Reporting to the Vice President of Programs & Services, the Executive Director of Los Angeles Programs is responsible for the administration, programs, and operations of the Los Angeles Regional Center. She/He/They will be the principal program leader of Braille Institute’s flagship Los Angeles center which provides high quality services, programs, and classes to its blind and low vision clients throughout Los Angeles County. This Executive Director will be responsible for providing leadership and vision in order to achieve goals and objectives and meet the needs of the visually impaired within the region. Primary responsibilities include:
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Founded in 1919, Braille Institute is a non-profit organization that has been positively transforming the lives of those with sight loss for 100 years. Braille Institute offers hundreds of programs and services, all free of charge, at centers and community locations in Southern California. Each year, Braille Institute serves over 37,000 people of all ages and demonstrates that vision rehabilitation is a beginning, not an end. Braille Institute services are provided at seven centers (Los Angeles, Anaheim, Rancho Mirage, San Diego, and Santa Barbara, Laguna Hills, and Riverside) and 300 community outreach locations throughout Southern California.
Braille Institute also operates an award-winning library and has an information-rich website. Braille Institute is funded almost entirely through private donations. Generous donors and dedicated efforts by over 1,100 volunteers enable staff to provide programs and services without charge. The ratio of volunteers to staff – approximately 6 to 1 – creates an environment to serve an ever-growing number of people who are experiencing sight loss.
Braille Institute has an annual operating budget of approximately $23 million and is funded almost entirely through private donations. During the previous 10 years, the Institute has averaged $18.6 million in annual Total Public Support, with approximately 70% of donations coming from bequests, followed by individual and institutional gifts.
Braille Institute provides a number of National Programs that extend its reach across the country. The Braille Challenge, a literacy competition for students ages 6-19, and Special Collection, a program that delivers free braille books to children have a national reach. Programs like Cane Quest, regional white cane travel competitions for students in grades 3-12, are quickly growing. Braille Institute also offers comprehensive adaptive technology training programs to help clients develop their skills and realize their goals, whether they are academic, vocational, social, or information related.
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