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.

Organization Overview:

Guiding Eyes for the Blind provides guide dogs to people with vision loss.  We are passionate about connecting exceptional dogs with individuals for greater independence. Guiding Eyes for the Blind is dedicated to creating and supporting life-changing connections between people and dogs.

At our facilities in Yorktown Heights, NY, and Patterson, NY, we breed, raise, and train exceptional dogs. Then we connect them to people who are seeking increased freedom and independence, so that together, they can experience all kinds of life adventures.

 

AVAILABLE POSITION(S)

Title:                Licensed Veterinary Technician
Location:           Yorktown Heights, New York
Reports To:       Chief Veterinary Officer

Position Overview

The Licensed Veterinary Technician will perform clinical and administrative duties at our full-service veterinary hospital. The LVT must be experienced with surgery, dentistry, digital radiography, phlebotomy, and basic ultrasonography.
Clinical duties will include anesthesia, radiology, minor dental procedures, patient care, and animal husbandry.
This job will require significant administrative tasks including inventory, scheduling, and phone consultations. The LVT must be highly organized, have a positive collaborative attitude and enjoy contact with the general public. Must be licensed or eligible for license in NY.
This position will report to our Yorktown and Patterson campus as needed.

Normal hours are Monday – Friday; 9-5. Flexible availability is required for after hours on-call shifts which include nights, weekends, and holidays as needed. These shifts are rotated amongst our technician team.

Key Responsibilities

  • Oversee all aspects of vet hospital function, including but limited to: scheduling of procedures, cleanliness, equipment care, preparation of animals for procedures, maintaining inventory and ordering of medical supplies for both the Yorktown hospital and Canine Development Center (CDC), medicating of animals
  • Responsible for performing dental prophylaxis on dogs
  • Perform routine radiology (hip and elbow radiographs, etc.)
  • Prepare dogs for surgeries and be present for monitoring and assisting doctor during procedures
  • Administer nursing care, including the administration of IV fluids or appropriate medications
  • Advise staff on care of hospitalized dogs
  • Communicate with training staff as needed on animal care
  • Maintain records on patient care, both written and computerized with emphasis on drug administration
  • Responsible for procedure and exam scheduling

Qualifications

  • Must have strong veterinary technician/kennel experience and skills
  • Must be licensed as a vet tech by the state of New York
  • Valid driver’s license required
  • At least 1 year of experience working in a veterinary hospital is preferred
  • Must be willing to work on-call shifts outside of regular hours and report to work for occasional emergencies during those shifts when necessary
  • Must be capable of lifting and handling a dog with a weight up to 70 pounds
  • Good customer service, communication, and organizational skills
  • Well organized, team player

Comprehensive benefits package including healthcare (Med/Den/Vis) and 403(b) plan

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER M/F, D/V
Must be authorized to work in the United States.

Please submit your cover letter and resume to Deidre Hannigan, HR Generalist, dhannigan@guidingeyes.org.

Title:              Communications Specialist
Location:      Yorktown Heights, New York
Reports To:   Senior Director of Development

Position Overview

The Communications Specialist will be responsible for a variety of internal and external communications, including print, digital, media relations, human resources, and executive communications. This position requires phenomenal communication and copywriting skills to work with internal staff and external vendors to create and execute communications from concept through delivery, promoting a positive public image and controlling the dissemination of information on Guiding Eyes for the Blind’s behalf.

The position will be based out of our Yorktown campus, and will alternate between reporting into the office and working remotely.

Key Areas and Responsibilities

  • Digital and Social Media
    • Work with the digital team to maintain the overall look and feel of guidingeyes.org as well as selected pages, ensuring that the website serves as a dynamic, effective, and engaging “front door” for the organization
    • Work with the digital team to communicate effectively in various forms of digital content including website content, email, and various social media platforms
    • Work with the digital team to capitalize on best practices in social media, email engagement and mobile technology
  • Marketing and Brand
    • Creative assets for organizational use such as photos, videos, PowerPoint presentations
    • Assist with the creation of new material and the maintenance of the asset library
  • Media Relations
    • Ensure a consistent and positive presence for Guiding Eyes in traditional and new media outlets that supports organizational, strategic objectives
    • Assist with direction and resources to PR consultants on creative concepts, messaging, and spokespeople
    • Advise the leadership team on crisis communications, protecting the organization’s interests at all times
    • Work with PR agency to prepare and coach spokespeople for media interviews and public speaking engagements
    • Act as a spokesperson for the organization as needed
  • Internal and Executive Communications
    • Draft content (e.g. press releases) for mass media or company website as needed
    • Develop effective corporate communications for leadership staff, including speeches, emails and talking points
    • Identify and develop executive visibility opportunities to engage directly with media influencers, nonprofit peers and cross-industry thought leaders
    • Manage internal communications (Human Resources, memos, newsletters, etc.)
    • Perform “damage control” in cases of bad publicity
    • Facilitate the resolution of disputes with the public or external vendors
  • Teamwork
    • Work collaboratively with the Executive Leadership team, the Development Team, and the Admissions and Training Departments on effective communications for the various areas
    • Enthusiasm and positive attitude are required to gain the trust of colleagues and external parties alike

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree required; English, Journalism, Public Relations, Communications, or related fields preferred
  • Proven experience as a communications specialist – non-profit experience highly preferred
  • Strong Social Media background – experienced in different channels
  • Experience with PR firm preferred
  • Experience in copywriting and editing
  • Excellent communication (oral and written) and presentation skills
  • Outstanding organizational and planning abilities
  • Must be comfortable around large, active dogs

 

Please submit your cover letter and resume to Deidre Hannigan, HR Generalist, dhannigan@guidingeyes.org.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER M/F, D/V
Must be authorized to work in the United States.

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