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.
We 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 160 stafff, half of which 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:
- 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 (NB if you do not provide contact details of 3 referees you may be asked to provide these after your interview)
- 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. However you may submit by postal mail. In order to be considered, applications must be received by the due date.
All applications will be acknowledged by email.
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 shortlisted panel of applicants.
References will be required and reference checking will be done verbally. 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.
PA to the CEO
This position provides high level executive secretarial support to the CEO. This role requires superior levels of initiative and diplomacy, as well as excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Reception/ Customer Service
- Front of house in a busy public health clinic
- Salary packaging tax benefits
- 9-10 month maternity leave cover
This position involves the provision of customer service to patients of the Clinic and support to Optometrists. The position is available on a temporary basis for - 9-10 months, with the potential for ongoing work.
Applicants must be available to work any time between 8.00am and 6.00pm Monday to Friday. Successful applicants will have good telephone, interpersonal and computer skills. A second language is an advantage, but not a prerequisite. Excellent communication skills are essential.
Salary packaging tax benefits are available to all ACO employees - as a registered charity all our staff can access $16 049.50 per annum tax free.
A position description is available here.
EXCITING OPPORTUNITIES FOR NEW GRADUATE OPTOMETRISTS
The Australian College of Optometry (ACO) has vacancies for appointment of new graduate optometrists as Clinical Residents to commence early in 2014.
The ACO provides a unique experience in the practice of optometry. It operates a large public optometry clinic and currently employs over 35 full time/ part time optometry staff. In addition, a significant number of optometrists working in private practice choose to provide care in our clinics. Our main site is located in Carlton (inner city) and we operate a network of clinics located in community health settings across suburban Melbourne, as well as providing outreach services to particularly disadvantaged community groups. We have access to 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 electrodiagnosis.
Applicants should have a commitment to excellence in optometry practice, desire to further develop their clinical skills and knowledge, motivation to contribute to the activities of the Clinic and profession, and dedication to serve the community.