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

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.

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.

Manager, Foundation Relations

Location: Yorktown Heights, NY

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Prepare grant applications, grant proposals, donor updates, grant reports, letters of inquiry and stewardship materials.
  • Comply with all grant reporting as required by foundation/corporate donors.
  • Conduct the full range of activities required to prepare, submit, and manage grant applications, grant proposals to foundation and corporate sources.
  • Manage and steward portfolio of assigned donors. Donor and graduate interaction required including telephone and in person site visits, off premise meetings, and events.
  • Perform prospect research on foundations and corporations to evaluate prospects for corporate and foundation grants.
  • Maintain and update grants deadline calendar as well as preserve current records, which includes grant tracking and reporting.
  • Monitor statistics relevant to development and provide written materials necessary for funder/ donor stewardship.
  • Partner with finance to gather information necessary to report to corporate/foundation funders on current grant programs.
  • Interface and communicate with individuals at all levels of the organization.
  • Assist Development staff in preparing for funder/donor site visits and other fundraising projects as necessary. Gain and demonstrate a passion for the Guiding Eyes mission and a deep understanding of the organization’s culture and services

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent required in communications, journalism, or liberal arts with a minimum of two (2) years’ in grant writing, prospect research, or development or fundraising experience in non-profit.
  • Expertise in interpreting and summarizing financial and biographical data in order to identify potential individual, corporate and foundation donors who should be targeted for solicitation. Ability to read financial documents such as SEC documents is a plus.
  • Highly developed written and verbal communications skills with the ability to work collaboratively in a flexible team environment to ensure the maximization of all giving opportunities.
  • Superb attentional to detail and editing skills.
  • Interface and communicate with individuals at all levels of the organization.
  • Proven ability to prioritize and meet deadlines while working independently and as part of a team.
  • Knowledge of basic fundraising techniques and strategies.
  • Must adhere to the highest ethical standards with the ability to act with discretion, self-assurance and diplomacy. Sound judgement in maintaining strict confidentiality of donor information.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage several projects simultaneously and meet deadlines.
  • Willingness and desire to attend evening and weekend program activities in order to cultivate and steward donors and prospects on occasion.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and database systems such as Salesforce.
  • Must love and be comfortable around large, active dogs
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States

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

Recruiter (Temp/Contractor)

Location: Yorktown Heights, NY

Summary: This assignment will be 30-40 hours per week, on-site. Length of contract is flexible but will be a minimum of 6 months.

Our ideal candidate has experience recruiting for or working in the non-profit industry. We are looking for a candidate who will be proactive in their talent search methods and enthusiastic about continuously building a pipeline of the industry’s best and brightest!

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Source candidates through a variety of sources (job postings, directed searches through LinkedIn, social networking sites, company career site, networking, etc…)
  • Make initial candidate contact and build relationships/networks with prospective candidates with the focus on lead generation
  • Work across all areas of the organization to facilitate the interview process and fill open positions
  • Conduct first round interviews
  • Manage candidates through the interview process

Qualifications:

  • 2 -4 years of Sourcing / Recruiting experience required
  • Non-Profit recruiting experience strongly preferred
  • Critical thinking skills to problem-solve, multi-task and prioritize
  • Thrive in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to develop, structure, and execute hiring strategies
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills
  • Familiarity with recruitment sourcing applications (i.e. LinkedIn, Indeed, other job boards)
  • Must love and be comfortable around large, active dogs
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States

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

Instructors’ Assistant

Location: Yorktown Heights, NY

Responsibilities:

  • Provide a high level of animal husbandry care to all dogs including but not limited to bathing, feeding, check-overs, ear cleaning, and medicating according to established policies and procedures.
  • Clean and maintain equipment, kennel facilities and assigned grounds according to established protocols.
  • Assist Training and 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.
  • Effectively handle dogs in obedience and socialization. Monitor and control dogs in community run.
  • Work with Kennel volunteers providing support, guidance and recognition. May 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 50-pound dogs and withstand up to two hours of repetitive bending, stooping, kneeling and squatting on concrete surface.
  • 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 preferred.
  • Well organized, team player.
  • Must be available to work evenings, weekends and holidays as assigned.
  • Valid NY driver’s license.
  • Must be able to wear a blindfold as part of the training experience.

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

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER M/F, D/V

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