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):

1) Director, Marketing & Communications
Department: Development
Reports to: Vice President of Development

Position Overview:  The Director will be responsible for articulating and promoting the vision, goals and image both internally and externally of Guiding Eyes through the use of print, electronic, social media channels and events. 

Responsibilities:

  • Direct and execute marketing, communication, and cause-related marketing strategies for the entire organization
  • Create and facilitate the production all print marketing and donor relation materials including management of third-party vendors to ensure brand and message consistency with attention to budget.
  • Manage public and community relations, build relationships and maintain contacts with area media, coordinate communication plans, releases and placements, supervise and direct outside PR agencies to support the plan.
  • Represent Guiding Eyes for the Blind at fundraising and cultivation events and conduct programs locally and nationwide.
  • Manage the merchandise program and coordinate student souvenir offerings.
  • Continue a comprehensive Social Media strategy that includes all social medial networks including local blogs and on line affinity groups.
  • Manage website, photography and videography.
  • Lead promotion and execution of Golf Classic: serve as liaison with Golf Committee, direct event agencies for maximum financial and promotion benefit to Guiding Eyes for the Blind, cultivate and steward corporate partners to fulfill sponsorship opportunities.
  • Prepare and control annual marketing and communications budget to effectively use the resources of Guiding Eyes for the Blind and complete target goals

Qualifications:

  •  Must have a Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Marketing or related field. Equivalent education considered.
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in marketing and communications with some demonstrated career progression.  Nonprofit experience preferred.
  • 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
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills with extensive business writing, copy editing and proofing experience.
  • Experience building strong and effective working relationships with staff at every level of the organization as well as with volunteers.
  • Must be a highly organized, detail oriented project manager, able to manage multiple and conflicting priorities and successfully navigate tight deadlines.
  • Expertise in MS Office suite. Desktop publishing a plus.
  • Hands-on website maintenance experience and basic HTML knowledge

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.

 

2) Development Associate
Department: Development

Position overview: Database entry, gift acknowledgements, special event support, credit card processing, souvenirs.  Liaison with the Accounting Department on specialized donor record-keeping.

Responsibilities:

  1. Produce accurate and timely records and acknowledgements for donor gifts and event participants.  Create and execute customized acknowledgements.  Process credit cards. 
  2. Provide timely reports and maintain schedules needed to support Development Department and Accounting Department reconciliation of donor and event participant gifts.
  3. Prepare and track invitations, solicitations and event materials.  Coordinate with Director of Marketing on speeches and promotional materials as well as publicity for fundraising events.
  4. Handle the Guiding Eyes merchandising program: work with vendors to fulfill inventory, maintain inventory, organize online offerings and assist with on-site sales, including monthly graduations.
  5. Organize and oversee Volunteers for graduation store support, special events, mailings and other department activities.
  6. Provide support for special events including travel arrangements.  Work effectively with event Management Companies; coordinate needs of internal staff and external vendors for successful event execution.
  7. Represent Guiding Eyes for the Blind and the Development Department at third party events; accept gifts and recognition on behalf of the organization; make presentations to educate the public.
  8. Train other support staff in the effective use of Donor Perfect and other Development Department procedures and processes.  Provide assistance to others with complex donor record-keeping relationships.

Qualifications:

  1. Minimum of 5 years of administrative experience.  Development/non-profit experience preferred.
  2. Strong computer skills with intermediate Microsoft Office, Donor Perfect or Salesforce experience preferred. Meticulous record-keeping skills.
  3. Detail oriented with a demonstrated ability to set priorities and multi task effectively.
  4. Excellent grasp of correct English usage, including spelling, punctuation and grammar.
  5. Exceptional interpersonal and problem solving skills.  Able to interact with poise, tact and diplomacy with board members, staff, volunteers, clients and the general public.   Proven track record of maintaining strict confidentiality.
  6. Able to determine when to follow specific directions and when to work independently with minimal supervision.
  7. Professional demeanor and appearance.
  8. Must be available to work occasional evenings and weekends.
  9. Must be able to sit for extended periods of time and lift and carry up to 10 pounds.
  10. Must be comfortable around large, active dogs.

 

3) Director of Development
Department: Development
Reports to: Vice President of Development

Position overview: The Director of Development will be responsible for creating and executing fundraising strategies and initiatives for Individual Gifts, Corporate gifts and sponsorship, Foundation gifts, Grants, Board Giving and Special Events.  This position works closely with the Directors of Special Gifts and Planned Giving to expand the organization’s revenue streams.

Responsibilities:

  1. As a key member of the Development team will steward and cultivate a portfolio of current donors with an emphasis on increasing the donor level of involvement through appropriate engagement, timely solicitation and relevant stewardship.
  2. Work closely with the President and CEO, VP Development and in cooperation with all Development staff members as well as the Development Committee of the Board of Directors and key staff and volunteers to support a cohesive team based approach to fundraising.
  3. Prepare and manage a budget and meet targeted fundraising goals.
  4. Conduct face to face meetings with donors, reach new and current donors through cultivation events, webcasts, on site functions and presentations.
  5. Assist with and participate in the management of major fundraising events, donor recognition events and smaller, volunteer –led fundraising events.
  6. Collaborate with the Marketing Director to produce consistent and effective donor engagement pieces.
  7. 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 fundraising goals.
  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