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Career Opportunities

The Organization

At Operation Eyesight, we offer a gift – the gift of sight. Through the dedication of staff, donors, and partners, Operation Eyesight brings sight-restoration and blindness prevention treatment to people around the world. The mission of Operation Eyesight resonates in the passion and commitment of our team, both in Canada and internationally. If you’d like to be part of this gift-giving mission, apply today and support our mission. For All The World To See.

Position Title

Director of Development

Reports to

President & CEO

Position Summary

The Director of Development leads and manages fund development at Operation Eyesight (OE) and is responsible for building a healthy and engaged donor pipeline to support the organization. Reporting to the President and CEO, this role includes implementation and management of annual giving and major gifts strategies; stewardship of the planned giving program while at the same time managing a pipeline of donors and prospective donors. We are seeking someone to help us continue our momentum, to deepen our donors’ engagement with our mission and to be a part of the team to make Operation Eyesight a household name.

This role requires a deep thinker who is tactical and outcomes focused and is motivated by building connections between the donors and our mission. Experience working in a senior role in a successful fundraising team is essential, while the ability to build sustainable relationships with a wide range of donors and key stakeholders will ensure success in this role. This position plays an important role in shaping the future of Operation Eyesight.

Key Accountabilities

  • To grow and steward the donor pipeline for annual giving, major gifts, and legacy giving.
  • Support the strategic direction of Operation Eyesight.
  • Devise and implement new initiatives that increase philanthropic revenue.
  • Manage, mentor, and lead development team members.
  • Build organizational culture of philanthropy.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop and build the fundraising strategy of Operation Eyesight in alignment with the organization’s mission and values.
    • Support in developing and executing fundraising goals to support the implementation of the Global Strategy.
    • Support in developing and executing the Advancement strategy.
    • Support in developing and executing UK and US fundraising strategy and goals.
  • Give priority to the growth and stewardship of the donor pipeline.
    • Responsible for the strategic planning, development, and management of giving activities to meet giving targets, including the identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of annual, major, planned and campaign gift donors.
    • Working in close collaboration with the Director of Marketing & Communications, this role is responsible to oversee the annual giving strategy for our direct mail and with a goal to increase the annual giving revenue to $1.3 million per year;
    • Manage a portfolio of major gift donors ensuring relationships remain strong throughout the organization.
    • Oversee the administration of the estates portfolio with a focus on stewardship, accurate tracking, and forecasting.
    • Oversee the Planned Giving portfolio with stewarding interest or intention to leave a bequest.
    • Accurately record information about, and communication with all prospects and donors – including research material, engagement plans, stewardship plans and meeting reports.
    • Work closely with marketing and communications team to create and maintain marketing and communication materials that assist in developing and maintaining powerful donor relationships.
    • Develop and implement plans to meet giving targets, including the identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of annual, major, planned and campaign gift donors.
    • Work with the President & CEO to devise and implement new initiatives that increase philanthropic revenue.
    • Nurture and grow relationships with trusts and foundations and oversee reporting and application processes.
    • Expand the mid-level donor strategy to attract, grow, and engage larger donor base.
    • Develop, implement, and manage campaigns and special appeals.
    • Effectively use digital technology to create pipeline efficiencies.
  • Positively lead and manage the Donor Relations Team
    • Foster positive working relationship with Development staff, leading and empowering the team to successfully meet the needs of the organization and the people it serves.
    • Provide regular performance feedback through informal conversations as well as through the annual performance review process.
  • Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders
    • Collaborate with advancement team to create quarterly and annual projections.
    • Prepare annual donor relations budget with support from Finance department.
    • Regularly collaborate with Finance to monitor and evaluate the success of fundraising activities, ensuring we are on track to meet campaign, special appeal, and overall revenue targets.
    • Work closely with international teams to understand their programs and develop donor communications materials such as fundraising campaigns, major gift proposals, special appeals, stewardship reports and grants.
    • Positively and professionally engage with Board of Directors by preparing Board reports and attending and participating in Board meetings as required.
  • Ensure staff members’ compliance with all organizational policies and procedures.
  • Any other responsibilities as assigned by the or President/CEO.

Job-Related Skills

  • Demonstrated experience and expertise in Annual Giving, Major Gifts, Legacy Giving, and Estates.
  • Experience in concept note and proposal development.
  • High ethical standards of behavior, good judgment, respect for others, confidentiality, thoroughness, and attention to detail.
  • Excellent writing and oral presentation skills in English.
  • Demonstrated ability in project management and relationship management.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills in a multicultural environment and across all levels of the organization.
  • Ability to lead, manage, and mentor with openness, support, and flexibility.
  • A strong team player with the ability and desire to coach and empower team members.
  • Demonstrated experience working with Board of Directors.
  • Understanding of moves management as related to major donors.
  • Interest and knowledge of international relations and development.
  • Established knowledge and experience of the not-for-profit sector.
  • Experience with Salesforce or similar CRM an asset. If no experience, then willingness to learn is essential.
  • Knowledge of CRA charitable regulations.
  • Given the Company’s international operations and varied time zones, flexibility in working hours may be required in order to meet business requirements.
  • 10-25% travel primarily within Canada. International travel as required.

Values

Operation Eyesight’s values:

  • Equity
  • Innovation
  • Citizenship
  • Compassion
  • Excellence

Education/Training/Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field or a combination of education and experience
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in major gift fundraising, with demonstrated success in raising six figure gifts.
  • Proven track record of managing solicitations and relationships with high-net-worth individuals.
  • Proven experience in developing institutional relationships. Ability to understand the needs and interests of corporations, foundations, and government to develop long-term, strategic relationships.
  • Experience and expertise in developing relationships with major donors and crafting major donor strategies to secure results.
  • Experience working with Board members.
  • Experience with Salesforce an asset.
  • CFRE designation is an asset.

If this opportunity sounds like one you’d like to pursue, please submit your resume by November 30, 2022 to hr@operationeyesight.com. More information about Operation Eyesight can be found on our website at operationeyesight.com

Operation Eyesight would like to thank all applicants for their interest in this position; however only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

Our Kenya Office is seeking consultancy services for an end term evaluation for our school eye health project. The consultancy is to evaluate a two-year project funded by USAID and implemented in Uasin Gishu County, Kenya. We are looking for applicants who meet the following criteria:

  • Relevant qualification in any of the following fields: Social Sciences, Public Health, Development Studies, Community Eye Health or other related field
  • A minimum of 10 years proven experience in the design and conduct of end term evaluations for health programs
  • Comprehensive working knowledge of at least five years in strategic planning and evaluation in the health and development sector
  • Demonstrated evidence of having completed similar assignments
  • Working knowledge of the eye health sector in Kenya is an added advantage

For more information about the project, the evaluation scope and how to apply, see the Terms of Reference here.

The Organization

At Operation Eyesight, we offer a gift – the gift of sight. Through the dedication of staff, donors, and partners, Operation Eyesight brings sight-restoration and blindness prevention treatment to people around the world. The mission of Operation Eyesight resonates in the passion and commitment of our team, both in Canada and internationally. If you’d like to be part of this gift-giving mission, apply today and support our mission. For All The World To See.

Position Title

Community Engagement Specialist, Indigenous Programs

Reports to

Learning & Evaluation Specialist

Position Summary

The Community Engagement Specialist is responsible for helping with Operation Eyesight’s development and expansion of community-based eye health programs within Canada and promoting local awareness of our organization. This role will be primarily responsible for relationship building and project development in collaboration with project partners, mainly First Nations and Métis Nations across Alberta and Indigenous Peoples in Calgary. This role will also contribute to coordinating internal learning initiatives and special projects relating to the program. Reporting to the Learning & Evaluation Specialist, this role works collaboratively with the Strategic Partnerships team to build an eye health program in Canada, advance our community presence, coordinate projects, engage with project communities and contribute to communications content creation.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support the development and operation of eye health programs in Indigenous communities
  • With the Learning & Evaluation Specialist, engage with Indigenous organizations, Elders and community partners to strengthen Indigenous-led health initiatives and develop eye health programs that are respectful of Indigenous cultures and ways of knowing
  • Identify and organize learning opportunities for Operation Eyesight staff to strengthen organizational capacity to work with Indigenous Peoples and organizations
  • Work on special projects related to community outreach
  • Work collaboratively with the Marketing & Communications team and community partners to create engaging content for social media and other communication needs
  • Support fundraising needs for the program
  • Create and maintain a calendar of project events
  • Track and analyze metrics for program activities
  • Some day travel to First Nations and Métis Nations in Alberta is expected (minimal overnights)

Job-Related Skills

  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of Indigenous Peoples in Canada, including cultures, histories, protocols, and ways of knowing, as well as health issues and political factors affecting Indigenous Peoples
  • Familiarity with community engagement in Indigenous contexts
  • Knowledge of Truth and Reconciliation, UNDRIP and social determinants of health
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills in a multicultural environment, including cultural safety and inter-cultural competency
  • Proficient written and verbal communication skills
  • High ethical standards of behavior, good judgment, respect for others, confidentiality, and attention to detail
  • Demonstrated ability in event management and relationship management
  • A network of personal contacts and ability to extend this program would be an asset

Values

Operation Eyesight’s values:

  • Equity
  • Innovation
  • Citizenship
  • Compassion
  • Excellence

Education/Training/Experience

  • Preference will be given to Indigenous applicants, however strong consideration will be given to candidates who are non-Indigenous persons with demonstrated strong expertise; knowledge, and experience in Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Being, Indigenous Health, and communications
  • University education or related experience in a related field (Indigenous studies, public health, social science, communications, or project management);
  • Willingness to travel is required;
  • Experience in event planning and organization;
  • Intermediate proficiency with all Microsoft Office programs;
  • Knowledge of and/or experience with international development organizations would be an asset;
  • Able to work independently and handle multiple projects and priorities at a time.

To apply or to learn more, please send your resume in Word or PDF format to hr@operationeyesight.com.

Volunteer Opportunities

Sorry, we do not have any open positions right now. Please check back later.

The Operation Eyesight Canada Board of Directors are currently seeking new volunteer board directors. Operation Eyesight is a Calgary-based international development organization working to eliminate avoidable blindness in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. The organization’s volunteer board of directors are responsible for the strategic direction and oversight of the organization, and for maintaining key relationships with groups and individuals that affect Operation Eyesight’s ability to fulfil its mission and vision.

If you have experience in not-for-profit and/or the international development sector or as a senior executive in the private sector and you share Operation Eyesight’s values of equity, innovation, global citizenship, compassion and excellence, please contact us. We would like to discuss this opportunity with you.

Directors are elected for a two-year term. The board meets 10 times per year, which includes virtual participation and two in-person meetings per year in Calgary. Directors also participate on at least one sub- committee each. We strive to foster a culture of diversity and inclusiveness, on the board and throughout the organization.

We are looking to fill at least two vacant positions. Priority consideration will be given to those who are currently a member of a senior management team and have one or more of the following:

  • Previous government relations experience working for an NGO or the Government of Canada
  • A professional designation related to finance
  • Experience as a volunteer or as a professional in Fund Development – Major Gifts and Grants
  • Experience as a professional in eye care
  • Current residence in Eastern Canada – Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes

To learn more about Operation Eyesight’s mission to prevent blindness and restore sight, visit operationeyesight.com

To explore this opportunity further, please send your resume and cover letter to info[at]operationeyesight.com and include ‘Board Director’ in the subject line. Your documents will be forwarded to the Governance & Nominations Committee.