Vision To Learn is a non-profit organization that provides free eye exams and free glasses to students in low-income communities to give them every chance to succeed in school and in life. The program was founded in Los Angeles in 2012 and has since expanded to schools in over 180 cities throughout areas of California, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, and now New Jersey. In September 2017 Vision To Learn will bring its program to schools five days/week in the Newark Public Schools District.
80% of all learning during a child’s first 12 years is obtained through vision and is consequently one of the most basic problems standing in the way of educational achievement. About 15% of children in low-income communities lack the glasses they need to see the board, read a book, study math or participate in class. According to UCLA researchers, 96% of all first graders who need glasses do not have them. Low-income and minority students are disproportionately affected.
Since our inception, Vision To Learn has made over 3,500 school visits, examined over 85,000 students and provided over 65,000 children with free glasses. Vision To Learn partners with school districts to provide eye exams to children in low-income communities with unmet needs for glasses. Our mobile eye clinics arrive at the school on a pre-scheduled date. We see an average of 25 students daily on our mobile clinic.
Vision to Learn is seeking a qualified candidate for an Optometrist licensed to practice in New Jersey, to work part time, or full time, beginning in September 2017. This position would be up to 4 days/week. Key position responsibilities:
- Provide primary vision evaluations: check VA’s, assess binocular vision, perform a full refraction and prescribe appropriate correction, and assess ocular health
- Prescribe vision devices, tests patient on all applicable equipment to determine the most suitable for his/her condition, and instruct patient in the proper use of it
- Confirm that patient diagnosis is properly documented in the internal systems
- As the position will work on a mobile clinic, must be flexible to commute throughout Newark
- Successful track record of working with children
- Excellent organizational and prioritization skills
- Strong interpersonal and written communication skills
- Must pass Department of Justice background check (LiveScan) and drug test
- Experienced using EMR systems. Microsoft Office experience as plus
Successful candidates will have a proven track record for success, with positive, proactive attitudes who are dedicated to our mission. Vision To Learn is a rapidly growing organization and team players are critical to our collective success. For more information please visit www.visiontolearn.org.