Preserving Sight & Preventing Blindness, join the ACO to make a difference

Employment at ACO

As a world-leading institution in the science, education and practice of optometry, the Australian College of Optometry strives to create a working environment attractive to high achievers and is committed to offering staff a rewarding experience in their chosen careers.

Employment_aWe offer the following opportunities and benefits:

- a national and internationally regarded organisation that provides rewarding work in an
  environment that is flexible, embraces change and respects people
- opportunities in clinical practice, research, teaching and professional engagement
- career progression opportunities
- strong commitment to diversity
- strong commitment and support for training and development
- international experience opportunities for clinical practitioners
- strong commitment to work life and family balance
- generous superannuation and competitive salary rates
- salary packaging opportunities

The ACO currently employs about 150 stafff,  around a third of whom are employed on a sessional or casual basis.  The largest group of staff employed by the ACO are of course, optometrists, who work in our clinics throughout Melbourne.  We have an annual intake of recent graduates into Clinical Resident positions.

A job advertisement and position description is available for each job.  Please read them carefully.

Prepare your application

Your application should include the following information as well as any special instructions that may be contained in the advertisement:Employment_b
- a covering letter referring to the position title and addressing the selection criteria
- your curriculum vitae, outlining past experience, qualifications and referees, and should contain contact details including an email address 
- some positions may require the presentation of copies of academic transcripts

Ensure that you address the selection criteria

It is essential that you address the key selection criteria in your application.  This will enable the selection panel to review your knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications in relation to the selection criteria.

Applications that do not address the key selection criteria will not be considered.

Sending your application

It is preferred that all applications are submitted by email.  In order to be considered, applications must be received by the due date.

All applications emailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it will be acknowledged.

Employment_dInterviews

A short list of applicants will be developed for interview.  Interviews are always conducted by a panel of 2 or more ACO staff and will require applicants to answer a series of questions, providing examples from their previous work and life experiences.

Depending on the seniority of the position, second interviews may be conducted for a further shortlist of applicants.

References will be required and reference checking will be done either verbally, or by email where verbal contact is difficult.   Where applicable, the ACO will request that police checks and working with children checks are completed when applicants are offered a position with the ACO.  Any required registrations/ qualifications will also be verified prior to employment commencing.

 
A Closer Look at What We Do

To find out more about what we do please click on our brochure, 'A Closer Look at What We Do'.

 
Current Vacancies   
  Director Education

 DIRECTOR EDUCATION DIVISION

  • Competitive salary plus NFP salary packaging benefits
  • Reports to CEO
  • Challenging leadership role

The Australian College of Optometry (ACO) seeks an innovative, collaborative, and highly motivated individual with considerable leadership and management experience in education to lead its Education Division and continue to advance its position in optometry clinical training and professional education. 

The ACO is a not-for-profit organisation which undertakes public charitable activities including providing public health eye care services to disadvantaged communities.  

Our Education Division supports the education and development of current and new generations of optometrists, through the provision of teaching, resources, facilities, educational awards and the setting of professional standards. The Education Division delivers a comprehensive range of Clinical Teaching and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programs in vision and eye care.

The Director Education will provide leadership to the education team and drive clinical education and professional development program portfolios in a competitive and constantly changing environment.  They will direct a team of course developers, course administrators and event organisers. They will work closely with other stakeholders to ensure that the education and delivery of clinical teaching and professional development meets the needs of current and future generations of optometrists. They will develop and implement innovative and engaging face to face and e-learning programs.

Candidates should be tertiary qualified and have extensive knowledge and experience in CPD learning pedagogy, design, curriculum validation, technologies and implementation.  Experience in education in a health sector setting will be highly regarded.

You should also be able to demonstrate:

  • a strong understanding of learning theories and online education methodologies
  • sound business acumen
  • exceptional communication skills
  • the ability to work collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders
  • an innovative and entrepreneurial mindset
  • a results oriented and delivery focused outlook
  • excellent planning and project management skills
  • sound problem solving and decision making
  • the ability to lead and motivate a high performing team and lead change.

For more information please see the position description attached here or contact Maureen O’Keefe on 9349 7550 for a confidential discussion.

Written applications, including a CV and cover letter addressing the selection criteria, should be sent by email to our HR Manager at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Membership & Communications Assistant

MEMBERSHIP & COMMUNICATIONS ASSISTANT

  • Competitive salary plus NFP salary packaging benefits
  • Part-time, 3-4 days per week
  • 12 month contract, with potential to extend
  • Carlton location

The Australian College of Optometry is a not-for-profit organisation providing public health eye care services to disadvantaged communities.

We are looking for a Membership & Communications Assistant to join our experienced marketing team. This new position will be responsible for the coordination and administration of membership services and member renewals and communications. You will be part of a small collaborative team providing marketing services to various divisions in the organisation.

The position is part-time, 3-4 days per week, days negotiable.

You should have a Certificate IV in Business Administration, be studying towards a Degree in Marketing or have relevant experience. Advanced computer skills are essential; familiarity with membership databases, desktop publishing, website maintenance and social media an advantage.

You are comfortable working autonomously and have a positive 'can do' attitude. You are well organised, with the ability to juggle priorities and achieve deadlines. You enjoy working with people and have excellent interpersonal and written communication skills.

Does this describe you? If so, please see our position description here for further details.

To apply please submit your CV and a covering letter by email to our HR Manager at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Applications will close on 29 June 2017.

Previous applicants need not reapply.

  Senior Project Officer

SENIOR PROJECT OFFICER

  • New role
  • Excellent salary plus NFP salary packaging benefits
  • 2 years fixed term

 

The ACO is a not-for-profit organisation and Australia’s leading provider of public health eye care services to disadvantaged communities including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

The ACO is co-lead of a consortium, funded by the Commonwealth Government, managing an exciting new project to provide eye health testing equipment, training and support to Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services in more than 100 sites across Australia.

We are seeking an experienced project officer who is genuinely interested in improving eye care for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Australians, to help us plan, implement and coordinate this project.  The Project Officer will play a key role in supporting the wider ACO project team in delivering project outcomes.

Candidates should have a tertiary qualification and/or demonstrated experience in a health-related field with high level administrative and/or project management experience and excellent analytical and problem solving skills.  Effective communication skills and a collaborative and consultative approach are necessary.

The ability to develop good working relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, community controlled health services, health workers and others involved in eye health and vision care to Aboriginal people as well as the ability to coordinate the activities of a diverse group of stakeholders to ensure project goals are achieved is essential.

Experience in the primary health service delivery in Indigenous communities, rural and remote health, public health, community development, and a sound knowledge of Aboriginal culture and health pathways will be highly regarded.

For further information, a position description is available here

For a confidential discussion, please call Neville Turner on (03) 9349 7441. 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply

Written applications, including a CV and cover letter addressing the selection criteria, should be sent by email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 21 June 2017.

  Clinical Residents & Graduate Optometrists

EXCITING OPPORTUNITIES FOR NEW GRADUATE OPTOMETRISTS

The Australian College of Optometry (ACO) has vacancies for Clinical Residents or Graduate Optometrists.

The ACO provides a unique experience in the practice of optometry. It operates a large public optometry clinic and currently employs over 50 full time and part time optometry staff.  In addition, a significant number of optometrists working in private practice choose to provide care in our clinics as sessional optometrists. Our main site is located in Carlton (inner city) and we operate a network of clinics in community health settings across suburban Melbourne, as well as outreach services to particularly disadvantaged community groups. We have a wide range of state of the art ophthalmic technology, including wave front aberrometry, anterior and posterior OCT, confocal ophthalmoscopy, wide field fundus photography and electrodiagnostics.

Applicants should have a commitment to excellence in optometry practice, a desire to further develop their clinical skills and knowledge, motivation to contribute to the activities of the Clinic and the profession, and a dedication to serving the community.

Clinical Residents and Graduate Optometrists:

  • Accept a two year appointment to work as a full time optometrist in the Clinic
  • Work nine day fortnights (usual Clinic hours are 8.30 am to 5.45 pm weekdays and 8.30 am to 5.00 pm on Saturday)
  • Undertake clinical duties in the metropolitan and specialist clinics
  • Access to continuing professional development support over two years
  • Are supported by a full complement of clinical equipment, experienced staff, a large peer group and a mentoring program

 

Clinical Residents:

The Clinical Residency is a planned program of clinical practice, study and professional experiences, which is designed to further develop and enhance the skills of new graduate optometrists in particular areas of expertise. In addition to the above, Clinical Residents:

  • Study to complete two approved ACO Clinical Certificates (e.g. Contact Lenses, Glaucoma, Paediatrics, Low Vision)
  • Access study and development days during the two year program
  • Are encouraged to further develop professional skills through a range of experiences, such as overseas volunteer work and /or a minor research project

 

For further information please see the relevant position descriptions attached via the links here - Clinical Resident PD  /  Graduate Optometrist PD

Enquiries should be directed to Jennifer Caulfield, by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Written applications, including a cover letter addressing which of the positions interest you and why,  CV, names of two referees, copies of academic transcripts to date and proof of right to work in Australia on an unrestricted basis, should be submitted to the HR Manager at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by Sunday 11 June 2017.

  Experienced Optometrists

EXPERIENCED OPTOMETRISTS

  • Full time, part time or sessional positions available
  • Attractive Salary Packaging tax benefits
  • No evenings or Sundays required

 

The Australian College of Optometry (ACO) is looking for Optometrists with one or more years experience who are interested in public health eye care and wish to contribute to our clinical excellence and teaching services.

The ACO operates a large public optometry clinic and currently employs over 45 full time and part time optometry staff. In addition, a significant number of optometrists working in private practice choose to provide care in our clinics on a sessional basis.

Our main site is located in Carlton and we operate a network of smaller metropolitan clinics located in community health settings across suburban Melbourne, as well as providing outreach services to disadvantaged community groups throughout Melbourne and in regional areas.

Our staff are characterised by their commitment to clinical excellence, desire to work in a public health setting and enthusiasm to continue to improve and develop their clinical skills. A range of clinical activities are available including specialty clinics, clinical teaching and involvement in metropolitan and regional outreach clinics.

For more information please see the position description here or our brochure 'A Closer Look at What We Do' here.

Enquiries may be directed to Jennifer Caulfield, by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Written applications, including a CV and cover letter addressing the selection criteria, should be sent by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it