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

Work Hours

Saturday – Wednesday with Sunday as a late night
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

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:              Special Gifts Administrative Assistant (35 hours/week)
Location:           611 Granite Springs Road, Yorktown Heights, New York
Reports To:       Special Gifts Officer – Rebekah Cross

Position Overview

This position provides full-time support to the Special Gifts Officer to maximize productivity. The Administrative Assistant will be responsible for managing and completing administrative tasks and projects in Special Gifts including preparing reports, entering data, and maintaining ongoing Special Gifts files. This position will also work with the Development Team on shared responsibilities and assist the Special Gifts Officer in creating outgoing correspondence. The ideal candidate for this position is a detail oriented, self-starter who can work well in a fast-paced environment.

The position is based out of our Yorktown campus and will alternate between reporting into the office and working remotely. Occasional evening and weekend work and travel is also required.

Key Responsibilities

  • Administrative Tasks: Prepare and process acknowledgement letters, income transfers, mail, coding and gift entry into database; invoice and check requests and entry; assist in monthly reconciliation; answer donor calls; etc.
  • Outgoing Correspondence: Draft letters, emails, and other correspondence; edit and format (including basic design) letters, proposals, and other documents; prepare and send handwritten notes, gifts, and other mailings
  • Project Management: Manage administrative work, ordering, and records for special gifts projects including plaque and tribute gifts, graduation sponsorship, dog adoption, and other projects as assigned
  • Donor Management Tasks: Enter donor data and interactions in Salesforce; conduct prospect research and organize and maintain files; read aloud and transcribe donor communications; arrange travel and prepare itineraries
  • Reporting: Prepare and run reports in various software including monthly expense reports, Salesforce reports for donor analysis, mailings, and scheduling, among others
  • Events: Attend donor events alongside Special Gifts Officer as needed, including some weekends which may include overnight travel, via car, rail or air
  • Other Support: other duties as assigned and support Development Team with special projects on an as needed basis.

Qualifications

  • Associate degree (preferably in English, Writing, Marketing, Communications, or other applicable) with a minimum of 3 years’ experience in an administrative support role
  • Highly organized with strong sense of responsibility and ability to complete tasks with minimal supervision; demonstrated ability to juggle multiple competing projects and prioritize accordingly
  • Strong computer skills and willingness to learn new applications; proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and familiarity with donor management or CRM software (Salesforce preferred)
  • Impeccable written and oral communication skills; excellent grasp of correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation
  • Exceptional interpersonal and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to interact with poise, tact, and diplomacy with donors, staff, volunteers, clients, and the general public
  • Proven track record of maintaining strict confidentiality
  • Comfortable with travel via car, train, or airplane for up to a week as necessary
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Must be comfortable around large, active dogs

 

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:                PT Training School Kennel Technician
Location:           Yorktown Heights, New York
Reports To:       Training School Kennel Manager

Position Overview

The TS 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 will be for approximately 20 hours per week, 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 

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.

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

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.

*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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