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Optician (Faculty) Pool – HS Clinical Instructor or HS Assistant Clinical Professor – School of Optometry

Position overview

Salary range: Salary will be commensurate with experience.
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: Screening of applicants begins immediately and will continue as needed. Appointments for fall semester are usually reviewed in May, and for spring semester in November (if applicable).

Application Window

Open date: September 17th, 2021

Most recent review date: Wednesday, Apr 6, 2022 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: Friday, Sep 16, 2022 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

The University of California, Berkeley, School of Optometry invites applications for a pool of qualified optician instructor/s in the school’s eyewear dispensary should an opening arise. The number of positions varies from semester to semester, depending on the needs of the department. The optician instructor/s will be working directly with patients as well as teaching Doctor of Optometry candidates/students in ophthalmic dispensary skills. The pool will remain in place for one calendar year; those interested in remaining in the pool beyond that time must reapply.

The applicant we seek will be highly proficient and experienced in all aspects of optical 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 optometry student clinicians in our clinic, prepare and deliver seminars on a variety of relevant optical related topics in concert with other optician instructors, and have primary responsibility for teaching and evaluating those students.

The UC Berkeley School of Optometry is recognized as one of the top professional schools in the nation. The Eyewear Center at UC Berkeley Optometry actively serves a large and diverse clientele on a daily basis, 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 optician 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 individuals who wish to make a rewarding career of training the brightest of the next generation of 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.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

American Board of Opticianry Certified (ABOC) optician (or equivalent national or international certification or degree).

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

Three years of optical experience in a dispensing and/or laboratory environment. Experience working with ophthalmic frames, lens materials, and lens designs 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. Opticianry Advanced Certification (ABOC-AC) , American Board of Optician Masters (ABOM), undergraduate degree, or laboratory experience. Ability to provide and demonstrate the highest caliber of patient service and create appropriate visual solutions to meet each patient’s specific visual needs. Candidates with teaching and technical training of opticianry experience. Looking for candidates interested in the cutting edge of ophthalmic technology.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • 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)

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.

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Campus Information

Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values at UC Berkeley. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and academic and non-academic staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates for our academic positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing equity, inclusion, and belonging.

The University of California, Berkeley 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:

In searches when letters of reference are required 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 letter.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for the deadlines applicable to new University of California employees. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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Job location

Berkeley, California