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Vacancy: Senior Director, Global Clinical Training and Prevention Program

Published: 15.01.2019

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SightLife is looking to fill the position of Senior Director, Global Clinical Training and Prevention Program.

The Senior Director of Global Clinical Training and Prevention Programs will oversee strategy and programme implementation across SightLife’s geographies. With in-country staff and partners, the Senior Director will advance existing programmes and develop systems and processes for scale. This role reports to the Vice President of Global Strategy and Programs and is based in Seattle, WA.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

Prevention Programmes

  • Develop strategy and lead implementation for global prevention programme.
  • Manage and scale community health worker programmes focused on awareness and early intervention for corneal abrasions in India and Nepal.
  • Lead the evaluation and onboarding of new partners for future prevention programmes in existing and new geographies.
  • Foster relationships with local governments, eye hospitals and NGOs to advocate for the adoption and integration of corneal blindness prevention programmes into primary eye and healthcare.
  • Manage global prevention programmes team (India and Nepal based).

Clinical Programmes

  • Develop strategy and lead implementation for global clinical training programmes, including, skills transfer courses, symposia, fellowships and other training across geographies.
  • Manage the development, localization and adoption of curricula and resources for corneal surgeons, general ophthalmologists, and allied ophthalmic personnel.
  • Develop systems to evaluate requests for training support and manage expectations and timelines with staff and partners.
  • Manage global clinical program team (India and Seattle based).


  • Build partnerships and foster relationships with key stakeholders working in related areas, including policy makers, multilateral, and private sector institutions, NGOs and civil society organizations and academic and research institutions.
  • Collaborate with programme leads and geography leads to ensure effective SightLife programme delivery. Collaborate with fundraising team to provide information for philanthropic donors related to the prevention and clinical programmes.
  • Manage business rhythm for global prevention and clinical programmes, including monthly, quarterly and annual meetings and reporting, budgeting cycles and partner agreements.
  • Oversee SightLife and partner based programme staff, maintaining regular, open communication and accountability.
  • Contribute to presentations, whitepapers, grants proposals, strategy documents and other written deliverables.
  • In all daily activities, strive to support the Mission, Vision, and Values of SightLife.
  • A personal commitment to organ and tissue donation required.
  • A personal commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • Perform other duties as assigned in support of the work of the organization.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the education, experience, knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and Experience

  • Credible, articulate, demonstrated expertise in the following:
  • Introduction and scaling of global health capacity building programmes in low and middle-income countries.
  • Development and delivery of clinical/technical training grounded in sound adult learning and inclusive design principles.
  • Programme integration into existing health systems and services.
  • Experience managing and leading a diverse team of geographically distributed employees in a matrixed environment. Established cultural competency in partnering with racial, cultural and linguistically diverse groups.
  • Experience in understanding of challenges with working in low and middle-income country context.
  • Demonstrated success in grants management, project management and donor reporting; experience with multi-lateral/bi-lateral USAID-funded projects is preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 10 years’ experience in global health or development programme management or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Must have legal authorization to work in the United States.

Required Skills/Knowledge/Abilities:

  • Passion to represent the programme; to create and maintain effective working relationships with hospital partners, NGOs, subject matter experts, government personnel and donors from a variety of sectors.
  • Ability to represent and communicate an idea, a project, or an organization in any medium and to a variety of audiences, including blog posts, email, team meetings, speaking engagements, and pitch meetings, to name a few.
  • Collaborative approach to working with others to accomplish organizational and team goals and objectives.
  • Ability to quickly understand new, often clinical or technical, concepts at an appropriate level for this role.
  • Commitment to excellence demonstrated through production of high output of work, both in terms of quality and quantity.
  • Passion to help others through blindness prevention and corneal transplantation.
  • Willingness and ability to work long hours, including morning and evening calls.
  • Willingness and ability to travel globally at least 25% of the time.

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