Guiding Eyes for the Blind is known for embracing every person connected with the school as a family member and for the collective spirit of its staff. We offer challenging and fulfilling career paths for those who are passionate about our work and mission. We offer a comprehensive benefits package and a dog-friendly work environment.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Available position(s):


Director of Strategic Partnerships

Position Summary:
The Director of Strategic Partnerships will identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward corporate and community partners. This is a both a sales and a strategic role, in which the director is responsible for the corporate engagement program –  including executive engagement, corporate foundation giving, employee engagement and cause-related marketing – as well as our special events and peer-to-peer fundraising portfolios.


•    Engage in consultative sales with a variety of entities – e.g. corporations, small businesses, healthcare facilities, and regional and national community organizations – to establish new revenue-producing relationships for Guiding Eyes. Meet monthly and annual goals for relationship development.
•    Launch a multi-faceted cause-marketing program for Guiding Eyes in concert with the director of marketing and communications. Programs include point-of-sale, direct corporate donations, and donation with purchase/action.
•    Working with the manager of special events and peer-to-peer fundraising, establish and grow these two portfolios.
o    Building on the existing annual golf outing, identify and implement a strategy to establish a sustainable distinguished events program.
o    Implement a peer-to-peer fundraising strategy that includes DIY, as well as virtual and live events.
•    Partner with the manager of foundation relations to support corporate foundation giving. Coordinate the submission of corporate grant proposals and applications; follow with grant reports and create stewardship plans as necessary.
•    Develop and coordinate employee volunteer opportunities.
•    Prepare an annual budget to meet revenue and expense goals. Monitor and report performance against budget throughout the year.

Education, Skills and Experience

1.    A minimum of six years of fundraising experience with demonstrated success in corporate, foundation and/or special events fundraising.
2.    Strong track record of successful sales experience. Must love high-volume external sales meetings.
3.    Experience in corporate funding and event planning. Cause marketing and strategic planning experience a plus.
4.    Mangement experience, with success in team-building and accountability for bottom-line performance.
5.    Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
6.    Bachelor’s degree or equivalent business experience.
7.    Availability to travel for up to a week at a time and work a flexible schedule, including weekends, evenings, and holidays as business needs dictate.
8.    Must be comfortable around large, active dogs

Submit letter of interest and resume, including salary requirements, to sandreades@guidingeyes.org.


Position:  Regional Manager – Puppy Program  

Location:  Must reside less than a 2-hour drive from the Catoctin, Baltimore and Montgomery puppy raising regions with classes held in the Frederick, Owings Mills and Chevy Chase/Gaithersburg/Germantown, MD areas.

This is a professional position of 40+ hours per week which will include working evenings and weekends. Salary based upon experience. Generous benefits package including 3 weeks of vacation, medical/dental/vision benefits and 403(b) retirement plan.

Description:  Position requires providing direct supervision, training and on-going development of volunteer region teams and puppy raisers.  Includes but not limited to matching and placing puppies with qualified volunteer puppy raisers, teaching weekly dog training classes, individual dog training support as needed and considerable administrative responsibilities. Candidate should be comfortable presenting to groups and have some public relations knowledge and effectiveness in working in a team environment. Must conduct and record puppy evaluations.

Qualifications:  Prior supervisory/management experience essential. Solid background and understanding of positive dog training techniques, dog behavior and instructing in both class and one-to-one settings.  Excellent people skills, teaching and team building skills considered essential. Highly developed time management and organizational skills.  Must be proficient in Word and have some experience with electronic calendar and database products. Must be able to lift and carry up to 50 pounds, be able to remain on one’s feet for up to 1 hour at a time and withstand repetitive bending, stooping, kneeling, and squatting.  Initial training period of approximately 4 – 6 months would require flexibility to work out of our Patterson, NY facility several days each month. Valid driver’s license. Willing to drive full-sized van.

Submit letter of interest and resume, including salary requirements, to sandreades@guidingeyes.org.