Summary of Position:  The FocusFirst Director will oversee the management and implementation of the multi-state FocusFirst vision care initiative, ensuring that all AmeriCorps Members receive appropriate training and support to conduct screenings, making a plan for scheduling screenings across the geographic footprint to ensure grant commitments are achieved, and managing the reporting and follow-up care processes.

Summary of Program:  Impact America engages recent graduates and college students to address community needs, empowering a generation through collaborative efforts to promote change in the communities we serve.  In order for our communities and institutions to thrive, we desperately need the talent, vitality, and perspective that only young people can bring.  This generation of college students and recent graduates is among the most charitable in American history, with many yearning for an opportunity to make a real difference in communities of need.  Impact America provides that opportunity through distinct initiatives that promote change while cultivating leadership:

  • FocusFirst, a high-tech vision care initiative serving young children in urban and rural areas
  • SaveFirst, a free tax preparation initiative serving low-income, working families in Memphis
  • SpeakFirst, a debate and college preparatory program for middle- and high-school students in Birmingham

FocusFirst: A High-Tech Vision Care Initiative provides a cost-effective direct response to the vision problems of children who live in urban and rural communities across Alabama. Impact America Corps Members provide free, high-tech vision screenings to young children in Head Starts, Pre-K programs, and daycare centers. All children failing the screening receive follow-up care through Sight Savers America.

For more information about Impact America, please visit

For more information about FocusFirst, please visit

FocusFirst National Director Responsibilities

  • Train and supervise Senior FocusFirst Coordinator and FocusFirst Coordinators
  • Train Corps Members on FocusFirst (with assistance from State Directors and leadership team)
    • Includes travel to Memphis, TN, and Greenville, SC, to spend several days with FocusFirst Coordinators in their office to get them started and to provide support
  • Develop and monitor weekly and monthly scheduling and screening targets to stay on track for the year
  • Reporting / monitoring numbers and grant area commitments for all states, including running numbers from Zoho (a database program) on a bi-weekly basis (in collaboration with Senior FocusFirst Coordinator)
  • Manage Corps Members/FocusFirst Coordinators as they communicate with and schedule screenings for professors and/or student organizations, ensuring that all volunteer commitments are met
  • Attend weekly meeting with National Program Director to review progress, outline priorities, and provide necessary resources or support
  • Evaluate program goals and strategies to ensure FocusFirst is as effective as possible
  • Identify and implement software tool to ensure that the schedule is as efficient as possible with stacking multiple centers per day with efficient carpooling plans
  • Research and set up longer-term relationships with individuals who have houses for rent to be used for FocusFirst overnight trips (e.g., AirBNB or VRBO)

About the FocusFirst National Team:

  • FocusFirst National Director – reports to National Program Director
  • Senior FocusFirst Coordinator (AmeriCorps) – reports to FocusFirst Director
  • 5-6 FocusFirst Coordinators (AmeriCorps) – report to FocusFirst Director
    • Multi-State Coordinator based in Birmingham (ideally, a returning AmeriCorps Member)
    • 3 Alabama Coordinators based in Birmingham
    • 2 Tennessee Coordinators based in Memphis
    • 1 South Carolina Coordinator based in Greenville

Some years, we are not able to distribute the coordinators as laid out above, but this is the plan/ideal arrangement.

Reports to: National Program Director

Location: Birmingham, AL

Skills/Experience Preferred:

  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities
  • At least one year of related experience
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to balance competing deadlines
  • Management experience, including experience supervising others (especially in a nonprofit setting)

Salary:  Commensurate with experience

Physical Requirements/Essential Functions: 

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an applicant to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Sedentary physical activity requiring sitting for periods of time
  • Talking and hearing
  • 50% or more time is spent looking directly at a computer

Start Date: April or May 2019


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