The pioneering social enterprise, VisionSpring, seeks an entrepreneurial global vice president to lead the expansion of VisionSpring’s programs that accelerate the uptake of eyeglasses as a powerful tool for social and economic development. Why eyeglasses? Eyeglasses are a low-cost, high-impact, scalable product that enable people to maintain their livelihoods, achieve in school, stay safe on the roads, and participate fully in society, yet 1.1 billion mostly low-income people do not have the eyeglasses they need to see well and do well.
In 2021, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the ‘Vision for Everyone’ resolution recognizing eye health and vision correction as a driver of multiple sustainable development goals. Member states at the 74th World Health Assembly agreed to increase the effective coverage of refractive errors with eyeglasses (or contact lenses) by 40% by the year 2030. With this new global consensus and VisionSpring’s 20-year track record of delivering vision access solutions, we are poised to scale-up our most promising service delivery models, working together with government, private sector, and NGO partners. The first-ever global vice president of programs leads this effort with team members and partners in eight countries.
The global VP strengthens and expands VisionSpring’s See to Earn, See to Learn, and See to Be Safeprograms focused on working adults, school-aged children, and drivers, respectively. The person in this role builds out the programs department with responsibility for program strategy and design; service quality and customer experience; monitoring, evaluation, and learning; knowledge management; strategic partnerships; innovation management; and ensuring that funding proposals are technically sound. The global VP directly manages an initial team of eight people and, working with country and regional directors, fosters the success of a 175-person team delivering $4.5 million in program services that screen the vision of more than 3.5 million people annually.
The person in this role may be based in, or relocate to, any one of VisionSpring’s eight key markets--Bangladesh, Ghana, India, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, Vietnam, or Zambia--and should expect a heavy travel schedule. The global VP reports to the CEO who is located in VisionSpring’s New York support office.
· Mission-driven, entrepreneurial leader.** You build an organization to deliver on its long-term outcomes. You foster ideation, iteration, and learning, and take calculated risks.
· Customer centric.** Beneficiary is a bad word in your book. You center program and process design around defined value propositions, customer experience, and feedback.
· Scalable is necessary. You are motivated to build services that reach millions of people based on their unit economics, repeatability, customer demand, and market opportunity.
· Inclusive player-coach.** You mentor and develop people. In a diverse, growth-stage organization, you create opportunities for participation and increased responsibility. You model vulnerability, accountability, and roll-up your sleeves to deliver when needed.
· Resource mobilizer. You build cases for support rooted in rigorous program design, evidence of impact, a track record of delivery, and multi-stakeholder partnerships.
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