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Updated as of January 26, 2023

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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YOUTH PROGRAMS SPECIALIST – (Job#: 23-6) New
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). Bilingual (English/Spanish) is required.

OPERATIONS COORDINATOR – (Job#: 23-4) New
Duties Include: Responsible for supervising department projects, including assisting with project management, production through the delivery of braille materials, and organization and logistics of National Programs events. Oversees select department projects. Monitors project progress and set deadlines. Determines and communicates production duties and priorities. Monitors project schedules to maximize efficiency. Responsible for creating weekly and monthly department work plans to track upcoming program deliverables. Works with department heads to stay current on departmental needs and goals. Oversees quality control of projects. Troubleshoots problems and ensures deadlines are met. Supports and oversees data entry, including inputting, updating, and verifying accuracy. Develops quarterly and monthly reports that outline inventory needs and programs. Takes initiative to identify trends and patterns to help move programs forward. Determines and communicates work assignments to operations staff. Receive department packages and ensure they are processed into inventory while updating relevant parties accordingly. Works with Administrative Assistant to order product materials and printing supplies. Responsible for communication between internal and external teams. Assigns projects to external contractors, such as program developers and graphic designers. Oversees and assures timely completion of projects with external contractors. Evaluates equipment needs for current and future projects while ensuring equipment is properly maintained. Supports interdepartmental and organizational projects.
Minimum Requirements: The position requires an AA Degree or a high school diploma and five years of relevant experience. Must be comfortable with Microsoft Office products (such as Word and Excel). The position requires good project management, organizational, computer, communication, time management, and leadership skills.  The ability to prioritize projects and meet deadlines is essential. Experience utilizing equipment/machinery for braille needs is desirable though previous UEB or experience with braille is not required. Curiosity and the ability to learn quickly are ideal as all necessary training will be provided. At least three years of program, operations, or project management experience.  Some supervisory experience is preferable.

OPERATIONS SPECIALIST – (Job#: 23-3) New
Duties include: Responsible for the production of department projects from logistics through printing, shipment, and delivery of the finished product. Works with supervisor to ensure high-quality and timely projects and materials. Produces print and embossed materials according to the schedule provided by the supervisor.  Maximizes production capacity and efficiency by communicating equipment status and progress of assignments to the supervisor. Coordinates shipment of program materials. Assists with the tracking of department projects by organizing, and monitoring inventory and equipment condition. Helps to assure that equipment is properly maintained. Assists supervisor in communicating with external contractors. Assists with data entry, including inputting and updating student information. Ability to work on feet for 8 hours and carry loads up to 40 pounds. Ability to work independently and safely.
Minimum Requirements: The position requires a high school diploma or equivalent. Shipping and receiving knowledge is beneficial. The position requires good organizational, computer, communication, and time management skills. Experience with Microsoft Office products (such as Word and Excel). At least one year of experience in production or shipping is preferred, but not required. Experience utilizing equipment/machinery for braille needs is desirable though previous UEB or experience with braille is not required. Curiosity and the ability to learn quickly are ideal as all necessary training will be provided.

CHILD DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANT – (Job#: 22-53)

Will provide services in San Bernardino County

Duties Include: Providing in-home and community play-based visits with children and families/caregivers; Educating families in understanding child’s vision diagnosis and providing suggestions to assist with modifying activities and environments to help support the development of the child; Use standardized assessment tools to monitor development; Prepare families for educational planning meetings, attend IFSP and IEP meetings; Attend medical appointments with families; Collaborate with other professionals, maintain positive business relationships with outside agencies; Support families by providing community resources and referrals related to childhood vision loss, development and education; Conduct research, prepare monthly reports on client progress, attend staff and community meetings; maintain current knowledge of early childhood best practices; Current knowledge of early childhood education for the visually impaired.
Minimum Requirements: Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education or related field or equivalent required; At least three (3) years of experience working with families and children in early childhood intervention/special education; Experience working with visual impairment both in-home and school settings, using assessment tools; Excellent computer skills utilizing MS Office and newer technology such as iPad and learning apps; Position requires excellent communication, time management, and facilitation skills; The ability to work independently out in the field and represent the organization while meeting the needs of children and families; CPR & First Aid certified preferred; Valid drivers license with a clean driving record required; Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred.

DESKTOP SUPPORT SPECIALIST – (Job#: 22-49)
Duties Include: Responsible for installing, monitoring, and maintaining operating systems, printers, and servers, responsible for the setup of hardware and software for onboarding and offboarding employees including computer resets and reconfiguration, upgrading, and installing software, and backing up files from previous employees; Troubleshoots server and system problems. Investigates and resolve issues by installing and applying individual, permanent temporary fixes (PTF), cumulative or group fixes as appropriate. Documents solutions to problems; Configures, installs, and supports systems for users, including desktop support and peripheral equipment; End-user support, both in person and utilizing remote management tools; Hardware maintenance and support including hardware failure recovery and upgrades of RAM, and hard drives. Provides technical advice to users; Researches evaluates, and recommends new or upgraded system software, hardware, and utilities to maximize system efficiencies; Maintains current knowledge of various operating systems, servers, and related utilities.
Minimum Requirements: An associate or bachelor’s degree in computer science, information technology or a related field; Position requires a minimum of two (2) years of progressively responsible experience in systems administration/Desktop Support in an Outlook and Windows 10 environment; Experience with PC/MAC configuration, OKTA, and desktop support ticketing systems also preferred; position requires experience with software as a service (SaaS) and other software hosting protocols, excellent verbal and written communication skills, good problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, able to work in a team as well as independently; Position requires experience in providing professional and courteous customer service; Knowledge of computer software, operating systems, hardware, and networking preferred; Basic network settings on desktop environments a plus.

DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR, INSTITUTIONAL GIVING – (Job#: 22-38)
Duties Include: Responsible for all aspects of institutional giving programs, including foundation, corporate, community group, and government fundraising efforts to support the organization’s programs and services for the visually impaired. Develops and manages a significant portfolio of institutional donors and prospects and manages two Grants Managers. 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 the core message of 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 is 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)
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.

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

COUNSELOR – (Job#: 22-25) 
Duties Include: Providing 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 training. Maintains licensure as required by BBS 
Minimum Requirements: Current licensure (LCSW) in CA is 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.

LIBRARY SERVICES COORDINATOR – (Job#: 22-51)
Duties Include: Supervising the operations and coordinating all aspects of library services and technology education for the Library and Connection Pointe; Providing assistance and information to library patrons with requests for books, reference materials, research and assistive devices for the visually impaired; Receiving, reviewing and processing new library applications from patrons; Instructing new patrons on use of library programs, services, materials and equipment; Conducting individual consultation with students as needed to determine technology skill levels, needs and abilities; Making recommendations for instructional programs and equipment to meet the needs of students with a wide variety of skills, abilities and needs; Preparing and analyzing data input for library; Scheduling and providing students with one-on-one and small group training on advanced computing techniques, and use of screen readers, large print display software and adaptive and mainstream technologies; Conducting presentations on Library Services and Access technology; Maintaining current knowledge of computer software and adaptive and mainstream technology for the visually impaired; Working collaboratively with technology vendors; Coordinating with IT for installations.
Minimum Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in Library or Computer Science or related field or the equivalent in additional experience required; Requires strong knowledge of library operations and/or advanced computer skills, and various adaptive and mainstream technologies; At least two (2) years of work experience with library operations and/or technology instruction is strongly preferred; One (1) year of experience working with the visually impaired; Supervisory experience and experience working with the visually impaired is desirable; Requires good communication, interpersonal, computer, organizational, research and leadership skills; The ability to meet the needs of visually impaired library patrons and/or the ability to effectively train visually impaired student with a wide variety of skills and abilities is essential; Excellent computer skills including knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite; Bilingual (Spanish/English) is required; Certificate in Assistive Technology (i.e. CATIS/Certificate in Assistive Technology Instruction Specialist from ACVREP or ATACP/Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program from CSUN preferred or will be an expectation to obtain within 6-12 months of hire/transfer.

INSTRUCTOR – (Job# 22-44)
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.

ACCESS TECHNOLOGY  SPECIALIST  – (Job#: 23-2) New
Duties Include: Teaching 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 programming 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.
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.

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT – (Job#: 22-45)
Duties Include: Responsible for providing general administrative support to the 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. Good communication, computer, and organization skills are required. The ability to perform multiple tasks accurately is needed. At least one year of administrative support work experience is desirable. Work experience using standard office computer software is required. Bilingual (English/Spanish) is required.

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 the Coachella Valley; Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred.

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT – (Job#: 23-5) New
Duties Include: Responsible for providing general administrative support to the 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, 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. Good communication, computer, and organization skills are required. The ability to perform multiple tasks accurately is needed.  At least one year of administrative support work experience is desirable. Work experience using standard office computer software is required.

ACCESS TECHNOLOGY  SPECIALIST  – (Job#: 23-1) New
Duties Include: Teaching 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 programming 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.
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#: 22-36)
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 Laguna Hills; Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred.

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT – (Job#: 22-42)
Duties Include: Responsible for providing general administrative support to the 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. Good communication, computer, and organization skills are required. The ability to perform multiple tasks accurately is needed. At least one year of administrative support work experience is desirable. Work experience using standard office computer software is required. Bilingual (English/Spanish) is preferred.

YOUTH PROGRAMS SPECIALIST – (Job#: 22-29)
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)
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)
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 training. 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)
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)
Duties Include: Responsible for providing general administrative support to the 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. Good communication, computer, and organization skills are required. The ability to perform multiple tasks accurately is needed.  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)
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). Bilingual (English/Spanish) is required.

Whistleblower Policy

Always committed to integrity and ethical behavior, Braille Institute encourages the prompt reporting of any unethical, illegal, or fraudulent activity. Such reporting can be made without fear of retaliation, discrimination, or harassment.

Reports may be made on a confidential toll-free Whistleblower Hotline which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The number is (855) 463-5277.
Calls can be made anonymously and all reporting is handled with discretion.  For additional information, see Braille Institute’s Whistleblower Policy and Optional Misconduct Report Form.

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