The National Federation of the Blind is a membership organization of blind people from each of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. As America's civil rights organization of the blind, the Federation is a coordinated network of skilled advocates, resources, and programs that raise expectations of the blind in society and create opportunities for blind people to live the lives they want. The staff of the Federation are central to the organized blind movement by providing support, professional expertise, and daily contributions to the success of the organization. Working under the direction of the Federation's elected President, the staff advise the organization's leadership and contribute to the vibrant, energetic, and collaborative culture of the organization that raises expectations throughout society.
The National Federation of the Blind provides a substantial number of educational programs, services, and resources for the blind, and is widely considered the leading expert in the field of blindness. Through the NFB Jernigan Institute, we serve blind youth, blind adults, parents of blind children, blindness professionals, and the public across the United States. We support the instruction, production, and utilization of Braille as a fundamental tool for literacy and independence for the blind. We also administer the Braille Transcription and Proofreading Certification program for the Library of Congress.
The Braille Production Specialist functions as an integral member of the staff at the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute and will be responsible for providing Braille production and administrative support for various projects and programs throughout the institute. The chosen individual must be dynamic, committed, flexible, and detail oriented. The job responsibilities of Braille Production Specialist at the NFB Jernigan Institute are challenging and rewarding. 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 individual must be flexible and self-motivated. Only individuals who are interested in playing an integral role in the work of the NFB Jernigan Institute, which is at the forefront of innovation in the field of blindness, should apply for this position.
- Using industrial Braille embossers to produce Braille materials in a variety of content areas
- Embossing transcribed Braille documents, letters, manuals, agendas, and course materials
- Performing basic maintenance and repairs on Braille embossers
- Training other staff on how to use Braille embossers
- Assisting with other aspects of Blindness Initiatives programs where needed
- Two years’ experience in Braille production
- Knowledge or experience in blindness
- Proficient in the use of Braille translation software and Braille production technology
- Self-directed, self-motivated, organized, and sensitive to timelines and due dates
- Strong ability to manage priorities and adjust as needed
- Able to communicate effectively verbally or in writing
- Must be able to provide and receive constructive feedback
- Willing to work weekends and evenings when necessary
Education and Experience
- Experience or certification as a Braille transcriber or proofreader.
- Facility with the use of styles and other advanced features of Microsoft Word
How to Apply
We seek individuals who wish to identify with a cause and to assist in advocacy for a group long denied equal opportunity to succeed or fail based on ability, and not be denied opportunity on the basis of society’s stereotypes. This job is open until filled.
Applicants should send, preferably via email, a résumé and cover letter indicating salary requirements to: Human Resources, National Federation of the Blind, 200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place, Baltimore, MD 21230; telephone 410-659-9314, ext. 2488; fax 410-685-5653; email [email protected].
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. For more detailed information about our commitment to equal opportunity in employment, please email a request to [email protected].