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Deaf-Blind Telecommunications Program Associate


POSITION:   Deaf-Blind Telecommunications Program Associate

REPORTS TO:  Deaf-Blind Specialist

STATUS:  Non-exempt (part-time)


The Deaf-Blind Telecommunications Program Associate (DBTPA) is a part-time, federally-funded grant-based position. The DBTPA provides critical administrative support and assistance for the California Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Project (DBEP) administered by LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired. This position is specifically responsible for supporting the Deaf-Blind Specialist in all aspects of administrative and program support to ensure program protocols and efficiencies are upheld. While this project provides essential telecommunications equipment and training to deaf-blind Californians, it is equally matched by the need for crucial data management.

The majority of the DBTPA position requires heavy, accurate, detailed and timely data entry into the Salesforce database, strong understanding and use of Excel, electronic file management, and equipment ordering and management. The DBTPA is also a representative of the project and must be able to relate to, and communicate with, students, vendors and outside agencies in a kind, yet effective manner.

The main work site for this position is at the LightHouse satellite office in the Ed Roberts Campus in Berkeley. The work area of the DBTPA is located in an open work environment, thus the ability to work in respectful low-noise areas, including working in and around guide dogs, is essential. The DBTPA must be flexible to travel to other satellite offices in San Rafael, Fairfield, Napa or the main headquarters in San Francisco as needed by the program.


Education or equivalent:  Associates or Bachelor’s Degree with concentrations in Accounting, Computer Science, Research or Mathematics.

Experience: Two years’ experience in administrative or accounting support or related field; a background in non-profits desirable.


  • Strong (intermediate to advanced) and demonstrated skills in computer literacy (Microsoft Office Suite) and database management (Salesforce is used at the LightHouse) with a high rate of accuracy. Advanced use of Excel is essential.
  • Understanding of equipment related to telecommunication such as iDevices, low vision products and assistive technology.
  • Intermediate mathematical skills required, including the ability to analyze mathematical data.
  • American Sign Language or proficiency in a language other than English preferred, but not required. Strong ability to communicate in English is essential.
  • Must be extremely organized, professional, detail oriented, and self-motivated/sufficient.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions with excellent time management, organizational skills, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience in working with the deaf and/or blind community (or individuals) a plus.
  • Must have strong interpersonal skills, patience and the ability to relate to a diverse staff and student population.
  • Must have valid California Driver License and be willing to drive.
  • Must have a desire to work with colleagues and find pleasure and purpose in what you do, as we strive to be mentors to the students we teach.


Must be 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; travel independently.


  • Communicate via telephone/video phone, email and written correspondence regarding the DBEP, to provide to potential recipients and inquiring family members and service providers.
  • Communicate with community agencies, volunteers, and student recipients who are deaf-blind, blind, and community members with varied backgrounds and viewpoints in an effective and collaborative way.
  • Distribute, organize, review and enter new DBEP applications.
  • Provide support to outreach efforts for the DBEP.
  • Maintain inventory lists of equipment and software.
  • Order and track office supplies, materials, and forms.
  • Organize and process work in a timely and customer-friendly manner.
  • Maintain accurate electronic and database (student and equipment) files.
  • Prepare equipment requests, vendor purchase authorizations, matching/tracking invoices and documentation of all purchases, and monthly expenses.
  • Maintain written correspondence as necessary.
  • Order and procure equipment and maintain inventory lists of equipment hardware and software.
  • Ensure detailed billing and database information concur with Finance Department entries.
  • Manage multiple tasks related to the DBEP with precision and a high degree of organization.
  • Update and maintain documents and reports related to the DBEP.
  • Provide accessibility support for blind/low vision and deaf-blind trainers, with administrative support related to the DBEP.
  • Arrange student travel needs for training. Assist or request driving, interpreting support for DBEP trainers as needed, and schedule students and trainers as requested for equipment delivery and training.
  • Drive (agency or rental vehicle) for equipment pick-up, delivery or trainer travel as necessary.


LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired is an equal opportunity employer. LightHouse personnel are employed on an at-will basis. We strive to maintain a scent-free environment and a drug-free workplace.


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.