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Chief Optometrist

Salary Range: $180,000 to $215,000 / Per Year
Open Period: 8/3/2021 to 12/31/2021
Summary: Maniilaq Association, a critical access hospital, provides health, tribal and social services to about 8,000 people in Northwest Alaska. A non-profit corporation, Maniilaq Association represents twelve federally recognized tribes with Kotzebue being the hub of the service area. Benefits include • Relocation for the employee and family • Sign on/Retention Bonus • Yearly continuing education compensation • housing • Retirement • PTO earnings & cash out options • Free health, dental, vision, life, short and long term disability insurance for the employee • And more! Please contact for additional information. Come join us above the Arctic Circle, discover Inupiat culture and experience life on the tundra. Maniilaq Association provides a wonderful professional opportunity for employment with intriguing people who are balancing the preservation of their traditional language and customs while implementing the knowledge and skills necessary to provide quality service.

Manage the Maniilaq Eye Care Program and provide comprehensive optometry services for the twelve communities in the Maniilaq Service Area. Supervises the assessment, planning implementation and evaluation of services provided: assures that such services are provided in accordance with established federal, state and local hospital regulatory standards; assists in the development of department goals. Reports to the Community Health Services Director.
Duties: • Performs leadership functions including selection, scheduling, training, performance management, and discipline. Plan, implement and direct the optometry and opticianry programs for the Maniilaq Service Area. • Develop, implement, and monitor, all program budgets, including all service billing, revenue and expenditures. • Maintain quality and efficiency standards in the department, make recommendations for improvement, and implement and report results as necessary; Analyze data regarding standards of practice, patient care and trends, identify necessary actions to respond to data, evaluate results and take corrective action when necessary. • Supervises all Eye Clinic staff, including hiring, training, disciplining and reviewing performance and outcomes. • Examine vision, eye, and related structures of the eye to diagnose vision anomalies and detect any disease and/or other abnormalities of the eye. This is to be accomplished during direct patient care as well as any medical charting reviews or while participating in a health care team focusing on long-term disease treatment. • Prescribe and adapt spectacle lenses, contact lenses and optical aids. Instruct the patient on proper wear and upkeep of spectacles/contacts/optical aids. • Administer and/or monitor medical treatment for ocular disease and/or injury. Will be involved in any inter-disciplinary team formed for the purpose of patient care in concerns of ocular disease/injury. • Refer patients to the ophthalmologist and other health care personnel and/or health facilities for further diagnosis, and treatment. Furthermore, tracking adequate patient follow-up for when patient returns to local area. Provide case management for complicated issues. • Supervise and instruct the Dispensing Optician/Ophthalmic Dispenser with administrative, technical and professional vision care procedures. This includes all training and subsequence competencies testing aspects. This training is to cover patient care, Joint Commission and any hospital/facility/area specific issues. • Travel to each of the eleven outlying communities to conduct field optometry clinics assisted by the Dispensing Optician or Eye Care Technician. Responsible for all organization and planning of village trips. • Responsible for recording all patient care examinations and procedures in the appropriate health records in compliance with hospital policy, Joint Commission standards as well as professional community standards. To also review existing policy and procedures for patient documentation and be involved in any hospital or community committees that will directly impact the clinic.
Qualifications: • Licensed to practice optometry in the State of Alaska, or licensed per Public Health Service standards. • Ability to lift up to 70 pounds. • Frequent travel and ability to travel in small aircraft required. • Comprehensive knowledge of primary care optometry and the ability to apply this knowledge.
Work Type: Permanent, Full
Announcement #: 2021:OTZ-049
Who May Apply? All Groups of Qualified Individuals
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