Summer Academy Mentor


REPORTS TO:  Transition Program Specialist


LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, headquartered in downtown San Francisco, is looking for a seasonal Summer Academy Mentor within our Youth Program to fill a valued role in our growing organization. The purpose is to promote the independence, equality and self-reliance of young people who are blind or visually impaired. The LightHouse is currently in a period of growth, increasing our capacity to serve more low-vision and blind clients.

Role Overview

This is a seasonal position with primary duties of assisting the Youth Services Team to develop, facilitate and implement virtual programs for youth that are blind or have low vision during the 2020 Youth Employment Series (YES) Summer Academy.

As a member of the LightHouse Youth Services team, the Summer Academy Mentor (SMA) will play a critical role in supporting the implementation of activities which meet the five (5) Pre-employment transition services including:

  1. Job exploration counseling
  2. Work-based learning experiences
  3. Counseling on opportunities for exploration and enrollment in comprehensive transition or post-secondary educational programs
  4. Workplace readiness training to develop soft and independent living skills
  5. Critical instruction in self-advocacy refinement



Some college experience preferred, high school diploma or GED required


  • At least one year of experience working with youth of all ages
  • Competent computer skills with Microsoft Suite and working knowledge of accessible technologies and software
  • The SAM will be youth-focused, flexible, and in possession of strong interpersonal, leadership and communication skills to relate to a diverse array of participants, their families, and collaborators
  • Possess strong personal initiative. Curiosity about people, a sense of humor and a team-oriented style to support LightHouse services and the transformative effect we have on the lives of individuals who are blind or have low vision

Physical Demands:

The Summer Academy Mentor is expected to work remotely throughout the YES Summer Academy program and training dates (July 6-August 7, 2020) with 2 additional dates to be announced for staff training. Work schedules will typically range from 4-6 hours per day, 3 days of the week.

Job Responsibilities:

  • The Summer Academy Mentor will work in a team to support the development, implementation, and evaluation of virtual programs, services and activities for Youth that are blind or have low vision
  • The individual will assist in the facilitation of group discussions, provide individual guidance on student projects, as well as support the evaluation of students’ assignments throughout the YES Summer Academy and training dates (July 6-August 7) in order to meet the intended program outcomes
  • The Summer Academy Mentor will be expected to apply basic youth and blindness development principles in working with students through communication, soft skills development, respect for diversity and empowerment of youth
  • This person should be flexible and able to schedule individualized meetings with students using virtual platforms such as Zoom and by phone
  • The Summer Academy Mentor will participate enthusiastically in the development and implementation of program activities for students within the mission and learning outcomes of the program
  • The SMA is responsible for leading and assisting with the teaching of activities including but not limited to three (3) primary areas: and mobility

  1. independent living skills and home management
  2. professionalism and assistive technology as part of employment readiness
  • The Summer Academy Mentor will serve as positive role model to students and others regarding general program procedures and practices including professionalism, schedule, attitudes, behaviors, and teamwork
  • This person will provide support with program logistics including but not limited to scheduling appointments, maintaining student records, and technical support with on-line instructional platforms, etc.
  • The Summer Academy Mentor is responsible for contributing to verbal and written student evaluations and communication as requested
  • The individual will participate as a member of the staff team to draft, deliver, and host social recreational activities and functions as assigned
  • This SMA is to attend and participate in weekly staff meetings to be prepared during programming sessions
  • The Summer Academy Mentor will be sensitive and alert to students and staff needs and assist them with personal and/or health concerns. The SMA is expected to discuss these events with supervisor when appropriate
  • Other Duties: Please note that 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.

Other Duties:

  • The SAM will work in a home office environment for long periods of time


  • The SMA will possess the physical mobility and endurance to perform tasks while creating presentation at their remote location as well as presenting and running sessions remotely via a zoom video conference format, at times for long periods of time
  • Ability to safely and properly use office equipment and remote application software such as zoom or telephone tools and equipment

Who We Are:

LightHouse has an audacious mission – to transform the lives of the 40,000 blind people in the greater Bay Area and beyond. We do this through tech design, disability advocacy, consultation, classes and community formation in San Francisco, our four satellite offices and Enchanted Hills Camp in Napa. We are a fun, fascinating, widely diverse, warm and friendly community. We work in downtown San Francisco in a 40,000 square foot state-of-the-art workspace renowned for its universal design, steps from Civic Center BART. LightHouse is working for nothing less than to change the future for blind people and the wider community.

Within a five-minute walk are the world headquarters for Twitter, Uber, Dolby, Zendesk and many other tech giants. Within three blocks are all of the principal building for Northern California’s federal, state and local government. Also in our neighborhood are many theaters, San Francisco Symphony and Opera, the Asian Art Museum and dozens of other key cultural anchors of the entire Bay Area.

The successful candidate will join a unique organization in which blind and sighted professionals work together at every level. Our governing Board of Directors, management and staff are all composed of roughly equal numbers of blind and sighted people, a parity unprecedented in our field.

Founded in 1902, LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired provides skills, resources and community for the advancement of all individuals who are blind or have low vision. Our innovative programs have been featured in 60 Minutes, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal and beyond. The blind community comes to LightHouse to learn how to travel independently with a white cane, to rejoin the workforce, use accessible technology, and meet a community of mentors and peers. From unique tactile maps, to an unparalleled camp for blind campers, to a world prize for blind ambition, LightHouse offers programs unavailable elsewhere

Learn About Us:

LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired

1155 Market Street, 10th Floor

San Francisco, CA 94103

Employee Benefits:

The LightHouse offers a rich package of benefits, including medical, vision and dental insurance. Employees are eligible for an employer-matched 401(k) plan and subsidized health club membership, among many other perks.


$16.50 HOURLY

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