Senior Director of Global Clinical Training and Prevention Programs

SightLife believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to our success.  Therefore, this position description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications, and job scope, but not limit the incumbent or the organization to just the work identified.  It is their expectation that each person will offer his/her services whenever and wherever necessary to ensure the success of the Mission, Vision, and Values of SightLife.

Primary Purpose:

SightLife is a global health organization whose mission is to eliminate corneal blindness worldwide by 2040. Through strategic partnership and results-focused programs, our goal is to create sustainable eye care systems that prevent sight loss and ensure that no one must wait for a sight-restoring corneal surgery. Internationally, SightLife focuses on advocating for policy change, clinical training, eye bank capacity building and prevention and community outreach. Currently, SightLife works in China, Ethiopia, India, Mexico, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, with plans for future expansion to Greater Asia, Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Two of the four major barriers to eliminating corneal blindness are access to care and lack of human resources for eye health. SightLife’s Clinical Training and Prevention Programs aim to address these barriers by building capacity among local care providers to ensure individuals suffering from corneal disease have access to quality care.

The Senior Director of Global Clinical Training and Prevention Programs will oversee strategy and program implementation across SightLife’s geographies. With in-country staff and partners, the Senior Director will advance existing programs 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 Programs

  • Develop strategy and lead implementation for global prevention program.
  • Manage and scale community health worker programs focused on awareness and early intervention for corneal abrasions in India and Nepal.
  • Lead the evaluation and onboarding of new partners for future prevention programs 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 programs into primary eye and healthcare.
  • Manage global prevention programs team (India and Nepal based).

Clinical Programs

  • Develop strategy and lead implementation for global clinical training programs, 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 program leads and geography leads to ensure effective SightLife program delivery. Collaborate with fundraising team to provide information for philanthropic donors related to the prevention and clinical programs.
  • Manage business rhythm for global prevention and clinical programs, including monthly, quarterly and annual meetings and reporting, budgeting cycles and partner agreements.
  • Oversee SightLife and partner based program 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

Required Skills/Knowledge/Abilities:

  • Passion to represent the program; 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.

Education and/or Equivalent Experience:

  • Credible, articulate, demonstrated expertise in the following:
  • Introduction and scaling of global health capacity building programs in low and middle-income countries.
    • Development and delivery of clinical/technical training grounded in sound adult learning and inclusive design principles.
  • Program 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 program management or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Must have legal authorization to work in the United States.

Work Environment

The work is performed primarily in an office setting.  The noise level in the work environment is moderate.  The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related to a logical assignment to the position.  The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

Physical Requirements (for essential functions):

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.

 While performing the duties of this job, the employee is often required to perform the following activities:

  • Extending hands and arms in any direction.
  • Particularly for sustained periods of time.
  • Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working primarily with fingers rather than with the whole hand.
  • Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.
  • Perceiving attributes of objects, such as size, shape, temperature or texture by touching with skin, particularly that of fingertips.
  • Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word. Those activities in which they must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.  Far Acuity: ability to see clearly at 20 feet or more.  Near Acuity: ability to see clearly at 20 inches or less.  Depth Perception: ability to judge distance and space relationships.  Field of Vision: ability to see peripherally.  Accommodation: ability to adjust vision to bring objects into focus.
  • Perceiving the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction. Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and to make the discriminations in sound.
  • Repetitive motion. Substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.

 While performing the duties of this job, the employee is rarely required to perform the following activities:

  • Bending body downward and forward by bending spine at the waist.
  • Ascending or descending stairs.
  • Raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally from position-to-position. Occasionally the employee must lift and/or move up to 30 pounds.
  • Maintaining body equilibrium to prevent falling.
  • Bending legs at knee to come to a rest on knee or knees.
  • Bending the body downward and forward by bending leg and spine.
  • Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances or moving from one work site to another.
  • Using upper extremities to press against something with steady force in order to thrust forward, downward or outward.
  • Using upper extremities to exert force in order to draw, haul or tug objects in a sustained motion.
  • Moving about on hands and knees or hands and feet.

This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee(s) incumbent in this position.  Employee(s) will be required to follow other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments.  To perform this job successfully, the incumbent(s) will possess the skills, aptitudes, and abilities to perform each duty proficiently.  Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or risk to the health and safety of themselves or others.  The requirements in the job description are the minimum levels of knowledge, skills, and abilities.  The job description does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at-will” relationship.

SightLife is an equal opportunity employer.

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