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VisionSpring creates access to affordable eyewear, everywhere, because clear vision creates opportunities for increased earning, learning, safety, and civic participation, and improved quality of life. As a social enterprise, we hold mission and business goals in constructive tension. While we judge our global performance on social impact measures, our focus on sales and revenue targets ensures we grow effectively and efficiently.
If you’re coming from the private sector, this may be the first time you are considering serving customers who live on less than $4 per day. If you have spent your career in the nonprofit sector, this maybe the first time you are considering entering a sales-driven organization. All backgrounds are welcome. We’re committed to growing and learning together. We can’t wait to see how you will apply your skills and expertise to transforming the systemic dysfunction of an optical market that has failed to deliver eyeglasses—a 700-year-old technology—to 2.5 billion consumers in need of vision correction.
At VisionSpring, we seek to help our customers, partners, and colleagues do well. We do so through our four core values:
By creating opportunities for advancement and participation; eliminating disparities and removing barriers for disadvantaged individuals and groups; empowering women and girls; acting without ego; listening to all voices; and celebrating diversity.
Constantly adapt, relentlessly improve
By embracing and driving change; taking calculated risks; building on evidence; being determined; and focusing on solutions.
By approaching everything with fresh eyes; being a student of our customers, markets, and ecosystems; and applying and sharing what we continue to learn.
Default to transparency, reveal hard truths
By communicating honestly; declaring our intentions; sharing information, even when doing so is uncomfortable; earning trust; and trusting others—with verification.
We’ll be frank: our hiring process is only fun for people who really want to be a part of the VisionSpring team. We hire slowly.
Be prepared for multiple interviews, a character assessment, and a written exercise. We typically ask finalist candidates to present their work to the hiring committee. At the end, we’ll know if you have the skills, experience, and character to be successful at VisionSpring, and you’ll know if we are the kind of place that will have you looking forward to Monday mornings (or Sunday mornings if you are on the Bangladesh team).
If you are motivated by a high-growth environment and want to work with a talented, purpose-driven team, VisionSpring could be the best next step in your career. When you apply, have your story ready. Better yet, float your resume to the top of the pile by submitting your application with answers to the first three questions we are going to ask:
Why does joining a social enterprise to accelerate the uptake of eyeglasses among low-income consumers in emerging and frontier markets appeal to you at this stage of your career?
What challenges do you anticipate you would encounter in this role at VisionSpring? What expertise will you bring to address them?
How will you know if VisionSpring is the right fit for you?
Please limit your responses to one page total. You may incorporate your answers into a cover letter.
VisionSpring seeks a skilled and efficient finance and accounting manager/senior manager. The manager/senior manager is responsible for maintaining accurate and timely financial records, collaborating with an external bookkeeping service provider to enter, process, and reconcile transactions in accordance with established procedures and formats; manage accounts payable; and ensure financial compliance for restricted and unrestricted grants. The person in this role will prepare reports and schedules to facilitate budget preparation, 990 filing, monthly and annual financial reporting, and successful year-end audits. The manager/senior manager leads the monthly close process for the U.S. office and the global consolidation of closes for operations in Africa, Bangladesh, India, the U.S., and Vietnam. This position reports to the vice president of finance and may be located anywhere in the Eastern or Central time zone of the United States.
VisionSpring seeks a persuasive and collaborative communications manager to tell and amplify our story. The manager leads content creation and development, both creating original content directly and managing a team of international consultants to produce multimedia content, and manages day-to-day communications operations. Audiences include current and potential individual donors; institutional donors such as foundations, governments, corporations, and venture philanthropists; media outlets; partners; and other key stakeholders. The person in this role works closely with the global director of marketing and communications to develop and implement VisionSpring’s strategic communications plan, including the public relations program and editorial calendar. The communications manager is the primary liaison for national and international media contacts.
The global VP strengthens and expands VisionSpring’s See to Earn, See to Learn, and See to Be Safe programs 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.