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Communications Associate

POSITION:                Communications Associate

REPORTS TO:         Director of Communications

STATUS:                   Full-time, Exempt

WC CLASS:              Clerical

Founded in San Francisco in 1902, LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired is one of the most progressive blindness agencies in the world. A private 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, LightHouse’s mission is to promote the independence, equality and self-reliance of people who are blind or have low vision. We do this through teaching, consulting, community building and advocacy in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.

The LightHouse is currently in a period of growth, with more than 100 employees and an increased capacity to carry out our mission. In addition to direct services and blindness skills training, we invest in new technology, consult on design for blind consumers, and work to de-stigmatize blindness around the world.

THE POSITION:

We are seeking a communications associate to bring LightHouse’s communications to new and returning students, stakeholders and collaborators. Part publicist and part community advocate, the communications associate’s function is to increase the LightHouse’s connectivity to our community through social media, email marketing, PR, personal outreach and public speaking. The communications associate also maintains our lists of contacts and supports the team in both online and in-person communications as needed.

An energetic professional who can master the foundational tasks of maintaining our social media accounts, email marketing systems and press contacts will find significant room for growth in our new communications department. We use written pieces, video, audio and photography to tell the stories of our community, and the communications associate must be fluent in how to use today’s tools to push these stories to the people who need to hear them. Communications is a small, agile team where each individual is expected to think creatively, produce steadily, and be prepared to juggle deadlines. A key part of this job is to work to increase referrals and participation of blind people in Lighthouse programs.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Apply if you:

  • Graduated from college
  • Have paid experience in non-profit marketing, journalism, public relations, sales, project management or a related field
  • Are familiar with the blindness community or can demonstrate your drive to learn
  • Have impeccable email etiquette; a courteous but convincing communication style that compels the reader to act.
  • Can translate your written tone into compelling public presentations and interactive talks.
  • Love spreadsheets and keeping information organized and up-to-date.
  • Are relentlessly solutions-oriented.
  • Are able to use a variety of content management and social media platforms, namely WordPress, Mailchimp, MS Office, Google Docs and all social networks.

We are seeking a candidate who believes in the power of social media; who enjoys following news and journalism, and adventurously explores the nuances of how technology is used in online and in-person marketing. They must easily adapt to changes in crucial outreach platforms such as Facebook or Mailchimp, as well as be able to attract older demographics through conventional techniques involving email, listservs and printed communications.

We are similarly seeking a person with a present or future dedication to the field of blindness, both as an identity and as an adaptative process. This will require educating oneself in subject matter such as digital accessibility, consumer advocacy groups, social service organizations, other disability groups, as well as the history and context of the blindness movement.

The communications associate should be endlessly curious about people, an astute observer of social behavior and have a flexible, team-oriented style. Enthusiasm for LightHouse services and the transformative effect we have on the lives of individuals is a must.

ACCOUNTABILITIES: 

  • Social Media
  • Press and publicity
  • Email marketing
  • Event promotion
  • Community research and outreach
  • Other duties as assigned

This position is located at the LightHouse’s new headquarters at 1155 Market St. in San Francisco, CA.

COMPENSATION:

Commensurate with experience and enthusiasm.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

Must be able to sit at a desk and perform computer-intensive work for long periods of time; operate standard office equipment; move 10lbs independently. Ability to travel to speaking engagements and other in-person outreach activities.

TO APPLY:

Send your resume and cover letter to hr@lighthouse-sf.org. All attachments must be formatted as Word Documents or accessible PDFs. No undescribed image files please.

Outreach Coordinator

JOB DESCRIPTION

POSITION:                Outreach Coordinator

REPORTS TO:         Director of Communications

STATUS:                   Full-time, Exempt

WC CLASS:              Clerical

Founded in San Francisco in 1902, LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired is one of the most progressive blindness agencies in the world. A private 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, LightHouse’s mission is to promote the independence, equality and self-reliance of people who are blind or have low vision. We do this through teaching, consulting, community building and advocacy in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.

The LightHouse is currently in a period of growth, with more than 100 employees and an increased capacity to carry out our mission. In addition to direct services and blindness skills training, we invest in new technology, consult on design for blind consumers, and work to de-stigmatize blindness around the world.

THE POSITION:

 We are seeking an outreach coordinator to spearhead LightHouse’s communications to new and returning students, stakeholders and collaborators. Part publicist and part community advocate, the outreach coordinator’s function is to increase the LightHouse’s connectivity to our community through social media, email marketing, PR, personal outreach and public speaking. The outreach coordinator also maintains our lists of contacts and supports the team in both online and in-person communications as needed.

An energetic professional who can master the foundational tasks of maintaining our social media accounts, email marketing systems and press contacts will find significant room for growth in our new communications department. We use written pieces, video, audio and photography to tell the stories of our community, and the outreach coordinator must be fluent in how to use today’s tools to push these stories to the people who need to hear them. Communications is a small, agile team where each individual is expected to think creatively, produce steadily, and be prepared to juggle deadlines. A key part of this job is to work to increase referrals and participation of blind people in Lighthouse programs.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Apply if you:

  • Graduated from college
  • Have paid experience in non-profit marketing, journalism, public relations, sales, project management or a related field
  • Are familiar with the blindness community or can demonstrate your drive to learn
  • Have impeccable email etiquette; a courteous but convincing communication style that compels the reader to act.
  • Can translate your written tone into compelling public presentations and interactive talks.
  • Love spreadsheets and keeping information organized and up-to-date.
  • Are relentlessly solutions-oriented.
  • Are able to use a variety of content management and social media platforms, namely WordPress, Mailchimp, MS Office, Google Docs and all social networks.

We are seeking a candidate who believes in the power of social media; who enjoys following news and journalism, and adventurously explores the nuances of how technology is used in online and in-person marketing. They must easily adapt to changes in crucial outreach platforms such as Facebook or Mailchimp, as well as be able to attract older demographics through conventional techniques involving email, listservs and printed communications.

We are similarly seeking a person with a present or future dedication to the field of blindness, both as an identity and as an adaptative process. This will require educating oneself in subject matter such as digital accessibility, consumer advocacy groups, social service organizations, other disability groups, as well as the history and context of the blindness movement.

For public speaking and in-person communications, the outreach coordinator should be endlessly curious about people, an astute observer of social behavior, have a sense of humor and a flexible, team-oriented style. Enthusiasm for LightHouse services and the transformative effect we have on the lives of individuals is a must.

ACCOUNTABILITIES: 

  • Outreach planning
  • Social Media
  • Press and publicity
  • Email marketing
  • Event promotion
  • Community research
  • Other duties as assigned

This position is located at the LightHouse’s new headquarters at 1155 Market St. in San Francisco, CA.

COMPENSATION:

Commensurate with experience and enthusiasm.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

Must be able to sit at a desk and perform computer-intensive work for long periods of time; operate standard office equipment; move 10lbs independently. Ability to travel to speaking engagements and other in-person outreach activities.

TO APPLY: 

Send your resume and cover letter to hr@lighthouse-sf.org. All attachments must be formatted as Word Documents or accessible PDFs. No undescribed image files please.

Get Paid to Help the Blind from Home: Aira Seeks Part-time Agents in San Francisco

 

Aira logoLast week, LightHouse Staff spent the day with Aira, one of the leading startups to emerge in the remote sighted assistant space. Equipped with a wearable camera or mobile app, blind users can use Aira’s platform to receive on-demand sight assistance from trained professionals – privately and discreetly. The “agent,” who uses Aira’s dashboard software to keep notes on your preferences, track your surroundings through GPS and zoom in on far-away visuals. The result is a highly proficient “expert” who can efficiently identify, explain and Google anything your heart desires, opening up the blind user to a more accessible, frictionless environment.

Aira’s agents are the backbone of their operation, and it’s safe to say these paid professionals have some of the coolest jobs you could imagine. Aira has put out an announcement that they are hiring agents in the San Francisco Bay Area, to work from home or from the co-working spaces available at LightHouse.

If you’re interested, visit aira.io/careers.

At Aira, we are giving increased freedom and independence to individuals who are blind or visually impaired. But we need your help as the star of our service!

As an Aira Agent you simply log onto our dashboard from your computer at home and begin answering video calls from our customers who reside across the United States – you will help them to shop, read their mail or computer screen, cook meals or even describe individuals in social settings – the scenarios are varied and unique. You will join a small but growing team of Aira Agents who, along with training, will help you hone your skills and share your calls.

Through a live video stream, you are able to see what they would be seeing, and provide the information they need to make decisions or explore their world.

Hours are flexible. We offer a range of hours per day between the times of 4 a.m PST to 10pm PST.

In order to apply, submit here. To see more about Aira go to Aira Inspiration or the Aira Website.

We are looking for:

  • People that are Enthusiastic, eager, and well spoken.
  • People that love to search the web and find the best info.
  • People that can multitask while remaining focused and calm.
  • People that want to grow with a company- the opportunities are just beginning with Aira.

Enchanted Hills Camp Counselor

POSITION:            Enchanted Hills Camp Counselor

REPORTS TO:             Director, Enchanted Hills Camp and Retreat

STATUS:                    Daily  

WC CLASS:            Camp

JOB PURPOSE:

As a residential camp for the blind, counselors are responsible for the overall provision of a traditional camp experience to all blind and visually impaired campers. This includes but is not limited to: inventing new blind-friendly programming, motivating campers to use non-visual techniques, adapting all activities so that all campers can participate fully regardless of their level of vision. Counselors should encourage active participation in camp meals, clean-up and other daily functions through fun activities. Counselors provide supervision to recreational activities, create educational experiences, promote independence and supervise the health and safety of children and adults. Applicants must also have the ability to work with campers that have secondary disabilities (developmental, hearing impairments and/or mobility restrictions). 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • High School graduate
  • Some college education preferred
  • Current First Aid and CPR certifications
  • Previous work in a camp, school, or community service setting
  • Experience working with individuals who are blind/visually impaired preferred
  • Knowledge of Braille and/or sign language preferred

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must be willing to live on camp premises
  • Must be able to lift 70 pounds
  • Ability to enforce safety and emergency procedures
  • Ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards related to the activity
  • Physical ability to respond appropriately to situation requiring first aid
  • Must be able to assist campers in an emergency (fire, evacuation, illness or injury)
  • Possess the endurance required to maintain constant supervision of campers

JOB ACCOUNTABILITIES:

  • Assist in the direction, supervision, and organization of campers in their living unit, within activities and throughout the camp in order to meet the intended camper outcomes
  • Apply basic youth and blindness development principles in working with campers through communication, relationship development, respect for diversity, involvement and empowerment of youth
  • Assure campers are properly supervised at all times
  • Be aware of and implement safety guidelines
  • Participate in the development and implementation of program activities for campers within the mission and outcomes.
  • Responsible for leading and assisting with the teaching of activities.
  • Actively participate in all program areas as assigned.
  • Provide for the progression of activities within the framework of individual and group interests and abilities.
  • Assist in program areas such as waterfront, nature, all camp activities, and arts and crafts as directed.
  • Maintain high standards of health and safety in all activities for campers and staff.
  • Provide the daily care of each camper within your supervision including recognition of personal health needs.
  • Ensure that campers receive their medications as directed by health care manager.
  • Be alert to campers and staff needs and assist them with personal and/or health problems, and discuss with camp health manager and/or resident camp director when appropriate.
  • Be alert to equipment and facilities to ensure utilization, proper care, and maintenance is adhered to; report repairs needed promptly to camp director.
  • Be a role model to campers and staff in your attitude and behavior.
  • Follow and uphold all safety and security rules and procedures.
  • Set a good example to campers and others in regard to general camp procedures and practices including sanitation, schedule, and sportsmanship
  • Contribute to verbal and written evaluations and communication as requested
  • Participate enthusiastically in all camp activities, planning, and leading those as assigned
  • Participate as a member of the camp staff team to deliver and supervise evening programs, special events, overnights, and other all-camp activities and camp functions
  • Stay current on best practices by reading/viewing instructional media and active participation before and during camp
  • Attend and participate in weekly staff meetings
  • Other Duties: Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY:

N/A

 

WORKING CONDITIONS:

LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired is an equal opportunity employer to all. We strive to maintain a scent-free environment and a drug-free workplace. We also operate under a mutual “employment at will” policy.

TO APPLY:

Please submit a cover letter and résumé as Word attachments (no .PDFs please), to hr@lighthouse-sf.org, including the job title in the subject line. Please include a link to any relevant clips or portfolio pieces. Due to time constraints we will only respond to complete submissions in which there is serious interest; thanks for your understanding.

 

 

Executive Administrative Assistant

POSITION:            Executive Administrative Assistant

REPORTS TO:     Senior Executive Assistant

STATUS:             Non-Exempt

JOB PURPOSE:

The Executive Administrative Assistant (EAA) provides administrative and accessibility support to LightHouse senior directors and managers, as many LightHouse directors and supervisors are blind and visually-impaired. The primary purpose of this position is to provide visual access, computer support and other administrative functions that remove barriers to accessibility.

This position also assists the Senior Executive Assistant in performing duties related to supporting the LightHouse Board of Directors, correspondence, mail processing and executive event operations.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Education or equivalent:  A college degree with concentration in English, Liberal Arts or Communications a plus.

Experience: At least two years experience in an administrative support position, or related field.  A background in non-profits is desirable.

Other: Excellent verbal and written communication skills, flexible, detail-oriented. Ability to manage multiple projects with precision and a high degree of organization.  Must have strong interpersonal skills to relate to staff, board members, volunteers, and students with disabilities.  Strong ability to use Microsoft Office suite – particularly Word, Excel and Outlook. Strong familiarity with social media a plus.  Must have valid California Driver License and be willing to drive as part of this position.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

Able to carry or transport 20 lbs., sit at a desk and perform computer-intensive work for long periods of time, operate standard office equipment and travel independently.

JOB ACCOUNTABILITIES:

  • Prepare correspondence for CEO and LightHouse directors as assigned, including writing letters, reports and minutes, formatting, mailing, printing and producing in alternative media.
  • Proof and prepare documents and correspondence.
  • Assist blind and low-vision employees with rapid completion of paperwork, purchases, authorizations and other paper-based and/or inaccessible online operations as directed.
  • Assist with sorting and logging of mail for blind and low-vision LightHouse directors.
  • Assist blind and low-vision employees to complete inaccessible documents such as timesheets, purchase orders, receipt back-ups and other access issues.
  • Assist team in processing incoming and outgoing mail.
  • Perform other clerical duties as assigned by the Senior Executive Assistant.
  • Provide reader/driver services for blind and low-vision members of the LightHouse executive team.
  • Provide executive administrative support to the CEO and senior directors.
  • Make business travel and hotel arrangements, as directed by the Senior Executive Assistant.
  • Other Duties: Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY:

N/A

WORKING CONDITIONS:

LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired is an equal opportunity employer to all.  We strive to maintain a scent-free environment and a drug-free workplace.  We also operate under a mutual “employment at will” policy.

TO APPLY:

Please submit a cover letter and résumé as Word attachments (no PDFs please), to hr@lighthouse-sf.org, including the job title in the subject line. We will not consider videos or hyperlinks to online profiles. Due to time constraints we will only respond to complete submissions in which there is serious interest. Thank you for your understanding.

TMAP 2.0: Seeking a Web Developer Who Loves Maps

In 2006, we set an ambitious goal: to make on-demand, user-centered tactile maps for blind pedestrians and connoisseurs of the environment. The LightHouse and Smith-Kettlewell Institute joined forces to start TMAP (Tactile Map Automated Production), a way to make tactile street maps readily available to blind pedestrians for the places they cared about most

Ten years later, we now have the resources to reinvigorate the TMAP project at LightHouse. In an ongoing partnership with SKI, we are beginning work on TMAP2.0 – the next generation of digital tools for producing high-quality tactile street maps to help people with visual disabilities navigate new neighborhoods. We are interested in discussing this project with developers who have strong skills and experience in developing apps and web sites that use digital maps and geographical data. If you are such a developer, or if you are interested in learning more about this unique project, please contact Scott Blanks at sblanks@lighthouse-sf.org.

Know Someone With Changing Vision? Our Next Immersion Training Sessions are Coming Up

Photo: Class Picture of the September CVCL Immersion Training Session 2 Class

Fall is a time for harvest and abundance. Over the past four years, 250 students have harvested their skills and received an abundance of support, opportunities to connect and a rich introduction to skills ranging from accessing print, learning about technology to organizing their households and traveling independently.

Holli Clark of Santa Cruz County has participated in both sessions and had this to say about her experience:

“Just a note to share my big thanks for the wonderful Immersion experience! One of my big reasons for wanting to go for Immersion training was because I just didn’t know what I didn’t know. I figured there were better ways of doing things than I had made up over the years. I was certainly correct in that, and am delighted to be learning many new skills. This translates to being more productive, efficient, confident, independent and safer. [The] week was packed with immeasurable value. I learned so much from each trainer and really appreciated your focus on scheduling us according to individual needs…Your staff are both exceptional trainers in their fields as well as wonderful, caring people.”

Sydney and Holli

Photo: Cooking Instructor Sydney Ferrario and CVCL student Holli Clark stand together in the Betty Ruhland Teaching Kitchen at the LightHouse

 We’re offering one last CVCL session before year’s end, and another in February. Details on both follow:

December Changing Vision Changing Life (CVCL) Immersion Training Session 2
This session is facilitated from the new LightHouse Building in the heart of San Francisco.  The focus of this week’s training is “boots hit the ground in training”. Students participating in this week must have already received basic skills training in orientation and mobility, access technology or independent living and must be committed to focusing intently in all three of these skill areas in a small group and individual learning environment. (Please note: students do not need to have attended a previous CVCL session to attend CVCL 2 in San Francisco.)

This five day session is designed for students who are committed to full days of instruction, homework and practice in the evening and will take full advantage of the professional training time, mentoring and peer support and self-study that will be available.

Students will participate in a minimum of three of the following areas:

  1. Access Technology, including:
  • Computer training (Mac or PC) – using the software you are currently learning
  • Smart Phone Training – Apple or Android
  • Tablet Training – Apple or Android
  1. Orientation and Mobility Training 1:1
  2. Introduction to Braille
  3. Smart Cooking for Independence
  4. Low Vision Training – Using your Tools to Your Benefit
  5. Independent living skills

When: CVCL 2 will run from Monday, December 5th (arrival at 9:30 a.m. – training starts at 10:00 a.m.) through Friday, December 9 (leave at 11:00 a.m.)

Where: The session will be held in our headquarters building at 1155 Market St., 10th Floor in San Francisco. Participants will stay overnight throughout the week in our Student Residences.

Cost: There is a $1,300 fee for this training but you may qualify for partial or full scholarship if you are not already working with the Department of Rehabilitation or the Veterans Administration. It is highly recommended that all students have a solution for taking notes, such as the Victor Reader Stream (training will be provided in how to use this recording device)

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February Changing Vision Changing Life Immersion Training Session 1
This session is held at Enchanted Hills Retreat in Napa and is specifically geared for students new to blindness and low vision. For five days, up to 14 adult students have the opportunity to develop basic skills in a range of areas – access technology; orientation and mobility; organization and labeling; magnification and lighting; cooking; braille and community, state and national resources.

The week is full, active, emotional and supportive and students are given the opportunity to meet others, to harvest their own skills and determine the direction of the quality of their lives. There are three scholarship openings for persons 55 and better living in Humboldt, Del Norte, San Francisco, Marin or Alameda County who are not consumers of the Department of Rehabilitation or the VA. For those who are consumers of the Department of Rehabilitation, we encourage you to discuss this opportunity with your counselor.

When: CVCL I will run from February 6th – 10th.

Where: The session will be held in at Enchanted Hills Retreat in Napa. Participants will stay overnight throughout the week in our lakeside lodgings. Transportation is available from San Francisco, Berkeley and Marin County.

Cost: There is a $1,300 fee for this training but you may qualify for partial or full scholarship if you are not already working with the Department of Rehabilitation or the Veterans Administration.

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For More Information, to Register for Session 1 or Session 2, or if you have questions, please contact Debbie Bacon at dbacon@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7357 in San Francisco; Jeff Carlson at jcarlson@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-258-8496 in Marin County or Janet Pomerantz at jpomerantz@lighthouse-sf.org or 707-268-5646 in Humboldt County.

 

Sign Up Now for Employment Immersion Sessions for October, January

Join the many LightHouse students who have found work through the LightHouse Employment Immersion Program. The program is for people who are blind or have low vision, from any background, seeking any job.

“Blind people forget that employers need them. We—the blind—have vast skill sets. We are scientists, artists, journalists, you name it. Often our blindness has nothing to do with our careers, except that it can make us stronger, and hiring us adds a diverse voice in the workplace. I remind my students that they truly are assets to any company. It’s not just a line we feed the students; it’s a reality Employment Immersion helps them discover.”
—Employment Immersion Program Leader Kate Williams

The next Employment Immersion sessions are scheduled as follows:

Where: The LightHouse Building, 1155 Market St., 10th Floor, 94103

When:
October 11 through November 10, 2016

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

January 10 through February 9, 2017
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

To learn more, contact Employment Immersion Coordinator Wanda Pearson at WPearson@lighthouse-sf.org or call 415-694-7359.

Producer, LightHouse Media

POSITION:            Producer, LightHouse Media

REPORTS TO:                 Director of Communications

STATUS:                    Exempt

 

Founded in 1902, San Francisco’s LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired promotes the independence, equality and self-reliance of people who are blind or have low vision. We offer blindness skills training and relevant services such as access to employment, education, government, information, recreation, transportation and the environment. We also pursue the development of new technology, encourage innovation, and amplify the voices of blind individuals around the world.

JOB PURPOSE:

The LightHouse is seeking a media professional to edit and guide production of the LightHouse’s website, newsletters, social media, and overall online presence. This producer will serve as the LightHouse’s online voice, and community manager; informing, engaging and mobilizing our local and global audiences by publishing stories, announcements and useful information through our channels on a consistent and daily basis.

An editor-producer who can master the foundational tasks of copyediting, maintaining our website, email outreach and social media properties will find significant room for growth in our new Communications department as we pursue an ambitious slate of video, audio, and photo projects. Communications is a small, agile team where each individual is expected to think creatively, produce steadily, and be prepared to juggle deadlines.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

Education or equivalent:  College degree in digital arts, design, journalism or a closely related field.  Four years of relevant work experience may be substituted for educational expectation.

Experience: Has been paid to write or tell stories; Can copyedit like a machine, or better; Can publish in WordPress and MailChimp; Can take edits and want to become an even better writer; Has a basic aptitude for Adobe Creative Cloud.

Other:  Obsessed with social media and its evolution; love podcasts and radio; willing to follow web accessibility best practices and official guidelines (read about WCAG); know the disability community – or if not, are fully prepared to research, get acquainted and interact; enjoy meeting people and talking to them; committed to supporting marginalized communities.

An ideal candidate might also:

  • Have a background in journalism, research and reporting
  • Be familiar with public relations / publicity
  • Know how to record and edit audio
  • Know how to record and edit video
  • Have a mind for advertising

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

Able to sit at a desk and perform computer-intensive work for long periods of time; operate standard office equipment; move 20lbs independently.

 

JOB ACCOUNTABILITIES:

On a daily basis, the Producer will:

  • Write, collect and edit LightHouse announcements
  • Copyedit all written work intended for public consumption
  • Maintain LightHouse newsletters and listservs
  • Interact on LightHouse and Enchanted Hills Camp social media: answer questions, engage people, and increase our following
  • Update and edit the LightHouse calendar
  • Check in with other LightHouse’s departments about new announcements and opportunities

In addition to the above duties, a qualified Producer may also:

  • Dream up new ideas for stories
  • Produce audio and video content
  • Crop and edit photos
  • Organize media assets
  • Improve the functionality and design of our WordPress site
  • Support and collaborate with LightHouse’s Creative and Brand Manager
  • Attend events

 

WORKING CONDITIONS:

LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired is an equal opportunity employer to all.  We strive to maintain a scent-free environment and a drug-free workplace. We also operate under a mutual “employment at will” policy.

 

TO APPLY:

Please submit a cover letter and résumé as Word attachments (no .PDFs please), to hr@lighthouse-sf.org, including the job title in the subject line. Please include a link to any relevant clips or portfolio pieces. Due to time constraints we will only respond to complete submissions in which there is serious interest; thanks for your understanding.

General Ledger Accountant

    

JOB DESCRIPTION

POSITION:                 General Ledger Accountant

REPORTS TO:     Controller

STATUS:             Non-exempt

 

JOB PURPOSE:

The LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired is looking for a service-oriented General Ledger Accountant to join the LightHouse team, in the heart of downtown San Francisco. With more than 100 employees and an annual budget of $13.5 M, the LightHouse has the resources and imagination to help change the lives of the blind and low-vision population of the greater bay area and beyond.  One of San Francisco’s oldest and best-known philanthropies, we’ve recently begun operations in our brand-new, state-of-the-art headquarters on Market Street. Here we coordinate students, volunteers, teachers, families, tech and a caring staff, to design and build new ways in which to help people with visual impairments.

The General Ledger Accountant will work in this San Francisco office as part of a four-person Finance Department, responsible for all aspects of accounting and financial reporting for the entire organization, including additional satellite offices in northern California.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Education or equivalent: BS degree in Accounting preferred, although relevant work experience may also be considered.  A strong, working knowledge of GAAP accounting principles and practices is essential.

Experience: A minimum of three years’ experience working in an accounting department.  High-level MS Excel skills are mandatory.  A professional background including the use of Financial Edge software is highly preferred. A demonstrated history of working well with a variety of individuals while providing excellent customer service, both to internal and external customers. Proficiency with the balance of MS Office Suite, particularly Outlook and Word, are also important.

Other: Superior communication. Defined organizational skills, and the capacity to prioritize and meet multiple deadlines with minimal direction. Work experience within a nonprofit environment is helpful.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

Must be able to: Carry or transport 20lbs, sit at a desk and perform computer-intensive work for long periods of time, operate standard office equipment and travel independently.

JOB ACCOUNTABILITIES:

  • Semi-monthly payroll processing support
  • Accounts Receivable (AR), Accounts Payable (AP) and Cash Receipts accounting and reporting.
  • Monthly review and recording of donation activity into the General Ledger, including unrestricted and restricted revenue reporting.
  • Monthly accounting for fixed assets.
  • Petty cash account management.
  • Various statutory governmental filings.
  • Various schedules supporting Agency’s annual audit.
  • Bank account reconciliations, and various other Balance Sheet account reconciliations.
  • Retail store and LightHouse Industries inventory / COGS accounting and reporting.

WORKING CONDITIONS:

LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired is an equal opportunity employer to all.  We strive to maintain a scent-free environment and a drug-free workplace. We also operate under a mutual “employment at will” policy.

TO APPLY:

Please submit a cover letter and résumé as Word attachments (no .PDFs please), to hr@lighthouse-sf.org, including the job title in the subject line. We will not consider videos or hyperlinks to online profiles. Due to time constraints we will only respond to complete submissions in which there is serious interest; thanks for your understanding.