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Company Summary

Miami Lighthouse has received nine consecutive 4-star ratings from the national evaluator Charity Navigator placing it among the top 1% of nonprofits in the entire United States. Only two nonprofits in Florida have achieved this prestigious status, and Miami Lighthouse is the only nonprofit in Miami with nine consecutive 4-star ratings.

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, and short-term disability; generous employer funded 401(k); and above average paid days off (a total of 26 days during the first year of employment).

Career opportunities available at Miami Lighthouse for the Blind

Manager of Donor Development
Early Childhood Education Teacher
Teacher Assistant
Physical Therapist
Family & Children Support Specialist
Caretaker
Job Coach
Driver
Technician/Driver for Eye Care Mobile Unit

Manager of Donor Development

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

The Manager of Donor Development reports directly to the President and CEO and works closely with the Director of External Relations. This position is responsible for building a program to secure yearly gifts between $1,000 and $5,000 from individual donors to meet fundraising goals in support of the Miami Lighthouse's programs. The Manager of Donor Development spends the majority of time in intentional, individual, face-to-face meetings with prospects and donors.

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

The ideal candidate should have the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
  • Two years of significant experience in fundraising, especially face-to-face individual solicitation.
  • Knowledge of Miami-Dade philanthropic community required.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
  • Normal work schedule is from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, working a minimum of 37.5 hour per week. Must be available for selected breakfast and/or evening, and weekend events.
  • Able to speak effectively before board of directors, agency employees, community groups and other stakeholders; skilled at persuading and influencing others.
  • Strong planning and organizational skills, including ability to manage complex responsibilities.
  • Self-motivated, organized, and able to work with good judgment and with unquestioned confidentiality with regard to Lighthouse information and donor records.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and other software, along with donor databases, The Raiser's Edge is preferred.
  • Reliable transportation, and ability and willingness to travel to meet with donors and prospective donors.
  • Affinity with the overall mission of Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
  • Personal characteristics associated with successful development professionals, including sound judgment, impeccable integrity, demonstrated initiative, appropriate professional appearance, and attitude and personality to work effectively with colleagues, Miami Lighthouse staff members, volunteers, and constituents.
  • High degree of discretion when dealing with confidential information.
  • Must be able to successfully pass a criminal background and a drug test screening.

Early Childhood Education Teacher

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

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.

The ideal candidate should have the following qualifications:

  • Must possess a Professional Educator's Certificate in Pre-school Education (birth-age 4).
  • Bachelor's degree in education, early childhood, special education or related field.
  • 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.

Teacher Assistant

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

Launching a new Prekindergarten inclusion program initiative for 3 and 4 year old students, in a newly constructed state-of-the-art facility, this position carries the major responsibilities for providing support and assistance to Lighthouse Learning Pre-K Program daily operations. This includes assisting classroom teacher with daily routines and transitions between activities.

This is a part-time position working Monday through Friday from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm.

The ideal candidate should have the following qualifications:

  • High School diploma. Must be at least 18 years old.
  • 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.
  • High degree of discretion when dealing with confidential information.
  • Valid Florida Driver's License and/or ability to get to various locations.
  • Must be able to successfully pass a drug test and criminal background screening.

Physical Therapist

Miami Lighthouse for the Blind is looking for a Physical Therapist to join its team on a contract basis. The Physical Therapist meets the students goals and needs and provides quality services in line with the students Individualized Education Plan (IEP); completes evaluations as required for compliance with IEP process; documents student progress by completing Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and M-DCPS required progress notes and documentation forms; and attend meetings as required.

The ideal candidate should have the following qualifications:

  • Florida licensed Physical Therapist
  • Proven work experience as a physical therapist
  • Current knowledge of treatment practices
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills
  • High degree of discretion when dealing with confidential information.
  • Must be able to successfully pass a drug test and criminal background screening.

Family & Children Support Specialist

The Family and Children Support Specialist position carries the major responsibilities for providing support and services to blind or visually impaired children ages birth to fourteen and their families. This position will manage matters of significance making professionalism and confidentiality critical requirements of performance in carrying out duties.

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

The ideal candidate should have the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree or higher experience with support groups and individual and or family counseling.
  • Completion of required trainings within 2 years of hire or as required for curriculum compliance.
  • Experience working with support groups or service coordination preferred.
  • Experience working with children with special needs and their families preferred.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in verbal and written English and Spanish.
  • Be proficient in use of computers including Microsoft Office and Internet research.
  • Maintains professional accreditations, licensing and/or continuing education as required.
  • Valid Florida Driver's License and/or ability to travel to the community.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills.
  • Ability to write reports and business correspondence.
  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, their families and the general public.
  • High degree of discretion when dealing with confidential information.
  • Must be able to successfully pass a drug test and a criminal background 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.

Job Coach (Summer Program)

Miami Lighthouse is looking for a Job Coach to work during the 2017 Summer Program!

The Job Coach provides on-site supervision for students placed in summer work experiences for the Transition program; schedules regular visitation with students and their employer's supervisors to ensure students understand their jobs, receive specialized instruction in how to do their jobs, including compensating for vision loss, and are properly completing paperwork; assists Transition program staff with collecting paperwork from students and employers; assists with field trips as needed; and performs other duties as assigned.

The ideal candidate should have the following qualifications:

  • Minimum of one year of experience working in the field of employment services, job placement or vocational services.
  • High School Diploma required. Associate's Degree in a related field preferred.
  • Ability to provide instruction on resume preparation, job seeking, and interviewing skills.
  • Experience working with people of diverse backgrounds and disabilities preferred.
  • Excellent communications skills in verbal and written English.
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred.
  • Working knowledge of Word, Excel, Outlook and Internet research.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • 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 drug test and criminal background 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.

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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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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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!
    - Madisleny, age 11


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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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