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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.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Available position(s):

 

Director of Communications

Position Summary:

The Director of Communications will lead all Guiding Eyes for the Blind communication activities, including developing and overseeing the execution of strategies that attract audiences and provide leadership for increasing institutional visibility by optimizing all communication channels.

The successful candidate will have a proven track record evidencing the candidate’s ability to:

  • Lead adoption of new and emerging communication technologies to develop an original and engaging social media presence and voice that illustrate and amplify Guiding Eyes mission of providing exceptional dogs and related services to persons with vision loss, allowing them greater independence.
  • Support the Executive Leadership team in crafting and disseminating a compelling narrative of Guiding Eyes mission, goals and record of creative innovation; identify and develop executive visibility opportunities to engage directly with media influencers, nonprofit peers and cross-industry thought leaders.
  • Handle crisis response in an expert and timely manner, protecting the organization’s interests.
  • Provide sound direction and creative leadership to PR Consultant on appropriate messaging for media responses and ensure media requests are responded to with a sense of urgency.
  • Develop, coordinate and execute a comprehensive strategy to refine and communicate key messaging, including Guiding Eyes program goals along with additional communications activities that promote and protect the organization’s reputation.
  • Foster, grow and maintain relationships with media contacts and cross-sector thought leaders.
  • Develop annual communications plans (press, on-line, social) related to organizational initiatives and announcements.
  • Direct, motivate and performance manage a two-person MarCom team.
  • Act as institutional spokesperson for media requests on high-level topics and initiatives as needed, always with the goal of advancing the organization’s position with relevant constituents and increasing an awareness of Guiding Eyes programs.
  • Prepare and coach leadership team for media interviews and public speaking engagements, offering constructive feedback to increase speaker confidence and clarity of message.

Education, Skills and Experience:

  • Degree in English, Journalism, Public Relations and/or Communications or related fields preferred.
  • At least 10 years experience in a senior communications management role.
  • Successful experience and leadership in managing a comprehensive strategic communication, media relations, and social media program to advance an organization’s mission and goals.
  • Demonstrate the stature, gravitas, and confidence to establish credibility with, and the respect of, media influencers and Guiding Eyes Executive Leadership team and Board of Directors.

Submit resume and letter of introduction, including salary requirements, to sandreades@guidingeyes.org

 

Part Time Whelping Kennel Technician

Shift:  Sunday, 7:00am – 3:30pm

Salary:  $15/hour

Perform all daily kennel duties including cleaning of kennels and associated facilities.  Basic dog care to include feeding, exercise, administration of medication, neonatal care, and grooming.  Will be trained to monitor the birthing process to ensure the health and safety of the pups and adults.

Responsibilities include:

1.  Provide a high level of animal husbandry care to all dogs and puppies including but not limited to bathing, feeding, check overs, nail clipping, ear cleaning, and medicating according to established policies and procedures.
2.  Perform whelping procedures, assisting brood whenever necessary. Handle all post whelp clean-up, care and treatments.
3.  Time management of workload through the use of computer task list.
4.  Maintain accurate records utilizing point of entry system.
5.  Perform assigned medical treatments, vaccines, preventatives, sub-q fluids, tube feeding, ICU use and care, according to standard procedures.
6.  Clean and maintain equipment, kennel facilities and assigned grounds.
7.  Effectively work with pups in early obedience and socialization.
8.  Work with volunteers and general public who are interacting with the Whelping Kennel providing support, guidance and recognition.

Qualifications:

1.  Physically able to lift and control 65 pound dogs and withstand up to two hours of repetitive bending, kneeling and squatting on hard surface.
2.  Must be able to work daily with accel and bleach and other cleaning agents.
3.  Well organized, team player, nurturing.

Email resume, letter of introduction and salary requirements to Jennifer White, Whelping Kennel Manager at jwhite@guidingeyes.org

 

Instructor Assistant – Training School

Performs all daily kennel cleaning and maintenance duties according to established guidelines; provides a high level of animal husbandry care to all dogs; participates in canine enrichment programs; communicates effectively with volunteers, co-workers and the general public.

Salary:  $15/hour

Responsibilities include:

·  Provide a high level of animal husbandry care to all dogs including but not limited to bathing, feeding, check-over’s, ear cleaning, and medicating according to established policies and procedures.
·  Clean and maintain equipment, kennel facilities and assigned grounds according to established protocols.
.  Assist Training and Veterinary department staff on a variety of tasks.  Maintain ears and weights as assigned.
.  Time management of workload through the use of white board, calendar, what’s happening.  Demonstrate initiative to accomplish assigned tasks and meet Kennel needs as a team player.
·  Maintain accurate and timely records utilizing point of entry system.
·  Effectively handle dogs in obedience and socialization.   Monitor and control dogs in community run.

·  Work with Kennel volunteers providing support, guidance and recognition. May conduct tours and provide assistance during graduations.  Interact with the general public in a professional and courteous manner.

Qualifications:

.   Physically able to lift and control 65-75 pound dogs and withstand up to two hours of repetitive bending, stooping, kneeling and squatting on concrete surface.
.   Some personal, volunteer or professional experience in handling and/or training dogs required.
.   Must be able to work daily with bleach and other cleaning agents.
.   Must be able to regularly lift and carry portable dog crates and dog pens weighing up to 30 pounds.
.   Basic computer skills required.
.   College degree preferred or minimum of 3 years of dog training experience.
.   Veterinary experience a plus.
.   Well organized, team player.
.   Must be available to work evenings, weekends and holidays as assigned.
.   Valid NY driver’s license.

Submit resume, letter of interest and salary requirements to sandreades@guidingeyes.org

 

Whelping Kennel Technician – PT

Patterson, NY

Perform all daily kennel duties including cleaning of kennels and associated facilities.  Basic dog care to include feeding, exercise, administration of medication, neonatal care, and grooming.  Will be trained to monitor the birthing process to ensure the health and safety of the pups and adults.  In the event of a birth of a litter on Saturday, will be required to spend the night.

Shift:  Friday, 7am – 3:30pm and Saturday, 11:00am – 7:30pm

Salary:  $15/hour

Responsibilities include:

1.  Provide a high level of animal husbandry care to all dogs and puppies including but not limited to bathing, feeding, check overs, nail clipping, ear cleaning, and medicating according to established policies and procedures.
2.  Perform whelping procedures, assisting brood whenever necessary. Handle all post whelp clean-up, care and treatments.
3.  Effectively communicate with and assist veterinary department, including emergency c-section assistance.
4.  Time management of workload through the use of computer task list.
5.  Maintain accurate records utilizing point of entry system.
6.  Perform assigned medical treatments, vaccines, preventatives, sub-q fluids, tube feeding, ICU use and care, according to standard procedures.
7.  Clean and maintain equipment, kennel facilities and assigned grounds.
8.  Effectively work with pups in early obedience and socialization.
9.  Work with volunteers and general public who are interacting with the Whelping Kennel providing support, guidance and recognition.

Qualifications:

1.  Physically able to lift and control 65 pound dogs and withstand up to two hours of repetitive bending, kneeling and squatting on hard surface.
2.  Must be able to work daily with accel and bleach and other cleaning agents.
3.  Must be able to regularly lift and carry portable dog crates and dog pens weighing up to 30 pounds.
4.  Basic computer skills required.
5.  Well organized, team player, nurturing.

Email resume, letter of introduction and salary requirements to Jennifer White, Whelping Kennel Manager at jwhite@guidingeyes.org