Guiding Eyes for the Blind is an internationally accredited nonprofit that provides guide dogs to people with vision loss, as well as service dogs to children with autism.
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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):

 

Title:  Foundation Relations Officer

Grade:  7

Salary Range:  $90,000-104,000

Reports To:  Vice President of Development

Location:  Yorktown Heights, NY

Date:  1/19/16

Position Summary:  The Foundation Relations Officer is a front line fundraiser supporting Guiding Eyes for the Blind’s mission with responsibility for stewardship of an established portfolio of corporate, foundation and individual funders.  Will conduct research to identify prospects, make qualifying calls to prioritize prospects, and develop relationships with donors and prospects.

Responsibilities:
• As a key member of the Development team, steward and cultivate a portfolio of current corporate, foundation and individual donors with an emphasis on increasing the donor level of involvement through appropriate engagement, timely solicitation and relevant stewardship.
• Research, identify and cultivate new funding opportunities from foundations, individuals and corporations.
• Cultivate relationships and solicit gifts through formal grants, on-line applications, face-to-face meetings, on site functions, presentations, phone calls and events.
• Create compelling cases for support including preparing proposals, grant applications, letters of inquiry, grant reports, email correspondence, presentations, and acknowledgment letters.
• Capture and record donor information accurately and timely in appropriate database
• Responsible for tracking proposals and reporting deadlines, funder contact and profiles.
• Assist in preparation and management of budgets and meet targeted fundraising goals.
• Assist with and participate in major fundraising events, donor recognition events and smaller, volunteer –led fundraising events.
• Gain and demonstrate a passion for the Guiding Eyes mission and a deep understanding of the organization’s culture and services

Qualifications:

1. A minimum of five years of progressive, professional experience in a major not-for-profit organization with a demonstrated track record of achieving established goals with particular emphasis on Corporate, Foundation and Individual giving.

2. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent business experience required; advanced degree desirable

3. 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

4. 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.

5. Available to travel by air, car and rail for up to a week at a time

6. Willingness and desire to attend evening and weekend program activities in order to cultivate and steward donors and prospects.

7. 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.

8. Must love and be comfortable around large, active dogs

The above job description is intended to be a general description of the requirements and duties of this position.  It is one of inclusion, not exclusion.  Any Guiding Eyes for the Blind employee must be willing to perform tasks not specified within their job description, so long as those tasks are in the best interests of Guiding Eyes for the Blind and are tasks which the individual is capable of performing

 

Position:  Marketing & Communications Specialist

Department:  Development

Grade:  6

Salary:  $80-90,000

Reports to:  Vice President Development

Date:  1/21/16

Position Overview: The Specialist will raise awareness of Guiding Eyes nationally and globally through public relations, printed and digital materials, social media and general outreach efforts with a focus on preserving the integrity of our brand. Will also ensure consistent messaging in all marketing materials as well as social and digital media channels.

Responsibilities:

Prepare creative fundraising appeals for print and online placement including writing, editing and proofreading while working under tight deadlines with multiple departments. Facilitate the production of print marketing and donor relation materials including management of third-party vendors. Ensure brand and message consistency.

Manage public and community relations. Build relationships and maintain contacts with media. Coordinate communication plans, releases and placements. Supervise and direct outside PR agencies to support the plan.

Create materials and market donor cultivation events locally and nationwide. May attend onsite and offsite events representing Guiding Eyes.

In collaboration with the Vice President and other team leaders, manage a comprehensive integrated marketing strategy.

Lead execution and coordination of organization-wide digital media strategies, facilitate and coordinate production of digital content

Responsible for maintaining the Guiding Eyes website including content updates, graphics, audio/video material, SEO, accessibility and user support.

Support multimedia presentations organization wide including photo slideshows and video streaming of live events.

Under the Direction of the Vice President, will plan and execute cause-related marketing strategies and marketing and communications plans for our corporate partners.

Provide support to Leadership as a member of the Crisis Communication Plan team.

Prepare and manage annual marketing and communications budget to effectively use the resources of Guiding Eyes for the Blind.

Gain and demonstrate a passion for the Guiding Eyes mission and a deep understanding of the organization’s culture and services

Qualifications:

  1. Must have a Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Marketing or related field. Equivalent education considered.
  2. A minimum of 5 years of experience in marketing and communications with some demonstrated career progression
  3. Proven experience with strategic and conceptual thinking. Solid understanding of the full portfolio of media and communications opportunities, including print collateral, Web based communications, advertising, social media, and direct mail
  4. Excellent written and oral communications skills with extensive business writing, copy editing and proofing experience.
  5. Experience building strong and effective working relationships with staff at every level of the organization as well as with Board members and volunteers.
  6. Must be a highly organized, detail oriented project manager, able to manage multiple and conflicting priorities and successfully navigate tight deadlines.
  7. Expertise in MS Office suite. Desktop publishing a plus.
  8. Hands-on website maintenance experience and basic HTML knowledge preferred
  9. Must love and be comfortable around large, active dogs

The above job description is intended to be a general description of the requirements and duties of this position. It is one of inclusion, not exclusion. Any Guiding Eyes for the Blind employee must be willing to perform tasks not specified within their job description, so long as those tasks are in the best interests of Guiding Eyes for the Blind and are tasks which the individual is capable of performing