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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Machine Operator / Lead Man

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POSITION REQUIREMENTS

Basic Function
Operate packaging converting equipment while being responsible for the supervision and production of the employees in the assigned department while supporting sales objectives by striving to continually meet or exceed production plans, schedule work assignments, production goals while maintaining superior product quality, safety among all employees and employee relations.

Primary Duties
• Operate packaging / tube converting equipment per customers specifications.
• Implement and maintain safety standards as required by law and company policy
• Coach and provide expertise to resolve issues and create and ensure corrective action, when necessary
• Create a high morale workplace with high ethical standards
• Manage the scheduling of production: set work schedules, provide training and coaching, conduct performance evaluations, and set departmental goals and expectations
• Management employee performance and the need for hiring, discipline, development and recourse planning.
• Act as a member of the management team and perform other duties as directed by Plant Manager
• Monitor and take appropriate action to meet production expectations while maintaining the quality requirements
• Facilitate workflow management, workforce scheduling, and team members’ placement to ensure the facility and company goals are successfully met or exceeded.
• Maintain adherence to company policies, safety standards, and good housekeeping practices
• Carry out and record, when required, established preventative maintenance schedules for all equipment in assigned areas.
• Insure the manufacture of a quality product and prevent loss of materials by the utilization of accepted production methods and controls
• Be responsible for the facility, entry doors, security and fire alarm systems in their assigned department.
• Coordinate with maintenance personnel the upkeep and repair of tools and machinery to maximize operating capacity and longevity.

Knowledge
• General knowledge using a tape measure and or micrometer.
• Able to quickly read a tape measure
• General knowledge of tube packaging converting equipment or similar equipment.
• Able to add and subtract fractions easily
• Familiar with the requirements of OSHA as it pertains to industrial regulations

Experience
• Two years’ operating mechanical equipment in a manufacturing operation or related experience
• Experience directly managing teams of 1+ direct reports to include performance management and disciplinary actions is preferred
• Excellent communication skills required

Physical Requirements
• Medium work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Physical Activities
• Climbing: Ascending or descending ladders, stairs, ramps, and the like, using feet and legs and/or hands and arms. Body agility is emphasized.
• 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.
• Kneeling: Bending legs at knee to come to a rest on knee or knees.
• Crouching: Bending the body downward and forward by bending leg and spine.
• Crawling: Moving about on hands and knees or hands and feet.
• 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.
• Pushing: Using upper extremities to press against something with steady force in order to thrust forward, downward or outward.
• Pulling: Using upper extremities to exert force in order to draw, drag, haul or tug objects in a sustained motion.
• 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 visual acuity to perform an activity such as: viewing a computer terminal; viewing equipment within 2 ft; reading; visual inspection involving small defects, small parts and/or operation of machines (including inspection of products); accuracy, neatness, thoroughness of work assigned, using measurement devices; and/or assembly of fabrication, operating a motor vehicle, heavy equipment, forklifts, and pallet jacks.

Working Conditions
• The worker is subject to inside environmental conditions: Protection from weather conditions but not necessarily from temperature changes.
• The worker is subject to heat: no air conditioned warehouse facility, controlled temperature in manufacturing areas.
• The worker is subject to noise: There is sufficient noise to cause worker to shout in order to be heard above the ambient noise level.
• The worker is subject to hazards: Includes a variety of physical conditions, such as proximity to moving mechanical parts, moving equipment.
• The worker is subject to atmospheric conditions: One or more of the following conditions that affect the respiratory system of the skin: Fumes, odors, dusts, or poor ventilation.

Education/Training
• High School Diploma required

Transportation
• Reliable transportation to and from work and within required business hours

Office Hours
• (Monday – Thursday, 7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.) with occasional Friday and weekend hours in order to meet company/department objectives

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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Production Line Worker

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POSITION REQUIREMENTS

Basic Function
The primary duty of a production line worker is to put together finished products and the various pieces that go together to form finished products. The production line worker uses various tools, machines and/or equipment in conjunction with hands, to complete his work that may sometime involve cutting, trimming, folding, gluing or stitching components.

General Duties and Responsibilities
• Assemble product kits based on customer requirements
• Repeat tasks for long periods of time without making errors
• Meet or exceed department productivity and quality standards
• Maintain an uncluttered workstation
• Repetitive and persistent work required
• Follow procedural processes
• Integral part of the production process
• May be required to move products from one location to another using pallet jack

Restrictions: in support of the Lighthouse mission, production line workers are limited to legally blind, blind, or significantly visually impaired persons.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

Knowledge/Skills
• Ability to manually prepare kits using repetitive arm and hand movements
• Ability to perform physical activities (i.e. at times required to carry, push, pull, or lift a maximum of 50 lbs.(Weight in excess of 50 lbs. must be shared with someone else or lifting equipment must be used), stand at a production station for extended periods of time up to 8 hours a day), may be required to use pallet jack
• Ability to communicate in English
• Good interpersonal and communicative skills
• Ability to arrive to work on-time and be at your production station ready for work
• Ability to use assistive technology effectively
• Ability to learn braille
• Ability to deal pleasantly and courteously with management and co-workers

Education and/or Experience
• Experience or prior training in a production/assembly work environment is a plus, but not necessarily required
• High School diploma, GED, or suitable work experience or training required

Physical Requirements
• Sit, stand, walk, hear, kneel, crouch, bend
• Use of hands, fingers, feel, handle objects
• Carry, push, pull, or lift a minimum of 50 lbs. (weight exceeding 50 lbs. must be shared with co-worker or by using lifting equipment)
• May be required to operate pallet jack

GENERAL PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
• Medium work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

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.
• Kneeling: Bending legs at knee to come to a rest on knee or knees.
• 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 or moving from one work site to another.
• Pushing: Using upper extremities to press against something with steady force in order to thrust forward, downward or outward.
• 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.
• Feeling: Perceiving attributes of objects, such as size, shape 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
• Visual acuity for operating machines and equipment such as: pallet jack, be able to view equipment within 3 ft and have accurate hand dexterity.

WORKING CONDITIONS
• The worker is subject to inside environmental conditions: Protection from weather conditions but not necessarily from temperature changes.
• The worker is subject to noise: There is sufficient noise to cause worker to shout in order to be heard above the ambient noise level.
• The worker is subject to hazards: Includes a variety of physical conditions, such as proximity to moving mechanical parts or exposure to chemicals.
• The worker is subject to atmospheric conditions: One or more of the following conditions that affect the respiratory system of the skin: Fumes, odors, dusts.

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

Manufacturing Hours
Monday –Thursday (7:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) with occasional hours outside of regular manufacturing 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/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status. Those who are blind are encouraged to apply.

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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.