation, sick leave, holiday pay, personal leave days, and professional development opportunities.  

Lighthouse for the Blind is an equal opportunity employer and a drug-free workplace.