Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Inc.

Through education, training, research and vision enhancement, Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired provides hope, confidence, and independence to people of all ages.

It's Possible to See Without Sight™

601 Southwest Eighth Avenue, FL 33130 · Ph: 305.856.2288 · Fx: 305-285.6967 · info@miamilighthouse.org 

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Employment Opportunities

Company Summary

Miami Lighthouse for the Blind is Florida's largest and oldest not-for-profit organization serving the needs of the blind and visually impaired. Through education, training, research and vision enhancement, Miami Lighthouse provides hope, confidence, and independence to people of all ages, transforming the lives of over 90,000 blind and visually impaired people annually, from babies to seniors, and their families. Our programs' impact is statewide, national, and international.

Benefits:

Miami Lighthouse is proud to provide one of the most comprehensive benefits programs in the not-for-profit industry. Our benefits package includes life insurance, accident insurance and long term disability at 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 supplemental insurance; generous employer funded 401(k); and above average paid days off.

Career opportunities available at Miami Lighthouse for the Blind

Children Specialist
Heiken Program Coordinator
Heiken Customer Service
Low Vision Coordinator
Teacher Assistant
Academy Program Coordinator
Driver
Associate Director of CVI

Children Specialist

POSITION SUMMARY: This position carries the major responsibilities for providing comprehensive rehabilitation/developmental training and family/home intervention services to children aged birth to six and their families.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following, but not limited to:

  • Initiates referrals to other agencies on behalf of client.
  • Plans training with families and individual clients.
  • Provides outreach support and training for family and client.
  • Updates client assessments and reports findings in appropriate database systems.
  • Calls families to discuss any vision concerns, needs or successes.
  • Demonstrates experience and knowledge in effective therapeutic playgroups with children birth to six.
  • Keeps current on latest trends in blindness and early childhood development. (INSITE, VIISA birth to two and VIISA three to five).
  • Knowledgeable of common medical terms and standard treatment procedures that pertain to clients.
  • Recognizes symptoms of common mental and physical illnesses and makes referrals for their treatment.
  • Maintains required records.
  • Prepares accurate and timely correspondence and comprehensive reports.
  • Demonstrates excellent communication skills working with children and adults, expressing ideas clearly and concisely, orally and in writing.
  • Maintains professional accreditations, licensing and/or continuing education as required
  • Participates in staff conferences.
  • Identifies and refers clients for the Lighthouse services.
  • Creates and maintains updated desk reference.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

REQUIREMENTS/QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor's degree in education, early childhood, special education, psychology, TVI or pediatric OT with 2 years of experience.
  • Experience working with infants and toddlers.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule
  • Experience working with children with disabilities or therapeutic playgroups preferred
  • Ability to communicate effectively in verbal and written English. Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred.
  • Proficient in use of computers including Word, Excel, Outlook and Internet research.
  • Valid Florida Driver's License and/or ability to get to clients' home or various locations.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills
  • Ability to write reports and business correspondence
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, their families and the general public
  • Ability to work with good judgment and unquestioned confidentiality with regard to Miami Lighthouse and client information./li>
  • Must be able to successfully pass a drug test and criminal background screening

Heiken Program Coordinator

Miami Lighthouse is seeking a Program Coordinator for the Florida Heiken Children’s Vision Program to be responsible for scheduling and managing the day-to-day office and clinical operations.

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. The program has been expanded to provide in-office services statewide.

The ideal candidate should have the following qualifications:

  • High School Diploma required. Associate’s degree preferred
  • Minimum one year of experience working with database and running queries/reports required
  • Previous experience working in a medical office is preferred
  • Ability to communicate effectively in verbal and written English
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish required. Creole preferred
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Outlook and Internet research
  • Ability to learn and use agency database and computer network with efficiency
  • Excellent organizational skills such as planning, prioritizing, organizing workload, handling multiple deadlines
  • Ability to write reports and business correspondence
  • Excellent communication skills, ability to effectively present information and respond to questions
  • Ability to problem solve and work under minimum supervision
  • Detail oriented and works with a high degree of accuracy
  • High degree of discretion when dealing with confidential information; able to maintain confidentiality under HIPAA standards
  • Must be able to successfully pass a criminal background and a drug test screening

Heiken Program Customer Service

POSITION SUMMARY: This position is responsible for providing administrative and customer service support for the Heiken program.

  • Answers all incoming phone calls and responds to client needs or forwards to appropriate staff.
  • Responsible for checking voicemail on all phones and follow up return calls immediately.
  • Follows up to meet client needs identified from incoming calls and voicemails expeditiously.
  • Make every effort to answer all incoming calls, so they do not go to voicemail.
  • Emails requested data, including exam results, forms, flyers, manuals, lists, vouchers, etc..
  • Resolves client questions related to information on program, receipt of consent forms & portal applications, status on eligibility, vouchers, and glasses, and if met visit minimum visit, etc..
  • Between phone calls, attach documents to student records, assist with glasses or tasks below:
  • Verifies data in the Health Office and Compulink databases as support as requested.
  • Looks up missing information for Miami consents in the Health Office database, as needed.
  • Calls schools/parents for missing information, verifying address and scheduling pick-ups.
  • Checks in glasses to the database daily and tracks status of glasses for timely receipt.
  • Prepares glasses and signature reports for Opticians to pick-up for dispensing, as needed.
  • Mails glasses to parents when an optician is unable to dispense.
  • Attend events to promote or support Heiken services as needed.
  • Helps to maintain office supplies and FedEx supplies.
  • Enter new consent forms into the database as needed.
  • Enter Optometry Report results into Compulink, if needed.
  • Enter data from iCare Reports into Compulink monthly, if needed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • High School diploma or equivalent required. Associate's degree preferred.
  • At least one year of experience performing high volume data entry with accuracy.
  • Previous experience working with a database preferred.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office. Proficient in Excel.
  • Ability to learn and use agency database and computer network with efficiency.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in verbal and written English and Spanish.
  • Excellent organizational skills such as planning, prioritizing, organizing workload, handling multiple deadlines.
  • Ability to work well with people of diverse backgrounds and disabilities.
  • High degree of discretion when dealing with confidential information.
  • Must be able to successfully pass a criminal background and a drug test screening.

Low Vision Coordinator

POSITION SUMMARY: This position is responsible for assisting the Low Vision Optometrist, Vision Solutions Center, and Low Vision Occupational Therapist, and to handle all related matters in the Low Vision Services area.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following, but not limited to:

  • Answers all phone calls and schedules appointments.
  • Calls doctors for pertinent patient/client information including client eye medical report.
  • Input and maintain clients/patient information in the in-house database system (Apricot).
  • Requests appropriate transportation for patients/clients.
  • Translate in Spanish for Doctor as needed
  • Track grant status
  • Manage and maintain hard files for low vision
  • Keep client data up to date in our Apricot Data Management System
  • Maintain, create and reconcile invoices and billing statements (MLB, DBS, other)
  • Conduct patients Intakes to obtain information (personal/medical questionnaire).
  • Performs clerical duties such as filing, copying, typing referral letters for doctors and ordering equipment for patients/clients and low vision office.
  • Complete Low Vision Patients STS packets for Sr. Case Manager
  • Complete Doctor Letters
  • Front desk coverage as needed
  • Cover the Low Vision Center when Optician is out of office.
  • Visit eye care professional and appropriate community groups to distribute information about the programs at Miami Lighthouse and to encourage referrals on a regular basis.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • High School diploma or equivalent. Associate's Degree preferred.
  • Must have prior medical office experience.
  • Experience in an optometry, ophthalmology or optical office is a plus.
  • Knowledge of medical terminology.
  • Knowledge of insurance billing practices.
  • Be proficient in use of computers including Microsoft Office and Internet research.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Spanish required.
  • Excellent telephone skills and etiquette.
  • Ability to work well with people of diverse backgrounds and disabilities.
  • Valid Florida Driver's License and clean driving record required and/or ability to get to various locations.
  • High degree of discretion when dealing with confidential information.
  • Must be able to successfully pass a criminal background and a drug test screening.

Teacher Assistant

POSITION SUMMARY: This position carries the major responsibilities for providing support and assistance to the Miami Lighthouse Academy Program daily operations. This includes assisting classroom teacher with daily routines and transitions between activities. In addition, this position carries the responsibility of instructing students and facilitating their learning in the absence of the regular teacher.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following, but not limited to:

  • Support instructional staff.
  • Provide classroom support by assisting teachers with daily routines and transitions.
  • Assist with morning and dismissal care routines
  • Support before and aftercare programming as part of daily operations.
  • Assist in feeding during all mealtimes (breakfast, lunch, and snack).
  • Organize classroom materials.
  • Assist students with toileting.
  • Supervise students and ensure safety practices.
  • Participates in staff meetings and trainings.
  • Assist students with toileting and self-help skills.
  • Remains flexible in accepting changes of assignment.
  • Demonstrates organization, accuracy and timeliness in fulfilling duties.
  • Completes relevant forms and files appropriately.
  • Light Housekeeping as required
  • Maintain a professional image.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • High School diploma. Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Completion of the Department of Children & Family Child Care Training Required.
  • DCF; Birth Through Five Child Care Credential
  • Experience working with children preferred.
  • Nurturing and patience when dealing with children.
  • Ability to work well with others.
  • Ability to sit on floor, lift small children.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in verbal and written English.
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish.
  • Physical Exams are required to be completed annually.
  • 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 drug test and criminal background screening.

Academy Program Coordinator

POSITION SUMMARY: This position carries the major responsibilities for providing organizational support to Miami Lighthouse Academy and assistance to the Director of the academy. Under general supervision, performs task related to student enrollment and registration, maintenance of student records, transportation coordination, and interpreting and managing data. This position will manage matters of significance making professionalism and confidentiality critical requirements of performance in carrying out duties.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following, but not limited to:

  • Provides organizational and administrative support for department operations.
  • Demonstrates organization, accuracy, and timeliness in fulfilling duties.
  • Coordinates the reporting systems so that both internal and external reporting is completed with maximum efficiency, speed, and accuracy.
  • Supports oversight of compliance with DCF, including review staff and student files, physical environment and emergency preparedness.
  • Ensures all student files are up-to-date including current addresses, immunizations and physicals. Send to appropriate entities when updated.
  • Monitors recruitment and enrollment of new students throughout the school year.
  • Updates enrollment forms as needed.
  • Maintains all pertinent records for students.
  • Monitors attendance procedures and enters in all required databases.
  • Enters client demographics into various database systems.
  • Communicate effectively with parents, administrators, instructional staff, and other employees.
  • Drafts and prepares agency correspondence
  • Gathers data and other information, submitting regular and special reports as needed.
  • Maintains accurate and timely data management and report filing.
  • Manages phone and e-mail correspondence and inquiries.
  • Works closely with team members to ensure smooth transfer of departmental information.
  • Remains flexible in accepting changes of assignment.
  • Schedules and attends meetings as required.
  • Maintains accurate, compliance records for Child Care Food Program
  • Maintain, review, and submit reports as required by various contract and grants. (ELC, MDCPS, Early Steps, CDBG and others as required by administration)
  • Creates and distributes quarterly Newsletter
  • Participates in departmental and agency quality improvement efforts.
  • Create agendas and complete meeting minutes.
  • Completes relevant forms and files appropriately.
  • Request, review and maintain transportation documents
  • Reviews budget and create purchase orders for administrative and program supplies.
  • Creates, reviews, and submit pertinent invoices

Driver

Miami Lighthouse is looking for Drivers to join its team!

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

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, and short-term disability; generous employer funded 401(k); and above average paid days off...

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

Application Process

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

Carmen Dickson, Director of Human Resources
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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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.

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Miami Lighthouse is AER accredited distinguishing that an agency or school operates at the highest level of quality and is positioned to generate the outcomes needed by the clients.

 

Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious 2020 award for "Best in Nonprofit" campaign by PRWeek referred to as the "Oscars of the PR industry".

 

Miami Lighthouse ranks among the elite 1% of U.S. nonprofits having earned 13 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.

 

Early Intervention Blind Babies Program Named the Children's Trust 2016 Program of the Year. This most prestigious award recognizes this Early Intervention Program, in particular, for including parents as teachers.

 

Miami Lighthouse Learning Center for Children™ is a Florida gold seal and nationally Accredited Professional Preschool Learning Environment (APPLE)

 
                   

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

 

Miami Lighthouse is a two-time Charity Partner (2013 and 2014) of the Marlins Foundation and a 2017 Major League Baseball All-Star Game Legacy Partner. Our Florida Heiken Children's Vision Program has received over $300,000 in charitable donations through these partnerships.

 

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

 

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

 
                   

Miami Lighthouse named "Best of Miami" Charity 2017 by the New Times.

 

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