Skip to Content
IGDF Organisations can read our June E-Newsletter here
Organization: Guide Dogs for the Blind
Location: Boring, OR
Job Type: Full time
Deadline: June 1, 2022

Job Description

Contact at organisation: Cathy Binyildiz, Guide Dogs for the Blind

Phone: 415-492-4144

Email: cbinyildiz@guidedogs.com

Ensure the strength of our instructors.

At Guide Dogs for the Blind, we prepare highly qualified guide dogs to serve and empower individuals who are blind or visually impaired throughout the U.S. and Canada. We’re seeking an individual with strong leadership and teaching skills to serve as Training Class Supervisor for the Guide Dog Mobility Instructors (GDMI) at our Boring, Oregon campus. You’ll be responsible for the supervision, management, education and professional development of our GDMIs while ensuring safety and high standards for our programs. You’ll also represent the Training Department in the areas of outreach, public relations and advocacy for people who are blind and visually impaired.

What you’ll love:

  • Supporting a fulfilling and rewarding mission;
  • Collaborating with our dedicated and inspiring team of GDMIs;
  • Playing a crucial role in the partnerships between our clients and guide dogs;
  • The camaraderie and support of our incredible GDB team.

What you’ll do:

  • Actively manage the performance of all GDMIs by motivating, guiding, providing feedback and identifying opportunities for growth;
  • Oversee the matching and training of clients in class and evaluate the progress of teams;
  • Effectively evaluate dogs and offer training solutions;
  • Complete employee evaluations and provides ongoing feedback and mentoring to GDMIs;
  • Collaborate with counterparts across campuses to ensure a consistency and refinement of programs and assist in the implementation of new directions and programs;
  • Be capable of completing all stages of obedience testing, guide work testing and traffic training;
  • Conduct assessments of applicants and provide assistance for clients in the field through telephone contact and/or in person;
  • Represent the Training Department through speaking engagements, graduations, tours and conventions.

The qualifications you’ll need:

  • 5 years of experience as a Qualified GDMI preferred;
  • High school diploma required; undergraduate degree preferred;
  • Motivator and leader with excellent interpersonal, presentation and analytical skills;
  • Ability to foster job performance and career development using the most effective management style for each employee;
  • Proven organizational, planning and change management skills;
  • Ability to handle a variety of large breed dogs, weighing up to 90 pounds.

Highlights of your rewards:

  • Health, dental, and vision insurance;
  • Paid vacation, holidays, and sick leave;
  • On-site wellness programs: cross training, yoga, massage, workout room, ergonomics, injury prevention, and more;
  • Short-term and long-term disability;
  • 403(b) retirement savings plan with discretionary employer match;
  • Life insurance and AD&D (100% employer-paid);
  • Flexible Spending Account for medical and dependent care expenses;
  • Employee Assistance Program;
  • Pre-tax commuter check program (California campus only);
  • Dog-friendly workplace;
  • Dog and cat food discounts;
  • Employee Referral Program;
  • Employee Lunch Program;
  • Tuition reimbursement.

Guide Dogs for the Blind
At Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB), we believe that everyone deserves to move through the world safely and confidently – to live the life they want to live. As the largest guide dog school in North America, we have graduated more than 16,000 guide dog teams from across the U.S. and Canada since our founding in 1942. GDB not only improves mobility for our clients, we further inclusion. Join our team of more than 300 employees and share your passion for our mission.

How to Apply