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Joining a Social Enterprise

Are you a changemaker who wants to play a pivotal role in restoring vision for millions of people in low-income communities around the world?

Do others describe you as determined and entrepreneurial? Are you looking to use business practices to create social impact?

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.

Our Values

At VisionSpring, we seek to help our customers, partners, and colleagues do well. We do so through our four core values:

Our Values

 

Advance equity
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.

Learn together
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.

VisionSpring Hiring Process

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).

The First Questions We’ll Ask: Why VisionSpring? Why Now?

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.

Open Positions

Open Positions
  • Director, Marketing and Communications

    New York City, NY, USA (flexible)

    The pioneering social enterprise, VisionSpring, seeks a skilled and versatile director of marketing and communications to structure and build VisionSpring’s marketing and brand communications functions during a period of rapid expansion and global uncertainty. The director develops marketing strategies and executes campaigns for all products and programs across geographically dispersed customers. With institutional clients and end consumers in 18 countries, VisionSpring’s current key markets are Bangladesh, Ghana, India, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, Vietnam, and Zambia. The director champions brand integrity with clear and consistent brand messaging across communication channels, and builds strong partnerships with a wide range of donors and institutional clients including venture philanthropists, large institutional funders, government agencies, corporations, NGOs, hospitals, vision centers, etc.
     

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  • Finance and Accounting Associate

    Eastern or Central time zone, USA

    The pioneering social enterprise, VisionSpring, seeks a skilled and efficient finance and accounting associate with international experience. The associate is responsible for maintaining accurate and timely financial records by entering, processing, and reconciling transactions in accordance with established procedures and formats. The person in this role will prepare reports and schedules to facilitate budget preparation, tax filing, monthly and annual financial reporting, and successful year-end audits.

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  • Africa Region Director

    Africa (preferably Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, or Zambia)

    VisionSpring seeks a strategic and innovative Africa region director to create and execute the pan-African market strategy that builds demand for eyeglasses and delivers vision access programs and services for people who live on less than $4 per day. The director is responsible for market strategy, business development, sales and marketing management, operations, human resources, and financial management across VisionSpring’s five current key markets. The director provides leadership for VisionSpring’s expanding 15-person team and operations in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, and Zambia, and more than 100 partnerships across hospitals, clinics, and NGOs, cultivating high levels of mission alignment, engagement, and productivity. The person in this position can be based anywhere on the continent, with preference for candidates located in our key markets, and should expect a heavy travel schedule. The Africa region director reports to the chief operating officer, located in VisionSpring’s New York support office.

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