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 Fla., Dept. of Educ.), United Way Suncoast and Central Florida, and local government contracts.

 

Current Employment Opportunities

Director of Major Gifts & Development

DATE ADVERTISED: 12/10/19

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:  President & CEO                     

LOCATION (position based at):  Tampa office

The Lighthouse for the Blind & Low Vision is currently seeking a Director of Major Gifts & Development to lead our Fundraising and Public Relations initiatives. This is a new role for the organization and has the potential to broaden in scope as the employee grows in the role.

This is a unique opportunity for a leader with drive, creativity, and agility who would like to step into a new challenge and build a department and role from the ground up.

The chief focus of this role will to establish and grow a Major Gifts program for the agency and develop strategies to identify and increase donors as well as gift amounts.

The ideal candidate will have fundraising, development, and some sales experience and be able to demonstrate past success in the ability to establish the strong connections and contacts within the community which can generate donor leads.

The position will be based out of our Main Office located in the Hyde Park area of Tampa, Florida. Development efforts will be focused in all our service areas of 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 & Duties (not all inclusive)
• Develop and implement a well-coordinated individual giving program designed to cultivate and solicit support from a portfolio of individuals and family foundations.
• Identify, qualify, cultivate, and steward relations with existing and prospective individual donors through weekly face-to-face appointments.
• Serve as an active prospect identifier, targeting prospects for personal visits and moving annual donors through the donor pyramid to the next giving level. Make creative connections between and among people, events, programs, and their associated circles.
• Make public appearances and accept speaking engagements to share information about the Lighthouse with the community.
• Lead the execution of major gifts 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
• 3-5 years of management 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

HOW TO APPLY:  Submit a resume via email to Kristy.Smithwick@lighthouseblv.org.

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

Requirements:

  • 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

HOW TO APPLY:  Submit a resume via email to Kristy.Smithwick@lighthouseblv.org.

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. HOW TO APPLY:  Submit a resume via email to Kristy.Smithwick@lighthouseblv.org.

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.