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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Head of Sales and Marketing

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POSITION TITLE:                                                  Head of Sales and Marketing

RESPONSIBLE TO:                                                President/CEO

SUBORDINATES:                                                  3+

POSITION REQUIREMENTS

Basic Function:

The Head of Sales and Marketing is responsible for leading a group of Sales Associates to meet or exceed agency goals for profitable revenue growth within the Sales Associates’ assigned business portfolios and territory. The Head of Sales and Marketing may be responsible for a geographic territory, vertical market, or named account list. The Head of Sales and Marketing will provide leadership and management direction for the Sales Associates on his or her team, and will manage relationships with other agency staff to ensure appropriate resources are available and focused to support selling objectives.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Select, develop, and coach a professional sales team to meet or exceed specific goals for profitable revenue and blind labor employment growth.
  • Develop and implement annual sales forecasts and plans by Sales Associate and customer.
  • Implement the agency’s sales process to establish a culture of consultative selling to customer’s decision-makers at all levels.
  • Cultivate and maintain effective business relationships with executive decision makers in large state and federal agencies and commercial opportunities including FEMA, DLA, GSA and the BSC Network.
  • Develop relationships with VPs and Presidents within the Texas (LIBT) member agencies.
  • Pursue identified business prospects, participating actively in the planning and sales process for new business opportunities.
  • Ensure that Sales Associates are utilizing SalesForce.com to track and report activity through the sales cycle.
  • Define overall sales strategy, and develop products and solutions responsive to the customer’s business needs. Apply research insights and provide compelling promotional solutions based on the agency’s business strengths.
  • Coach Sales Associates to build effective relationships that enable them to respond quickly to emerging customer opportunities, and provide for seamless execution of the agency’s business processes that exceed customer expectations.
  • Encourage and require high level teaming and collaboration skills to gain the committed and motivated efforts of the agency’s staff who do not report directly to the National Sales Manager.
  • Establish a planned program for sales coaching, working with Sales Associates on all aspects of the sales process. Make coaching sales calls with Sales Associates to provide feedback, and to assist with large opportunities. Travels as needed to meet customers and to coach Sales Associates in the field.
  • Perform all other duties as needed or required to maintain and grow profitable business within the assigned account base.

Knowledge/Skills

  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Consultative selling skills
  • Ability to understand and apply market intelligence to sales strategy
  • High level of financial and business acumen
  • Staff consulting and relationship building skills
  • Ability to use technology and analysis tools (Excel, Outlook, SalesForce.com, databases)
  • Executive presence to influence senior decision-makers
  • Knowledge of current sales industry trends
  • Minimum of 10 years of business to business sales experience is required, with at least five years of sales management experience for global, national, or key strategic account business.
  • An MBA or Bachelor’s degree in business marketing, economics or related field is preferred.

Transportation

Team member must have reliable transportation to and from the Lighthouse within the required open and close times.

Office Hours

7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Monday – Thursday. In order to achieve objectives, the work week may also include the occasional Friday.

Occasional overtime at the request of the supervisor only

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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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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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 10 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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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.