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Early Childhood Blind and Low Vision Specialist

POSITION:                  Early Childhood Blind and Low Vision Specialist

STATUS:                      Part or Full-time Exempt

REPORTS TO:           Program Director, Little Learners Program



LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, headquartered in downtown San Francisco, is looking for full and part-time Early Childhood Blind and Low Vision Specialists to staff a new department within our organization in in selected counties throughout   the bay area and northern California.

The Early Childhood Blind and Low Vision Specialist reports to the LightHouse Little Learners Program Director.

Diversity and Inclusion: LightHouse intentionally and actively works to minimize barriers to employment faced by many marginalized groups. As a result, we welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds and abilities, including but not limited to applicants who possess various disabilities, racial and ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientation, gender identities, and ages.


Education or equivalent:

  • Minimum B.A. or B.S. degree
  • Strongly Preferred: Masters/Credential in Visual Impairments or Orientation and Mobility or Early Childhood/Special Education, or Physical or Occupational Therapy or Social Work

Desired Qualifications:

  • Professional preparation in the following:
    • Education of young children who are blind or have low vision
    • Orientation and Mobility
    • Infant or Early Childhood Development
    • Physical or Occupational Therapy
    • Social Work
  • Professional preparation in the philosophy of Infant and Family Mental Health
  • Bilingual fluency; Spanish preferred
  • Public speaking skills
  • Infant Massage Training or Certification

Experience (Preferred):

  • Minimum three years’ experience working with infants and preschoolers who are blind or have low vision, or whose developmental delays include blindness or low vision; or who are deafblind
  • Minimum three years’ experience providing home visits to families
  • Work in multi-cultural teaching circumstances
  • Trained in Lilli Nielsen philosophy of Active Learning

Required Skills:

  • Strong written and spoken communication skills
  • Knowledge of the many strategies, techniques and communities used to support blind children, teens, and adults for success throughout life.
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills with children and adults
  • Joyful, playful, positive working style with children
  • Strong organization and prioritization/time management skills to meet deadlines and monthly submission of billing
  • Takes initiative and can work independently under pressure
  • Creative problem solver
  • Flexible schedule and demeanor: able to accommodate widely varied and unpredictable home circumstances with children, family members and pets present
  • Positive attitude, professional manner, and strong work ethic
  • Ability to interact and network with professionals and to deal tactfully with a variety of individuals and organizations
  • Ability to relate to and show compassion toward concerned client families and family members
  • Must be sensitive to clients’ cultural and socioeconomic circumstances


  • Ability to use alternative modes of transportation regularly
  • Comfort with navigating in familiar and new communities
  • Willingness to be fingerprinted and complete a background check, including Livescan
  • Willingness to complete a TB test
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with changing priorities and demands
  • Willingness to use personal phone for work-related communications (will be reimbursed). The Specialist’s phone number will be shielded from callers through the LightHouse system.


  • Knowledge of basic computer and technology skills with the following preferred experience with Calendaring, Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, Outlook, as well as other Software Applications, such as Salesforce, ADP, Zoom tele-conference; and including facility with encrypted data communication systems


  • The ability to travel to various locations throughout the SF bay area and Northern and Central California is essential to the duties of this position
  • Strong organization and prioritization/time management skills that ensure timely completion of weekly tasks and long-term projects
  • Valid California Driver’s License or valid California REAL ID

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: (will differ in periods of remote learning):

  • Commitment to following COVID-19 protocols, including use of required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), social distancing and hand-washing techniques, during in-person services.
  • Able to lift boxes and materials up to 30 pounds


The Early Childhood Blind and Low Vision Specialist in this role will provide services in the following areas:

Family Services:

  • Provide parent/caregiver education and family-centered coaching services in the context of the natural environment of the home and community for families of young children (birth to three years of age) who are blind or have low vision; have neurological visual impairment; whose developmental delays include blindness or low vision; or who are deafblind
  • Provide information and resources to families related to their child’s blindness or low vision, and how these disabilities impact early development
  • Conduct parent interviews and administer developmental and functional vision assessments appropriate for this population of children and their families
  • Encourage parent/caregiver and child interactions and the child’s overall growth and development through adapted play and routines-based activities in the home, or by remote learning or a hybrid of in-person and remote learning
  • Support the relationship and bond between the parent/caregiver and child utilizing the philosophy of infant and family mental health
  • Coach families in child-advocacy skills in medical, educational, and social settings
  • Have a working knowledge of specialized toys and materials and assistive technology for young children who are blind or have low vision, or neurological visual impairment, or whose developmental delays are combined with blindness or deaf blindness

Community Collaboration and Outreach: 

  • Consult and build professional working relationships with community representatives as a full participant on the child and family’s Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) team
  • Partner with the child’s site-based early intervention program to adapt materials, approaches and the environment for a child who is blind or has low vision
  • Prepare for, accompany, and debrief with families on important medical visits
  • Provide information, resources, and referrals to families for relevant community services and assistance
  • Provide workshops and trainings on early childhood blindness and low vision for families and professionals
  • Help plan and coordinate individual or group family education and parent-to-parent-support opportunities and events
  • At the direction of their supervisor, attend and participate in programs of national, state, and local groups of parents of blind children

Case Management:

  • Maintain and organize secure and safe client case files in multiple formats, as needed, including contracts, Purchases of Service, Facesheets, Family Surveys and research forms, for a service population in the range of 20-30 clients per FTE
  • Prepare and submit family reports to contracting agencies according to established timelines
  • Maintain consistent, accurate service notes
  • Maintain accurate client billing records in electronic format and submit service hours for billing by established deadlines
  • Comply with HIPAA requirements related to confidentiality of documents and communications


  • Ability to purchase, track and maintain toys and materials in an organized and safe condition
  • Maintain and submit accurate expense reports in accordance with Lighthouse employee handbook and policies.


Organizational Support:

  • Establish and maintain a safe and secure home office environment to effectively perform duties required of the Early Childhood Blindness and Low Vision Specialist
  • Provide families with required agency, state, and federal electronic forms, and maintain in case electronic file
  • Assist with confidential data gathering and information-sharing per state and federal requirements; in collaboration with LightHouse’s internal departments such as Program, IT, Development, Finance and Communications
  • Participate in monthly All-Staff and LightHouse Little Learners Program Staff Meetings (regional, and/or full program)
  • Complete annual Performance Review requirements


  • Typical work hours: 9 AM-5PM, 5 days per week per FTE
  • Willingness to work *outside* of normal working hours when appointments or Lighthouse programs require it.
  • Works in a well-lighted, ventilated home or headquarters office area
  • With the approval of their supervisor, attends and participates in professional development opportunities related to job responsibilities
  • Work at events held in indoor and outdoor environments including occasional overnight stays at Enchanted Hills Camp in Napa
  • With the approval of their supervisor, attends and participates in professional development opportunities related to job responsibilities
  • Attends all LightHouse all-staff events and, with the permission of their supervisor, optional LightHouse blindness learning events
  • Willingness to be fingerprinted and complete a background check, including a Livescan and TB Test

LightHouse is an equal opportunity employer.  The Lighthouse’s Equal Opportunity statement can be found here: https://lighthouse-sf.org/about/careers/

Compensation:  Depending on Experience; “industry competitive”


Please include 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.

Employer Relations Specialist

POSITION:       Employer Relations Specialist

REPORTS TO:   Director, Employment Services

The LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, headquartered in downtown San Francisco, is looking for a full-time Employer Relations Specialist to fill a valued role in our growing organization.

Role Overview: This role is devoted to substantially increase the hiring of LightHouse’s blind and visually impaired jobseekers. This person will augment the historic rate of hiring by systematic relationship-building and employer outreach. The position’s success will be measured by the number and quality of employment outcomes obtained through vigorous outreach to key decision-makers in the California Competitive job market.


  • A passion to represent the blind and visually impaired community in a positive and competent manner
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in business development or social services
  • Strong knowledge of Human Resources and Recruitment processes
  • High customer service and relationship orientation and strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Proven ability to build lasting relationships with candidates and hiring managers
  • Energetic, self-motivated, self-starter
  • Experience working independently or with a team
  • Have exceptional planning and organization skills, ability to manage multiple assignments simultaneously
  • Ability to manage confidential information per LightHouse policies
  • Intermediate computer software skills
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Experience working in the disabled community a plus

Job Responsibilities:

Employer Relations:

Introduce LightHouse Employment Services Program to corporations by systematically contacting Human Resources departments, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion staff, Executive level and hiring managers and educate them on the benefit of hiring, promoting and retaining blind and visually impaired individuals.

  • Create a comprehensive list and pipeline of targeted employer key hiring contacts based on future job market hiring trends and job market influencers
  • Set up a contact management system to ensure that such key influencers are regularly touched in person, electronically and by LightHouse communications
  • Identify and regularly meet with high-level hiring managers and C-suite executives with the power to make agreements and form relationships
  • Liaise with Human Resource professionals to expand their awareness and knowledge of the blind and visually impaired community and track subsequent hires
  • Promote LightHouse Services as expert Consulting resource, emphasizing the development of Job Retention Plans for employers.
  • Present to high-level corporate Diversity and Inclusion trainings and guide discussions to practical increases in hiring of blind job candidates in numbers
  • Promote LightHouse consulting services to support the formation of in-house training and programs to increase corporate awareness and knowledge of how blind people can perform diverse jobs
  • Introduce LightHouse Job Retention services to employers to support the retention of existing employees experiencing performance issues due to changing vision
  • At the direction of supervisor, attend selected corporate or community service provider conferences representing LightHouse Employment Programs
  • Other duties relevant to department goals as assigned

Recruitment/Student Placement:

Substantially increase the number of LightHouse job seeker placements in the competitive job market.

  • Collaborate with Employment Specialist to identify selected students to market to targeted employers
  • Develop a database of key decision makers in targeted employers Human Resource staff and meet with them, developing a direct conduit for candidate referral/consideration
  • Identify existing and new job opportunities within targeted companies compatible with student job seekers goals to augment Employment Specialists’ efforts
  • Work with employers to source a broad range of job opportunities including full, part time and contract positions, internships and apprenticeships
  • Promote “job carving” and “on the Job Training” opportunities with Human Resources staff and Hiring Managers
  • Collaborate with Youth Employment Services department to identify short term work experience opportunities
  • Participate in occasional Virtual Training Program presentations at the direction of supervisor while not interfering with the principal employer-facing nature of this position
  • Implement new LightHouse Open House Job Fairs
  • Support employer-facing campaigns by collaborating with Communications Department
  • Identify key decision-makers in targeted employers Human Resource staff to serve as direct conduit for candidate referral/consideration
  • Other duties relevant to department goals as assigned

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.


Depending On Experience; industry competitive.

How to Apply:

Please submit a cover letter and résumé in word processing document attachments (no PDFs please) and employment application (downloads in a Word document) to hr@lighthouse-sf.org, including the job title in the subject line. including the job title in the subject line. To fill out the application, please enable editing in the document.

Ed Wong Brings Career Advice and Bread to the LightHouse

Ed Wong Brings Career Advice and Bread to the LightHouse

LightHouse Employment Specialist Ed Wong explains that he “took the total San Francisco route” when it came to his education. Born in San Francisco, Ed went to City College of San Francisco and San Francisco State University where he received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

Ed has a lot of experience working in job placement, but once worked a very different side of the field. During the late 1990s dot-com bubble, when investors poured money into a flurry of internet startups, Ed worked at a now-defunct website called HotJobs where people could search online for jobs. He worked with companies who wanted to place their job advertisements on the website.

Several years later, Ed became a job recruiter for the Human Resources Department of the City and County of San Francisco where he worked to fill positions at that agency. This is when Ed first heard about the LightHouse. One of Ed’s projects was to recruit people with disabilities to fill jobs. “LightHouse was the organization that gave me the most qualified candidates,” he beams.

Because of the work San Francisco’s Human Resources Department was doing with LightHouse, Ed began learning about the blindness community. Getting to know blind jobseekers with different work histories made him better at his job. “I learned to speak with different hiring managers about hiring people with disabilities,” he elaborates.

Ed recently joined the LightHouse team as an Employment Specialist and works with LightHouse students who are looking for jobs. Besides teaching the fundamentals of resume writing and job interviewing skills, Ed also serves as a career mentor. He understands that being unemployed is frustrating. “A lot of people identify their worth with employment and it’s detrimental when they aren’t employed,” he remarks. One thing Ed does is work with students on crafting their “elevator pitch”, that is, a 30-second summary of the work experience and skills they bring to a job. “When they get good at that pitch, they just exude confidence,” he declares. While Ed serves as a guide, each student must take an active role in their job search. “I’m here to help, but students also have to search for their own positions.”

Ed has been married nearly twenty years and has two teenage sons. “One of the challenges I have right now is helping them navigate high school,” he explains. Luckily, he and his sons have time to enjoy fun things like Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and savory Chinese pancakes at House of Pancakes on Taraval in San Francisco.

Another thing Ed enjoys doing is feeding his coworkers. “My mother-in-law’s good friend works at a bakery. The owner invited me to take the bread that isn’t going to be sold.” So once a week, Ed brings freshly baked bread for his fellow LightHouse staff to enjoy.

Ed describes how his work with students at LightHouse has impacted him: “Once you place a person in a job and see where it takes them, it’s an overwhelming feeling of joy and fulfillment.”

Want to learn more about LightHouse’s employment programs? Visit our Employment Immersion Programs page, or contact Wanda Pearson at 415-694-7359 or eiteam@lighthouse-sf.org.

Employment Immersion Students Make Their Mark at Federal Job Fair

Employment Immersion Students Make Their Mark at Federal Job Fair

On September 4, 26 blind and low vision jobseekers who are part of LightHouse’s Employment Immersion Program, assembled at LightHouse Headquarters and walked as a group to the Federal Building in San Francisco for a job fair.

The jobseekers, dressed in business attire and armed with resumes and cover letters, spoke with representatives from twenty Federal agencies including the Department of Veterans Affairs, Social Security Administration, Transportation Security Administration, Department of Labor and more.

LightHouse’s Employment Immersion Program provides individualized training in job seeking skills to adults who are blind or have low vision. This includes resume and cover letter writing, interviewing, disclosing disability and more. With the unemployment rate for blind people in the United States at 70%, the Employment Immersion Program is dedicated to lowering that rate by providing students with the essential tools they need to be competitive in the job market.

Edward Wong, LightHouse Employment Specialist, remarked that other attendees at the job fair took note of the large group of blind people who sought the same employment opportunities as their sighted peers. “People noticed how many blind people were there. We were the white cane brigade.”

Are you a blind or low vision jobseeker? Visit our Employment Immersion webpage, call 415-694-7359 or email eiteam@lighthouse-sf.org to learn more.

Outreach Coordinator


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.


 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.


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.


  • 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.


Commensurate with experience and enthusiasm.


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.


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

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


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). 


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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.





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.


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.



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

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)


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.


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

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

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.


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.



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



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



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



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.



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.