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Career opportunities available at Miami Lighthouse for the Blind

Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant
Pre-K Special Education Teacher
Caretaker
Vision Rehabilitation Therapist
Driver
Orientation & Mobility Specialist
Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI)
Scheduling Coordinator
Technician/Driver for Eye Care Mobile Unit

Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant

Excellent career opportunity at Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired!

The Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant will work under the direct supervision of the Occupational and Low Vision Therapist in the Low Vision Center and Independent Living classes. This position will provide clients with recommendations and instructions on how to use assistive devices and will also provide in-home services for individuals who need to make adjustments in their home. This position is also responsible for promoting the understanding of eye vision programs in the community through presentations.

This is a full-time position eligible for a comprehensive benefits package.

The ideal candidate should have the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in visual disabilities, counseling, psychology, education, social work or health related field required.
  • Must be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA).
  • One year of experience as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant preferred.
  • Excellent communication skills in English and Spanish required.
  • Be proficient in use of computers including Microsoft Office and Internet research.
  • Ability to learn and use agency database and computer network with efficiency.
  • Ability to assess the needs of clients who are visually impaired and establish client goals.
  • Ability to write reports and business correspondence.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients and their families, and the general public.
  • Valid Florida Driver's License and/or ability to travel within the community.
  • High degree of discretion when dealing with confidential information.
  • Must be able to successfully pass a criminal background and a drug test screening.

Pre-K Special Education Teacher

Launching a new Prekindergarten inclusion program initiative for 3 and 4 year old students, in a newly constructed state-of-the-art facility, Miami Lighthouse for the Blind is seeking an innovative leader and catalyst for learning and development in the pre-K age range. This is the perfect opportunity for someone creative and passionate for teaching that is looking to make a difference while working in a state-of-the-art-facility and welcoming environment.

This is a full-time continuing year-round position, with a highly competitive salary, superb benefits and working environment.

Qualifications:

  • Must possess a Professional Educator's Certificate in Pre-school Education (birth-age 4) or PK/Primary Education in the state of Florida.
  • Bachelor's degree in education, early childhood, special education or related field.
  • At least 2 years of related experience.
  • Excellent communication skills in verbal and written English.
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred.
  • Proficient in use of computers including Microsoft Office and Internet research.
  • Ability to learn and use agency database and computer network with efficiency.
  • Excellent organizational skills such as planning, prioritizing, organizing workload, and handling multiple deadlines.
  • Ability to write reports and business correspondence.
  • Valid Florida Driver's License and/or ability to travel within the community.
  • High degree of discretion when dealing with confidential information.
  • Must be able to successfully pass a criminal background and a drug test screening.

Caretaker

Miami Lighthouse offers housing for a Caretaker who will be responsible to secure the organization’s premises on a daily basis.

This position will be responsible to open the premises at approximately 6:45 am and close at approximately 5:30 pm daily, and will be on call in case of an emergency during evening hours, including weekends and holidays. Compensation includes occupancy at a small house located on the premises (with minimal expenses required).

This is a great opportunity for someone who is currently looking for a place to live at a very low cost!

We are looking to hire someone immediately for this position. The person must be able to live on the premises (1 bedroom/1 bath house) and be available early mornings, evenings, weekends and holidays.

Vision Rehabilitation Therapist

Miami Lighthouse is seeking a Vision Rehabilitation Therapist to be responsible for developing and implementing individualized lesson plans to assist clients with basic personal management instruction to build the skills needed to allow them to live an independent life in their own home.

This is a full-time position eligible for benefits. We offer a competitive salary for this position including a significant market adjustment.

The ideal candidate should have the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college with an emphasis in area of Vision Rehabilitation Therapy.
  • ACVREP Certified or eligible for certification as a CVRT.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in verbal and written English.
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred.
  • Be proficient in use of computers including Microsoft Office and Internet research.
  • Learns and uses agency database and computer network with efficiency.
  • Valid Florida Driver’s License and/or ability to travel within the community.
  • Ability to write reports and business correspondence.
  • Ability to respond to common questions or complaints from clients, regulatory agencies, or the community.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients and their families, and the general public.
  • High degree of discretion when dealing with confidential information.
  • Must be able to successfully pass a criminal background and a drug test screening.

Driver

The Driver is responsible for transporting clients within Miami-Dade County to and from the Miami Lighthouse using company vehicles. This position will also assist with general housekeeping duties.

This is a full-time position eligible for benefits.

The ideal candidate should have the following qualifications:

  • Minimum of one year of experience driving a bus or passenger van.
  • Valid Florida Driver’s License and clean driving record required.
  • Must be able to work a full-time flexible schedule.
  • Experience working with children or people with disabilities preferred.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in verbal and written English.
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • High degree of discretion when dealing with confidential information.
  • Must be able to successfully pass a criminal background and drug test screening.

Orientation & Mobility Specialist

Miami Lighthouse is looking for an O&M Specialist to be responsible for developing and implementing individualized lesson plans for each client in learning concepts, equipment and materials, skills and techniques essential to meeting the client’s goals.

The ideal candidate will possess a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in Orientation and Mobility or related field; be a Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS) or eligible for certification in Orientation and Mobility and become certified within one year of employment, or less, as determined by Miami Lighthouse.

Miami Lighthouse offers a highly competitive salary for this position, including relocation expenses and outstanding fringe benefits.

Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI)

Summary of Position: The TVI provides instruction to children ranging in ages from birth to twenty-one years old, develops and implements individualized lesson plans for each client, collaborates with other professionals, and serves as a community liaison to ensure quality services.

Compensation: Miami Lighthouse offers a highly competitive salary for this position, including a signing bonus and relocation expenses and outstanding fringe benefits. Signing bonus and relocation allowance are negotiable. This is a full-time continuing year-round position.

Benefits: Miami Lighthouse is proud to provide one of the most comprehensive benefits program in the not-for-profit industry. Our benefits package include life insurance and long term disability at little or no cost to our employees; voluntary benefits, including health insurance with Florida Blue for which Miami Lighthouse subsidizes a significant portion of the premium, dental, vision, short term disability and Aflac; generous employer funded 401(k); and above average paid days off (a total of 26 days during the first year of employment).

Qualifications: The ideal candidate for this position should possess a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Disabilities from an accredited university; current Teacher of the Visually Impaired certification; TVI and Orientation & Mobility dual certification is preferred; able to attend and complete required trainings; previous experience working with the visually impaired is preferred; and excellent communication skills.

Scheduling Coordinator

Miami Lighthouse is seeking a Scheduling Coordinator to be responsible for scheduling and coordinating in-office appointments.

The ideal candidate should have the following qualifications:

  • High School Diploma required. Associate’s degree preferred.
  • Previous experience working as a scheduler in a medical office is preferred.
  • Minimum one year of experience working with database entry and queries preferred.
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish required. Creole preferred.
  • Excellent communications skills.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office. Proficient in Excel.
  • Ability to learn and use agency database and computer network with efficiency.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, and evenings and/or weekends when needed.
  • Excellent organizational skills such as planning, prioritizing, organizing workload, handling multiple deadlines.
  • Ability to problem solve.
  • Detail oriented and works with a high degree of accuracy.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions or concerns.
  • Must be able to successfully pass a drug test and criminal background screening.

Technician/Driver for Eye Care Mobile Unit

The Technician/Driver position is responsible for the day-to-day activities necessary to implement the eye health/vision care outreach program, including driving the eye care mobile unit to schools and assisting the optometric physicians with examinations.

The Florida Heiken Children’s Vision Program mobile units provide free comprehensive eye exams and eyeglasses to low-income children in Miami-Dade County who have failed state-mandated vision screenings in public schools and provides services in Miami Dade and statewide.

The ideal candidate should have the following qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent required. Associate’s degree from an accredited college preferred.
  • Minimum one year experience working in an optometry or ophthalmology office preferred.
  • Minimum one year of experience driving a bus or truck preferred.
  • Ability to drive a van or mobile unit.
  • Must possess a valid Florida driver’s license and good driving record.
  • Good computers skills and working knowledge of Microsoft Office.
  • Must be able to move, lift and/or carry up to 35 lbs. of ophthalmic equipment on a daily basis.
  • Able to work a flexible schedule and travel throughout the state of Florida.
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish required. Creole is preferred.
  • Ability to work under minimum supervision.
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines.
  • Previous experience working with children is preferred.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills.
  • High degree of discretion when dealing with confidential information.
  • Must be able to successfully pass a drug test and criminal background screening.

Application Process

For immediate and confidential consideration, please forward your resume or application and salary requirements to:

Mabel Lopez
Human Resources Manager
601 SW 8th Avenue, Miami, FL 33130
E-mail: employment@miamilighthouse.org
Fax: (305) 285-6967

Click here for the “Application for Employment”.

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Benefits

Miami Lighthouse is proud to provide one of the most comprehensive benefits program in the not-for-profit industry. Our benefits package includes life insurance and long-term disability at little or no cost to our employees; voluntary benefits, including health insurance with Florida Blue for which Miami Lighthouse subsidizes a significant portion of the premium, dental, vision, short-term disability and Aflac; generous employer funded 401(k); and above average paid days off (a total of 26 days during the first year of employment).

Equal Opportunity Employer
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E-Verify Participant

Miami Lighthouse is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, marital status, familial status, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, veteran status, military status, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

The EEO is the Law poster is available here: http://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/poster.cfm 
 

 

 
 



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“Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired Case Study: Vision Rehabilitation for the First Florida Resident to Receive the Argus II “Bionic Eye” appeared in the May/June issue of the Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness.
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STAR Summer Camp Children Testimonials

  • STAR is really cool. I like it because I get to be
    with all my friends and learn a lot during summer,
    from typing to art to music.
    - Marino, age 12


  • STAR is fun because we get to read a lot, go on lots of field trips, use the computers and learn programs like PowerPoint. I make a lot of friends here and get to learn things with them. It's a lot better than staying at home watching TV during the summer!
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Miami Lighthouse was recognized at the 2015 Florida Blue Foundation Sapphire Awards luncheon as an organization that has demonstrated excellence and innovation in community health.

 

Miami Lighthouse ranks among the elite 1% of U.S. nonprofits having earned nine consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator, the nation’s premier independent nonprofit evaluator. Receiving such a distinction reflects our sound fiscal management, responsible use of donor dollars, and financial strength.

 

Miami Lighthouse has earned the Silver participation level through the GuideStar Exchange which is a testament to Miami Lighthouse’s commitment to data transparency.

 

 

                 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious 2015 Beacon Award in Education at the 13th Annual Beacon Council Awards.

 

Miami Lighthouse was the recipient of the 2013 Switchboard Miami All Star Most Valuable Non-Profit Award.

 

2013 and 2014
Miami Lighthouse is a two-time Charity Partner of the Marlins Foundation and has received over $50,000 in charitable donations from the team to underwrite the cost of providing vision screenings, comprehensive eye exams and prescription glasses to underserved inner-city schoolchildren who receive eye care through our Florida Heiken Children's Vision Program.

 

 

                 

 

 

 

 

Miami Lighthouse received United Homecare’s 2012 Thelma Gibson Community Service Award at the 18th Annual Claude Pepper Memorial Awards Ceremony.

 

Miami Lighthouse received a Silver medal at the 2016 Miami Today Gold Medal Awards Ceremony.

 

Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious South Florida Business Journal 2011 Excellence in Health Care Award in the Community Outreach category.

 

Miami Lighthouse honored by being named the recipient of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce 2010 Non-Profit Business Diamond Award.

 

Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious 2008 Concern Award from Health Foundation of South Florida.

   
 
 

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