FocusFirst Coordinators create and implement a comprehensive schedule for Impact America team members to conduct free vision screenings and implement many of the logistical details for the program. The Coordinators work closely with Impact America program staff, FocusFirst National Directors, and community partners to create a strategic plan for annual vision screenings, ensuring program targets are met efficiently and effectively.
The FocusFirst Coordinators work with Head Start, Pre-K, and daycare administrators to provide information regarding the program, develop a master calendar for vision screenings, and inform staff of the benefits of early detection and referral for vision problems. Screenings take place during the academic year between August and May, and subsidized follow-up care is provided by local eye care providers in coordination with Sight Savers America.
In collaboration with Impact America’s Volunteer Coordinator, FocusFirst Coordinators work with college administrators and professors to recruit and train volunteers from partnering campuses. After attending a short training session, student volunteers participate in direct service by conducting high-tech vision screenings under the supervision of Impact America Corps Members. FocusFirst Coordinators also recruit and train work study students from partnering campuses. Even when students are not available, Impact America’s team of AmeriCorps members is in the field every day conducting vision screenings.
Upon completion of screenings, FocusFirst Coordinators ensure that the results of the screening are organized and processed before returning the results to the child care center. Coordinators conduct both qualitative and quantitative evaluations of each screening with an emphasis on the quality of the screenings, the number of children screened, the number that failed each screening, and specific reasons for failure. Coordinators will also communicate with Sight Savers America, the organization that coordinates follow-up care, to ensure that the children that failed the screening receive comprehensive follow-up care, as necessary.
Positions are currently available in Birmingham, AL; Memphis, TN; Greenville, SC; and Tallahassee, FL.
Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Living allowance, Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training
Meals when providing service outside of your home county, Mileage reimbursement when driving your personal car for service, All travel costs during overnight trips (hotel, rental car, meals).
Subject to criminal background check