Professional Teaching Fellow - Continuing Professional Development (Optometry)

  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • Part-time
  • UoA Department Name: Optometry and Vision Science
  • Campus: Grafton Campus
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term
  • Position Number: 55566498

Company Description

Applications are invited for a part-time position as a Professional Teaching Fellow in the School of Optometry and Vision Science starting 1 February 2021.

Who are we?

The School of Optometry and Vision Science (SOVS) is part of the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences within the University of Auckland. We are the only Optometry school in Aotearoa and offer a Bachelor of Optometry qualification (accredited by the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand) that enables graduates to practice optometry in Aotearoa and Australia. SOVS operates a full scope optometry clinic, with a large and diverse patient base, on the University of Auckland Grafton campus. SOVS staff and students also participate in clinics at other sites throughout Auckland.

The Opportunity

In 2021 SOVS will begin a project - in partnership with the New Zealand Association of Optometrists (NZAO) - to develop resources to support the continuing professional development (CPD) of New Zealand optometrists.   

The role will involve developing and maintaining teaching material to form the basis of a web-based CPD platform. This in turn will require the successful candidate to communicate with topic experts and to develop teaching/learning activities. There will also be a role in supporting educational content provided via the NZAO including organising the annual conference program and developing evidence-based learning cases. 

We have an opening available for an experienced and highly motivated Professional Teaching Fellow to develop and run this initiative.

This is a part-time position over two years (0.5FTE year one, 0.4FTE year two), and the level of appointment and salary will be on the Professional Teaching Fellow scale in accordance with qualifications and experience.  Support will be provided for the development of areas of clinical/clinical education subspecialty and excellence, including financial support for continuing professional development. The annual fees for NZAO membership, PI insurance and the Annual Practising Certificate will also be paid.

For more information on the role, please view the Position Description. 

Inquiries should be addressed to Clinical Director, Dr Geraint Phillips, and telephone 64 (0)9 923 6503 or email: [email protected].

Applicants should hold an optometry qualification that is recognised for registration as an Optometrist (TPA endorsement) or Educator Optometrist (TPA endorsement) in New Zealand. 

Why work for us?

The University of Auckland is committed to providing an excellent working environment through:

  • Flexible employment practices
  • Career development programmes
  • A competitive salary with five weeks’ annual leave
  • Company superannuation scheme, discounted car parking, a generous parental leave allowance, childcare and a number of other discounts on internal and external services.

For more information please visit Staff Benefits.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted online at by the closing date of Sunday, 17 January 2021 to be considered. Please include your cover letter and CV. Applications should include details of experience in any areas of optometric sub-speciality.

Additional Information

In accordance with our commitment to equitable recruitment, the University welcomes applications from all suitably qualified and experienced candidates. In response to COVID-19 the New Zealand Government has imposed a travel ban and are currently only allowing New Zealand Residents, Citizens and visa holders meeting a strict exception policy to enter the country, all of whom must currently enter Government approved quarantine for two weeks on arrival.

It is uncertain when these border restrictions will change, and this may impact the degree to which an off-shore candidate can engage in the interview process; or be available to commence in a new position. For more information and updates on the border restrictions visit the Immigration New Zealand website or the New Zealand Government’s official Covid-19 website.

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