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Organization: Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc.
Location: Smithtown, New York, USA
Job Type: Full time
Deadline: December 31, 2021

Job Description

Contact at organisation: Loretta Quis, Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc.

Phone: 6319309031

Email: employment@guidedog.org

Overall Summary:
The Guide Dog Mobility Instructor (GDMI) is responsible for assessment and training of guide dogs, assessing applicants who are blind or vision impaired, matching trained guide dogs with clients and providing clients with the training to ensure safe, effective, independent mobility. The GDMI is also called upon to provide follow-up services to ensure the ongoing safety and independence of Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc. client. They are also called upon to support organizational initiatives that include public education and outreach.

Position Essential Requirements:

  • Must have achieved qualified Guide Dog Mobility Instructor status by an IGDF organization. (successfully completed apprentice program).
  • High School diploma or equivalent, some college preferred.
  • Ability to train a broad range of dog temperament and types.
  • Excellent interpersonal, analytical and communication skills. This includes interacting with consumers and staff in an effective professional manner.
  • Able to communicate via voice mail and e-mail, able to use word processing, spreadsheets and database applications effectively.
  • Must be able to work in the United States and travel throughout the US and Canada to perform home training, interviews or after care visits. Maintain valid drivers license.
  • Must be capable of working paid overtime, weekends and holidays, in the event that class is in session or assisting with a special event or assignment.
  • Must safely handle a variety of large breed dogs, weighing up to 90 pounds, with varying strength and manageability. Able to safely lift 40 pounds and walk up to 8 miles per day.
  • Bilingual preferred; at a minimum, able to understand and to make one’s self understood to all Spanish speaking individuals.

How to Apply

Please forward resume and cover letter to:
Employment@guidedog.org and add “GDMI” to the subject line.