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Welcoming Employment Get-Togethers Going strong – Virtually

Welcoming Employment Get-Togethers Going strong – Virtually

Like all LightHouse Programs, 30% & Growing, our monthly casual meetup to chat all things blind employment, went virtual when LightHouse stopped face-to-face services to keep the community safe at the beginning of the pandemic. Since then, it’s been thriving online with an array of special guests and spirited conversation from blind people with all levels of work experience.

In January of this year, Community Outreach Coordinator Sheri Albers took over the virtual gathering and here are Sheri’s thoughts about running 30% & Growing in a virtual format:

“When I offered to take 30% over, I was told I could make it my own. It was important to me to keep the “happy hour” theme of the event. If people were having a stressful day at work, I wanted them to have some place to come have fun.

“Of course, planning it is not the same as attending it. Not to mention we’re talking about doing it on a Zoom platform. You can’t have multiple discussions at once, like you would if people were in a bar or restaurant. As the facilitator I have to make sure everybody has a chance to participate. Also, there’s a fine line between staying on topic but also allowing conversation to go off on a tangent sometimes. I want 30% to be a relaxed atmosphere.”

How does running 30% & Growing differ from your other work as Community Outreach Coordinator?

“It was important to me not to make 30% another ‘Meet You at the House’ where I talk about the different services LightHouse has. 30% is about working and finding work. Everyone who comes is a LightHouse student, but this is a time for them to get to know each other and share tips.”

How do you draw on your own work experiences when planning and running 30%?

“Well I talk to other people about what they’re experiencing and a lot of us are going through the same things. I’ve experienced Zoom fatigue and I know others have, too. People have talked to me about work from home fatigue as well. I also listen to the news talking about how people have lost their jobs and are having trouble finding  resources. I use some of my own personal experience when I plan topics for 30% but the experiences of other people, too.”

How do you research and find guests?

“I have a large network of blind people I know from my years of doing community work and working with blindness organizations. I’m able to use that to help me find guests. I always say in 30% that networking is hugely important to helping a blind person find work.”

The next 30% & Growing is this Thursday, November 18 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. To get the Zoom info, contact Sheri at SAlbers@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7331.

Development Associate

POSITION: Development Associate

REPORTS TO: Development Manager, Individual Giving

STATUS: Exempt – Full time: 37.5 hours

DEADLINE: Open Until Filled

Role Overview:

Working closely with and reporting directly to the Development Manager of Individual Giving, the Development Associate serves to support several critical aspects of the Fund Development effort. In concert with the entire fundraising team, the Development Associate will help design, implement, evaluate, and refine multiple Development activities with an emphasis on donor relations, recognition, online fundraising, data entry and co-producing an Annual Report.

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.

Primary responsibilities:

  • This position supports the Development Database Coordinator: providing relevant parameters to prepare queries and reports, segmenting donor lists and training with the Development Coordinator on all aspects of donation posting and donor acknowledgement using NXT Database View, to provide backup during busy months or if Coordinator is absent.
  • Support donor solicitation and gift acknowledgement efforts
  • Plan and support donor recognition events
  • Assist in evaluating donor giving frequency/history and prioritize steps to strengthen donor relations
  • In collaboration with the Development team: design, coordinate and execute annual Estate Planning mailings and co-host at least two Estate Planning events annually
  • Assist with compiling data, stories, photos, and interviews for the LightHouse Annual Report
  • Assist in creating collateral packages (brochures, press packages, photos, and short videos) that showcase organizational funding needs, acknowledges donors, and highlights the LightHouse community
  • Assist in planning and supporting donor tours: prepare giving reports and donor/guest bios as needed for review prior to tours
  • Assist with Creation of Facebook and other online campaigns with a goal of engaging new donors, including support for our Giving Tuesday campaign
  • Support the EHC Blind Ambition Capital Campaign
  • Maintain Development office supplies: inventory and ordering
  • Work with Development and Communications teams to keep the LH web site donor pages, publications, and other communications current and compelling
  • Co-manage Giving Tuesday – annual online giving event using social media
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Strong interpersonal skills: must be comfortable corresponding and interacting with donors, prospects, event attendees and the members of the public: phone calls, email, acknowledgement pieces and in person
  • Growth mindset with a willingness to learn the foundational aspects of Fund Development in a nonprofit environment
  • Microsoft Office Suite proficiency required
  • Professional, kind, and communicative
  • Experience in using Raiser’s Edge 7 and RE NXT CRM
  • Some knowledge of blindness community with willingness to learn more
  • This is an ideal position for an entry level Development professional with a penchant for networking and a desire to hone their skills

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to sit at a desk and perform computer-intensive work for long periods of time; operate standard office equipment; ability to work at home or in office independently.
  • Work occasional nights and weekends

Working Conditions:

LightHouse is an equal opportunity employer. LightHouse policy and the law prohibit discrimination and harassment based on an individual’s race, ancestry, religion or religious creed (including religious dress and grooming practices), color, age (40 and over), sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin (including language use restrictions), marital status, medical condition (including cancer and genetic characteristics), physical or mental disability (including HIV and AIDS), military or veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions, denial of Family and Medical Care leave, height and weight, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local laws, regulations, or ordinances. Our policy and the law prohibit co-workers, third parties, supervisors, and managers from engaging in such conduct.

LightHouse personnel are employed on an at-will basis. Employment at-will means that the employment relationship may be terminated, with or without cause and with or without advance notice at any time by the employee or the Agency. We strive to maintain a scent-free environment and a drug-free workplace.

How to Apply:

After reviewing the complete Job Description please send an application online via our website at: https://lighthouse-sf.org/about/careers/ as well as a cover letter and résumé as word processing document 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. Thanks for your understanding.

Adult Program Coordinator

POSITION:           Adult Program Coordinator

REPORTS TO:    Community Services Director

STATUS: Exempt – Full time: 37.5 hours

DEADLINE: Open Until Filled

Role Overview:

Founded in San Francisco in 1902, LightHouse for the Blind is a dynamic nonprofit organization, serving the blind community through many innovative programs and services. Certified teachers provide skills training to blind and low-vision students to increase independence. Blind youth engage in high expectations-based immersion training to prepare them for college, work, and beyond. Civic participation is encouraged by attending community forums and service events. On-demand tactile mapping and a quarter of a million pages of Braille are produced each year in the MAD LAB, and countless lives are changed at our Enchanted Hills Camp in Napa. We need your talents, hard work and dedication to continue meeting and surpassing these expectations.

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.

Primary responsibilities:

The LightHouse Adult Program Coordinator will:

  • Be responsible for developing a full schedule of programs both virtually and at the LightHouse headquarters and in the community.
  • Coordinate, supervise, or otherwise provide support to volunteers, student volunteers, and/or program participants to ensure smooth facilitation of active program hours.
  • Build strong, fruitful relationships with individuals, organizations, and other community partners who can support the Lighthouse’s goal of a thriving Adult Program by facilitating or teaching activities.
  • Collaborate with Lighthouse staff and volunteers to work as a team on projects, assignments, and tasks.
  • Oversee administrative support in ensuring entry of pertinent data into Salesforce and maintaining clear and professional student records.
  • Oversee administrative support in processing and recording program service fees and expenses.
  • Manage and coordinate administrative support, supervisors, and other relevant LightHouse staff and community partners to ensure appropriate compliance with grant guidelines.
  • Maintain student confidentiality.
  • Actively develop and manage relationships with partners and community members to recruit students and outreach while simultaneously promoting existing effective programs
  • Conduct oneself in a professional manner on and off the job, knowing that they are representatives of the Lighthouse.
  • Demonstrate efficient time management and the ability to prioritize assignments.
  • Consistently report to work on time and be ready to begin performing assigned duties and responsibilities.
  • Provide First Aid or CPR if necessary.
  • Attend staff meetings and departmental briefings as requested.
  • Continue to learn and communicate a blindness-positive philosophy.
  • Other duties may also be assigned or re-assigned according to candidate’s skill set.
  • 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 Responsibilities:

  • The Adult Program Coordinator serves as an important liaison between the LightHouse, volunteers, program participants, and community partners. Developing and managing these relationships is a vital part of creating high-quality and engaging social, recreational, and educational opportunities for the blind community and essential to success in this role
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Education or equivalent: B.A. degree in a relevant field such as education, special education, or recreational therapy; Master’s degree preferred.
  • Experience:
  • Must possess at least three years direct experience working with blind and low-vision adults.
  • Must be a competent and effective user of Microsoft Office Suite, including Outlook, Word, and Excel. Salesforce or other database experience and knowledge of Zoom or other web conferencing platforms a plus.
  • Comprehensive knowledge on the latest trends impacting the blind and low-vision community as well as a general understanding of the blindness community (e.g., alternative skills blind and low-vision people use to work, travel, and participate as everyday citizens of their communities.
  • Current certification in First Aid and/ or CPR.
  • Bilingual (e.g., Spanish, Mandarin, ASL).
  • Experienced with social media or Braille literate a plus.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to sit at a desk and perform computer-intensive work for long periods of time; operate standard office equipment; ability to work at home or in office independently.
  • Regular evening and weekend assignments
  • Must be able to carry or transport 25 lbs.

Working Conditions:

LightHouse is an equal opportunity employer. LightHouse policy and the law prohibit discrimination and harassment based on an individual’s race, ancestry, religion or religious creed (including religious dress and grooming practices), color, age (40 and over), sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin (including language use restrictions), marital status, medical condition (including cancer and genetic characteristics), physical or mental disability (including HIV and AIDS), military or veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions, denial of Family and Medical Care leave, height and weight, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local laws, regulations, or ordinances. Our policy and the law prohibit co-workers, third parties, supervisors, and managers from engaging in such conduct.

LightHouse personnel are employed on an at-will basis. Employment at-will means that the employment relationship may be terminated, with or without cause and with or without advance notice at any time by the employee or the Agency. We strive to maintain a scent-free environment and a drug-free workplace.

How to Apply:

After reviewing the complete Job Description please send an application online via our website at: https://lighthouse-sf.org/about/careers/ as well as a cover letter and résumé as word processing document 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. Thanks for your understanding.