One aspect of the Lighthouse for the Blind of Fort Worth's mission is to empower individuals who are blind through meaningful employment so that they lead full lives with the highest level of independence and quality of life.

Thank you for visiting and/or your interest in Lighthouse for the Blind employment. For over 80 years the Lighthouse has employed blind individuals in various roles in the company. The Lighthouse offers full-time employment in areas of executive administration and support, accounting and finance, community development, facilities, human resources and employee benefits, industrial manufacturing and assembly, machining operations, rehabilitation services, sales and marketing, and warehousing.

All full-time employees are eligible for employee benefits based on the employee’s employment classification. Benefits include: medical, dental, vision, life, long-term disability, accidental death and dismemberment, voluntary supplemental products, retirement, paid time-off accrual, and employee holidays.

Our labor force consists of indirect and direct labor with the largest percentage of employment being that of direct blind labor in industrial manufacturing and assembly.  Full-time direct labor employment for blind or low vision individuals include the following:

  • Operating an electric pallet jack
  • Operating a manual pallet jack
  • Operating a stretch wrapper for paper tubes, copy paper and boxes
  • Operating a FTC stitcher (stapler), side and bottom stitcher (stapler)
  • Operating horizontal and vertical band saws
  • Applying foam glue
  • Slitter/Scorer for box production
  • Operating a clicker press
  • Operating a screen printer
  • Picking, packing and shipping functions
  • Operating a tube winding machine
  • Unloading pallets of copy paper
  • Operating an automated box maker

Full-time indirect labor employment for blind, low vision, or sighted individuals include the following positions:

  • Front Office Receptionist
  • Executive Administrative Assistant
  • President/CEO
  • Head of Accounting
  • Head of Community Development
  • Head of Rehabilitation Services
  • National Sales Manager
  • Inventory Control and Purchasing Analyst
  • Staff Accountant
  • AP/AR/Payroll Clerk
  • Assistive Technology Specialist
  • Orientation and Mobility Specialist
  • Vision Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Rehabilitation Services Assistant
  • Wellness Representative
  • Outside Sales Representative
  • Inside Sales Representative
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Industrial Operations Plant Manager
  • Industrial Operations Supervisor
  • Material Handler
  • Warehouse Supervisor
  • Warehouse Associates/Forklift Drivers
  • Facilities Manager
  • Maintenance Mechanic
  • Janitor

 

Employment Opportunities

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Optical Lab Assistant

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POSITION TITLE:    Optical Lab Assistant

RESPONSIBLE TO:    Optical Lab Administrator

SUBORDINATES:    0

POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

Basic Function

Optical Lab Assistant is responsible for order entry, tray preparation and customer service. Their job includes selecting lenses of generally appropriate size and shape, selecting the designated frames, assigning a priority, and positioning the tray for inclusion in the lab sequence. The Assistant is also responsible for replenishment of consumer inventory: identification, reorder and restock. It is preferred that this individual have experience in the use of bar code scanning for tracking inventory, work in process, and completed jobs. This position interacts heavily with the customer providing customer support related to customer specifications, job status, shipping status, and overall satisfaction. The individual in this position must have a strong commitment to punctuality and attendance. This position relies on computer equipment and automated tools to perform their job.

General Duties & Responsibilities

  • Provides customer service, serving as liaison between doctors/opticians and the lab
  • Maintains frame and lens inventory including counting, reorder, and restock
  • Ensures that customer specifications are correctly entered into the lab management software
  • Prepares job trays for execution by the lab including all instructions, frames, lenses and shipping labels
  • Prepares all finished eyeglasses for shipment to the customer: packaging, boxing, and labeling
  • Takes initiative to notice and follow up on discrepancies; suggests improvements, recommends solutions and does what is necessary to ensure customer satisfaction
  • Takes pride in the appearance of the office and shows initiative in keeping the office and stock room clean, organized and safe
  • Complies with all safety/regulatory requirements ensuring supplies are stored and used per safety program
  • Keeps management informed of potential safety opportunities
  • Demonstrates safe work practices including the wearing of personal protective equipment while in the lab

 QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

 Knowledge/Skills

  • Must have excellent computer skills necessary for the automated systems used by optical lab technicians
  • Must have exceptional people skills and a friendly, caring, and outgoing personality to interact with customers in order to maintain, and enhance customer relationships
  • Highly organized and able to assist multiple customers
  • Must be detail oriented and have the ability to work both as a team and independently
  • Motivated, goal oriented, and persistent
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Handles stressful situations and deadline pressures well
  • Must also be very comfortable with computer use (lab software, Microsoft Office Products)

Education and/or Experience

  • No Experience required
  • Will Provide Training
  • High School Diploma or equivalent Certification required

 

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS / WORKING CONDITIONS:

 Physical Requirements

  • Light work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. If the use of arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of force greater than that for Sedentary Work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated for light work.

Physical Activities

  • Stooping: Bending body downward and forward by bending spine at the waist. This factor is important if it occurs to a considerable degree and requires full use of the lower extremities and back muscles.
  • Crouching: Bending the body downward and forward by bending leg and spine.
  • Reaching: Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction.
  • Standing: Particularly for sustained periods of time.
  • Walking: Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances or moving from one work site to another.
  • Lifting: Raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally from position-to-position. This factor is important if it occurs to a considerable degree and requires the substantial use of the upper extremities and back muscles.
  • Grasping: Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.
  • Feeling: Perceiving attributes of objects, such as size, shape, temperature or texture by touching with skin, particularly that of fingertips.
  • Talking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word. Those activities in which they must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly.
  • Hearing: Perceiving the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels or without correction. Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and make fine discriminations in sound.
  • Repetitive Motions: Substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.

 Visual Acuity

  • The worker is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: accuracy, neatness, thoroughness of work assigned, preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; expansive reading; visual inspection involving small defects, small parts and/or operation of machines (including inspection); using measurement devices; and/or assembly of fabrication of parts at distances close to the eyes.

Working Conditions

Optical lab Administrator must wear appropriate clothing for an office environment and any protective clothing or equipment as necessary when functioning in the lab environment.

  • The worker is subject to inside environmental conditions: Protection from weather conditions.
  • The worker is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions (such as in typical office or administrative work).

Travel/Transportation

Reliable transportation to and from work and within required business hours is a must.

Pay Rate

Commensurate with market and job level or experience

Employment Classification

Full-time, hourly, non-exempt

 

Office Hours

Monday –Friday (8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.) with occasional Friday and weekend hours as needed to meet objectives and position responsibilities

 

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed.  They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of the position.  Employees holding this position will be required to perform any other job-related duties as requested by management.  All requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with a disability. 

 

Lighthouse for the Blind of Fort Worth, a non-profit organization, is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Outside Sales Representative

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Basic Function

Meet or exceed agency goals for profitable revenue growth by prospecting new customers and retaining old customers.  This sales position requires 2+ years of successful laboratory sales experience or tests for drugs of abuse sales experience and knowledge of laboratory testing and competing products.

General Duties and Responsibilities

  • Meet or exceed specific goals for profitable revenue growth and blind labor employment growth
  • Build and maintain existing customers
  • Increase sales by developing new accounts
  • Consistently meet sales goals
  • Provide effective sales presentations
  • Utilize available sales and marketing tools for presentations, sales calls, and prospecting
  • Track and report daily sales activities
  • Prepare customized proposals to meet specific customer requirements
  • Maintain updated, organized files on all accounts in assigned territory
  • Travel extensively throughout assigned territory to call regularly on prospective and current customers to solicit orders
  • Responsible for selling and promoting products in a highly professional, ethical and knowledgeable manner

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

Knowledge/Skills

  • Ability to work independently with minimal direct supervision
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational and time management skills coupled with the ability to embrace change
  • Hard working, self-motivated and disciplined
  • Computer skills and working knowledge of Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel, etc
  • Ability to analyze multiple markets or business segments
  • Creative and confident with a vision for the future

Education/Experience

  • 2+ years of successful laboratory sales experience or tests for drugs of abuse sales experience
  • BA/BS or equivalent experience preferred
  • Knowledge of laboratory testing and competing products
  • Government sales experience a plus
  • A proven track record of building and maintaining solid relationships with customers

Physical Requirements

  • Sit, stand, walk, talk, hear, kneel, crouch, bend
  • Use of hands, fingers, feel, handle objects
  • Viewing of computer monitor and motion on the keyboard and calculator
  • Close vision, color vision and depth perception
  • Carry, push, pull, or lift a maximum of 50 lbs. (weight exceeding 50 lbs. must be shared with co-worker or by using lifting equipment)

Travel/Transportation

Reliable transportation to and from work and within required business hours

Pay Rate

Commensurate with market and job level or experience

Employment Classification

Full-time, salaried, exempt

Office Hours

Monday –Thursday (7:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.) with occasional Friday and weekend hours as needed to meet objectives and position responsibilities

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed.  They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of the position.  Employees holding this position will be required to perform any other job-related duties as requested by management.  All requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with a disability.

 Lighthouse for the Blind of Fort Worth, a non-profit organization, is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

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Many lives are enhanced in our community because of the opportunity for meaningful employment made available by the efforts of our dedicated staff, companies, corporations, and individuals in Fort Worth who have supported and continue to support our agency.