Career and Volunteer

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Career Opportunities

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.

Key Areas of Responsibility

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

  • With the support of the management team, establish and gain approval from the Board of Directors for the annual operating Business Plan and longer term Strategic Plan. Currently, a Strategic Plan is in place for the 2017 – 2020 period;
  • Provide leadership for OE operations in all geographic areas of involvement. Working with the Vice President, International Programmes, ensures the delivery of OE’s mission for countries in which OE operates. Works with the International team to ensure development and delivery of enhancements and improvements to Operation Eyesight’s international capability, within the constraints of proper financial planning and management;
  • Lead the organization’s management team (in Fund Development, Communications, Finance and International Operations) in pursuit of:
    • Effective staff selection, retention and development, to ensure the right skills at the right time in the right place to build and maintain a strong, vibrant, organization;
    • A high standard of employee engagement in the organization’s goals guided by a servant leadership philosophy and high emotional intelligence;
    • Setting and achieving clear performance and development objectives to enhance individual success; and
    • Positive and effective relationships between staff; between management and the Board; and within all communities of interest in which Operation Eyesight is involved.
    • Effective and productive communication with staff both local and internationally, partners, Board of Directors, and all government contacts.

Fundraising 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:

  • Annual Giving
  • Planned Giving
  • Major Gifts
  • Corporate Partnerships
  • Granting organizations and NGOs
  • Governments of Canada, United States, and Great Britain

In addition, the CEO will be a primary relationship manager for the organization’s major donors and stakeholder groups.

Executive Leadership

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.

External Leadership

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.

Governance Leadership

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.

Reporting Relationships

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

Candidate Profile

President and Chief Executive Officer
Priority Criteria

The successful candidate will have the following key experience, skills and competencies to assume the President and Chief Executive Officer role:

  • An understanding of International Development operating requirements in the countries in which OE operates (now and the future); and the implications of local practices on OE’s operations;
  • A degree in Non-Profit Management, Finance, or International Development, followed by more than 15 years of progressively more senior experience – preferably in the non-profit sector;
  • Management experience and a thorough understanding of not-for-profit organization operational requirements;
  • A clear and demonstrated ability to cultivate, promote and maintain a strong organizational culture, encouraging teamwork, collaboration, and philanthropy. Experience in leading complex organizations through change and positively impacting individual and organization performance will be essential;
  • A strong network of contacts across multiple sectors, recognized for being an advocate within the International Development sector and are highly comfortable with being the lead spokesperson for a multi-national, multi-disciplinary organization.
  • Alternatively, a background with significant professional and management experience in “for profit” enterprises that have international operations in India and Africa could position a candidate to be successful in this role.
  • A skilled communicator with strong interpersonal skills; capable of establishing a high level of credibility, respect and trust.
  • Deep knowledge and experience with technology to achieve efficiencies within the organization’s operations and to leverage communication strategies with multiple stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated steadfastness of integrity and maintenance of the unwavering ethics.
  • A strong understanding of diversity and inclusion.

Additional Information

To explore this opportunity further, please send your resume in confidence to calgaryopportunities@boyden.com

Position Summary

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:

  • Formulate and implement annual communication plans both for internal and external stakeholders
  • Advice on design and development of high-quality communications materials – print and electronic that entail conceptualization, messaging, localization of content, translation, artwork, etc.
  • Keep abreast of trends in communication technology changes and incorporate the same in the communication strategy.
  • Maintain website and ensure posting of new information and maintain consistency
  • Support the generation of online content (newsletters, appeal letters, blogs, brochures, annual reports, e-newsletters, and NGOs website) that engages the target audiences
  • Support in creating and monitoring online fundraising campaigns
  • Use the digital marketing tools (Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, etc) to meet the organization’s marketing goals
  • Ensure that the organisation’s brand is consistently and effectively conveyed in all communications
  • Ensure all communication materials (designs, products, communication and marketing collateral) are brand compliant
  • Ensure that all donor communications and messaging are targeted efficiently, thereby maximising the organisation’s brand recognition and positioning in the relevant spaces
  • Coordinate with and support the team with editorial support in developing grant proposals, progress reports, case studies, audio and visual library, project factsheets, presentations, and technical briefs as per organizational mandate
  • Coordinate with Volunteers and Interns, engaging them with different activities in consultations with programmes team
  • Support Head, Resource Mobilization in donor stewardship and reporting
  • Support in conceptualizing and organizing events and communication campaigns to highlight about the work and/or create understanding of specific programmatic issues of public interest
  • Manage partnership with service providers (event management, advertising etc) as per the requirement of communication strategy
  • Other responsibilities as assigned by the line manager

Essential Qualifications:

  • Post Graduate Degree in communications (journalism, public relation, advertising or marketing) or any other related field
  • Demonstrated ability to write successful grant proposals
  • Five to seven years of work experience with at least 3 years of experience as a communication expert in a social sector setting

Skills and Competencies:

  • High level of creativity demonstrated through an ability to transform knowledge and information into exciting and impactful stories and messages                                                                                             
  • Proven ability in development of digital, social, video & print media content
  • Demonstrated expertise in conceptualizing and implementing online fundraising campaigns successfully
  • Proven computer and relevant IT skills
  • Exceptional written and verbal communications skills in English
  • Proactive attitude towards work and willingness to learn
  • Excellent organizational skills, ability to work under pressure, and manage multiple tasks
  • Experience of working in multi-cultural and multi-specialization teams
  • Self-motivated and a self-starter

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:

Mr. Subhadip Bhattacharya
Head – Resource Mobilization
Email:  bhattacharyas@operationeyesight.com
Copy to:  babua@operationeyesight.com

Volunteer Opportunities

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 info@operationeyesight.com and include ‘Board Director’ in the subject line. Your email will be forwarded to the Governance & Nominations Committee.