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LightHouse Launches New Program for Parents of Infants and Toddlers Who are Blind or Have Low Vision

LightHouse Launches New Program for Parents of Infants and Toddlers Who are Blind or Have Low Vision

We are thrilled to announce the launch of a major new program called LightHouse Little Learners. The program will serve families of children ages birth to three who are blind, DeafBlind, have low vision or neurological visual impairment, or whose developmental delays include blindness or low vision. Read on to find out more. 

 

The launch of this new program comes after the Golden Gate Regional Center certified LightHouse as a provider of early intervention services for the youngest children who are blind or have low vision and their families in three northern California counties: San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin Counties with other counties within the Bay Area and northern California to be added shortly. This approval allows referrals to the new LightHouse Little Learners program from regional centers, eye care specialists and community-based programs.

The Little Learners program will serve families directly in their homes as well as in community-based settings and northern California LightHouse locations, including renowned 311-acre Enchanted Hills Camp in Napa.

“When a family gives birth to a new baby or adopts an infant with blindness or low vision, they need immediate professional partnership to help raise their child to become self-confident and engaged with the world around them,” said LightHouse CEO Bryan Bashin. “If they get responsive parent education, encouragement and community connections, there is no reason why their children who are blind or low vision will not grow up to achieve their highest potential.”

The LightHouse Little Learners Program will provide services both remotely and in-person at families’ homes providing accessible toys and learning opportunities for infants and toddlers, in addition to introducing families to a network of other parents for support and local resources.

“The LightHouse is excited to offer deep and comprehensive early intervention services to northern California families,” said Dr. Sharon Sacks, LightHouse Board Chair and former Superintendent of the California School for the Blind in Fremont.

“The LightHouse Little Learners Program has been a dream of LightHouse leadership and staff for many years,” said Tony Fletcher Director of LightHouse’s Enchanted Hills Camp. “We have the beautiful welcoming facilities that will make year-round family bonding and education practical throughout northern California and we are thrilled to be able to launch this program now.”

LightHouse’s Little Learners Program is culturally responsive and rooted in the philosophy of progressive infant and family mental health as well as best practices in early intervention. In addition to home and community-based services provided by highly qualified specialists in early childhood blindness and low vision, many other LightHouse staff will be available to share experiences and their expertise with families to enrich their understanding of blindness or low vision, and to encourage their child’s active exploration of the world and growth toward independence.

Parents, teachers and others can learn more about the Little Learners Program by visiting https://lighthouse-sf.org/lighthouse-little-learners/. If you know a family with an infant or toddler who is blind or has low vision, please contact the program directly at littlelearners@lighthouse-sf.org or call 415-694-7657.

LightHouse Little Learners Development Officer

POSITION:                        Development Officer

STATUS:                             Full-time Exempt

REPORTS TO:                    Development Director

APPLICATION DEADLINE: specific date -TBD

JOB PURPOSE:

LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, headquartered in downtown San Francisco, is looking for a full time Development Officer to staff a new position within our organization supporting the LightHouse Little Learners Early Childhood Program and, occasionally, the entire organization.

Under the Development Director’s supervision, the Development Officer is responsible for managing a portfolio of major and mid-level donors, corporate/foundation funders, community service groups and public funding sources (e.g., school districts, governmental sources, etc.)  in partnership with the LightHouse Little Learners Program Director, Program staff and the Development Director.

The Development Officer will particularly focus on creating a pipeline of funding for this new Department from participating families, community members and institutional sources. Major donor cultivation, events and proposal writing will be key tasks of this effort.

In addition to the primary focus of fundraising for Little Learners, the Development Officer will assist with fundraising initiatives, events and projects supporting all LightHouse programs and work in collaboration with all members of the Development Department.

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.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Education or equivalent:

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. Master’s degree or higher a plus. Experience commensurate with such educational attainment may substitute.

Experience: (Preferred)

  • Significant experience in raising funds for early childhood programs
  • Experience in disability/blindness/human services
  • At least five years of experience in major gifts fundraising with an emphasis on, and successful track record of securing major gifts from individual donors including cultivating prospects and creating a pipeline of donor Development
  • At least five years of experience writing corporate and foundation grant proposals, sponsorship requests and grant reports
  • Experience with special events fundraising, demonstrating success with volunteer management, securing event sponsorships and in-kind donations
  • Knowledge of basic computer and technology skills with the following preferred.  Strong facility in Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, Outlook, Raisers Edge, Salesforce CRM, ADP, Zoom teleconference
  • Strong knowledge of the Bay Area’s philanthropic community

Required Skills:

  • Proven ability and track record of increasing donor/funder Development and retention
  • Possess exceptional relationship building and influencing skills, which will all contribute to being a collaborative LightHouse team member
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Confidence in engaging donors, funders and prospects regarding charitable contributions and grants
  • Talented presenter, coupled with the ability to interact with diplomacy and tact
  • Experience working with event committees of high-level volunteers, donors, and student’s families
  • Ability to independently drive projects
  • Strong planning, organizational and project/time management
  • Respect for confidentiality of donor/constituent information and a deep understanding of donor ethics

Other:

  • Familiarity with the challenges and methods used to encourage optimal development of blind infants, toddlers and youth or ability to learn quickly.
  • Ability to convincingly communicate the advantages and rationale for early blindness education. Skills to describe the advantages of the methodology LLL uses for optimum success of families and their blind children.
  • Positive attitude and strong work ethic
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment

Transportation:

  • The ability to travel to various locations throughout the SF bay area and Northern California is essential to the duties of this position
  • Valid California Driver’s License or valid California REAL ID

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

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

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Development Officer will be responsible for the following:

  • Responsible for identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship activities for a portfolio of individual as well as institutionax1l funders and prospects
  • Serves as the relationship manager for a portfolio of key donors/funders and prospects who have the capacity to make major gifts and grants
  • Draft and write letters of inquiry, grant proposals and reports
  • Raise philanthropic revenue from employee groups, civic organizations, and service clubs (Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions, etc.)
  • Responsible to engage in the prospecting of new prospect relationships
  • Generate new revenue, with an emphasis on 5, 6 and 7 figure gifts and grants across all revenue sources
  • Collaborate with appropriate Lighthouse staff to create volunteer opportunities, site visits and special events related to the Little Learners Program.
  • Identify and cultivate corporations for securing sponsorships and in-kind support
  • Plan, organize, and direct fundraising campaigns in support of LightHouse Little Learners Program, and other LH programs/services as directed.
  • Use Raisers Edge NXT to track moves management, actions and report on funds raised.
  • Other duties as assigned

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.

WORKING CONDITIONS:

  • This is a full-time, exempt position working Monday through Friday. Salary is commensurate with experience.
  • Occasional work on weekends and evenings, as needed. (Advance notice will be provided.)
  • 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”

HOW TO APPLY:

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.

 

Program Assistant; LightHouse Little Learners Childhood Program

POSITION:          Program Assistant; LightHouse Little Learners Childhood Program

STATUS:                 Part-Time

REPORTS TO:    Program Director, Little Learners Childhood Program

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Open until filled (or specific date)

JOB PURPOSE:

LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, headquartered in downtown San Francisco, is looking for a Part-Time Program Assistant to staff a new position within our organization supporting the LightHouse Little Learners Early Childhood Program.

Under the supervision of the LightHouse Little Learners Program Director, the Program Assistant provides administrative support to the Program Director and the Early Childhood Blindness and Low Vision Specialists and serves as the first point of contact for LLL inquiries and referrals.

The Program Assistant also coordinates with the Finance Department to enter client data into Client Relationship Management Systems (CRM), such as Salesforce, for the purpose of billing for services, entering data for LightHouse Little Learners and other LightHouse programs.

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.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Education or equivalent:

  • A. from an accredited college or university
  • Education in a related field preferred

Experience:

  • Minimum of three years prior office management experience preferred
  • Conversational Spanish is a preferred asset

Transportation:

  • 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
  • Positive attitude and strong work ethic
  • Creative problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with changing priorities and demands
  • Strong public speaking skills
  • Valid California Driver’s License or valid California REAL ID
  •  Facility with driving and/or navigating public transportation

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • 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

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Respond to and fulfill incoming requests from Early Childhood Blindness and Low Vision Specialists, who are working from home offices in northern and central California
  • Answer phones and respond to inquiries, accept client referrals and is knowledgeable about the LightHouse Little Learners (LLL) Program and community resources for families and professionals
  • Monitor and manage contracts for service and associated billing processes involving data entry into client relationship management systems
  • Communicate effectively with families, medical and education professionals, equipment vendors, representatives of contracting agencies, donors, and volunteers through a variety of communication methods: phone, email, text, fax, etc.
  • Maintain office supplies, inventory, and electronic file systems
  • Order toys and materials for Program Director and Early Childhood Blindness and Low Vision Specialists
  • Assist with preparations for regular LLL Staff Meetings
  • Coordinate and manage timelines for special projects, such as American Printing House for the Blind Annual Registry, conferences, and client research opportunities

Technology Skills:

  • Knowledge of basic computer and technology skills with the following preferred experience with Calendaring, Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, and Outlook as well as other Software Applications, such as Salesforce, ADP, Zoom tele-conference; and including facility with encrypted data communication systems
  • Strong Salesforce Client Relationship Management (CRM) systems knowledge and facility with data entry to maintain accurate client data and billing for services

Other:

  • Strong interpersonal and phone communication skills
  • Calm, welcoming manner and communication style
  • Ability to manage competing priorities in a busy office setting, whether in-person or remote circumstances
  • High level organization and prioritization/time management skills

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

WORKING CONDITIONS:

  • Works a typical workday from 9 AM to 5 PM with mandated break times, 5 days per week
  • Works in a well-lighted, ventilated home or headquarters office area
  • Works at events including indoor and outdoor environments including occasional overnight stays at Enchanted Hills Camp in Napa
  • Works and communicates effectively with a variety of individuals: adults, children, volunteers, interns, etc.
  • 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
  • Willingness to complete a 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”

HOW TO APPLY:

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.

LightHouse Little Learners Early Childhood Program Director

POSITION:                  Program Director, LightHouse Little Learners Early Childhood Program

REPORTS TO:            Vice-President of Programs

STATUS:                          Full-Time Exempt

APPLICATION DEADLINE:           specific date to follow

JOB PURPOSE:

LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, headquartered in downtown San Francisco, is looking for a Full-time Program Director for the LightHouse Little Learners Early Childhood Program.

This position reports to the Vice-President of Programs and provides leadership and expertise to the organization’s early childhood program, while supervising a team of Early Childhood Blind and Low Vision Specialists in northern and central California. The program serves families of young children (birth to six years of age) who are blind, have low vision, have neurological visual impairment, are deafblind, or whose developmental delays may include blindness or low vision.

The Program Director is the primary liaison to community service partners and provides oversight for service contracts and the contract billing process.  The Program Director monitors program compliance with local, state, and federal requirements, such as Mandated Reporter, HIPAA and FERPA data privacy laws.  Additionally, the Program Director arranges for and provides professional development and support for all program staff and is a member of the LightHouse Director-level administrative team.

This role has primary responsibility for coordinating outreach to community partners to maximize the number of families served and to increase the extent and intensity of services to area families and children.

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.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Education or equivalent:

  • Masters and/or credential: Teacher of the Visually Impaired from an accredited college or university or
  • Orientation and Mobility Specialist Certification from an accredited college or university

Experience:

  • Extensive direct experience in blindness and low vision and early childhood education.
  • Minimum of five years’ experience working with children who are blind or who have low vision or whose developmental delays include blindness or low vision (birth to six years of age) and their families
  • Minimum of five years of effective supervisory and/or management experience
  • Prior experience with home-based service delivery to families of young children

Other:

  • Preferred computer skills are 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
  • Willingness to be fingerprinted and complete a background check, including a Livescan
  • Willingness to complete a TB test
  • Strong organization and prioritization/time management skills that ensure timely completion of weekly tasks and long-term projects
  • Positive attitude and strong work ethic
  • Creative problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with changing priorities and demands
  • Strong public speaking skills
  • Valid California Driver’s License or the California REAL ID
  • Facility with driving and/or navigating public transportation, as well as use of navigation systems to arrive safely at multiple destinations

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Commitment to follow and implement COVID-19 protocols, as required, including proper use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), social distancing and hand-washing techniques
  • Must be able to change locations and move periodically throughout the day

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

Although every effort has been made to make this list as comprehensive as possible, the person filling this position may be expected to perform other related duties and activities.

To fulfill the responsibilities of the LightHouse Little Learners Early Childhood Program, the Program Director will:

Program Administration:

  • Carry out essential elements of the program, in support of best practices for families of young children served by LightHouse Little Learners, and in support of the child’s optimal development and growth toward independence
  • Work with their supervisor and CEO to develop and implement the LightHouse Little Learners program budget
  • Provide supervision and direction for program staff, including Program Assistant and Early Childhood Blind and Low Vision Specialists, and implement the annual Performance Review process
  • Provide mentoring and guidance and set goals for Regional Coordinators. These are Early Childhood Blind and Low Vision Specialists who are designated to provide leadership to direct Regional Coordinators to ensure optimal program efficiencies and utilization.
  • Develop, schedule, and lead as well as set agenda for LLL Staff Meetings; participate in LightHouse Admin and All Staff Meetings
  • Facilitate distribution of annual LLL Family Survey and data analysis for purpose of program evaluation, as well as report results to internal and external stakeholders, including families, LightHouse organization and vendor agencies
  • Develop and implement LLL strategic goals and initiatives in keeping with LightHouse strategic plan and for the purpose of growing and enriching services for client families and their young children
  • In collaboration with LightHouse departments, contribute to Human Resources functions, such as recruitment, hiring, and staff engagement
  • Promote LightHouse Little Learners Program, as an element of child-find efforts in northern and central California communities
  • Monitor and maintain program compliance with state and federal mandates, such as Mandated Report requirements and information privacy protection laws, such as HIPAA and FERPA
  • Keep abreast of state and federal policy and legislation, and implement changes to the program, as appropriate or required
  • Fulfill Grievance Procedure requirements whereby the Regional Center expects that the Lighthouse Little Learners Program has a grievance process in place. The LightHouse has a grievance policy established by the Rehabilitation Services team

Professional Development: 

  • Establish an effective, innovative professional development and mentoring program to meet the needs of LLL Staff. This will be accomplished by drawing on expertise in the fields of early childhood education for children who are blind or have low vision from specialists in infant and family mental health, higher education vision impairment and Orientation and Mobility teacher training programs, pediatric ophthalmologists, and neurologists, and subject matter experts with lived experience in blindness, among others
  • Monitor and contribute to best practices in the field of early childhood blindness and low vision, while systematically integrating new and effective approaches within LightHouse Little Learners Program
  • Collaborate with LightHouse departments to share information and resources, engage community members and develop exemplary multidisciplinary child and family services

Represent LightHouse Little Learners on Local, Regional, State and National Levels

  • Schedule and participate in regular family education sessions for the purpose of sharing expertise and building community among staff and families
  • Foster strong working relationships with community health and education partners to facilitate communication and family access to services and resources
  • Maintain regular communication with vendor partners such as Regional Centers, Local Education Agencies (LEA) and County Health Organizations (MediCal Administrative Activities (MAA) to create robust referral sources and accurate billing procedures
  • Contribute to planning and execution of family and community events
  • Participate in local, regional, state, and national collaboratives focused on best practices in early childhood blind and low vision services, including International Preschool Seminar, APH Leadership Conference, Future Reflections, CTEBVI and Babies Count Registry of Early Childhood Visual Impairment
  • Report any incidents/accidents according to LightHouse incident reporting procedures and protocols

WORKING CONDITIONS:

  • Works in a well-lighted, ventilated home or headquarters office area
  • Works at events including indoor and outdoor environments including occasional overnight stays at Enchanted Hills Camp
  • Sitting, moving periodically during working hours
  • Works and communicates with a variety of individuals: adults, children, volunteers, interns, etc.
  • 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
  • Travels to family homes and community sites by a variety of modes of transportation: private and public transportation, and is willing to implement personal safety precautions

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”

HOW TO APPLY:

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.