Optometrist (License Required)- Des Moines, IA - Part-time - Vision To Learn Mobile Optometry - Make a difference in lives today!

Updated 3 weeks ago
Vision To Learn
Des Moines, IA
Non-profit/outreach facility
Salary Range
$70 – $80 per hour

Join Vision To Learn and make a direct impact in your community by helping provide vision services to school-aged children in underserved communities who would otherwise go without access to care.  Competitive pay, mileage reimbursement, flexible schedule, federal holidays, and no nights or weekends (other than very select voluntary exceptions).

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.

Position Description

Vision To Learn is seeking qualified candidates for Optometrists licensed to practice in and around Des Moines and Waterloo, Iowa, 1, 2 or up to 3 days a week M/Tu/W. Must be flexible to commute throughout the greater Des Moines area and occasionally to Waterloo, IA.

Key position responsibilities

  • Provide primary vision evaluations: check VA’s, assess binocular vision, IOP, pupils, 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 the greater Des Moines area and occasionally to Waterloo, IA.
  • 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 is preferred
  • 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. Qualified applicants should email resume and cover letter to careers@visiontolearn.org.

COVID-19 Considerations

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 be required to be approved in the VTL onboarding process.

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.

PAY: $70-$80/HR + mileage reimbursement

Flexible Schedule

No night or weekends

No federal holidays

Doctorate required

Optometry License required