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.

Equal Opportunity Employer

 

AVAILABLE POSITION(S)


Qualified Guide Dog Instructor

Position Summary: 

Guiding Eyes for the Blind, a leading New York-based guide dog school and proudly accredited member of the IGDF, seeks a Qualified Guide Dog Instructor to join our team of talented trainers. Our mission is to create and support life-changing connections between people and dogs, and this position will play an integral role in both training our exceptional dogs and matching them with people with vision loss so that they can experience all of life’s adventures together.

The position will be based in our Yorktown Heights office, 40 miles north of New York City.

Key Requirements:

  • 4 years guide dog training experience
  • Manage and train a string of up to 8 dogs in a 5 month period
  • Willing to travel as needed
  • Walk up to 8 miles a day
  • Motivated team player
  • Must be able to be blind folded as part of training of Guide Dogs

Must be legally able to work in the US.
Please send letter of interest and resume including salary expectations to Janine Petroro at jpetroro@guidingeyes.org.


Planned Giving Officer

Position Overview:

The Planned Giving Officer will focus on the identification, cultivation, solicitation, recognition and stewardship of individual donors to secure planned and integrated planned and major gifts for the future and current support of Guiding Eyes.  Developing and maintaining strong, ongoing relationships with donors through personal visits, phone conversations and other contacts is key to accomplishing this goal.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Identify, cultivate, solicit and steward current and prospective donors of planned and integrated planned/major gifts through personalized correspondence, telephone calls and in-person visits.
  • Prepare life income and other planned gift proposals, including calculations and related documents for donors and their advisors, and follow-up via telephone, correspondence or face-to-face meetings to close gifts.
  • Assist in the management of the current portfolio of planned giving prospects and in the stewardship of Pathfinder Society (legacy) members in a timely and personalized manner.
  • Develop and implement marketing strategies for planned gifts and expand planned giving opportunities though special events and meetings
  • Record donor information and contacts as needed in appropriate database.
  • Track and report on progress, including contacts, prospects, and closed gifts.
  • Work collaboratively with other members of the Development team across all organizational revenue streams as needed.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent required plus at least five years of relevant experience and proven success in the development field, with emphasis on gift solicitation and stewardship of planned giving donors.
  • Working knowledge of charitable estate and gift planning fundamentals, planned giving options and related tax issues.
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to listen, retain information and respond tactfully, and to speak and write clearly and persuasively.
  • Mission oriented, critical thinker and self-starter with the demonstrated ability to work in a team environment and interact with all levels of staff, volunteers and the general public.
  • A high level of discretion and attention to detail required.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite; experience in PG Calc and Salesforce desirable.
  • Must be willing to travel throughout the US and work occasional weekends and evenings.
  • Must be comfortable working in an environment with large dogs.

Must be legally able to work in the US.
Please send letter of interest and resume including salary expectations to Janine Petroro at jpetroro@guidingeyes.org.


Regional Manager

This is a professional position of 40+ hours per week which will include working evenings and weekends. Salary based upon experience. Generous benefits package including 3 weeks of vacation, fully paid medical/dental/vision benefits.

Description:  Position requires providing direct supervision, training and on-going development of volunteer region teams and puppy raisers.  Includes but not limited to matching and placing puppies with qualified volunteer puppy raisers, teaching weekly dog training classes, individual dog training support as needed and considerable administrative responsibilities. Candidate should be comfortable presenting to groups and have some public relations knowledge and effectiveness in working in a team environment. Must conduct and record puppy evaluations.  The regions of responsibility are Cattaraugus, Erie, Monroe and Southern Tier- all in NY.

Qualifications:

  • Prior supervisory/management experience essential.
  • Solid background and understanding of positive dog training techniques, dog behavior and instructing in both class and one-to-one settings.
  • Excellent people skills, teaching and team building skills considered essential. Highly developed time management and organizational skills.
  • Must be proficient in Word and Excel and have some experience with electronic calendar and database products.
  • Must be able to lift and carry up to 50 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.
  • Initial training period of approximately 3 – 5 months would require flexibility to work out of our Patterson, NY facility several days each month.
  • Valid driver’s license. Willing to drive full-sized van.

Must be legally able to work in the US.
Please send letter of interest and resume including salary expectations to Janine Petroro at jpetroro@guidingeyes.org.


Maintenance Technician

Position Overview:

The Maintenance Technician is responsible for maintaining buildings, grounds, vehicles and ancillary support equipment and systems at any Guiding Eyes for the Blind facilities.    The Technician will ensure that all duties are performed according to established Company and safety guidelines.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Perform routine repairs of buildings, equipment, and other property
  • Perform routine weekly, monthly and quarterly maintenance tasks as scheduled
  • May perform light janitorial duties including mopping floors, cleaning restrooms, and emptying trash as requested
  • Maintain fleet in safe condition
  • Snow removal in designated areas
  • General clean up of grounds, walkways, parking areas.
  • Light carpentry, painting, plumbing and electrical
  • Cover on call as needed.  Respond to calls after normal business hours nights, weekends and holidays.
  • Other projects as assigned

Qualifications:

  1. Must have proficiency using general power tools and hand tools.
  2. Light Plumbing and electrical experience desirable
  3. 2 years experience as a handyman or employment in the construction trade required
  4. Self starter with the ability to follow written and oral instructions without direct supervision.  Must be a self-starter.
  5. Must be able to squat, bend and reach for extended periods of time
  6. Must be able to lift and carry up to 65 pounds
  7. Must be comfortable around large, active dogs
  8. Must be able to climb ladders and work on roof tops
  9. Valid driver’s license required
  10. Able to communicate via voice mail and email.
  11. Must be available to cover on call duty nights, weekends and holidays when necessary.

Must be legally able to work in the US.
Please send letter of interest and resume including salary expectations to Janine Petroro at jpetroro@guidingeyes.org.


Digital Marketing Manager

Location:  Yorktown Heights, NY

Position Overview:  The Digital Marketing Manager will oversee integrated digital campaigns to acquire new donors, steward and inspire current donors, and grow donor lifetime value. This position has a focus on current and emerging fundraising technologies including online giving, email solicitations, stewardship, and the fundraising functions of social media platforms. This individual will lead in building program strategy of all digital fundraising initiatives and execute day-to-day management of the program. The Digital Marketing Manager monitors and reports on the success of digital fundraising initiatives in support of retention, reactivation, and acquisition goals.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Identify donor opportunities and segments, creating and executing retention, loyalty, advocacy, and win back strategies and tactics across multiple segments.
  • Manage email-marketing strategies to support marketing goals, establishing and implementing email-marketing best practices, including A/B and multi-variant testing.
  • Support Director in the development of new channel strategies and tactics to drive donor engagement, loyalty and retention and manage the execution across multiple contact points.
  • Develop a deep understanding of donor segments across a variety of data sources (internal donor database, primary and secondary research, etc.) to drive marketing campaigns, strategy development, and approaches to engagement.
  • Manage website Content Management System to support and improve upon user experience and performance.
  • Track, measure, and analyze performance across all channels with a focus on engagement metrics specific to each segment.
  • Collaborate within Development team on creation of marketing strategies targeting donors within our groups.
  • Partner cross departmentally in delivering marketing data reports and analysis for the organization.
  • Leverage data analytics and donor insights to offer strategies on segmentation for approved optimization through digital channels.
  • Create effective data visualizations and reports to track and analyze KPIs.
  • Define the ideal donor experience for each segment in close partnership with stakeholders within the Development team.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in Marketing/CRM/Digital Marketing
  • Proficiency with data reporting, database management, content management systems and email service provider tools
  • Familiarity with testing methodology and desire to drive results through analytics
  • Self-motivated and independent, with strong sense of focus and organization
  • Able to be strategic and tie initiatives to high-level organization objectives, roll up sleeves to drive flawless and timely execution, and monitor performance
  • Ability to effectively work across functions,
  • Ability to creatively troubleshoot, thrive under pressure
  • Should possess strong verbal and written communication skills with ability to communicate strategy, tactics, and results clearly to a variety of audiences
  • Strong analytical skills and experience with tracking key performance metrics for events; previous experience with CRM systems a plus
  • Ability to deal with ambiguity and create frameworks and plans to solve unstructured problems; critical thinker and mission oriented.
  • Enthusiastic team player with positive can-do attitude, flexibility to re-prioritize, multi-task, and switch tasks fluidly, including ability to hit the ground running
  • Willing to occasionally work late nights or weekends during crunch times to meet business needs
  • Superior knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Excel) is essential
  • Must be comfortable working in an environment with large dogs.
  • Must be legally able to work in the US.


Please send letter of interest and resume including salary expectations to Janine Petroro at jpetroro@guidingeyes.org.


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