Regional Manager, ChildSight®, Midwest

Location flexible: Milwaukee; Twin Cities preferred.
Jul 06, 2018
Aug 05, 2018
Management, Nonprofit
Job Type
Employment Status
Full Time

Co-founded in 1915 by Helen Keller, Helen Keller International is dedicated to saving the sight and lives of the world’s vulnerable. We combat the causes and consequences of preventable blindness, malnutrition and diseases of poverty with more than 120 programs in 20 African and Asian countries, as well as in the United States. Renowned for its reliability, efficiency and high level of technical expertise, Helen Keller International promotes the development of large-scale, sustainable solutions to some of the most pressing issues in public health. We deliver scientific rigor and effectively leverage donor dollars with our hallmark characteristics of grit, compassion and integrity. If you share these characteristics, we invite you to apply to open positions at Helen Keller International.

We are currently recruiting a Regional Manager to lead our domestic ChildSight® programs in Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. 

ChildSight® Program Overview

Helen Keller International (HKI) began ChildSight®, its domestic initiative, as a pilot program in New York City in 1994.  The vision correction program "brings education into focus™" by providing free, on-site vision screenings, prescription eyeglasses, and referrals for further care (as needed) for low-income children in the United States.  To date, ChildSight® has screened more than 1.9 million students in the US and has provided free eyeglasses to approximately 300,000 children living in some of our country’s poorest neighborhoods.

To address the needs of economically challenged children in Cleveland, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis-St. Paul, HKI has established ChildSight® programs in each of these metropolitan areas.  The program serves low-income elementary, middle, high school, and alternative learning students, as well as other vulnerable populations including runaway homeless youth, underserved veterans, and new immigrants and refugees.   

Functional Relationships

Reporting to the Program Director, ChildSight® - U.S., the Regional Manager will also work closely with the ChildSight® Program Finance Officer.  S/he directly supervises a team of professional level program staff who in turn supervise teams of consulting optometrists and seasonal staff to provide services and engage families.

The position works closely with the members of the External Relations team to raise visibility and funds for the programs and will partner with and other Headquarters staff in Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology and Operations on an as needed basis.  The Regional Manager represents ChildSight® both internally and externally to donors, media and partners.

HKI has a matrixed reporting structure that respects both the line management and authority within field office and project hierarchies; and the accountability and oversight duties of subject matter experts at the headquarters level.  Regular communication and a spirit of team work among colleagues, both hierarchically and laterally are essential to make this structure thrive.

Scope of the Position

The Regional Manager is responsible for overall management and oversight of ChildSight programs in the Midwest region, which includes overseeing the planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting for program activities, as well as spearheading regional communications and development work, and therefore, requires some travel to field sites. The position builds partnerships and relationships, and works with donors, ensuring technical and programmatic quality, achievement of planned results, and accurate and timely reporting.

The ideal candidate will be an innovator with the entrepreneurial skill-set to ensure high quality programs that evolve to meet the needs of local communities, to advocate on behalf of those we serve, and to develop new partnerships, and cultivate new donors.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Supervise and provide support to the projects in Ohio, Wisconsin, and Minnesota, ensuring that the planning, quality, impact, scale and cost-effectiveness of all programming and monitoring & evaluation efforts meet the highest standards.
  • Consult and collaborate with internal and external experts and Program Managers to enhance impact, reach and cost-effectiveness and ensure consistency in best practices across all assigned program offices.  Support Managers to address local program management implementation problems.
  • Oversee and guide the development and finalization of all deliverables, including work plans, financial and program reports, and monitoring and evaluation plans.
  • Ensure documentation and dissemination of results and program impact.
  • Working closely with Grants & Contracts units and the Program Finance Officer, oversee team efforts to ensure donor funds are allocated and managed in accordance with HKI and donor policies and good financial standards.
  • Review financial reports for the projects and monitor the project budgeting, activities, and spending.
  • Contribute to proposal development to generate new funding.
  • Appoint, manage and evaluate team of professional-level staff.   Delegate authority, consult with and guide staff to achieve goals and ensure accountability to beneficiaries, partners, colleagues and donors.  Provide ongoing feedback in a context of mutual respect.
  • Serve as a liaison to key funders and project partners. 
  • Work with Director and External Relations to develop and implement communications plans to promote programs and increase visibility.  Actively engage with local media markets, as assigned.
  • Advocate, within the targeted school districts and municipalities, for the inclusion and funding of school based eye health services.


  • Bachelor's degree plus five to seven years’ related experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Prior experience in program management, fundraising and/or community development.
  • Significant experience working with grant-funded projects and knowledge of relevant rules and regulations.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in project planning, high attention to detail, and managing teams for high productivity while promoting team work and partnership.
  • Excellent inter-personal skills; demonstrating diplomacy and tact.
  • Ability to foster a creative, professional, “open door” management culture; to empower, managers and staff members to fulfill their potential; and to encourage staff to challenge assumptions.
  • Proven track record contributing to successful business development and proposal efforts that have secured funding from government, non-government and private foundation sources, and maintaining effective working relations with partners and donors.
  • Full professional proficiency in English with excellent oral and written communications skills, including public speaking.
  • Demonstrable respect for all persons regardless of religion, ethnicity, class or gender.
  • Willingness and ability to undertake domestic travel (approximately 20%).