Director of Programming – North America

Global Programming | Cincinnati, OH

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job summary

The Director of Programming – North America is responsible for the strategy and execution to deliver quality vision care services in North America as part of OneSight’s overall global programming plan. North America includes the United States, United States Territories, and Canada. As Director of Programming – North America, the successful candidate will have the combined responsibility for strategic planning, deployment, and evaluation of OneSight’s portfolio of charitable and sustainable operations in the region, as well as region-specific programming that involves fundraising and engagement. This position is responsible for planning, executing, evaluating, and partnering with designated Program Managers to deliver OneSight Vision Clinics in the North America Region. S/he will also be expected to oversee and manage the Community Vision Care (CVC) Program, Voucher Program, Vision Van Program(s), and School- and Community-Based Vision Centers. S/he will provide guidance, counsel, and oversight to the designated Program Managers to lead individual clinics and projects, and work as a team to develop program best practices in the region. The Director of Programming – North America is directly involved in cultivating new, and managing existing program and funding partners, and coordinating teams of global volunteers to ensure outstanding execution in the region.

Principle job responsibilities

Strategic Planning:

  • In partnership with the Sr. Director of Global Programming, develop a recommended strategy for North American over the next five (5) years, evaluating the role of sustainable and charitable programming and establishing clear priorities for the region, as well as strategizing the implementation and expansion of the CVC, Voucher, Vision Van, and School- and Community-Based Vision Center Programs.
  • Identify and recommend resources needed to deliver this strategy in the context of the global programming portfolio.

Key Partnerships:

  • Manage the special clinic operations and projects, particularly when there is a need to explore new areas and partnerships;
  • Develop strategies to increase OneSight’s visibility to both the national and international NGO community and any other actors, with emphasis on North America;
  • Assist in the initiatives and activities that result in obtaining funds and resources needed to sustain and improve OneSight’s programs, helping to identify key donors for follow-up by the Development Team;
  • Lead OneSight in ensuring that strategic and operational coordination mechanisms support programs and response activities;
  • Liaise and cultivate relationships with all relevant national and international NGOs, local and international authorities with the aims of facilitating coordination of eye health programs with emphasis on North America;
  • Develop relationships and collaborate with the global team by offering support, information, and guidance, and by mentoring team members;
  • Develop local partnerships and adhere to clinic preparation standards to ensure operational excellence;
  • Proactively collaborate with Essilor Vision Foundation – North America, to identify potential synergies in programming and ensure no duplication of effort.

Program Execution:

  • Deliver quality eye care by establishing and enforcing organizational standards;
  • Sustain overall clinic operations by following policies and procedures, reporting needed changes in a timely manner;
  • Lead and oversee the implementation of the Community Vision Care, Voucher, Vision Vans, and School- and Community-Based Vision Center Programs, expanding them where feasible and using them as a tool for further engagement and awareness.

Planning & Reporting:

  • Plan program events to ensure success;
  • Prepare reports in collaboration with the Program Managers on program performance by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing information;
  • Serve as a member of the Programming Leadership Team (PLT) to determine global programming priorities, clinic selection, budgeting, capital expense strategy, planning, and a variety of other topics;
  • Manage Program Managers based in the NA region to ensure they deliver with excellence and consistent with the core NA programming strategy;
  • Supervise the Manager, Programming Operations.


  • Ability to manage diverse staff members;
  • Ability to provide feedback to staff members in a positive and helpful manner;
  • Ability to promote a team environment and encourage individuals to support the OneSight mission;
  • Ability to deliver and implement disciplinary measures, when/if necessary.

educational requirements

  • Master’s Degree or equivalent in International Affairs, or Humanitarian Affairs, Management, and/or Social Science or other relevant discipline, from an accredited educational institution, with a combination of additional 7 years minimum experience, or
  • Bachelor’s Degree in International Affairs, or Humanitarian Affairs, Management, and/or Social Science or other relevant discipline, from an accredited educational institution, with a combination of additional 10 years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of the Master’s Degree

Qualifications and experience

  • Solid project, organizational and time management skills essential
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and deliver a strategy related to programming
  • Proven ability to successfully manage and develop a team
  • Ability to complete clinics and projects within designated budget and provide oversight to onsite Program Managers to successfully complete clinics and projects within budget
  • 5 + years’ experience in NGO Healthcare clinic project planning preferred
  • Preferred experience in eye health
  • Strong team player and collaborator with ability to also work autonomously and act independently
  • Flexible and adaptable in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to make decisions with sound judgment and confidence to overcome issues or obstacles with diplomacy
  • Celebrate progress, have a good sense of humor, and inspire others to support the cause
  • Excellent verbal communication skills – comfortable with coaching and presenting to diverse audiences
  • Must be fluent both verbally and proficient in writing in English, with fluency in Spanish a plus
  • Strong cultural acuity and ability to work effectively across diverse global populations
  • Effective listening, problem-solving and consulting skills
  • Desired but not essential would be the ability to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License
  • Strong computer skills in Microsoft Office products and overall database management
  • Event coordination experience
  • Vision care/optical experience

travel requirements

  • Approximately 25%-50% domestic and limited international travel

typical physical demands / work environment

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is seated in an office setting and is regularly required to see, talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, and sit.  The employee is frequently required to use hands. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

Work environment: The work conditions usually take place in an office. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties requested by their supervisor in compliance with Federal and State Laws.