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Chief Optometrist
Job Code:2022-05-017
Department:Eye Clinic
FT/PT Status:Regular Full Time
Salary Minimum116,443.00
Salary Midpoint145,554.00
Position Closes:

Job Responsibilities & Qualifications:

Primary Function

This position is located within the Cherokee Indian Hospital Patient Eye Clinic. The purpose of this position is to function as Chief Optometrist, providing optometry program management and direct patient care.  This responsibility includes, but is not limited to design, implementation, direction, and evaluation of a comprehensive eye care program   and provide supervision to (subordinate Optometrists) additional eye care providers and staff, including contract and salaried optometrists and ophthalmologists.


Job Description

Administrative Duties

  • Works under the administrative supervision of the Chief Operations Officer.
  • Provides day to day leadership that reflects the adopted mission and core values of CIHA.
  • Develops and implements plans/programs for improvement expansion and/or contraction of patient care services to meet changing patient care needs or staffing levels.
  • Develops, implements, evaluates, and revises department specific objectives, priorities, policies, procedures which are consistent with those for the overall eye care program and Service Unit programs.
  • Develops short and long-range department plans. 
  • Supervises subordinates including other optometrists, ophthalmologists, and/or health technicians (optometric).  Assigns work, rates performance, interviews candidates, recommends selections, resolves complaints and grievances, recommends promotion and training, effects minor disciplinary actions, and finds ways to increase quality and efficiency of work.
  • Establishes or approves overall work schedule and determines individual or work group assignments.




Clinical Duties

  • Plans, implements and directs the clinical eye care program.  Establishes and maintains working policies of the eye clinic (i.e., scope of services, daily operations policy, short and long term goals and objectives in response to patient care needs); assures adequate staffing of the eye clinic including on-call night and weekend coverage.
  • Oversees patient diagnosis, treatment and prevention of vision problems and diseases.
  • Provides direct care to patients in a responsible, respectful and caring manner,  i.e. independently diagnoses all optometric and ocular problems through external and internal physical evaluation of the eye and surrounding tissues; detects neuromuscular impairment or anomalies of binocular function; treats visual disorders through examination, prescription of corrective lenses, vision training and/or pharmacological means; treats unusual visual disorders through application of advanced and complex optometric techniques; performs minor surgical procedures (i.e. corneal and eyelid foreign body removal, small papilloma removal, suture removal, etc.).
  • Provides emergency eye services including diagnosis and treatment of ophthalmic trauma or pathology on an outpatient or inpatient basis (i.e. treatment of corneal ulcers using pharmaceuticals, bandage contact lenses, surgical debridement, etc.), using proper infection control techniques (i.e. standard precautions).  Refers patients requiring complex medical surgery or services to the appropriate medical specialty; refers patients to the appropriate health professional upon the diagnosis of ocular manifestations of systemic disease; receives referrals from other health professionals for continuing quality patient care.
  • Prescribes glasses and contact lenses; prescribes rehabilitation of the impaired eyes.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.



Degree of doctor of Optometry resulting from a course of education in Optometry.  The degree must have been obtained from one of the schools or colleges of the United States and Canadian schools or colleges or optometry listed as accredited by the Council on Optometric Education of the American Optometric Association, in the list published for the year in which the course of study was completed.

Meets Following Requirements:

  • Four years of optometric practice or its equivalent.  One year of approved residency training or its creditable equivalent acceptable to the Council on Optometric Education of the American Optometric Association is acceptable in lieu of 2 years of practice.
  • The optometrist at this level has successfully passed the examinations of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry. Has achieved a high level of professional attainment as illustrated by one or more of the following examples:
    1. A recognized expert in the diagnosis and treatment of unusual and complicated visual dysfunctions.  Typically, this capacity serves as a consultant to other health care professionals.
    2. Has assumed responsibility for a multi-faceted optometric program including training requiring a high degree of competence and skill in developing innovative program and system of care.  The incumbent serves as a liaison with other medical services.
  • Licensed to practice Optometry in State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia.  Must obtain North Carolina Licensure within 1 year after initial hire.  Optometrists are required to possess full and unrestricted licensure and to maintain a current registration.