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Updated as of October 3, 2022

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 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, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (PST).

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ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT – (Job#: 22-41) New
Duties Include: Create, schedules, and maintain a calendar of appointments, events, meetings and/or travel; Work closely with Director and Managers to oversee logistics of events, coordinate talent, organize and maintain schedules, and ensure timely and effective communication with library and external staff; Create and maintain current and accurate files and records for the department by auditing and updating information in files and computer software; Coordinate schedule and communication for staff meetings and events; Work with marketing to help create and publicize library marketing strategy and advertisement; Prepare information packets about Library events and information for marketing and development; Learn the workings of the BIA Library and the National Library Service.
Minimum Requirements: A bachelor’s or associate’s degree is preferred; Requires a minimum of two years of administrative support experience; Excellent organizational and analytical skills, proven problem-solving ability, flexibility, and ability to meet deadlines; Strong interpersonal skills, ability to create positive and productive working relationships with peers; Commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace; Knowledge of library services for people on the blind spectrum and those with print disabilities with an appreciation and understanding of DEI frameworks; Ability to work independently and collaboratively, prioritizing work to ensure that departmental and library goals are realized.

DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR, INSTITUTIONAL GIVING – (Job#: 22-38) New
Duties Include: Management of Grants Managers to ensure that all deadlines are met with accurate and quality information. Identifies, qualifies, cultivates, solicits and maintains positive business relationships with institutional donors and sponsors. Manages a portfolio of high-level institutional donors/sponsors, including making pitches to potential new and existing sponsors, writing/submitting letters of inquiry, proposals and stewardship reports, and fulfilling donor requirements. Leads development managers in developing and writing institutional case statements for the Department.  Assures all writings reflect core message for the organization’s mission, vision and programs offered. Prepares budgets and monitors expenses.  Produces reports for management on productivity and results of fundraising efforts.  Maintains and updates all documentation, analyses and statistics related to institutional giving. Develops, communicates and implements annual and long-range marketing plans to expand institutional giving programs, including sponsorships, foundation, corporate, community, group and government fundraising efforts.  Accountable for general department management responsibilities, including hiring, training of staff and performance appraisals.  Establishes and communicates priorities of projects and assignments.  Oversees staff development and corrective action issues, as needed.  Maintains current knowledge of the organization’s departments, programs, and services.  Attends donor, volunteer, student, and community events.  Recruits donors to be profiled in publications and work with Marketing to facilitate interviews and photo shoots.  Also maintains current knowledge of diseases of the eye, and blindness-related issues.
Minimum Requirements: A four-year college degree or the equivalent in additional work experience is required. Strong knowledge of marketing and fundraising techniques including legal, technical and financial requirements is essential. Working knowledge of standard office computer software and prospect research also required. Excellent communication, organization, leadership, computer and financial skills are required. The ability to establish and maintain positive business relationships is needed. The ability to secure funds from donors also required. At least five years of progressively responsible experience in corporate or foundation relations, including demonstrated success in securing six-figure or greater donations and/or sponsorships is strongly preferred. Three or more years of work experience in managing institutional giving programs and staff is desirable.

LIBRARY OUTREACH MANAGER– (Job#: 22-37) New
Duties Include: The Library Outreach Manager will oversee an organizational Library outreach plan for people on the blind spectrum in Southern California and the significant population of people with print disabilities. Establish working relationships with a variety of organizations: health agencies, schools K-20, community organizations, every form of library, etc. and work in close partnership with all units at BIA participating in outreach, practicing effective communication and organization to yield the best results. Oversee outreach efforts by Library Services Coordinators at the BIA centers. Join the outreach committee of the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled. Work with the Director of Volunteer Services to create a plan for robust corps of library volunteers including current library patrons to reach out to individuals and communities across Southern California. Create, implement, and oversee evaluation and assessment plan of all outreach efforts and practices; ability to evaluate and apply data to revise and pivot current strategies. Create annual and intermittent surveys to understand current patrons and the efficacy of BIA Library services. Digitize and streamline reporting and feedback. Investigate software that will allow easy access to an annual survey. Oversee creation of outreach curriculum for all workshops, trainings, and deliverables. Conceptualize outreach as a form of programming; work with marketing to advertise outreach efforts and opportunities. Ability to strategically delegate work amongst staff and volunteers to enhance services to current and potential patrons. Commitment to achieving equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace and the community. Spearhead information and communication campaigns about library services for people with print disabilities. Consult and collaborate with Library Director, and Marketing to understand how to use programming to promote the library, advertise our services, and garner new patrons.
Minimum Requirements: An ALA-accredited Masters degree in Library or Information Science (or equivalent foreign degree) or Masters in Public Policy Administration or equivalent. Extensive full-time library experience or community organizing or public policy or similar experience. Excellent organizational and analytical skills, proven problem-solving ability, flexibility, and ability to meet deadlines. Understanding of the multi-faceted role a library plays in an organization and the broader community. Knowledge of outreach trends and appreciation of the importance and impact of community in libraries for the blind and print disabled. Spanish language fluency, written and spoken, and cultural competency. At least two years of professional managerial experience in libraries or community or non-profit organizations. Knowledge of library services to people on the blind spectrum or with print disabilities. Demonstrated commitment to achieving equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace and the community.

ORIENTATION & MOBILITY SPECIALIST  – (Job#: 22-31)
Duties Include: Conducting an initial and ongoing assessment of orientation and mobility skills for visually impaired individuals; Identifying and discussing mobility/travel goals and objectives; Determining and communicating the extent of training needed to achieve goals; Developing and documenting lesson plans; Documenting students’ progress using company data software; Scheduling students for Orientation & Mobility classes; Teaching students in the classroom, in the field, in the home setting and remotely on-line; Also teaching balance/coordination to students as needed; Assuring that visually impaired individuals are able to travel safely, confidently and efficiently; Conducting seminars and presentations in the community; Attending and participating in special events as required; Working in a standard office environment, classroom, in the field including homes, public transportation community centers and other outdoor training areas; Operating standard office equipment.
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; Certification by the Academy of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP); Required to travel extensively throughout surrounding areas of Santa Barbara; Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred.

SOCIAL WORKER – (Job#: 22-28) 
Duties Include: Demonstrate ability to work with a diverse population who are adjusting to vision loss including people with disabilities, older adults, differing socioeconomic status, ethnicity and race, sexual orientation and identity, etc. Collaborate with client and family/caregiver to develop and implement individualized goals focused on increasing student’s adjustment to vision loss, independence, and overall well-being. Create and maintain a thorough guide of community resources and connect Braille Institute clients with appropriate social service organizations in the community as well as serve as a liaison with organizations on behalf of clients. Maintain collaborative relationships with internal programs and community partners to encourage client success. Facilitate communication between clients and support structure and create opportunities for family support. Offer feedback about goals and help identify skills for client success; generate new ideas and find ways to overcome obstacles by referring to BIA internal programs. Attend and participate in departmental meetings and trainings. Opportunity to create and facilitate support groups, workshops, and staff training.
Minimum Requirements: Master’s degree in social work is required and a strong background in community-based organizations (CBO’s); Two (2) years of progressively responsible experience in a social services environment; Basic knowledge and skills in safety and risk assessments. Preferred experience or knowledge with visually impaired individuals; Knowledge with online education programs, or other technology-mediated instruction preferred. Ability to multi-task, market and implement a wide variety of programs for a diverse population. Excellent communication and computer skills are essential; Excellent organization, training and presentation skills; exceptional interpersonal skills, professionalism, and ability to creatively problem solve. Bi-lingual (English/Spanish) is highly preferred; Opportunity for supervision hours towards licensure and professional development training. Working knowledge of standard office computer software is required

YOUTH ASSISTANT – (Job#: 22-27)
Duties Include: Assisting staff with facilitating youth programs; Assisting with instruction and proving assistance to students during scheduled programs; Assisting in monitoring programs and activities to ensure a safe environment is always maintained; Notifying instructor of any potential safety issues or other problems; Providing sighted guide for children as needed to better assist students with program participation and enrichment; Making recommendations for student activities to keep participants engaged and learning; May require driving a company vehicle to transport visually impaired children between the regional center or designated training location and activities within the local area.
Minimum Requirements: High school diploma or equivalent required, college coursework preferred; Basic knowledge of training as applied to children with disabilities is needed; At least six (6) months of experience working with children’s programs and working with special needs children, youth, & young adult; Good communication and interpersonal skills; Valid driving license with a clean driving record; Ability to work a varied schedule including weekends, extended hours and evenings; Ability to learn and participate in physical and teaching activities; CPR & First Aid certified preferred

COMMUNITY OUTREACH MANAGER – (Job#: 22-26)
Duties Include: Develops, prepares, and conducts community outreach seminars to promote the organization’s programs and services for the visually impaired with the goal of driving more referrals to low-vision services and BIA programs. Educates medical office staff and other potential community partners on BIA’s services, especially the Low Vision Rehabilitation services and Adult Education programs and services. Responds to questions and inquiries about the services offered. Also represents the organization at health fairs and other venues in the community, making presentations and promoting programs. Establishes and maintains positive business relationships with various community partners such as health care agencies, professional services organizations, etc. Accountable for general management responsibilities including hiring, training, establishing priorities of assignments, providing work direction and evaluating the performance of department staff and volunteers.
Minimum Requirements: A four (4) year college degree or equivalent in additional experience. At least five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in education, training, program management or related field is desirable. Experience interfacing with the medical community (physicians and medical office staff) also preferred; Create, market and implement a wide variety of programs for a diverse population of visually impaired adults. Two (2) or more years of leadership experience is strongly preferred. Strong communication, interpersonal, computer and organization skills. Problem-solving skills and the ability to multi-task. Strong knowledge of education and training techniques is essential and preferred. At least one (1) year of experience working with the visually impaired is desirable; Bilingual (Spanish/English)

COUNSELOR – (Job#: 22-25) 
Duties Include: Provide short-term psychotherapy services for individuals adjusting to vision loss. Conduct brief psychosocial assessments. Clinical experience conducting psychotherapy using evidence based approaches. Facilitate emotional support groups and social adjustment initiatives. Risk assessment and safety planning skills. Establish and maintain positive relationships with internal and external stakeholders and community partners. Attend and participate in departmental meetings and trainings. Maintains licensure as required by BBS 
Minimum Requirements: Current licensure (LCSW) in CA required. At least five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in a community care position; Risk assessment and safety planning skills. Knowledge with online education programs or technology mediated instructions. Strong communication, interpersonal, computer and organization skills. Problem-solving skills and the ability to multitask. At least one (1) year of experience working with the visually impaired is desirable. Bilingual (Spanish/English)

INSTRUCTOR (Part-time) – (Job#: 22-20)
Duties Include: Responsible for teaching various subjects and/or independent living skills to the visually impaired. Conduct seminars and workshops throughout the region for families, caregivers and professionals to better assist the visually impaired and promote independent living. May teach students to read and write Braille as well as the use of Braille writers Monitors, evaluates and documents student progress, recommending additional resources and support to students and families as needed. Researches subject matter and develops curriculum for classroom instruction. Prepares lesson plans, and gathers supplies adaptive devices and materials needed to teach students. Assures classrooms are set up each day with supplies, tools equipment and materials needed for an effective and safe learning environment
Minimum Requirements: Communication, training, interpersonal, assessment, research, computer, presentation, organizational and time management skills. Position operates standard office equipment, adaptive tools/equipment, and materials, needed to teach designed subjects. Frequent standing, walking and some lifting may be required. Some travel within an assigned region may also be needed. A high school diploma or equivalent is required. Two year or four-year college degree in a designated field of expertise is desirable. Strong knowledge of the subject matter taught is required. May require conversational knowledge of another language. Two-three years of experience teaching in a designated field of expertise is desirable, and some work experience with the visually impaired is desirable. Conversational knowledge/ skill in Spanish. Knowledge of the Unified English Braille (UEB) code, and the ability to teach braille to VI/ blind students

DIGITAL CONTENT SPECIALIST – (Job#: 22-18) 
Duties Include: Work closely with the Senior Manager, Marketing Strategy to execute marketing campaign tactics and develop content for campaigns that support key Braille Institute programs and services. Work closely with Senior Manager, Marketing Strategy to develop an overall content strategy through the digital media space. Create, review, edit, and update content for social media channels, website, email, blogs/articles, marketing materials, and other platforms. Manage messaging and maintain consistent branding across various channels. Project management of deliverables that may involve outside vendors, agencies or partners. Ensure projects remain on track, on time, and on budget. Coordinate and communicate with various stakeholders (Program Managers/Directors and Regional Center Managers/Directors) to identify and gather content ideas and collaborate on production. Plan, execute and advise on content A/B testing. Track and analyze key metrics on channels; generate reports and make insight-based recommendations.
Minimum Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications, digital media or related field. Minimum 2-4 years of professional content development and management experience. Excellent writing and proofreading skills. Experience writing short and long-form copy. Ability to work with cross-functional teams and work collaboratively with outside vendors. Excellent project management skills, ability to meet deadlines while maintaining attention to detail and accuracy while working independently or as part of a team. Resourcefulness and the ability to handle multiple projects efficiently and effectively. Experience in social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube), email (Mailchimp), content management tools, and Microsoft 365 / Microsoft Office Suite. Knowledge of graphic design and experience using industry-standard design software such as Photoshop and Illustrator. Adobe Premiere Pro experience is a plus. Nonprofit experience is a plus.Knowledge of accessible content best practices is a plus

NATIONAL PROGRAMS SPECIALIST – (Job#: 22-13)
Duties Include: Responsible for providing programming and production support to department staff such as, program planning, development, delivery and other duties as assigned. Supports logistics for all National Programming and Youth Programming by coordinating with and providing support for internal teams and external program partners. Works with the publishing department to provide materials. Establishes and maintains positive relationships with program participants and stakeholders. Assists and provides coverage for other administrative, programming and production functions as requested. Provides input to the marketing department on program social media activities. Assists with program deliverables, which may include program planning, contracts and production.
Minimum Requirements:  Requires good organizational, computer, communication, and time management skills. At least one year of experience in program support and/ or administrative support is preferred.  Strong written and communication skills. Experience working in the non-profit industry is a plus. A high school diploma or equivalent is required, a 4-year degree is desirable.

SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATOR – (Job#: 22-9)
Duties Include: Responsible for maintaining infrastructure in-house and cloud solutions, installing and maintaining hardware/ software solutions. Troubleshooting network, desktop and server issues. Investigates and resolves issues by installing and applying individual, permanent temporary fixes (PTF), cumulative or group fixes as appropriate. Documents solutions to problems and updates change management areas for infrastructure solutions. Monitors performance of all backup and recovery operations. Troubleshoots all errors and monitors server usage and messages. Maintains secure environment for all systems.
Minimum Requirements: A four-year college degree in a computer-related field or equivalent work experience. Working knowledge of a variety of operating systems and servers supporting windows environments. Knowledge of systems administration, IT infrastructure solutions administration and client/ server applications is required. Three years of progressively responsible experience in systems analysis/ administration with infrastructure-type applications and tools. Experience with PC/MAC configurations. Multi-factor and single sign-on solutions. Desktop support experience also needed. Experience with the following solutions preferred: OKTA, 0365, Outlook client, Exchange server on-prem and cloud, KnowBe4, bvoip phone systems, SAN systems, VMWARE. VSphere6+, Sharepoint, Microsoft teams. Strong customer service skills. · Strong verbal and written communication skills. Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail. The ability to establish and maintain positive business relationships with all levels of staff and vendors is essential. Experience providing technical and business requirements documentation.

YOUTH ASSISTANT – (Job#: 22-33)
Duties Include: Assisting staff with facilitating youth programs; Assisting with instruction and proving assistance to students during scheduled programs; Assisting in monitoring programs and activities to ensure a safe environment is always maintained; Notifying instructor of any potential safety issues or other problems; Providing sighted guide for children as needed to better assist students with program participation and enrichment; Making recommendations for student activities to keep participants engaged and learning; May require driving a company vehicle to transport visually impaired children between the regional center or designated training location and activities within the local area.
Minimum Requirements: High school diploma or equivalent required, college coursework preferred; Basic knowledge of training as applied to children with disabilities is needed; At least six (6) months of experience working with children’s programs and working with special needs children, youth, & young adult; Good communication and interpersonal skills; Valid driving license with a clean driving record; Ability to work a varied schedule including weekends, extended hours and evenings; Ability to learn and participate in physical and teaching activities; CPR & First Aid certified preferred

INTAKE SPECIALIST – (Job#: 22-34)
Duties Include: Meeting with all incoming low vision clients in person or via phone to go over ETO Basic Intake questions; Contacting Ophthalmologist if requested by the incoming client for referral; Discussing the process of intake with them and their families and providing support through the process;
Assisting Educational Programs manager with developing the class schedule, assisting with day-to-day classroom and student needs; Assisting with providing resources to students and their families as needed; Member of the Case Conference committee; Assisting with outreach presentations, health fairs, as needed; Gathering, compiling and preparing reports as requested by management and maintaining attendance logs of clients.
Minimum Requirements: Bachelor’s degree with a focus in the human services field such as Social Work or Psychology preferred; The ability to investigate and resolve problems and provide solutions to visually impaired students is needed; Good communication, interpersonal, time management, counseling, computer and presentation skills; Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred; at least one (1) year of administrative support or customer service experience; At least one (1) year of experience in the human services field; A valid driver’s license; First aid/CPR certificate desirable.

LOW VISION OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST – (Job#: 22-24)
Duties Include: Conducting Occupational Therapy evaluations for clients with low vision; Developing a goal-oriented plan of care and providing intervention in daily living skills, the use of assistive devices, and other relevant rehabilitation activities. Working in conjunction with existing services to develop a comprehensive, collaborative plan of care. Educating clients on BIA programs and services. Documenting and updating client records, outcomes and all services as needed to comply with Braille Institute standards. Maintaining good communication with referring physicians. Recommending 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 working experience with the geriatric/adult physical disability population. Preference is given to candidates with Low Vision certification or are participating in the Low Vision Rehabilitation certification program. Preference is given to candidates with experience in working with people who are visually impaired. Bilingual (Spanish/English) preferred. Mentorship is available for candidates without low vision certification/experience. Ability to gain Low Vision Certification within a specified time frame

ACCESS TECHNOLOGY SPECIALIST – (Job#: 22-19)
Duties Include: Teaches in a group setting on the use of various Assistive Technology tools for individuals experiencing vision loss; screen readers, keyboard training, optical character recognition, magnification, and equipment needs. Conducts individual consultations to determine a student’s skill level and needs. Make recommendations for programing and equipment needs to support independence. Documents progress for students, preparing reports for management and others as requested. Develops lesson plans and curriculums for individual and group-based education; Conducts, but isn’t limited to, individual and group-based programming through onsite, virtual, and off-site at partner facilities. Prepares classrooms for students. Maintains and expands knowledge in the field. Performs other duties as assigned. As the organization continues to evolve, duties or tasks may change.
Minimum Requirements: Experience with problem-solving in how technology can support an individual’s needs. Ability to demonstrate Assistive Technology tools such as screen readers, optical character recognition, and magnifiers. Experience in an in-person, virtual, and offsite teaching environment. Familiarity with Windows, Mac OS X, iOS and Android platforms. Able to quickly pick up, and learn to navigate, educational courseware using Assistive Technology. Experience with developing lesson plans, and curriculums, for individual and group-based education.

ORIENTATION & MOBILITY SPECIALIST  – (Job#: 21-13)
Duties Include: Conducting an initial and ongoing assessment of orientation and mobility skills for visually impaired individuals; Identifying and discussing mobility/travel goals and objectives; Determining and communicating the extent of training needed to achieve goals; Developing and documenting lesson plans; Documenting students’ progress using company data software; Scheduling students for Orientation & Mobility classes; Teaching students in the classroom, in the field, in the home setting and remotely on-line; Also teaching balance/coordination to students as needed; Assuring that visually impaired individuals are able to travel safely, confidently and efficiently; Conducting seminars and presentations in the community; Attending and participating in special events as required; Working in a standard office environment, classroom, in the field including homes, public transportation community centers and other outdoor training areas; Operating standard office equipment.
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; Certification by the Academy of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP); Required to travel extensively throughout surrounding areas of Santa Barbara; Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred.

ORIENTATION & MOBILITY SPECIALIST  – (Job#: 22-36) New
Duties Include: Conducting an initial and ongoing assessment of orientation and mobility skills for visually impaired individuals; Identifying and discussing mobility/travel goals and objectives; Determining and communicating the extent of training needed to achieve goals; Developing and documenting lesson plans; Documenting students’ progress using company data software; Scheduling students for Orientation & Mobility classes; Teaching students in the classroom, in the field, in the home setting and remotely on-line; Also teaching balance/coordination to students as needed; Assuring that visually impaired individuals are able to travel safely, confidently and efficiently; Conducting seminars and presentations in the community; Attending and participating in special events as required; Working in a standard office environment, classroom, in the field including homes, public transportation community centers and other outdoor training areas; Operating standard office equipment.
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; Certification by the Academy of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP); Required to travel extensively throughout surrounding areas of Santa Barbara; Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred.

INSTRUCTOR – (Job# 21-11) Revision
Duties Include: Instruct visually impaired students in a variety of subjects in order to achieve independent living and provide enrichment.  May also teach students to read and write braille as well as the use of braille writers.  Monitors, evaluates and documents student progress, recommending additional resources and support to students and families as needed.  Researches subject matter and, in collaboration with the Educational Programs Lead, develops curricula for classroom instruction.  Works in collaboration with the Educational Programs Lead and educators across BIA centers to provide continuity in departmental instruction.  Prepares lesson plans as needed.  Gathers supplies, adaptive devices and materials needed to teach students.  Assures in-person and online classrooms are set up each day with supplies, tools, equipment and materials needed for an effective and safe learning environment. Prepares and maintains appropriate forms and documentation for each class as required, such as attendance and student progress.  May design and conduct seminars, workshops and training sessions throughout an assigned region to educate families, caregivers, and professionals on issues related to the visually impaired, as well as to promote the organization’s programs and services within the community. May participate in planning and/or preparation for special events to benefit the visually impaired. Acquires knowledge of research and advancements in the subject matter taught, as well as the organization’s programs and services and other resources for the visually impaired.  Makes use of professional development workshops and resources.  May train and direct the work of volunteers assisting in classrooms.
Minimum Requirements: A bachelor’s degree (ex/ BA) in a designated field of expertise is required (or may be substituted with one year of teaching experience). Strong knowledge of the subject matter taught is required. Previous online teaching experience is desirable. May require conversational knowledge of another language. The position requires good communication, training, interpersonal, assessment, research, computer, presentation, organizational and time management skills. The ability to effectively teach visually impaired students in a particular field of expertise is essential. At least one to two years of experience teaching in a designated field of expertise is desirable. Some work experience with the visually impaired is desirable.

YOUTH PROGRAMS SPECIALIST – (Job#: 22-29) Revision
Duties Include: Responsible for leading and coordinating programs that support youth with visual impairments, including designing semester curriculum and lesson plans; coordinating with special guests and community members to bring variety to program content; and creating calendars, agendas, and registration forms for advertising and recruitment. Organize day-to-day logistics and event coordination for in-person programming. Collaborate closely with Youth Team to create content for shared programs (virtual youth programs, parent workshops, large-scale special events). Establish and maintain active communication with program stakeholders (i.e. parents, teachers of the visually impaired, orientation and mobility specialists, school administrators, school districts, local agencies, vision networks, etc.).  Conduct outreach and recruitment efforts through relationship building, workshops, and presentations to develop a strong presence within the community.  Maintain precise records for call logs, attendance, and program reports.  Meet with students and their families to evaluate students’ abilities and interest in programs to best meet their needs and connect them with relevant resources.  Oversee Youth Assistants including training, providing general work direction, and reviewing work assignments to ensure program goals are achieved.  Collaborate with internal teams, such as National Programs, Library Services, and Marketing, for program content, events, and social media.
Minimum Requirements: Bachelor’s degree preferred or at least five or more years of direct experience working with youth. A degree in a related field, such as psychology, social work, human development, education, etc. is preferred. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Ability to prepare and deliver presentations both to internal teams and external stakeholders. Can interact comfortably with diverse populations and professionally represent the organization. Spanish-speaking skills are strongly desired. Teamwork and leadership skills:  Experience with collaborating within a team. Ability to manage projects from start to finish, whether individually or collectively.  Demonstrated success in a leadership role. Strong organizational skills with attention to detail. Ability to think critically and prioritize work to adjust to multiple project timelines. Willingness to learn about eye conditions and adaptive technology to better serve students and families. Independent, collaborative, and solutions-oriented attitude. High proficiency in computer applications including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.  At least two years of experience working with youth, either in a school or extracurricular setting is desired or comparable experience. (volunteer work or internship applies).

YOUTH ASSISTANT – (Job#: 22-15)
Duties Include: Assisting staff with facilitating youth programs. Assisting with instruction and proving assistance to students during scheduled programs. Assisting in monitoring programs and activities to ensure a safe environment is always maintained. Notifying instructor of any potential safety issues or other problems. Providing sighted guide for children as needed to better assist students with program participation and enrichment. Making recommendations for student activities to keep participants engaged and learning. May require driving a company vehicle to transport visually impaired children between the regional center or designated training location and activities within the local area
Minimum Requirements: High school diploma or equivalent required, college coursework preferred; Basic knowledge of training as applied to children with disabilities is needed. At least six (6) months of experience working with children’s programs and working with special needs children, youth, & young adults. Good communication and interpersonal skills. Valid driving license with clean driving record. Ability to work a varied schedule including weekends, extended hours and evenings. Ability to learn and participate in physical and teaching activities. CPR & First Aid certified preferred.

INSTRUCTOR – (Job# 21-34) Revision
Duties Include: Instruct visually impaired students in a variety of subjects in order to achieve independent living and provide enrichment.  May also teach students to read and write braille as well as the use of braille writers.  Monitors, evaluates and documents student progress, recommending additional resources and support to students and families as needed.  Researches subject matter and, in collaboration with the Educational Programs Lead, develops curricula for classroom instruction.  Works in collaboration with the Educational Programs Lead and educators across BIA centers to provide continuity in departmental instruction.  Prepares lesson plans as needed.  Gathers supplies, adaptive devices and materials needed to teach students.  Assures in-person and online classrooms are set up each day with supplies, tools, equipment and materials needed for an effective and safe learning environment. Prepares and maintains appropriate forms and documentation for each class as required, such as attendance and student progress.  May design and conduct seminars, workshops and training sessions throughout an assigned region to educate families, caregivers, and professionals on issues related to the visually impaired, as well as to promote the organization’s programs and services within the community. May participate in planning and/or preparation for special events to benefit the visually impaired. Acquires knowledge of research and advancements in the subject matter taught, as well as the organization’s programs and services and other resources for the visually impaired.  Makes use of professional development workshops and resources.  May train and direct the work of volunteers assisting in classrooms.
Minimum Requirements: A bachelor’s degree (ex/ BA) in a designated field of expertise is required (or may be substituted with one year of teaching experience). Strong knowledge of the subject matter taught is required. Previous online teaching experience is desirable. May require conversational knowledge of another language. The position requires good communication, training, interpersonal, assessment, research, computer, presentation, organizational and time management skills. The ability to effectively teach visually impaired students in a particular field of expertise is essential. At least one to two years of experience teaching in a designated field of expertise is desirable. Some work experience with the visually impaired is desirable.

SOCIAL WORKER – (Job#: 22-40) New
Duties Include: Demonstrate ability to work with a diverse population who are adjusting to vision loss including people with disabilities, older adults, differing socioeconomic status, ethnicity and race, sexual orientation and identity, etc. Collaborate with client and family/caregiver to develop and implement individualized goals focused on increasing student’s adjustment to vision loss, independence, and overall well-being. Create and maintain a thorough guide of community resources and connect Braille Institute clients with appropriate social service organizations in the community as well as serve as a liaison with organizations on behalf of clients. Maintain collaborative relationships with internal programs and community partners to encourage client success. Facilitate communication between clients and support structure and create opportunities for family support. Offer feedback about goals and help identify skills for client success; generate new ideas and find ways to overcome obstacles by referring to BIA internal programs. Attend and participate in departmental meetings and trainings. Opportunity to create and facilitate support groups, workshops, and staff training.
Minimum Requirements: Master’s degree in social work is required and a strong background in community-based organizations (CBO’s); Two (2) years of progressively responsible experience in a social services environment; Basic knowledge and skills in safety and risk assessments. Preferred experience or knowledge with visually impaired individuals; Knowledge with online education programs, or other technology-mediated instruction preferred. Ability to multi-task, market and implement a wide variety of programs for a diverse population. Excellent communication and computer skills are essential; Excellent organization, training and presentation skills; exceptional interpersonal skills, professionalism, and ability to creatively problem solve. Bi-lingual (English/Spanish) is highly preferred; Opportunity for supervision hours towards licensure and professional development training. Working knowledge of standard office computer software is required.

INSTRUCTOR – (Job# 22-39) New
Duties Include: Instruct visually impaired students in a variety of subjects in order to achieve independent living and provide enrichment.  May also teach students to read and write braille as well as the use of braille writers.  Monitors, evaluates and documents student progress, recommending additional resources and support to students and families as needed.  Researches subject matter and, in collaboration with the Educational Programs Lead, develops curricula for classroom instruction.  Works in collaboration with the Educational Programs Lead and educators across BIA centers to provide continuity in departmental instruction.  Prepares lesson plans as needed.  Gathers supplies, adaptive devices and materials needed to teach students.  Assures in-person and online classrooms are set up each day with supplies, tools, equipment and materials needed for an effective and safe learning environment. Prepares and maintains appropriate forms and documentation for each class as required, such as attendance and student progress.  May design and conduct seminars, workshops and training sessions throughout an assigned region to educate families, caregivers, and professionals on issues related to the visually impaired, as well as to promote the organization’s programs and services within the community. May participate in planning and/or preparation for special events to benefit the visually impaired. Acquires knowledge of research and advancements in the subject matter taught, as well as the organization’s programs and services and other resources for the visually impaired.  Makes use of professional development workshops and resources.  May train and direct the work of volunteers assisting in classrooms.
Minimum Requirements: A bachelor’s degree (ex/ BA) in a designated field of expertise is required (or may be substituted with one year of teaching experience). Strong knowledge of the subject matter taught is required. Previous online teaching experience is desirable. May require conversational knowledge of another language. The position requires good communication, training, interpersonal, assessment, research, computer, presentation, organizational and time management skills. The ability to effectively teach visually impaired students in a particular field of expertise is essential. At least one to two years of experience teaching in a designated field of expertise is desirable. Some work experience with the visually impaired is desirable.

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT – (Job#: 22-35) New
Duties Include: Responsible for providing general administrative support to center and management, such as, filing, answering phones, compiling data, preparing reports and other duties; Gathers, compiles and prepares reports on department information as requested by management. Proofreads, prints and distributes correspondence, timelines, tables, graphs, presentations and reports using computer software. Creates and maintains current and accurate files and records for the department by auditing and updating information in files and computer software. Receives telephone calls for the department. Obtains information from callers, and responds to inquiries, takes messages or routes calls to staff as appropriate. Greets students, visitors and staff. Answers questions from visitors on department operations. Orders and receives supplies for the department as requested. Prepares, tracks and closes purchase orders. Monitors inventory of department supplies. Assists with providing coverage for other administrative functions in the department as requested. Performs other duties as assigned.
Minimum Requirements:  High school diploma or equivalent is required. Basic knowledge of administrative support services and standard office computer software is desirable. God communication, computer and organization skills are required. The ability to perform multiple tasks accurately is needed.
Experience: At least one year of administrative support work experience is desirable. Work experience using standard office computer software is required.

ORIENTATION & MOBILITY SPECIALIST  – (Job#: 21-32)
Duties Include: Conducting an initial and ongoing assessment of orientation and mobility skills for visually impaired individuals; Identifying and discussing mobility/travel goals and objectives; Determining and communicating the extent of training needed to achieve goals; Developing and documenting lesson plans; Documenting students’ progress using company data software; Scheduling students for Orientation & Mobility classes; Teaching students in the classroom, in the field, in the home setting and remotely on-line; Also teaching balance/coordination to students as needed; Assuring that visually impaired individuals are able to travel safely, confidently and efficiently; Conducting seminars and presentations in the community; Attending and participating in special events as required; Working in a standard office environment, classroom, in the field including homes, public transportation community centers and other outdoor training areas; Operating standard office equipment.
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; Certification by the Academy of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP); Required to travel extensively throughout surrounding areas of Santa Barbara; Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred.

YOUTH PROGRAMS SPECIALIST – (Job#: 21-15) Revision
Duties Include: Responsible for leading and coordinating programs that support youth with visual impairments, including designing semester curriculum and lesson plans; coordinating with special guests and community members to bring variety to program content; and creating calendars, agendas, and registration forms for advertising and recruitment. Organize day-to-day logistics and event coordination for in-person programming. Collaborate closely with Youth Team to create content for shared programs (virtual youth programs, parent workshops, large-scale special events). Establish and maintain active communication with program stakeholders (i.e. parents, teachers of the visually impaired, orientation and mobility specialists, school administrators, school districts, local agencies, vision networks, etc.).  Conduct outreach and recruitment efforts through relationship building, workshops, and presentations to develop a strong presence within the community.  Maintain precise records for call logs, attendance, and program reports.  Meet with students and their families to evaluate students’ abilities and interest in programs to best meet their needs and connect them with relevant resources.  Oversee Youth Assistants including training, providing general work direction, and reviewing work assignments to ensure program goals are achieved.  Collaborate with internal teams, such as National Programs, Library Services, and Marketing, for program content, events, and social media.
Minimum Requirements: Bachelor’s degree preferred or at least five or more years of direct experience working with youth. A degree in a related field, such as psychology, social work, human development, education, etc. is preferred. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Ability to prepare and deliver presentations both to internal teams and external stakeholders. Can interact comfortably with diverse populations and professionally represent the organization. Spanish-speaking skills are strongly desired. Teamwork and leadership skills:  Experience with collaborating within a team. Ability to manage projects from start to finish, whether individually or collectively.  Demonstrated success in a leadership role. Strong organizational skills with attention to detail. Ability to think critically and prioritize work to adjust to multiple project timelines. Willingness to learn about eye conditions and adaptive technology to better serve students and families. Independent, collaborative, and solutions-oriented attitude. High proficiency in computer applications including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.  At least two years of experience working with youth, either in a school or extracurricular setting is desired or comparable experience. (volunteer work or internship applies).

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