Available Positions

Our Current Job Openings

Are you looking for a career with purpose?  We’d love to have you join our team! We are now hiring for the following positions.

Title: Planned Giving Officer

Reports to: Director of Planned Giving

Location:  Yorktown Heights, NY/Remote

 

Position Overview

The Planned Giving Officer is an integral member of our Planned Giving team. The PGO will focus on the identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of individual donors to secure deferred and other planned gifts to support revenue goals and organizational objectives.  The Planned Giving Program at Guiding Eyes is robust, and the position offers opportunities for internal career advancement and professional growth.

The position is based out of our Yorktown campus and will alternate between reporting into the office and working Remote.

 

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.
  • Manage the current portfolio of planned giving prospects and donors who have indicated an interest in making a deferred or planned gift through wills, trusts, beneficiary designations, charitable gift annuities, retirement assets, and life insurance.
  • Engage and build relationships with Pathfinder (legacy) Society members.
  • 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.
  • Develop and implement marketing strategies for planned gifts and expand planned giving opportunities though print/digital media and events.
  • Assist in the bequest administration process as needed, including reviewing and processing of gifts under wills, trusts, and other deferred giving arrangements, and communicating with estate/trust representatives, attorneys, and financial institutions.
  • 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 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 and able to travel periodically throughout the US, usually between 2-5 days at a time, 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.

 

Proof of Covid-19 Vaccination Status

Guiding Eyes requires all new hires to be fully vaccinated for at least two weeks before commencing work. 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 send letter of interest and resume along with your salary expectations to Linda Stanley, Recruitment Manager, lstanley@guidingeyes.org

Position: Training  Assistant

Location: Yorktown Heights, New York
Reports To: Interdepartmental Program Coordinator

 

About the Role

A highly motivated and organized individual to support our Placement Specialist, RGDMIs, and Field Services and can demonstrate, understand and apply the values of Guiding Eyes for the Blind.

Guiding Eyes has two classes of students scheduled each month.  You will be picking up or dropping off students at the airport, which may require an early start to the day. On average, you will work one Sunday and one Saturday each month.  There may be exceptions when you work more than one Saturday or Sunday a month.

Hours are 7:30 am to 4:30 pm or 8 am to 5 pm, depending on the day (airport days may require an earlier start time).

 

Other key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Your day-to-day activities will vary depending on the needs of the Training Department. For example, you might assist our Foundation GDMIs in the am and pm with the free running of our dogs in Training.
  • You will assist with the picking up and dropping off placement-ready dogs to our RGDMIs who live across the United States (Driving and Air travel).
  • You will assist with the picking up and dropping off of graduate’s dogs which will require travel in the United States and Canada (Driving locally and Air travel).
  • You might assist our Veterinary Department with picking up and dropping off dogs in training at local Veterinarian Hospitals.
  • The Sunday hours will involve being with our students on campus as this is their day off from training.
  • If you like variety, love to travel, love dogs, want to make a difference in others’ lives, and want to see the United States, this is the job for you!

 

Skills and Competencies

  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Dog handling experience
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Valid Driver’s License

 

Key Performance Indicator:

  • Yearly Performance Review: 50% is job performance, and 50% is the ability to demonstrate, understand and apply the values of Guiding Eyes for the Blind.

 

Travel Requirements

  • Day trips as needed or assigned
  • Overnights 0-30 per FY (may include weekends)
  • Airline travel in the U.S. and Canada

 

Physical Demands

  • Able to lift 40 pounds and handle large active dogs
  • Stand, and walk long distances indoors and outdoors in all weather conditions

 

Education and Experience

  • Post-secondary education is desired but not required
  • Dog experience
  • Salesforce savvy

 

Values

Demonstrate, understand and live the values of Guiding Eyes for the Blind.

  • Kindness, Empathy, and Respect  We treat our colleagues, clients, volunteers, and dogs with kindness, empathy, and respect, creating a culture of trust.
  • Collaboration and Teamwork  We listen to diverse opinions and work together in an inclusive way to achieve our common purpose.
  • Innovation and Openness to Change We continuously learn, grow, and evolve our ways of working to enhance the quality of our services, our dogs, and our training.  We are resilient in the face of change.
  • Accountability We own our work, our words, our actions, and results, in a reasonable way, while supporting those in our care.
  • Client-focused We put our clients first and seek to exceed their expectations by supporting them with exceptional dogs trained to meet their unique needs.
  • Passionate We have unrelenting passion for matching the right dog with the right person so they can live the life they want to live.

 

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 forward resume along with salary requirements to Linda Stanley, Recruitment Manager, lstanley@guidingeyes.org

 

Position: 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 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. 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 your resume with salary requirements to Linda Stanley, Recruitment Manager, lstanley@guidingeyes.org

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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.

Position:  Trainee Guide Dog Trainer

Location:   Yorktown Heights, New York

Reports To: Foundation Manager

 

Position Overview

This is an assignment for a 1.5-year development program to train for a potential role as a Guide Dog Trainer.* 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. Provide a positive emotional, behavioral, and physical environment for all assigned dogs. Participate in public relations and public education events. Ability to demonstrate, understand, and apply the values of Guiding Eyes for the Blind.

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

  • Start a string of eight (8) dogs, 2-3 times per year
  • Conduct foundation training (16 weeks) and possibly customized training (4 weeks) with assigned dogs
  • Blindfold work with assigned dogs
  • Train dogs as assigned, to a condition of class readiness in obedience and guide work skills
  • 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
  • Provide a constant positive image of Guiding Eyes through appropriate dress and conduct while working with dogs
  • Participate in public relations and public education efforts by giving talks, presentations, demonstrations, and tours of the training school and/or training kennel
  • May be asked to fill in for Foundation GDMIs when not training assigned dogs
  • May be assigned boarding guides, returned guides, and placement-ready guides
  • May be asked to pick up and drop off guide dogs in the field
  • Travel Requirements
  • Day trips as needed or assigned
  • Overnights during the year (may include weekends)
  • Airline travel in the U.S. and Canada

 

Qualifications

  • Must be comfortable wearing and working under a blindfold for extensive periods of time
  • Experience working and training dogs
  • Able to lift 40 pounds and handle large, active dogs
  • Stand, walk long distances indoors and outdoors in all weather conditions (average of 3-10 miles per training day)
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate at a high level both verbally and in writing
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including nights, weekends, and holidays to fulfill the requirements of training
  • Must be able to travel by car, train, airplane as required
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred
  • Must be familiar with Microsoft Outlook Suite; Salesforce

 

Proof of Covid-19 Vaccination Status

Guiding Eyes requires all new hires to be fully vaccinated for at least two weeks before commencing work. 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.

 

*As an assignment, after the 1.5-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.

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

Position:  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. 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, Recruitment Manager, 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. 

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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