Eye Care 4 Kids – Licensed Optician

Title: Licensed Optician (State of Nevada)
Reports To: Executive Director
Location: Southern Nevada
Service Area: Southern Nevada (Clark County)
Employment Status: Full-Time
FLSA Code: Exempt
Salary & Benefits: $52,000

Organization & Position Summary

Eye Care 4 Kids is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, established for the exclusive purpose of promoting good vision and literacy. Founded in 2001 by board-certified pediatric optician Joseph G. Carbone, with his wife Jan and Dee W. Hadley, Eye Care 4 Kids provides vision screening, eye exams and eyeglasses for youth whose parents or guardians do not have the resources to pay. The mission of Eye Care 4 Kids Nevada is to provide professional eyecare to low-income, visually impaired children and families in the multi-cultural communities of Southern Nevada. We recognize the inherent link between vision and education and are dedicated to giving all students the best chance at academic, social and emotional success.

The Licensed Optician is a fulltime professional clinic position. In addition to dispensing and adjusting eyeglasses for patients, the Optician will be responsible for duties including, though not limited to, properly fitting eyeglasses for patients, placing orders, working with patients to select frames and traveling to Clark County School District schools to dispense eyeglasses to students.

Job Responsibilities

Clinical Duties

  • Measure clients’ bridge and eye size, temple length, vertex distance, pupillary distance, and optical centers of eyes, using measuring devices
  • Prepare work orders and instructions for fabricating lenses
  • Verify that finished lenses are ground to specifications
  • Assist clients in selecting frames according to style and color and ensure that frames are coordinated with facial and eye measurements and optical prescriptions
  • Recommend specific lenses, lens coatings, and frames to suit client needs
  • Heat, shape, or bend plastic or metal frames in order to adjust eyeglasses to fit clients, using pliers and hands
  • Determine clients’ current lens prescriptions, when necessary, using lensometers or lens analyzers and clients’ eyeglasses
  • Repair damaged frame
  • Instruct clients in how to wear and care for eyeglasses.
  • Obtain a customer’s previous record or verify a prescription with the examining optometrist or ophthalmologist
  • Perform administrative duties such as tracking inventory and notifying patient’s when eyeglasses are ready to be picked up from the clinic
  • Travel to CCSD schools to dispense and adjust eyeglasses for students who received vision services on the Mobile Vision Clinic
  • Perform patient intake as needed
  • Perform patient vision screening as needed

Customer & Staff Relations

  • Courteous, considerate and cooperative when communicating with patients, families and community partners
  • Establish positive relationships with staff
  • Develop and maintain communication and solid working relationships with school programmers
  • Attend staff meetings
  • Maintain a professional manner and tone of voice when communicating in person or by phone

Qualifications

  • Completion of an accredited optical program and required apprenticeship
  • Proof of Nevada ophthalmic dispense license
  • Proof of ABO (American Board of Opticianry) certification
  • Preferred: NCLE (National Contact Lens Examiners) certification
  • Proof of board-approved continuing education
  • Knowledge of current optical theory
  • Must have at least two (2) years of experience as a Licensed Optician (State of Nevada)
  • Strong basic math skills
  • Ability to embrace technology
  • Ability to work in a high volume environment
  • Must be detail oriented and well-organized
  • Must be able to problem solve
  • Must have excellent driving record
  • Provide proof of current NV driver license, vehicle registration and insurance
  • Superb communication skills/ability to read, speak and understand English fluently
  • Ability to work with diverse populations and ages
  • Dependable, mature and trustworthy
  • Maintain a neat, clean, well-groomed appearance
  • Ability to remain calm, focused and helpful under stress
  • Follow all clinic policies and procedures
  • Pass a background check and drug screening
  • Preferred: ability to speak fluent Spanish

Physical Demands

  • Occasionally required to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds
  • Frequently required to push and/or pull items up to 50 pounds
  • Constantly required to communicate with patients
  • Abilities required by this job include hearing, seeing, listening, talking, reading
  • Specific vision abilities required for this position include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision and depth perception

Eye Care 4 Kids is an equal opportunity employer. Decisions to hire and promote are made without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation or preference, age, marital or veteran status, medical condition, disability, or any other legally protected status under federal, state or local law. We seek to reach a broad and diverse candidate pool in filling our positions.

How to Apply

Please submit resume, cover letter and references to stephanie@eyecare4kids.org. Position opened until filled. For information about Eye Care 4 Kids, visit www.eyecare4kids.org.