Optician - Part Time - Washington DC - Vision To Learn

Updated 2 weeks, 2 days ago
Vision To Learn
Washington, DC
Non-profit/outreach facility
Salary Range
$21 – $24 per hour



About Vision To Learn

Vision To Learn is the largest school-based vision care nonprofit in the country. VTL exists to address one basic premise – if you can’t see, you can’t learn.  Vision To Learn provides free eye exams and free glasses to students in underserved communities to help them succeed in school and in life.  Founded in Los Angeles in 2012, Vision To Learn has since expanded to schools across the country. Vision care is critical as 80% of all learning during a child’s first 12 years is visual, we work to solve the problem of lack of access by partnering with school districts to provide eye exams and glasses at no charge to families.  We have provided over 2 million vision screenings, 410,000 eye exams and 330,000 new, prescription glasses in the last decade. 

In exciting news, Vision To Learn has been selected by two-time Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof as a recipient of the 2022 Holiday Impact Prize recognizing non-profits helping children in need through outstanding, heroic work that changes communities for the better. https://kristofimpact.org/ http://tiny.cc/VTLKristof

The work done by VTL has also been featured in The Washington Post, ESPN, PBS News Hour, countless local television pieces and newspaper articles. VTL was commended by the US Senate in a bi-partisan resolution signed by 43 Senators. In terms of evidence-based service, glasses provided by VTL have been found to have a high impact on the academic success of students by researchers at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital and Johns Hopkins University. 

We are looking for an Optician like you to join our team with a positive, proactive attitude, and commitment to our mission. 

Position Description:

Vision To Learn is seeking a qualified candidate for an Optician in Washington, DC. This position will be part time 2-3 days/week.

Key position responsibilities:

  • Conduct vision screenings in predetermined sites.
  • Oversee operation of a mobile eye clinic. Load, secure, inspect and fuel vehicle before and as necessary during the course of the shift.
  • Responsible for safe transportation of the vehicle to predetermined site visits and return to secure parking facility.
  • Keep vehicle and internal work area within vehicle organized and clean for safety and efficiency.
  • Maintain the highest possible professional standards in driving performance, and customer service to the patients while on board the vehicle.
  • Set up the clinic, monitor inventory, and ensure that all patient and administrative paperwork facilitates an efficient workflow.
  • Conduct pre-testing for eye examinations and maintain the highest possible professional standard.
  • Assist patients with selecting frames and measure patients for size of eyeglasses.
  • Coordinate frames with facial and eye measurements and optical prescription.
  • Receive, sort, and conduct quality check on glasses orders.
  • Dispense and adjust glasses on patients.
  • Prepare and maintain daily reports.
  • Ability to lift up to 20 lbs and to exert well-paced mobility for an 8-hour shift including standing, walking, bending and squatting


  • Optician Diploma or Optician certification preferred
  • Valid driver's license required, with good driving record and familiarity with greater Washington DC geography; driving transcript must be provided
  • Successful track record of working with children and school administrators
  • Excellent organizational and prioritization skills
  • Strong interpersonal and written communication skills
  • Must pass Department of Justice background check (LiveScan) and drug test
  • Experienced using Microsoft Office – outlook, excel, word; EMR systems experience a plus.
  • Spanish or other language skills a 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.

Vision To Learn is committed to a diverse staff and to a culture that holds equity as a value and a priority. VTL welcomes applicants who bring a variety of perspectives, experiences, and competencies. People of color, women, people with disabilities, and LGBTQIA+ persons are strongly encouraged to apply. VTL is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, creed, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, party or political affiliation, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any illegal or prohibited factor.

As a direct healthcare provider and to protect the health and well-being of our employees, VTL has implemented best practices for ensuring a clean and safe work environment. Employees will be asked to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination and pass a Department of Justice background check/fingerprinting (LiveScan), TB, and drug test.