Careers at Guide Dogs of Texas Thank you for your interest in career opportunities with Guide Dogs of Texas
Guide Dogs of Texas is a growing non-profit organization located in San Antonio, TX that offers the freedom and independence of Guide Dog mobility.
Chief Executive Officer
Guide Dogs of Texas (GDTX) is seeking qualified applicants for the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) position. The CEO is responsible for successful leadership and operation of an organization that supports the blind community in and throughout the State of Texas. GDTX increases freedom, mobility, and independence for Texans impacted by blindness, through guided sight provided by a professionally bred, raised, trained, and personally matched certified guide dog. The GDTX staff and volunteers are committed to personalized service and lifelong dedication to our clients and their guide dogs.
Guide Dogs of Texas is the state’s only breeder, trainer, and provider of guide dogs for blind Texans. The CEO will lead a committed and growing team of 15 staff and 200 volunteers and manage a budget of $1.7M. The CEO will lead GDTX through Strategic Plan execution; a plan for growth and expansion of satellite locations; a comprehensive breeding program; and fundraising efforts to support each, in partnership with, and accountable to a Board of Directors.
For full details and information on applying, please see the GDTX CEO Posting Details
Apprentice Guide Dog Mobility Instructor
Join a great team to fulfill a mission of training specially selected and bred pups to become life-changing guides for Texans who are severely visually impaired. Guide Dogs of Texas is a growing non-profit organization located in San Antonio, TX that gives mobility and independence to Texans who are visually impaired. The Apprentice Guide Dog Mobility Instructor (AGDMI) will undertake a 3 year hands-on training program to become an internationally certified Guide Dog Mobility Instructor (GDMI). During this time, the AGDMI will learn all the knowledge and skills necessary to train guide dogs and train clients to use guide dogs under the supervision of a GDMI. In a unique aftercare program, the AGDMI will also learn how to support and shape a client team from placement to retirement of the dog. The AGDMI will work closely with the Director of Training, GDMIs, and other staff in a team effort to meet the needs of visually impaired Texans. The AGDMI will work with varying degrees of independence, as knowledge, experience, and competency is gained.
The qualified candidate for this exciting opportunity will demonstrate empathy for visually impaired individuals and a passion for enriching their lives through the help of a guide dog. Having good people skills to work with a variety of volunteers, staff, and clients is most helpful. Must have current drivers license, a Bachelors Degree and be willing to travel around the state of Texas assisting visually impaired individuals. Veterinary Technician or Assistant experience is a plus as well as experience working in the field of Rehabilitation or Orientation. Please direct inquiries to Jamie Massey Director of Training, GDMI, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Puppy Program Assistant
Join a great team to fulfill a mission of training specially selected pups to become life-changing guides for Texans who are blind. Guide Dogs of Texas is a growing non-profit organization headquartered in San Antonio, TX that offers freedom, mobility, and independence to Texans who are visually impaired.
Guide Dogs of Texas is seeking an individual to assist the Early Canine Program Manager and to oversee the Burleson Program at Texas A&M. This position is responsible for helping students with special needs gain the knowledge of what it takes to raise a guide dog and develop their skills for a future career in the dog industry. The job includes instructing and helping the students to teach the guide dogs basic obedience, grooming, feeding, proper leash walking, and other training for successful guide dogs. This position is also responsible for overseeing the veterinary schedules and health of the puppies, maintaining records of health, tracking training visits, maintaining supplies for the puppies, and writing reports on each dog’s growth and progress. This position must be able to work under the supervision of the Early Canine Program Manager, work with volunteer puppy raisers and sitters, assist with the breeding program and with monthly puppy walks, and oversee the development of all Guide Dog puppies as required.
The qualified candidate will demonstrate a passion for enriching the lives of blind people through the help of a Guide Dog and possess good people skills and the ability to work with a variety of volunteers, staff, and clients.
Must have excellent communication and organizational skills and be comfortable with Microsoft Office.
Must have a current driver’s license and a good driving record.
Experience working with dogs and young puppies or in Veterinary field strongly preferred. And previous experience with large breed adult dog, puppy handling, and whelping desired.
Please direct inquiries to our Outreach Coordinator at (210) 366-4081 or send resumes and cover letters to mailto://email@example.com
Guide Dog Mobility Instructor
- The Guide Dog Mobility Instructor (GDMI) will assess guide dogs in the puppy program, train their string of guide dogs, match those guide dogs with applicants, and train the guide dogs and clients together.
- Team training may occur in a variety of settings. The GDMI will also conduct in-home mobility assessments with Guide Dog applicants.
- GDMIs support and shape client teams from placement to retirement of the dog.
- Additionally, the GDMI, along with every other staff member at Guide Dogs of Texas, plays a vital and active role in developing volunteers, donors, and the community at large.
- The qualified candidate for this exciting opportunity will demonstrate empathy for visually impaired individuals, excellent knowledge and skills, and a passion for enriching their lives through the help of a guide dog.
- Having good communication skills to work with a variety of volunteers, staff, and clients is helpful.
- Must have current drivers license and be willing to travel around the state of Texas assisting visually impaired individuals.
- Relocation to satellite centers in Texas may be required in the future. Orientation and Mobility Certification, Deaf-Blind training experience, and Spanish language skills desirable.
- Please direct inquiries to Jamie Massey Director of Training, GDMI at (210) 366-4081 ext. 4319 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marketing Internship This is an unpaid internship and will be used to gain course credit.
The internship program offers the opportunity for college students to spend 12 weeks working and expanding their professional development, particularly in event planning, marketing, presentations, social media, standard office work and projects, and in addition will be working with the dogs and volunteers of our organization.
- Eligible candidates must be able to multi-task in a dynamic environment, have great communication skills, and demonstrate a high level of resourcefulness. Along the way, GDTX will engage you in activities that define and distinguish the organization culturally as well as introduce you to the important work of non-profits.
- Intern will work out of the San Antonio Office located at 1503 Allena Dr. and must reach 10 hours each week Mon – Fri between 8 am – 2 pm
- We are seeking motivated and responsible college students or young professionals looking to gain experience working with a nonprofit.
- Prior interning experience is not a requirement, but we do require you to have a strong work ethic and willingness to learn.
- A candidate should have an interest in Guide Dogs of Texas and have basic knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel. A potential intern should be comfortable working independently but also working with a team and a supervisor.
- Attire/Dress Code Casual– GDTx branded when at events
- Reports to Director of Development, Dr. Carol Ann Tonn
Potential Tasks include but are not limited to:
- Marketing upcoming events.
- Newsletter production.
- Promote our Google Ad words, Google Ads, and Google Ranking.
- Social media posting on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
- Assist with event planning and coordination.
- Assist with volunteer recruitment.
- Work events for Guide Dogs of Texas.
- Push merchandise for sale.
Submit resumes to email@example.com; or fax 210-366-4082 attn: Carol Ann.
Breeding Program Assistant - SEASONAL
- This is a seasonal position lasting for 10 weeks beginning 2 weeks prior to the whelping of a Guide Dogs of Texas litter and terminates after “Puppy Induction Day” once the puppies are 8 weeks old, and there is potential to be hired back on for future litters. Guide Dogs of Texas averages about 1-2 litters a year.
- The Breeding Program Assistant (BPA) can work up to 40 hours a week with the majority of hours being nights and/or weekends.
- The BPA works closely with our Manager of Early Canine Programs and assists in all aspects of the care, enrichment and socialization of Pregnant Brood dogs along with their puppies once whelped. The BPA will undergo in-house training to learn the knowledge and skills necessary for each task.
- The qualified candidate will demonstrate a passion for enriching the lives of blind people through the help of a Guide Dog and possess good people skills and the ability to work with a variety of volunteers, staff, and clients.
- Must have excellent communication and organizational skills and be comfortable with Microsoft Office.
- Must have a current driver’s license and a good driving record.
- Experience working with dogs and young puppies or in Veterinary field strongly preferred. And previous experience with large breed adult dog, puppy handling, and whelping desired.
- Please direct inquiries to our Outreach Coordinate at (210) 366-4081 or send resumes and cover letters to mailto://firstname.lastname@example.org