The purpose of this page is to provide employment information and support to people who are blind or vision impaired.
Call for Expressions-of-Interest for the position of BCA Executive Officer
Blind Citizens Australia (BCA) is seeking expressions of interest for appointment to the position of Executive Officer.
BCA is Australia’s national peak body representing blind and vision impaired people. The appointee must be able to demonstrate experience in advocating on behalf of people with a disability; and preference will be given to those who have lived experience of blindness or vision impairment.
A copy of the EO Position Description can be downloaded here: BCA Executive Officer Position Description (Word docx 30kb)
The successful candidate will be appointed on a one year basis, with a view to re-appointment to a longer-term contract.
Expressions-of-Interest are due by close of business on Monday 9 January 2017. The Board may request further detail based on the information provided in the EOI.
The position is full-time and a competitive salary with superannuation and access to Salary Packaging will be negotiated with the successful candidate.
Expressions-of-Interest should be in Word format and comprise:
- a one page covering letter;
- a CV of no more than four pages; and
- the names and contact details of two referees.
The covering letter should focus on the candidate’s ability to:
- manage a not-for-profit organisation (with a small staff team);
- communicate and manage relationships with a wide range of stakeholders, including BCA members, service provision agencies, partner organisations, donors and government); and
- develop and implement an operational plan, policies and procedures which reflect the strategic priorities of the organisation.
BCA’s national office is located in Melbourne. While there is no requirement for the appointee to reside in Melbourne permanently, he/she will need to spend significant time working from our national office for the first three months, in order to establish processes for managing the organisation remotely to the satisfaction of the Board.
For further information; to obtain a copy of the Position Description; or to lodge an Expression-of-Interest please contact Daniel Stubbs, Chair of the Recruitment Panel at email@example.com or 0437 253 543
Employment Opportunity: Tour Guides – Dialogue in the Dark
Guide Dogs Victoria will be bringing the much anticipated Dialogue in the Dark™ exhibition to Melbourne in 2017.
Dialogue in the Dark™ is an interactive sensory exhibition that facilitates visitors experiencing daily living without sight. The exhibition will simulate iconic locations and experiences of Melbourne and is undertaken in complete darkness. Visitors are guided through the exhibition by a Guide who has low vision or who is blind. Through this encounter, visitors find a new appreciation for the unique skills of people with a disability, and reflect on their own personal value systems, attitudes and behaviours.
Guide Dogs Victoria are now recruiting for up to 20 Guides for the exhibition on a casual or part time basis. This role will be primarily responsible for guiding tour groups through the exhibition and providing an enjoyable, educational and professional experience for all patrons.
Requirements for this role:
We are looking for individuals who are blind or have low vision and have:
- Excellent verbal communication skills, good grammar and enunciation with experience in giving presentations or guiding large groups is desirable but not essential
- Knowledge of a second language will be highly regarded
- Empathetic communicator with the ability to see things from another person’s point of view
- Good mobility and white cane skills
- Sufficiently mobile with high level of acceptance of their vision impairment / loss
- Able to manage the physical demands and requirements of the job (applicants are required to walk and stand for at least 1 and a half hour periods while conducting tours)
- A satisfactory background check (including a National and International Police Check and Working With Children Check)
Applications (including a Cover letter and Resume) should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
All candidates will receive a copy of the Position Description upon receipt of application being received.
Blind Citizens Australia Employment Policy Suite
On 11 December 2012, we launched our employment policy suite, which provides resources for recruiters, employers, disability employment service (DES) providers, Government as an employer and how the Australian Government can work to meet their national and international obligations.
- Hello Recruiters (Word doc)
- Hello Employers (Word doc)
- Hello Disability Employment Service (DES) providers (Word doc)
- Government as an Employer (Word doc)
- How the Australian Government can meet their national and international obligations (Word doc)
We have also created a series of factsheets which challenge assumptions about what people who are blind or vision impaired can do, bust myths, provide guidance on legal blindness and how people who are blind access information and where you can get more information.
- Have you checked your assumptions? (Word doc)
- Busting those myths (Word doc)
- What does the term legal blindness mean? (Word doc)
- Reading information as a person who is blind? (Word doc)
- What Australian and international law say about disability – the law and guidelines (Word doc)
- And now to some useful links (Word doc)
All of the above documents are also available in large print, braille, audio and on data CD.
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