Employment Opportunities

Founded in 1948, Guide Dogs of America has long been a leader in providing guide dogs to blind and visually impaired individuals. Regardless of where you work at Guide Dogs of America, you will contribute to fulfilling our mission. We recognize and support employees’ efforts to develop, expand their knowledge, improve their skills, and assume added responsibility. Yet, the greatest reward comes from knowing that you have a role in assisting blind and visually impaired individuals pursue their goals of greater independence and mobility.

Experienced Guide Dog Mobility Instructor

Guide Dogs of America is recruiting an experienced Guide Dog Mobility Instructor. Qualified candidates will possess the following:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently
  • Solid time management and organization skills
  • Basic competency with e-mail, word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications
  • Ability to walk up to 8 miles each day
  • Ability to safely handle a variety of large breed dogs, with varying strength and manageability
  • Ability to lift a minimum of 40lb, as well as to stoop, bend, squat, etc.
  • Current Driver’s License and an insurable driving record
  • High School graduate or GED.

Full Time Benefits package includes:

Medical, dental, vision, and life insurance
Vesting into Pension Plan
Ablility to contribute to a 401k retirement plan

Email cover letter and resume to Kristine Wallace at KDWallace@guidedogsofamerica.org

Grant Writer

Responsible for writing proposals for both unrestricted operating revenue and restricted projects and for submitting timely and accurate reports for all existing grant funded projects.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for conducting the full range of activities required to prepare, submit, and manage grant proposals to foundation and corporate sources.
  • Perform prospect research on foundations and corporations to evaluate prospects for corporate and foundation grants.
  • Work with finance to gather information necessary to report to corporate/foundation funders on current grant programs.
  • Comply with all grant reporting as required by foundation/corporate donors.
  • Provide stewardship to current donors through regular written updates (newsletters etc.) to corporate and foundation donors.
  • Understanding of institutional history and programs.
  • Schedule and conduct onsite tours for supporters (foundation officers, foundation trustees).
  • Maintain current records in database and in paper files, including grant tracking and reporting.
  • Track statistics relevant to development of supporters, foundations, trustees & corporations Manage and write website content
  • Work with Marketing department to provide development input for all written institutional materials (including Annual Report, Newsletter,).
  • Assist with other fundraising projects as requested

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Strong written communication skills; ability to write clear, concise , and persuasive proposals, letters of intent, applications and grant reports.
  • Strong editing skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Strong ability to take initiative, be self-motivated, exercise good judgement and meet deadlines.
  • Knowledge of fundraising information sources.
  • Experience with proposal writing and institutional donors.
  • Excellent analytical and fundraising prospect research skills. Strong contributor in team environments


  • Minimum of two years experience with grant writing.
  • Previous experience with non-profit fundraising.
  • Experience working in deadline-driven environments.
  • Able to work well in a team environment, handle multiple assignments and meet deadlines.
  • Able to monitor and meet income goals.

Full benefit package including pension and salary commensurate with experience.

Email cover letter and resume to Kristine Wallace at KDWallace@guidedogsofamerica.org

About Guide Dogs of America

At GDA, all of our volunteers, donors, clients and staff share a belief that we don’t just train guide dogs, we inspire others to live their lives. GDA places more than 50 dogs each year, serves more than 300 graduates across the U.S. and Canada and has been enriching the lives of others for more than 65 years.

GDA is located in Sylmar, Calif. a suburb of Los Angeles. Southern California living offers something for just about anyone. Close to beaches and skiing, Disneyland and Universal Studios, seven professional sports franchises, world class universities and colleges and so much more.

GDA is a “Best” award recipient of the Independent Charities of America. Our guide dogs are provided at no cost to our clients and our program receives no federal, state or local government funding. GDA is an accredited member of the International Guide Dog Federation, the California State Board of Guide Dogs for the Blind and Assistance Dog International.

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