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

Front Office/Store Administrator 

STARTING PAY: Starting salary will be determined based on applicant experience

 REPORTS TO: Director of Program Services

LOCATION (position based at): Winter Haven, FL 

Lighthouse for the Blind & Low Vision is currently seeking a Front office/Store Administrator for our office located in Winter Haven, FL. Lighthouse for the Blind & Low Vision is a non-profit agency and serves anyone who has a visual impairment that prevents them from functioning normally in day-to-day activities, and provides opportunities to individuals irrespective of race, creed, gender, religion or economic status. The Front Office/Store Administrator will serve as the “first point of contact” at this location and will support the team members working at that location on a day to day basis as well as oversee our Magnifiers and More store. 

The Front Office/Store Administrator is a full-time, Monday – Friday position requiring a dedicated and dependable individual responsible for opening and closing the office and Magnifiers and More Store each day. This position requires the ability to multi-task and a willingness to accept direction with an aptitude to work independently and efficiently. 

Key Responsibilities & Duties

  • Performs and maintains daily opening and closing procedures for office and Magnifiers and More store.
  • Greets visitors and directs them appropriately; responds to telephone and in-person inquiries.
  • Communicates accurately and effectively.
  • Distributes/processes incoming and outgoing mail and packages.
  • Replenishes supplies and maintains copy, fax and postage meter machines.
  • Enters and maintains new client records in AWARE and CTS databases.
  • Coordinates client transportation.
  • Responsible for daily operation and accurate inventory of the Magnifiers and More store, including meeting with customers and vendors, demonstrating products and completing sales.
  • Engages in excellent customer service and marketing efforts to increase store sales.
  • Ensures front office and store are kept neat and tidy.
  • Other duties and projects as assigned and needed.

 Qualifications & Requirements

  • High School Diploma/GED – required
  • 1 year of retail experience – required
  • 3 years of customer service experience – required
  • Administrative/clerical experience – required
  • Advanced computer skills, including experience using QuickBooks – preferred
  • Bilingual (Spanish) – preferred

Director of Major Gifts & Development

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: CEO

LOCATION: (position based at): Tampa office

Lighthouse for the Blind & Low Vision is currently seeking a Director of Major Gifts & Development to lead our Fundraising and Public Relations initiatives. The Lighthouse is a mission-driven organization and provides life changing services to individuals of all ages who are blind or visually impaired so they can remain active, productive members of our community.

The chief focus of this role will be to build upon the success of existing fundraising efforts while creating compelling and unique proposals for donors to upgrade their giving or give for the first time.

The ideal candidate is strategic, highly motivated, energetic, proactive and creative. The candidate should have exceptional interpersonal skills and the desire to get out in the communities that we serve and build relationships. A results-oriented person with experience working with individual and corporate donors and events is a must. This individual should have the ability to work independently or in a team environment and the ability to clearly communicate the Lighthouse the Blind & Low Vision’s overall mission and goals. Local candidates or candidates with experience in the local market are preferred.

The position will be based out of our main office located in the Hyde Park area of Tampa. Development efforts will be focused in all of our service areas including Hillsborough, Polk and Hardee counties. Travel to these areas will be required and there may be some additional travel. Some remote work is likely.

Key Responsibilities and Duties
– Develop and implement a well-coordinated individual giving program designed to cultivate and solicit support from a portfolio of individual and family foundations.
– Identify and steward relations with existing and prospective individual donors through weekly face-to-face appointments/calls measured by metrics-based evaluations.
– Be a self-starter and goal driven to initiate donor visits and fundraising calls.
– Make public appearances and accept speaking engagements to share information about the Lighthouse with the community. Generate social media posts.
– Manage portfolio of over 100 donors.
– Lead the execution of major gift strategies by crafting proposals, writing presentations, developing stewardship visits, managing logistics and developing strategic communications.
– Oversee the development, management and implementation of an individual donor recognition plan including the timely acknowledgement and follow-up for all individual donors and prospects.
– Manage and develop relationships with assigned vendors, consultants and staff.
– Conduct research and analysis for donor prospects
– Maintain accurate and complete records of all communications with donors
– Oversee and manage all internal and external reporting obligations.
– Other duties and projects as assigned.

Qualifications & Requirements
– Bachelor’s degree – preferred
– CFRE – preferred
– 5 – 7 years of non-profit fundraising and/or sales experience – preferred
– Direct marketing, special event and development experience – required
– Experience in the areas of organizational planning and management
– Experience with budgeting, planning and project administration
– Experience with social media

 

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.