Guiding Eyes for the Blind is an internationally accredited nonprofit that provides guide and service dogs - offering individuals and families greater independence.
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Employment

Guiding Eyes for the Blind is known for embracing every person connected with the school as a family member and for the collective spirit of its staff. We offer challenging and fulfilling career paths for those who are passionate about our work and mission. We offer a comprehensive benefits package and a dog-friendly work environment.

To apply for an open position, please send a cover letter and resume to:

Carolyn Kihm
Director of Human Resources
Guiding Eyes for the Blind
611 Granite Springs Rd.
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

Email (preferred method): ckihm@guidingeyes.org

Equal Opportunity Employer

Available position(s):

1) Instructor Assistant:

The Instructor Assistant position is an entry-level position to introduce individuals to the guide dog field.  The positions are at our training center in Yorktown Heights, NY.  Duties include kennel cleaning, general dog care, and assisting instructors, veterinary hospital staff, and our blind and visually impaired students.  This physically demanding, full time position includes working one night per week, some weekends and some holidays.  Candidates must have a valid driver’s license and be able to handle and control 50-60 pound dogs and withstand up to two hours of repetitive bending, stooping, kneeling and squatting on concrete surfaces. Previous experience with basic canine obedience training with a personal pet or through volunteer or work experience is desirable. College degree or comparable business experience required.   Starting salary $30,000.

 

2) Special Gifts Officer:  In this highly visible outreach role you will manage a portfolio of 1,200 special gift donors and prospects throughout their gift cycle including initiating contact from prospect status, development of appropriate cultivation strategies, moving donors and potential donors to close and/or upgrade gifts, make solo solicitations when appropriate, maintain stewardship contacts and forge relationships with new major gift prospects. Identify, cultivate and solicit high net worth individuals through ongoing personal contact, with a strong emphasis on in person meetings and events. Prepare and manage a budget and meet targeted fundraising goals. 

Qualifications: A minimum of six years of progressive, professional experience in a major not-for-profit organization with a demonstrated track record of achieving established goals.  Proven experience in developing fundraising plans, soliciting major gifts and implementing and creating planned giving vehicles. Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree desirable. Must adhere to the highest ethical standards with the ability to act with discretion, self assurance and diplomacy.  Sound judgement in maintaining strict confidentiality of donor information. Highly developed written and verbal communications skills with the ability to work collaboratively in a flexible team environment to ensure the maximization of all giving opportunities. Available to travel by air, car and rail for up to a week at a time. Willingness and desire to attend evening and weekend program activities in order to cultivate and steward key donors and prospects.   Proficient in Microsoft Office and database systems (Donor Perfect, Salesforce, etc) with particular emphasis on maintaining meticulous donor and prospect records in the database following each contact. Must love and be comfortable around large, active dogs.