Marketing/Outreach/PR, Operations/Project Management, Program Management
This position is responsible for two strategic initiatives of Prevent Blindness- leadership of the Center for Vision and Population Health (CVPH) and the newly forming A.S.P.E.C.T. patient engagement program. In 2018, Prevent Blindness established the CVPH with the goal to elevate the role for vision and eye health in attaining a high quality of life. The CVPH is a national technical assistance and policy resource center for advancing vision and eye health from a population health perspective. The Center carries out the critical role of:
convening national experts in vision and primary health, key government agency representatives, researchers, advocates from key populations, public health professionals, aging network leaders, business leaders, and foundation experts;
collaborating with community, state, and national stakeholders to disseminate and implement best-practices, sound policies, and reduce vision health inequities; and
supporting state-level programs by delivering technical support and evidence-based interventions.
The CVPH is an established entity led by a dynamic expert advisory committee. This position would ensure that the vision and eye health needs of the target population are identified, manage ongoing communication among critical stakeholders, and engage experts to move the vision and eye health agenda forward. Additional information about the CVPH can be found at https://www.preventblindness.org/center-for-vision-and-population-health. 50% of the Director’s time would be spent managing the CVPH.
The second program area this position oversees is a newly developing patient engagement program called A.S.P.E.C.T. This program will recruit Allies- individuals who are at risk of, or care for someone with vision loss, as well as Patients who have experienced vision loss due to a chronic eye disease. The program will develop these individuals to understand, discuss, guide others, and guide treatment interventions at local and national levels. The program name- A.S.P.E.C.T.- is an acronym for the outcomes to be nurtured in participants: Advocacy, Support, Perspective, Education, Communication, and Training.
This position will oversee the program planning committee, curriculum development and testing, participant selection, program implementation, promotion, and evaluation. 40% of the Director’s time would be spent on the activities related to this program.
The Director will work in partnership with Prevent Blindness staff to guide policy planning in areas that will influence the program objectives managed by the position and to ensure proper resource development to support the programs for the remaining portion of time allocated (10%).
Providing technical assistance to federal and state agencies, as well as national organizations on system integration of vision and eye health;
Working in partnership with diverse advisory committees;
Participating on national task forces to provide a cross-system voice in policy discussions;
Facilitating collaboration and consensus among organizations and individuals to promote vision and eye health;
Partnering with other organizations and national resource centers on specific initiatives to maximize resources and disseminate innovative practices;
Producing nationally recognized documents and providing education on those documents;
Planning and conducting meetings with diverse stakeholders; and
Writing proposals and project updates for grants to support the work of the program areas of responsibility.
In addition, the Director of National Collaboration and Engagement participates in other programmatic activities of Prevent Blindness to align objectives across organizational efforts and among the Prevent Blindness affiliate system to contribute to the strategic plan.
MPH, MPHA, MSW, or related degree or commensurate professional experience will be considered. At least 5 years’ experience in the public health system and in building cross-agency service systems is required. Additional experience in vision and eye health from a public health perspective is preferred, but not essential. A successful candidate will have the ability to lead, work successfully with diverse stakeholders, provide empathy, build partnerships, and to think systemically and strategically. Candidates need to demonstrate a commitment to the systems approach to public health and individual-level development/empowerment.
The candidate must be proficient in oral and written communication, program evaluation, program promotion, as well as facilitation, training, conducting workshops or focus groups, and providing presentations. Candidates with experience writing and executing federal-level grant programs are preferred. Candidates located in the Chicago or Washington D.C. area preferred, but qualified candidates from other areas can be considered.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter indicating programmatic interests, experience highlights, a description of your preferred leadership/mentoring style, salary requirements, and a resume or curriculum vitae in a single pdf file to Sharon Norton, Manager of Administrative Services for Prevent Blindness at firstname.lastname@example.org by March 1, 2020. Prevent Blindness is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse staff.
Telecommuting is allowed.
About Prevent Blindness
At Prevent Blindness, our mission is to prevent blindness and preserve sight. We advance the ideal that all children are afforded the benefits of sight as they grow and learn; a vision that all adults are educated about proper eye health care and have access to that same care; a vision that necessary attention is provided to issues surrounding the aging eye; and a vision that no one needlessly loses his or her sight due to unsafe practices.Founded in 1908, Prevent Blindness is the nation’s leading eye health and safety organization dedicated to preventing blindness and preserving sight across all age spectrums and multiple eye conditions. We focus on improving the nation’s vision and eye health by empowering the public on the importance of taking care of their sight, by promoting advances in public health systems of care that support eye health needs, and by advocating for public policy that emphasizes early detection and access to appropriate eye care.