The ISAAC Foundation, a federally recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working with families affected with autism spectrum disorders in Eastern Washington and North Idaho, is seeking an Executive Assistant to work approximately 20 hours per week with the possibility for additional hours when programming expands. The executive assistant will work closely with the Executive Director to support the projects and initiatives undertaken by The ISAAC Foundation. Pay range $13-$15 per hour, depending on experience.
About The ISAAC Foundation: The ISAAC Foundation offers a variety of programs to meet the various needs of families touched by autism. In addition, the ISAAC Foundation manages an extensive nationally accredited training program for first responder agencies as well as autism related training for schools and community organizations.
Qualifications: The ISAAC Foundation is seeking a motivated, accountable, creative, and enthusiastic individual with a passion for working in the non-profit sector as well as a passion for improving the quality of life of individuals and families affected by autism spectrum disorders. The position requires excellent written and verbal communications skills, a strong work ethic, and attention to detail. Having personal experience with individuals or a family member impacted by autism or other developmental disorder is a bonus but not required. Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, Access, Powerpoint and Publisher is required. Must be tech savvy and able to demonstrate strong computer skills and above average comfort level in windows and web-based environments. Candidates should be comfortable working independently as well as with a supervisor. High school diploma or equivalent required.
About the Position: The Executive Assistant will be responsible for performing a variety of administrative duties for the organization and Executive Director.
Executive Assistant will work on average 20 hours per week. Hours will be from 9:30-2:30pm, Monday through Thursday. The Executive Assistant will work from the ISAAC Foundation office in downtown Spokane. Evening and weekend work hours may be required throughout the school year.
TO APPLY: Please submit a cover letter and resume (with applicable experience) to Holly[at]theISAACfoundation.org, with “ISAAC Foundation Executive Assistant” in the email subject line. Phone calls and in-person visits are not permitted. Completion of a Washington State Patrol background check is required upon hire. Deadline to apply is July 1st.
Isaac was born to his parents, Reed and Holly Lytle, on March 28, 2003. He was named after his two grandfathers, Isaac “Lynn” Bahme and Dennis Lytle. He was a happy baby who brought immense joy to his parents and older brother Jared. At approximately 15 months of age, Isaac began becoming withdrawn, stopped responding to sound and began exhibiting symptoms of anxiety. His parents immediately sought help and were told that Isaac exhibited “red flags” for autism. Isaac immediately began receiving intensive early intervention therapies such as speech, occupational and DIR/Floortime therapies. At approximately 18 months old, Isaac received his official diagnosis of Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS), under the umbrella of autism spectrum disorders.
The months and years following Isaac’s diagnosis was a mixture of joyous progress and frustrating setbacks. Isaac’s parents quickly discovered that not all health insurance plans provided therapy intervention benefits to children diagnosed with autism. Because of insurance limitations for Isaac’s therapy needs, Isaac’s mother began working from home and paid therapists to teach her the therapy techniques needed to help Isaac fight autism. After months of hard work and hours of home therapy with his parents, Isaac began to improve. He began making eye contact, started to enjoy school and interact with classmates, siblings and cousins and most importantly he began to speak.
Not realizing that their time with Isaac would tragically be cut short, Isaac’s parents kissed their beautiful, bright eyed boy goodnight and in the wee hours of the morning on February 8, 2007, Isaac quietly passed away in his sleep from an undetected genetic heart defect, not related to autism. Isaac was just a few weeks from celebrating his fourth birthday.
Looking back, Isaac’s parents prefer to remember all of the good times they shared with him. His family fondly remembers Isaac’s passion for music. His favorite songs were by the Wiggles. Isaac had the pleasure of seeing the Wiggles in concert here in Spokane TWICE!!! He also enjoyed almost every song performed by Johnny Cash but was particularly fond of “Ring of Fire” and would often sing along.
His favorite movie was “Finding Nemo” but would hide in his room during the opening scene of the movie (when Nemo’s mother Coral is attacked by the Barracuda Fish). He just couldn’t watch the loss of Nemo’s mother. Isaac was also a huge fan of Mickey Mouse and had a stuffed Mickey that he would give lots and lots of hugs. Isaac also left behind an extensive car and train collection which his parents cherish to this day.
As with all children, Isaac loved his junk food. His particular favorites were popcorn, any kind of soda, milkshakes and ice cream of any flavor, popsicles, pizza and any candy he could get his hands on. His most favorite food of all time was McDonald’s French Fries. Isaac’s parents laugh as they remember his instinctual knowledge of every McDonald’s location in Spokane – and he paid close attention anytime he was in the car! If you passed a McDonald’s without stopping for french fries, he would yell in protest from the back seat.
The ISAAC Foundation is a tribute and lasting legacy to Isaac Lytle. It’s continued work will help to improve the lives of children in our community touched by autism for a lifetime.