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 candy.caldwell@lighthouseblv.org In the subject line, please put Resume for Consideration.

COVID-19 considerations:

Currently, we are working with our clients through a virtual platform and by appointment. Most staff are teleworking with only an occasional presence at the office location required. Social distancing is practiced and PPE is provided for any direct client/employee contact.

Current Employment Opportunities

Orientation and Mobility Specialist

STARTING PAY: Salary will be based on degree level and experience

BENEFITS: Medical & Life Insurance; 403b pension plan, vacation & sick leave, paid holidays, personal leave days, professional development, optional low-cost dental and other supplemental insurance plans

REPORTS TO: Director of Program Services

LOCATION (position based at): Winter Haven, FL

Lighthouse for the Blind & Low Vision currently has an opportunity for an Orientation and Mobility Specialist. This position is responsible for the organization, planning and direct provision of orientation and mobility to adults who are blind and visually impaired.

The position will be based out of our Winter Haven office located at 206 Avenue D, N.W., Winter Haven, FL.

Key Responsibilities and Duties
– Assess each adult’s O&M training needs, then plan and provide orientation and mobility training as needed.
– Monitor for safety in all scenarios of instruction and provide modifications for client as needed.
– Provide individualized instruction in all basic and advanced orientation and mobility skills according to client needs.
– Instruction may be provided in job, college, community and/or home environments.
– Cooperate and consult with other staff members and other professionals on common matters, volunteers and community resources on behalf of the client.
– Assist in the development of community resources and education through in-service training programs.
– Keep up to date with knowledge and techniques in relevant fields.
– Complete all paperwork and applicable reporting requirements.
– Other duties and projects as assigned.

Qualifications & Requirements
– Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Orientation and Mobility.
– Must be ACVREP Certifiable in O&M (COMS) with intention of achieving permanent certification within one year of hire date.
– Discerning judgment and empathetic understanding of clients.
– Flexibility and imagination in teaching and programming.
– Reliable transportation.
– Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.

Teacher of Children with Visual Impairments – Early Intervention Program

STARTING PAY: Salary will be based on degree level and experience

BENEFITS: Medical & Life Insurance; 403b pension plan, vacation & sick leave, paid holidays, personal leave days, professional development, optional low-cost dental and other supplemental insurance plans

REPORTS TO: Director of Program Services

LOCATION (position based at): Tampa, FL

Lighthouse for the Blind & Low Vision is currently seeking a Teacher of Children with Visual Impairments – Early Intervention Program. This individual will provide early childhood development and instruction in Expanded Core Curriculum to visually impaired children aged birth to 5 years old and their families to help maximize their children’s self-sufficiency and independence as well as their physical, emotional, cognitive, social skills and development. Services are provided in the home, school and other appropriate environments.

The position will be based out of our Main Office located at 1106 West Platt Street, Tampa, Florida.

Key Responsibilities and Duties
– Evaluate and provide support services related to the child’s visual impairment and development to each assigned child and their family
– Complete assessments including educational, developmental and functional vision/sensory learning (FVLMA) and ECC.
– Establish educational plans and objectives to meet the needs of the children and families.
– Teaching areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum including: independent living skills, orientation and mobility, communication skills, self-help skills, social development, sensory development, emergent literacy, pre-braille skills and braille literacy and cognitive development including the application of assistive devices.
– Instructional techniques including play-based learning, calendar boxes, communication devices and techniques, sensory learning and other instructional methods for children with multiple impairments including visual impairments.
– Team player and liaison between schools/agencies and other community resources; organize events and trainings for parents/families.
– Keep up to date with knowledge and techniques in relevant fields.
– Complete all paperwork and applicable reporting requirements.
– Other duties and projects as assigned.

Qualifications & Requirements
– Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Visual Disabilities Education (with emphasis in early childhood preferred).
– Must have access to reliable transportation and a clean driving record for the required itinerant visits and travel.
– Possess excellent verbal and written communication skills.
– Possess excellent interpersonal skills and effectively work with a variety of personalities.
– Discerning judgment and empathetic understanding of clients. 

Assistive Technology/Rehabilitation Engineering Specialist       

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:  Director of Technology & Service Contracts                           

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.

Summer Transition Work-Based Learning Experience

Starting Pay:  instructional stipend of $6 per hour

Benefits:  N/A

Reports To:  Transition Job Coach and WBLE Supervisor

Location: Varies based on placement

Major Duties and Qualifications: 

  1. Publix Supermarkets (must be 16 or older):  identifying and bagging groceries, greeting customers, basic cleaning and organization of physical space.
  2. Pet Supermarket (must be 18 or older):  cleaning variety of animal cages, stocking shelves, cleaning and organization of physical space, customer service.
  3. The Brunchery (must be 15 or older):  using a commercial dishwasher to clean dishes, sorting/stacking dishware and silverware, basic food preparation, cleaning and organizing of physical space.
  4. The Spring (must be 14 or older):  sort, organize, fold, hang, and clean donations in the thrift store warehouse to prepare items for retail sale.
  5. Marshalls (must be 14 or older):  unpacking and sorting clothing and accessories, flattening clothing, folding or hanging clothing, cleaning and organization of physical space, arranging items on shelves.
  6. Florida Instructional Materials Center for the Visually Impaired (FIMC-VI) (must be 14 or older):  shipping/receiving and inventory of books and educational materials, custodial work (sweeping, cleaning, trash removal), testing and updating assistive technology, assembling educational or presentation materials, packing/organizing, using Microsoft Office programs such as Word, Excel.
  7. Braille With Vision (Lighthouse, knowledge of braille and computer skills helpful but not required):  development of print/magnet quotes for use in fundraising business, production of magnets, packaging of magnets, sales plan, assembly/testing of educational materials.

Apply Online by 12:30 pm, June 9, 2021:  APPLY HERE