Education Program Assistant

National Federation of the Blind (NFB)
Baltimore, Maryland


The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) Jernigan Institute provides a substantial number of educational programs, services, and resources for the blind, and is widely considered the leading expert in the field of education for the blind. The NFB Jernigan Institute serves blind youth, teachers of the blind, parents of blind children, and the general public across the United States. The team members tasked with providing services to these diverse audiences must be dynamic, energetic, flexible, passionate, and organized. The job responsibilities of education program assistant at the NFB Jernigan Institute are intellectually and creatively challenging. There is a great deal of variability in the type of work that needs to be completed from one day to the next, so the work is never monotonous. Persons who are interested in supporting the work of the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute, which is at the forefront of educational innovation, should apply for this position.

Job-Specific Duties May Include:

  • Posting, revising, and maintaining Web sites and Web forms;
  • Managing databases and files;
  • Supporting the marketing and promotion of programs of the NFB to parents, students, teachers, members of the organization, and the general public;
  • Assisting with the management of logistics for programs of all scopes and sizes;
  • Processing expense reports and other internal documentation;
  • General support to staff members including reading and driving;
  • Formatting and proofing written documents;
  • Regular communications (e.g., answering questions and providing information) with participants in current and future NFB education programs;
  • Supporting the implementation of curricula for blind students in all content areas; and
  • Willing and able to work more than forty hours a week including weekends and evenings

Required Qualifications

  • High level of technology literacy
  • Able to simultaneously keep track of vast quantities of details pertaining to different events and programs
  • Able to provide and receive constructive feedback
  • Good phone and e-mail etiquette
  • Able to work quickly and maintain a high quality level of work
  • Able to work under pressure
  • Energetic
  • Well organized
  • Able to adapt to change quickly

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Should be able to relate to and build rapport with diverse groups of people
  • Experience in event planning or logistics management
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing to various audiences using numerous formats
  • Self-directed, self-motivated, organized, and sensitive to timelines and due dates
  • Strong ability to manage priorities and adjust as needed
  • Works well in multi-disciplinary teams
  • Experience in education or youth programing

Desirable Qualifications

  • Knowledge or experience in blindness and the education of blind students
  • Knowledge or experience in science, technology, education, and math (STEM)
  • Knowledge or experience working with students with disabilities other than blindness

How to Apply

We do not speak in terms of “positions” for many of our jobs at the National Federation of the Blind National Office, preferring to focus on the applicant’s total skill set in determining a fit with our needs. Candidates for jobs at this level are hired on the basis of their education, experience ratings, and careful assessment of performance in multiple interviews. We seek individuals who want to identify with a cause and to assist in advocacy for a group long denied equal opportunity to succeed or fail on the basis of ability and not be denied opportunity on the basis of society’s stereotypes. This job is open until filled. Applicants should send preferably via e-mail, a résumé and cover letter indicating salary requirements to: Bridgid M. Burke, Director of Fiscal Services, National Federation of the Blind, 200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place, Baltimore, MD 21230; telephone 410-659-9314, ext. 2271; fax 410-685-5653; e-mail The National Federation of the Blind is an equal opportunity employer. Accordingly all terms and conditions of employment will be carried out without regard to race, creed, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, marital status, age, or disability.