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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
- competitive salary rates
- generous salary packaging benefits

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 Graduate Optometrist 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

Applications should be 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 usually 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 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'. 

 

Please note - the ACO employes staff who come into contact with children, elderly and vulnerable people.  in accordance with Child Safe regulations, employment for all positions is conditional on a satisfactory National Police Check valid for working with Children/Vulnerable groups.  International Police Checks are required from prospective employees who have lived overseas for 12 months or more within the last 10 years.  Working With Children Checks are also required for some positions.

The Australian College of Optometry is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

With patients from highly diverse cultural and social groups, we welcome applications from people with the widest possible diversity of background, culture and expereince including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

 

Current Vacancies   

 
Technical Officer

BUILDING SUPPORT

• Competitive salary plus NFP salary packaging benefits
• Full time (part time will be considered)
• 3 year contract, with potential to extend
• Carlton location, with some travel to other locations

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 Technical Officer to join our collaborative facilities team. Reporting to the Facilities Project Manager, the incumbent is responsible for providing high quality and effective client services, including but not limited to:

• Providing on-site technical support as directed across all locations
• Monitoring the performance of facilities & infrastructure and working to support the development of a life-cycle planning approach for all ACO assets.

You should have a trade or equivalent qualification or strong hands on practical approach with demonstrated experience. A keen eye for detail, a technical and logical thought process, ability to complete minor repair works and an awareness of relevant legislation, including OHS and building regulations.

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 skills.

Diversity
The Australian College of Optometry is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We welcome applications from people with the widest possible diversity of background, culture and experience. The ACO encourages and welcomes the interest from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders for roles within the organisation.

Interested? Please see the position description for further information. 

To apply, please send a covering letter addressing the key selection criteria and CV to our HR Coordinator at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Applications will close on 6 December 2019 at 5pm.

 
Technical Officer

BUSINESS TECHNOLOGIES

• Competitive salary plus NFP salary packaging benefits
• Full time
• 3 year contract, with potential to extend
• Carlton location, with some travel to other locations

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 Technical Officer to join our collaborative facilities team. Reporting to the Facilities Project Manager, the incumbent is for Information & Communications Technologies (ICT) & clinical equipment, as well as providing high quality and effective client services, including but not limited to:

• Providing on-site technical support as directed across all locations.
• Monitoring the performance of business technologies and working to support the development of a life-cycle planning approach for all ACO ICT and clinical equipment.

You should have the relevant qualifications in ICT or demonstrated experience working with business technologies. A tertiary qualification in Computer Science, Computing or Engineering will be considered favourably. A keen eye for detail, a technical and logical thought process, ability to complete minor repairs and device setup.

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 skills.

Diversity
The Australian College of Optometry is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We welcome applications from people with the widest possible diversity of background, culture and experience. The ACO encourages and welcomes the interest from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders for roles within the organisation.

Interested? Please see the position description for further information.

To apply, please send a covering letter addressing the key selection criteria and a CV to our HR Coordinator at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Applications will close on 8 November 2019 at 5pm.

 
Administration

RECEPTIONIST/DISPENSARY ASSISTANT

• Competitive salary plus NFP salary packaging benefits
• Part-time, two days per week

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 approachable and confident person to join our friendly and dedicated Reception/Dispensary team in the Clinical Services Division.

This role provides front-of-house reception to patients, assists with Dispensary Services and offers support to Optometrists in our busy Optometry Clinics. You will be part of an experienced team in a role that is very much a group effort, with duties shared.

You will be based at our Carlton Clinic with metropolitan clinics from time to time.

This role will require you to be available on Mondays and Saturdays, within our clinic hours of 8.00 am to 5.45 pm.

You should have optical reception and dispensing experience and a genuine desire to work in a client/patient facing role that is about more than just good customer service. You are flexible, punctual and reliable and possess excellent interpersonal skills. A good telephone manner, sound computer and typing skills are essential. A second language may be an advantage.
Interested? Please see the position description

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

Applications will close on Sunday 3 November 2019 at 5pm.



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