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)

Guide Dog Mobility Instructor

Location: Yorktown Heights, NY

Position Overview: 

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

Location: Yorktown Heights, NY

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.

Chief Development Officer

Location: Yorktown Heights, NY

Position Overview:  The Chief Development Officer (“CDO”) reports to the President & CEO, works with the Management Team to consistently implement the strategic direction of the organization. The CDO partners with the President to lead high priority fundraising projects, plans and strategies, resulting in increased major and planned gifts and grants for program and capital support. The CDO oversees and communicates organizational priorities as approved by the President by working closely with the Management Team on the implementation and integration of programs focused on fundraising, development, direct mail, communications and marketing.

The CDO serves as a high-level partner and collaborator with the Vice President of Training Programs, as well as other key staff, to achieve fundraising goals and to provide leadership. The CDO directly oversees the Direct Response, Development and Marketing/Communications Departments, ensuring that they meet workplan and revenue goals.

Key Responsibilities:

Development 70%

  • Serves as key strategic planning officer for multi-year fundraising initiatives Builds fundraising plan that balances revenue goals with operational needs.
  • Ensures all fundraising priorities are linked to the Guiding Eyes Long Range Plan.
  • Provides direct oversight of Development and Direct Response Departments to lead team to success in achieving fundraising goals.
  • Serves as mentor and primary fundraising coach for all staff members.
  • Coordinates Board of Directors fundraising objectives works directly with the Development Committee to facilitate fundraising goals to ensure they are achieved.
  • Writes fundraising plans and revises as needed.
  • Maintains a portfolio of annual fund and capital donors capable of making gifts of $5,000 or more annually.
  • Works collaboratively with Directors of Major Gifts and Corporate/Foundation Relations on annual and long-term fundraising goals.
  • Creatively ensures fundraising program continues to increase revenues annually; Maintains high-level interface with the Manager of Grants and foundations Funding to strategize on grants and ensure interdepartmental collaboration for the organization’s fundraising goals.
  • Expands new state, foundation, corporate, federal funding and partnership funding sources to advance Strategic Plan priorities.
  • Discover new channels to strengthen Guiding Eye’s fiscal standing with a balanced approach to long-term plans, endowment, and annual fund needs.

Communications, Public Relations & Audience Development 15%

  • Build fundraising messaging for the organization that is people-centric and relevant to the community.
  • Integrated outreach strategies and messaging with fundraising efforts, including e-blasts and social media.
  • Works on outreach strategies to promote and publicize the benefits of Guiding Eye’s its donors; Jointly with all staff, helping to promote the mission.
  • Ensure positive “brand ambassadorship” in promoting the “Guiding Eyes Experience” in all interactions and communications with constituents.

Administrative/Organizational 15%

  • Works with the President to cultivate a collegial, mission-driven, team-oriented work environment fostering productive working relationships and internal communications among the Management Team and staff.
  • Communicates throughout the Management Team to help solve problems and bring recommendations for solutions to President as needed.
  • Reports to, advises, and communicates regularly with the President to ensure transfer of information and knowledge, and to ensure day-to-day tactical program progress toward strategic goals and objectives.
  • Conducts peer research and other research and analysis; projects and assesses/monitors/reports on key aspects of organizational performance metrics, and works with the President and Vice Presidents, Directors & Controller on the design of program, revenue, staffing efficiency, and revenue and business modeling/planning strategies; and attends meetings including staff, committees, and Board, as assigned by the President.

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

Veterinarian

Reports to:  Chief Veterinarian
Location:  Yorktown Heights, NY

Job Summary:

Come and practice high quality veterinary medicine in a rewarding environment.  We oversee and provide care for Guiding Eyes dogs from breeding through retirement and all stages in between.  Services are offered at no cost to graduating teams, allowing you to provide meaningful high quality veterinary care without the pressure of sales.

You will perform physical examinations and diagnostic/medical/surgical/dental procedures.  You must be confident with large mature dog spay and neuters.

Our hospital is fully equipped for surgery, digital radiology, ultrasound and endoscopy.  Staff includes full time veterinarians and licensed veterinary technicians.  Hours are 9 – 5 Monday through Friday.

Requirements:

Doctorate of Veterinarian Medicine (DVM) or equivalent.

Must be authorized to work in the United States.
Forward CV to Jpetroro@guidingeyes.org

Data Analyst – Breeding and Genetics

Location: Canine Development Center, Patterson, NY

Required:

  • Undergraduate degree with course work in statistics.
  • Experience in data collection, integrity, analysis, interpretation and presentation.
  • Working knowledge of basic statistics, SQL, R statistical package or alt (SPSS etc), Microsoft Excel and Access
  • Accurate, detail oriented, stays organized and sets priorities, reliable, high initiative
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to team across organizational boundaries with puppy program, veterinary services, marketing, and training

Preferred: 

  • Knowledge of genetic principles, especially population genetics

 

Job Responsibilities:

  • Production and monthly inventory reporting, notification and communication of needed shifts in production based on targets
  • Updates and creates reports produced from existing and new queries, reports formatted with summary, graphs, charts
  • Dataset creation for researchers and internal
  • Survey data collection, follow-up and incorporation of data
  • Data integrity audits and follow-up
  • Verify scripts run on the server and additional data transfers and updates are completed as scheduled. (Note for work to do related- Older Access requires .csv)
  • Catalogue all procedure changes that may influence data collection, integrity, environmental influence of traits measured
  • Oversee routine calculation of EBVs including running EBV scripts, reviewing results for data anomalies.
  • Support investigation of new health and behavior issues, identify trend shifts
  • Basic data analyses – correlation, regression, probability
  • Support in running genetic models to test for fit
  • Manage volunteers supporting surveys, data entry, etc.

 

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

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER M/F, D/V
Must be authorized to work in the United States.
Our compensation package includes comprehensive benefits to full-time employees.

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