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Optical Faculty Pool – HS Clinical Instructor or HS Assistant Clinical Professor – School of Optometry

Recruitment Period

Open date: May 15th, 2020

Last review date: Monday, Aug 31, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

Optical Faculty Pool – HS Clinical Instructor or HS Assistant Clinical Professor – School of Optometry

The University of California, Berkeley, School of Optometry invites applications for a pool of qualified full time instructor/s in the school’s eyewear dispensary should an opening arise. The instructor/s will be working directly with patients as well as teaching Doctor of Optometry candidates/students in opticianry skills. Screening of applicants begins immediately and will continue as needed. The number of positions will vary from semester to semester, depending on the needs of the School of Optometry. Positions will be 100% time and salary is commensurate with experience.

The applicant we seek will be highly proficient and experienced in all aspects of dispensary operations and capable of providing effective guidance and instruction to our students in the context of a high volume optical department. The successful candidate will supervise students in our clinic, prepare and deliver seminars on a variety of relevant topics in concert with other instructors, and have primary responsibility for teaching and evaluating those students.

Basic Qualifications (at the time of application): American Board of Opticianry Certified (ABOC) optician (or equivalent international degree) .

Additional Qualifications (by start date): Five years of optical experience in a dispensing and/or laboratory environment. Experience working with ophthalmic frames, lens materials, and technologies. Employment is contingent on successful completion of a Background Check. To be eligible to work, clinic employees must comply with all UC Berkeley Optometry Clinic annual immunization and medical screening requirements, trainings, and University and School policies.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience in training optical professionals strongly preferred. American Board of Opticians Advances (ABOA), American Board of Optician Masters (ABOM), undergraduate degree, or laboratory experience. Ability to provide and demonstrate the highest caliber of customer service. Candidates with teaching and technical training of opticianry experience. Looking for candidates interested in the cutting edge of ophthalmic technology.

The UC Berkeley School of Optometry is recognized as one of the top professional schools in the nation. The Eyewear Clinic at UCBSO is very active, serving every day a large and diverse clientele, who expect the highest quality care. The successful applicant will be working in the Eyewear Center Clinic with a team of other dedicated professionals. UC Berkeley School of Optometry seeks candidates whose experience, teaching, or community service has prepared them to contribute to diversity and excellence. The Department is committed to addressing the family needs of faculty, including dual career couples and single parents.

UC Berkeley has an excellent benefits package as well as a number of policies and programs to support employees as they balance work and family. Full time instructors in the Eyewear Center are UC faculty members, receiving an annual appointment, with commensurate salary, including University provided health care, generous vacation and retirement benefits. We are seeking people who wish to make a rewarding career of training the brightest of the next generation of American optometrists in opticianry skills. Appointees will be eligible for advancement through the ranks of the Health Sciences Clinical Professor series, based on performance in teaching, professional activity, creative activity, and service.

To apply, please go to the following link:

At the time of application, applicants should provide the contact information for at least 3, but no more than five, references who have had recent interaction with the applicant. Letters of reference will only be solicited for finalists. All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e. dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality ( prior to submitting their letters.

Applications will be accepted and reviewed for departmental needs, through March 12, 2021. Appointments for summer semester are usually reviewed in March, for fall semester in May, and for spring semester in November (if applicable). The pool will close on March 12, 2021; if you would like to remain in the pool after that time you will need to submit a new application.

Any questions related to this position should be directed to Assistant Clinical Professor, Vicki Rich, ABOC at

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V. detailing prior work history and accomplishments

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley (for additional information go to

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

Job location

Berkeley, CA