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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   
  Accounts Clerk/ Administration Assistant

ACCOUNTS CLERK/ ADMINISTRATION ASSISTANT

  • Friendly team 
  • Varied role
  • Not-for-Profit salary packaging benefits
  • Full time (part-time or jobshare will be considered)

 

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

We are looking for an accounts clerk/administration assistant to join our supportive corporate services team. 

Reporting to the Finance Manager, the position provides administrative support to the Finance team; data entry, batching and processing Medicare claims, following up on debtors, and other administrative duties within Finance.

In addition, the incumbent will provide administrative support to the broader Corporate Services team across Office of the CEO, HR and other corporate functions. 

The position is full-time, 38 hours per week, with 3 days in Finance and 2 days with Corporate Services.

You should have administration experience, familiarity with basic accounting procedures, be computer literate in Microsoft Office and preferably have experience using databases, accounting software and practice management systems.

You are flexible, punctual and reliable and possess excellent interpersonal skills.  Strong attention to detail, the ability to prioritise to meet deadlines and the ability to work in a collaborative manner within a supportive team are essential.

For further details please see the position description here

To apply please submit your CV and a covering letter addressing the selection criteria, 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 Monday 7 August 2017. 

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.

  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