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)

Position:   Database Systems Analyst
Location:    Yorktown Heights, NY

Position Overview:  This IT professional will work with the Database Manager, project team members and internal & external stakeholders to gather and document business requirements, design, program, and deploy business applications in Salesforce.  This is a cross functional, hands on role acting as part of a small IT team within Guiding Eyes for the Blind with no direct reports.  The candidate must be able to work both independently and with Salesforce Implementation partners on multiple projects producing deliverables within agreed upon timelines exceeding stakeholders’ stated requirements.

 Position Essential Functions:

  • Develop an understanding of key Guiding Eyes business processes while developing relationships with stakeholders that foster confidence and effective communications and gain commitment for shared projects.
  • Develop, configure and implement new Salesforce functionality as well as changes, customizations and integration with other systems to meet changing business needs.
  • Support the production Salesforce environment.  This includes:
  • Ensuring production issues are identified, tracked, communicated and resolved in a timely manner.
    • Understanding and supporting security role maintenance, namely role hierarchy, security profiles and access rights.
    • Creating and managing complex flows, workflow rules, data validation, and system triggers.
    • Evaluating AppExchange tools for feasibility and impact to the business.
    • Leveraging standard Salesforce functionality and processing tools as much as possible and using custom programming only when needed.
  • Document business and technical specifications/documentation as needed.
  • Support unit testing and integration testing during implementation.
  • Prepare materials to train end users to effectively use newly implemented Salesforce functionality.
  • Manage data, including mapping and integrating data from existing applications, cleansing data, handling data exceptions, proactively identifying and correcting data gaps and issues and loading to or extracting data from the Salesforce database as needed.
  • Monitor and troubleshoot daily, weekly and monthly data imports and exports to various Direct Marketing vendors.

Qualifications:

  • Experience working with business applications, project support and data analysis.
  • Must have excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Experience with Salesforce applications, administering Salesforce, or coding in Apex, VisualForce or other supported languages.  Salesforce certification desirable.
  • Must maintain a thorough and up to date knowledge of Salesforce standard functionality as the technology subject matter expert regarding best practices for Salesforce. Knowledge of Salesforce NPSP a plus.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access), MS 365, and Visio.
  • Knowledge of process and project management practices and tools.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in IT or equivalent work experience.
  • Salesforce certification completed, or in-progress preferred.
  • Available to work a flexible schedule including some evenings and weekends.
  • Must be comfortable around large, active dogs.
  • Must be legally able to work in the US. Company does not provide visa sponsorships.

Proof of Covid-19 Vaccination Status

  • Guiding Eyes requires all new hires to be fully vaccinated for at least two weeks before commencing work unless they meet a legally required exemption. New hires are required to present proof of their vaccinated status, such as their CDC Covid-19 Vaccination Record Card or an official immunization record from the jurisdiction, state, or country where the vaccine was administered; or a New York State Excelsior Pass, or a New York City COVID Safe Pass.

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

Please submit your cover letter and resume to Linda Stanley, HR Recruiter lstanley@guidingeyes.org.

Title:     Human Resources Generalist
Location:  Patterson, New York
Reports To:   Head of Human Resources

Position Summary

The Human Resources Generalist will reside at our Canine Development Center in Patterson, NY.  The Human Resources Generalist is responsible for handling and managing the day to day operations and tactical aspects of Human Resources for the organization. Particular focus will be on Human Resource policies, HR Compliance, employee engagement, talent acquisition, performance management, employee relations, DEI Initiatives and HR Administration.

Key Responsibilities

  • Manage talent acquisition and recruitment processes working with Recruiter
  • Conduct employee onboarding and help organize training & development initiatives
  • Provide support to employees in various HR-related topics such as leaves and compensation and resolve any issues that may arise
  • Develop and promote HR programs to create an efficient and conflict-free
  • Manage DEI initiatives and assist in development of the plan
  • Development and implementation of human resource policies and Employee Handbook
  • Manage and administer performance management to include evaluating and updating to ensure meeting the business needs
  • Gather and analyze data with useful HR metrics, like time to hire and employee turnover rates
  • Manage annual employee performance management and goal setting
  • Enhance job satisfaction by resolving issues promptly, develop new programs/activities and organize team building activities to ensure positive employee engagement.
  • Ensure compliance with labor regulations and training

Qualifications

  • Proven experience as an HR Generalist
  • Understanding of general human resources policies and procedures
  • Good knowledge of employment/labor laws
  • Outstanding knowledge of MS Office; HRIS systems (ADP) will be a plus
  • Excellent communication and people skills (coaching)
  • Aptitude in problem-solving
  • Analytical and attention to detail
  • Desire to work as a team with a results driven approach
  • BS/BA in Business administration or relevant field
  • Additional HR training will be a plus
  • Must be comfortable around large, active dog

Proof of Covid-19 Vaccination Status

Guiding Eyes requires all new hires to be fully vaccinated for at least two weeks before commencing work unless they meet a legally required exemption. New hires are required to present proof of their vaccinated status, such as their CDC Covid-19 Vaccination Record Card or an official immunization record from the jurisdiction, state, or country where the vaccine was administered; or a New York State Excelsior Pass, or a New York City COVID Safe Pass.

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 Linda Stanley, HR Recruiter lstanley@guidingeyes.org.

Title:      PT  Whelping Kennel Technician
Location:  Patterson, New York
Reports To:  Whelping Kennel Manager

Work Hours
Friday 7am-3:30pm and Saturday 11am-7:30 pm.
In the event of a whelp or critical care issue on your late night, you will be required to spend the night caring for the brood and newborn pups.

Key Responsibilities

  • 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.
  • Monitor birthing process to ensure health and safety of the pups and adults. Perform whelping procedures, assisting brood whenever necessary. Handle all post whelp clean-up, care, and treatments.
  • Time management of workload using computer task list.
  • Maintain accurate records utilizing point of entry system.
  • Perform assigned medical treatments, vaccines, preventatives, sub-q fluids, tube feeding, ICU use and care, according to standard procedures.
  • Clean and maintain equipment, kennel facilities and assigned grounds.
  • Effectively work with pups in early obedience and socialization.
  • Good interpersonal skills. Work with staff, volunteers, and general public, who are interacting with the Whelping Kennel providing support, guidance, and recognition.

Qualifications

  • Detail oriented
  • Able to follow instruction
  • Good judgement
  • Able to multitask
  • Must be comfortable around large, active dogs
  • Dependable and reliable
  • People-oriented – enjoys interacting with people

 

Proof of Covid-19 Vaccination Status:

Guiding Eyes requires all new hires to be fully vaccinated for at least two weeks before commencing work unless they meet a legally required exemption. New hires are required to present proof of their vaccinated status, such as their CDC Covid-19 Vaccination Record Card or an official immunization record from the jurisdiction, state, or country where the vaccine was administered; or a New York State Excelsior Pass, or a New York City COVID Safe Pass.

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

Please submit your cover letter and resume to Linda Stanley, HR Recruiter lstanley@guidingeyes.org.

Title:  Director of Finance
Location:  Yorktown Heights, NY

Key Responsibilities:

The Director of Finance will lead the day-to-day accounting function and supervise a team of staff members responsible for all aspects of General Accounting and Financial Reporting functions, including G/L, Accounts Payable and managing an expense budget of $32M.

  • Ensure all financial reporting is prepared in compliance with financial policies and requirements.
  • Prepare and review Quarterly and Monthly financial reports with Department Managers.
  • Responsible for managing operational data and complying with Audit Controls. Manage and oversee all GL transactions ensuring data integrity and accuracy
  • Responsible for coordinating the annual financial audit
  • Oversee accounts payable ensuring the accurate and timely processing of accounts payable, employee expense reports, cash control
  • Establish and maintain systems and controls that verify the integrity of all systems, and processes and data
  • Guide financial decisions by establishing, monitoring, and enforcing policies and procedures
  • Manages budget and controls expenses effectively
  • Accountable for ensuring that policies and procedures (internal controls) are in place to provide reasonable assurance that company assets are protected.
  • Develops and evolves accounting policies and procedures that improve efficiency
  • Assist in projects as necessary

Qualifications:

  • BS degree in accounting required with a minimum of 5 years’ experience managing an accounting function, preferably in a not-for-profit organization; CPA licensure preferred
  • At least two years’ experience supervising a team
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong organization and time management skills
  • Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office suite with advanced Excel skills
  • Knowledge of finance, accounting, budgeting, and cost control principles
  • Knowledge of automated financial and accounting reporting systems
  • Ability to analyze financial data and prepare financial reports, statements, and projections
  • Working knowledge of short- and long-term budgeting and forecasting
  • Ability to perform with a high level of discretion, professionalism, and integrity
  • Ability to effectively train and manage staff
  • Must be comfortable around large, active dog

 

Proof of Covid-19 Vaccination Status

Guiding Eyes requires all new hires to be fully vaccinated for at least two weeks before commencing work unless they meet a legally required exemption. New hires are required to present proof of their vaccinated status, such as their CDC Covid-19 Vaccination Record Card or an official immunization record from the jurisdiction, state, or country where the vaccine was administered; or a New York State Excelsior Pass, or a New York City COVID Safe Pass.

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 Linda Stanley, HR Recruiter lstanley@guidingeyes.org.

Title: Home Foster Care Coordinator
Location:  Yorktown Heights, NY

Position Overview:

Guiding Eyes is seeking a highly organized, flexible, outgoing individual to join and oversee the Home Foster Care Team. The hours are Monday through Friday 9:30am to 6:30pm. With the ability to be flexible when needed due special events or staffing.

As the Home Foster Care Coordinator, you will work primarily with local volunteer families or individual(s) who have welcomed one of our exceptional dogs into their homes while they complete their formal Guide Dog Training. Each Home Foster will drop off and pick up their assigned Home Foster dog daily for training Monday through Friday at the Yorktown Training School. The dogs will spend their day training with their Guide Dog Mobility Instructor (GDMI) before returning home each evening with their Home Foster.

The ideal candidate for this position is someone who has experience overseeing or supporting a large group of volunteers, working with multiple departments within the organization, and is a detail oriented, self-starter, who thrives in a fast-paced environment. General dog understanding or experience working around dogs is a plus.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Gathering a comprehensive working knowledge of day-to-day operations within the Kennel, Training, and Veterinary Departments to assist in management and oversight of Home Foster Care
  • Coordinating and overseeing communication between Volunteer Home Foster’s, GDMI’s, the Vet Hospital staff, and the Kennel Staff via email, text, phone calls, and remote zoom meetings.
  • Interviewing and on boarding of new Home Foster Care applicants
  • Matching Home Fosters with dogs in training that are within the Home Fosters skill level to handle and foster successfully
  • Community outreach, i.e. Guiding Eyes events on campus, local community events, etc.

Qualifications:

  • Excellent time management skills
  • Strong computer skills with a willingness to learn new applications, proficient in Microsoft Office Suite. Familiarity with CRM software like Salesforce is desirable but not required.
  • Highly organized self-starter with a sense of responsibility and an ability to work and complete tasks with minimal supervision; demonstrate an ability to juggle multiple tasks and prioritize accordingly
  • Strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills; interacting with poise, tact, and diplomacy is vital when working with Home Foster volunteers, potential donors, other staff members, and the general public
  • Dog handling and a general knowledge of dog behavior is highly desirable but not required
  • Must be comfortable handling 50–70-pound dogs
  • Able to lift and move 40-50 pounds of dog food, dog crates, and other items
  • Valid NYS driver’s license

 

Proof of Covid-19 Vaccination Status

Guiding Eyes requires all new hires to be fully vaccinated for at least two weeks before commencing work unless they meet a legally required exemption. New hires are required to present proof of their vaccinated status, such as their CDC Covid-19 Vaccination Record Card or an official immunization record from the jurisdiction, state, or country where the vaccine was administered; or a New York State Excelsior Pass, or a New York City COVID Safe Pass.

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 forward resume to Linda Stanley, HR Recruiter lstanley@guidingeyes.org

Title:   Breeding Kennel Technician
Location:   Patterson, New York
Reports To:  Breeding & Brood/Stud Foster Program Manager

Position Overview
The Breeding Kennel Technician performs all daily kennel duties according to established guidelines. The Breeding Kennel Technician performs basic breeding procedures, medical treatments, specimen collections, diagnostic tests, blood draws, and administers vaccines. In this position you will hold responsibilities for both adult dogs as well as puppies.

This position will report to our Patterson, NY campus. Normal hours shift is 7am-4pm, with one late night possible per week. Flexibility in availability is a must. This is an essential personnel position so nights, weekends, holidays are required. Shift schedule: Thursday-Monday

Key Responsibilities
• Provide a high level of animal husbandry care to all dogs and puppies included but limited to bathing, feeding, check overs, nail clipping, ear cleaning, and medicating according to established policies and procedures.
• Time management of workload using public Breeding Kennel Outlook calendar. Uses initiative to best meet assigned tasks and meet BK needs as a team player.
• Maintain accurate records utilizing point of entry system.
• Perform assigned medical treatments, specimen collections and diagnostic tests (blood, urine, stool collection and analysis, heartworm test, brucellosis test, vaginal smears, semen analysis, etc.) according to standard procedures.
• Clean and maintain equipment, kennel facilities and assigned grounds.
• Perform basic breeding procedures including progression evaluation and specimen collections, semen collection and evaluation, natural and vaginal inseminations.
• Effectively handle dogs in obedience and socialization. Train potential fosters and volunteers in the proper handling of breeding dogs. Provide obedience, socialization and exercise support to dogs and puppies in Breeding Kennel.
• Work with volunteers and general public interacting with the Breeding Kennel providing support, guidance, and recognition.

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 accel and 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
• Veterinary experience a plus
• Well organized, team player
• Must be available to work evenings, weekends and holidays as assigned

Proof of Covid-19 Vaccination Status
Guiding Eyes requires all new hires to be fully vaccinated for at least two weeks before commencing work, unless they meet a legally required exemption. New hires are required to present proof of their vaccinated status, such as their CDC Covid-19 Vaccination Record Card or an official immunization record from the jurisdiction, state, or country where the vaccine was administered; or a New York State Excelsior Pass, or a New York City COVID Safe Pass.

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 Linda Stanley, HR Recruiter lstanley@guidingeyes.org.

Title: Regional Manager – Puppy Program
Department: Training
Reports to:
Puppy Program Manager
Location: This RM position covers the Eastern Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine regions.

Position Overview

 The Regional Manager provides direct support and guidance for puppy raising activities undertaken by youth and adult volunteers, and actively recruits volunteers to assist Guiding Eyes with raising guide dog puppies.  The Regional Manager works directly with volunteers to plan and evaluate the progress of pups on program and provides instructional training to the raisers.

Requirements

  • Develop and maintain puppy raising regions according to the goals and needs of the organization. Teach regular group puppy and young adult dog training classes which will require working evenings and weekends.
  • Provide direct supervision and development of region coordinators and raisers.
  • Oversee the application process to ensure quality puppy raising environments.
  • Evaluate pups and provide follow-up as needed to ensure proper development of pups.
  • Provide written reports for pups evaluated in the field.
  • Coordinate travel for dogs and puppies.
  • Provide routine behavioral support to region volunteers with assistance from the Puppy Program Manager and other technical advisors.
  • Attend public relations functions as requested.
  • Maintain supply inventory and budget for assigned regions.
  • Undertake other duties as assigned.
  • This RM position covers the Eastern Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine regions.

Qualifications:

  • Solid background and understanding of positive dog training techniques and behavior modification and the ability to instruct in both group and one-on-one settings.
  • Prior supervisory/management experience.
  • Excellent people skills, teaching and team-building skills.
  • Highly developed organizational skills, time management and the ability to work independently.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Outlook and experience with database products. Willingness to learn new applications and use technology.
  • Must be able to lift and carry up to 40 pounds, be able to remain on one’s feet for up to 1 hour at a time and withstand repetitive bending, stooping, kneeling, and squatting.
  • Valid driver’s license. Willing to drive full-sized van. May be required to travel for up to one week at a time, several times a year.

 Proof of Covid-19 Vaccination Status

Guiding Eyes requires all new hires to be fully vaccinated for at least two weeks before commencing work, unless they meet a legally required exemption. New hires are required to present proof of their vaccinated status, such as their CDC Covid-19 Vaccination Record Card or an official immunization record from the jurisdiction, state, or country where the vaccine was administered; or a New York State Excelsior Pass, or a New York City COVID Safe Pass.

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 Linda Stanley, HR Recruiter lstanley@guidingeyes.org.

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:           Director of Training (DOT)
Location:          Yorktown Heights, NY

Position Overview

The Director of Training (“DOT”) reports to the President & CEO and is responsible for managing all guide dog Training Programs. The role is the key subject matter expert serving on a Senior Management team of six responsible for overseeing the provision of guide dogs to people with vision loss.  The DOT will work alongside the Senior Management Team to develop and implement a strategic plan for sustainable organizational growth.

The DOT is responsible for an operating budget of $7.8M and a team of 50 Guide Dog Mobility Instructors and staff.

The DOT also serves as a high-level partner and collaborator across the organization, working with the veterinary, breeding and puppy raising teams, in addition to providing leadership and day-to-day management of the training and canine development functions.

The DOT is responsible for meeting or exceeding the standards of Guide Dog Team Instruction and Follow-Up services.   As such, The DOT is responsible for overseeing that instruction provided to people who are blind is individualized and meets the International Guide Dog Federation standards to achieve safe and effective guide dog mobility.  The DOT will be responsible for working with management to execute a well thought out plan for all programs, including on campus instruction, training in a person’s home area, specialized training for people with a disability in addition to blindness, and a running guide dog program.  The individual has a key role in executing the organization’s strategic plan and operating budget.

The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience overseeing programs designated for assisting people with disabilities as well as experience with animal training techniques with an emphasis on positive reinforcement.  Experience leading change to adapt programs to support the changing needs of individuals with disabilities preferred.

The position requires excellent communication skills and will be expected to represent Guiding Eyes in the alumni, volunteer and donor communities.  The DOT participates and presents at national and international conferences and in the media from time to time.

Qualifications

Qualified candidates should have all or most of the following:

  1. Minimum of 10 – 15 years of related experience managing programs in the not-for-profit field.
  2. Bachelor’s or master’s degree in animal sciences/behavior and/or degree in a field related to education or rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities required.
  3. Demonstrated experience successfully developing and implementing project plans to achieve a measurable organizational goal, including accountability for developing and managing an operating budget of at least $5M in a not-for-profit or other social enterprise.
  4. Success in leading a team of educators or trainers a plus and demonstrated ability to build comradery and employee engagement a must.
  5. Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  6. Proven ability to effectively manage cross-functional relationships at all levels.
  7. Must love dogs and be a person who enjoys interacting with others.
  8. Must be able to walk a minimum of 3 miles (5K) per day.

Proof of Covid-19 Vaccination Status

Guiding Eyes requires all new hires to be fully vaccinated for at least two weeks before commencing work unless they meet a legally required exemption. New hires are required to present proof of their vaccinated status, such as their CDC Covid-19 Vaccination Record Card or an official immunization record from the jurisdiction, state, or country where the vaccine was administered; or a New York State Excelsior Pass, or a New York City COVID Safe Pass.

 

Please submit your cover letter of interest and resume to Janine Petroro, Director of Human Resources, jpetroro@guidingeyes.org.

Title:         Training School Kennel Technician
Location:        Yorktown, NY
Reports To:    Training School Kennel Manager

Position Overview

The Training School Kennel Technician 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.

This position is full time, with varying days/schedule week to week. Nights/weekends/holidays as needed – flexibility is a must!

Key Responsibilities

  • Clean and maintain equipment, kennel facilities and assigned grounds according to established protocols.
  • Provide a high level of care to all dogs including but not limited to bathing, feeding, check-over’s, ear cleaning, and medicating according to established policies and procedures.
  • Assist 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.
  • Learn how to effectively handle and manage dogs. Monitor and control dogs in community run.
  • Work with Kennel volunteers providing support, guidance, and recognition. 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 preferred
  • 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 and/or dog handling experience. Minimum of 3 years of dog training experience preferred
  • Well organized, team player
  • Must be available to work evenings, weekends and holidays as assigned
  • Valid NYS driver’s license

Proof of Covid-19 Vaccination Status

Guiding Eyes requires all new hires to be fully vaccinated for at least two weeks before commencing work unless they meet a legally required exemption. New hires are required to present proof of their vaccinated status, such as their CDC Covid-19 Vaccination Record Card or an official immunization record from the jurisdiction, state, or country where the vaccine was administered; or a New York State Excelsior Pass, or a New York City COVID Safe Pass.

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 Linda Stanley, HR Recruiter lstanley@guidingeyes.org.

Title:                Guide Dog Mobility Instructor – Trainee
Location:           Yorktown Heights, New York
Reports To:       Director of Canine Program Development

Position Overview

This is an assignment for a 3-year development program to train for a potential role as a Guide Dog Mobility Instructor.* In this program you will prepare assigned dogs to a state of readiness to be matched with a person who is blind in Guiding Eyes’ guide dog instruction program. Educate, instruct and train assigned students who are blind in the use, care, and maintenance of a guide dog. Complete all reading, written and oral assignments. Provide a positive emotional, behavioral, and physical environment for all assigned dogs. Provide advice and assistance to graduate guide dog users via telephone and personal contact. Participate in public relations and public education events.

This position will report to our Yorktown Heights, NY campus, Monday-Friday. Ability to work a flexible schedule is a must – including nights, holidays, weekends as needed.

Key Responsibilities

  • Train dogs as assigned, to a condition of class readiness in obedience and guide work skills
  • Instruct students who are blind/visually impaired on becoming a guide dog handler with their assigned dog while participating in Guiding Eyes training program
  • Participate in daily cleaning, disinfecting and other routine maintenance of the kennel and associated facilities
  • Assist in daily feeding and monitoring the diets of all dogs in the kennel facility, with special attention to dogs assigned specifically to the GDMI – Trainee
  • Provide a constant positive image of Guiding Eyes through appropriate dress and conduct while working with dogs or students
  • Participate in public relations and public education efforts by giving talks, presentations, demonstrations, and tours of the training school and/or training kennel

Qualifications

  • Must be comfortable wearing and working under a blindfold for extensive periods of time and complete a 5 day under blindfold experience during a class in session
  • Experience working and training dogs and/or teaching people who are blind or visually impaired
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate at a high level both verbally and in writing
  • Valid NYS driver’s license
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including nights, weekends, and holidays to fulfill the requirements of class assignments or student need
  • Must be able to travel by car, train, airplane as required
  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred
  • Must be familiar with Microsoft Outlook Suite

Proof of Covid-19 Vaccination Status

Guiding Eyes requires all new hires to be fully vaccinated for at least two weeks before commencing work unless they meet a legally required exemption. New hires are required to present proof of their vaccinated status, such as their CDC Covid-19 Vaccination Record Card or an official immunization record from the jurisdiction, state, or country where the vaccine was administered; or a New York State Excelsior Pass, or a New York City COVID Safe Pass.

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 Linda Stanley, HR Recruiter lstanley@guidingeyes.org.

*As an assignment, after the 3-year program has ended, there is no guarantee of employment nor a guarantee of becoming a Guide Dog Mobility Instructor. 

The above job description is intended to be a general description of the requirements and duties of this assignment.  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.

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