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The President and Chief Executive Officer, in partnership with OE’s Board of Directors, is responsible for the overall success of the organization – both in terms of fundraising and international operations. The President and CEO provides direction and leadership to the organization to ensure it achieves its mission, vision, strategic plan and objectives. The President and CEO is responsible, along with the organization’s management team, for setting OE’s Strategic Plan for the three to five-year time frame, and for building the annual Business Plan.
The President and CEO serves as fundraising champion, lead spokesperson and ambassador for the organization. She/he/they is a superb communicator, a skilled listener and is able to lead a high performing team across international boundaries.
Working with local, regional and international communities, funding agencies, individual and corporate donors, the President and CEO has a passion for OE’s mission, working to “provide the best for the poorest”.
The President and CEO is based in Operation Eyesight’s Calgary, Alberta headquarters and actively supports the leadership team based in Calgary, Ottawa, and in Hyderabad, India. Prior to the COVID-19 global pandemic, regular travel (1 – 2 times per year for a duration of ~2 weeks) to OE’s operating locations in South Asia and Africa was expected. The prospect of international travel will be evaluated on an ongoing basis with the Board of Directors, and will only be expected once it is deemed safe to do so.
The President and CEO provides leadership to the Canada based and International Program staff to establish short and long-term business plans, operating tactics and fund development objectives to meet those plans. As part of this role, the President and CEO is responsible for the following key areas of accountability:
Management and Operational Leadership
The President and CEO is the “Chief Fundraising Officer” of the organization. Working with
the VP, Advancement, the President and CEO champions the organization’s fundraising
plans and strategies. Operation Eyesight primary funding sources include:
In addition, the CEO will be a primary relationship manager for the organization’s major donors and stakeholder groups.
The President and CEO leads an expert management team in Advancement, Human Resources, Finance and International Operations. As the leader of this team, the President and CEO helps provide the direction to plan, develop and deliver OE’s Marketing & Communications strategy. The President and CEO continuously strives to identify and engage new donor groups on future possible business development/fundraising opportunities.
The CEO will also provide direction regarding financial management including annual and long term budgeting and planning; and development of operating goals, strategies and tactics to deliver on Operation Eyesight’s mission.
The President and CEO is accountable for managing, enhancing and stewarding OE’s relationships within the International NGO community, with institutional partners, and with governments in all geographic areas of operation. The organization’s role within the International NGO community includes support of international groups in the sector (International Association for the Prevention of Blindness; the World Health Organization;
etc.); other eye health development agencies (LV Prasad Vision Institute; etc.); and with funding agencies. The President and CEO is ultimately responsible for all of OE’s government relationships in all geographic areas of operation.
As the governance expert in the organization, the President and CEO is responsible for the overall financial sustainability and viability of the organization. Working in partnership with the volunteer Board of Directors, the President and CEO directs the operations of Operation Eyesight within the policies and authority set out and agreed to with the Board of Directors; builds strong relationships with communities, funding agencies and donors; and ensures the sustainability of the organization’s financial structure, including capital and operating expenses, financial arrangements and cash management within the guidelines established by the Finance and Audit Committee of the Board.
Reports to: Board of Directors
Staff complement in Canada: 16
Internationally based staff: 28
2020 Annual Operating Budget: $5.9 MM
2021 Fund Development plan target: $4 – $5 MM
President and Chief Executive Officer
The successful candidate will have the following key experience, skills and competencies to assume the President and Chief Executive Officer role:
To explore this opportunity further, please send your resume in confidence to firstname.lastname@example.org
The ideal candidate will drive the marketing and communications strategy for Operation Eyesight India’s initiatives in support of the organisation’s mission to eliminate avoidable blindness. The position of Manager – Communications will report to the Head – Resource Mobilization. There will also be strong functional relationship with the Director – Marketing and Communications, Calgary as well as the Country Manager, India. The position will work closely with VP – Advancement and VP – International Programs from time to time based on requirements.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Skills and Competencies:
This position is located in Hyderabad, India. Candidates must be able to work flexible hours to accommodate global office (Canada) working hours. Candidates must also be able to travel to donor and project locations as required.
Interested candidates are encouraged to send their detailed curriculum vitae with a cover letter through email to:
The Operation Eyesight Canada Board of Directors are currently seeking a new volunteer board director. 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 fulfill its mission and vision.
If you have experience in international development and 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. The ideal candidate would be a current member of a senior management team and/or have previous government relations experience working for an NGO or the federal government.
Directors are elected for a two-year term. The board meets six times per year, which includes virtual participation and two in-person meetings per year in Calgary. Directors also participate on one standing committee each. We strive to foster a culture of diversity and inclusiveness, on the board and throughout the organization.
To explore this opportunity further, please send your resume and letter of interest to email@example.com and include ‘Board Director’ in the subject line. Your email will be forwarded to the Governance & Nominations Committee.