Director of Training
The Training Supervisor is responsible for the supervision, management and education of Guide Dog Mobility Instructors (GDMI). The Training Supervisor facilitates proper training of dogs and clients to ensure safe, effective, independent mobility (ensuring that the high standards of the organization are met). In addition, they represent the training department as it relates to outreach, public relations and advocacy for the blind and vision impaired.
POSITION ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
- Actively promotes the Training Department mission, policies and practices. Assists in the implementation of new directions and programs.
- Oversees the matching and training of clients in class. Evaluates the progress of teams and advises DOT of class progress.
- Provides guidance and supervision of GDMIs as it pertains to dog training and class instruction.
- Evaluates dogs and offers training solutions or determines the disposition of a dog.
- Completes evaluations and gives feedback to GDMIs and CWTs as needed. Undertakes annual employee performance reports and discipline as necessary.
- Undertakes all stages of obedience testing, guide work testing and drives all phases of traffic training.
- Conducts home interviews of applicants, graduate assists, follow-up visits and in- home trainings.
- Fills in for other Training Supervisors and GDMIs as needed.
- Represents the Training Dept. inside and outside of the organization through speaking engagements, graduations, tours and conventions.
- Motivates and guides others towards accomplishments of goals.
- Adheres to our organization's safety policies and procedures and encourages others to do the same. Promptly reports incidents and accidents according to campus procedures.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
POSITION ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS
- Minimum five years’ experience as a Qualified GDMI.
- Must have valid Driver’s License and is insurable through GDB.
- Excellent interpersonal, analytical and communication skills.
- Has outstanding leadership qualities.
- Able to communicate via voice mail and e-mail, able to use word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications effectively.
- Able to withstand repeated bending, stooping, kneeling and squatting.
- Must safely handle a variety of large breed dogs, weighing up to 90 pounds, with varying strength and manageability. Ability to safely lift up to 40 pounds. Employees are required to seek assistance when lifting dogs or objects weighing more than 40 pounds.
- High school diploma or equivalent; some college preferred.