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Southern College of Optometry is one of the nation’s leading optometry colleges. Founded in 1932, SCO leads the profession of optometry by educating some of the country’s top optometrists.

 
 

The devotion of our faculty and staff resulted in SCO being named one of the Top Work Places in Memphis by the Commercial Appeal five years in a row. The college was additionally recognized with the highest satisfaction with benefits of any organization in Memphis. Join SCO’s winning team of dedicated faculty and staff as we serve our students, alumni and patients in fulfilling our mission of excellence.

 

Career Opportunities

The following positions are currently open at Southern College of Optometry:



 

POSITION TITLE: Lead Campus Security Officer

DEPARTMENT: Campus Security

DATE: 10/4/18

Southern College of Optometry, a leader in optometric education, has an opening for a Lead Campus Security Officer. The position is responsible for assisting the Manager of Campus Security in directing all college and contract security officers’ activities.  Also serves as the second point of contact for security issues and takes charge of emergencies in the absence of the Manager.

Duties include:

  • Responsible for day-to-day supervision, motivation, coaching and training of Campus Security Officers, specifically executing site-specific orientations including review of Post Orders, routine responsibilities, and how to respond to emergencies.
  • Make post inspection while on duty on a continuing basis and spend the quality time required to acknowledge and ensure adequate security officer performance, including inspection of officer’s appearance and review of the actual duties performed by personnel.
  • Assists Security Management in implementing the emergency procedures established for the various buildings and in their absence, takes responsibility to implement emergency procedures during fires, earthquakes, power failures, etc. 
  • Coordinates and reports on the status and upkeep of systems and equipment monitored or audited by security.
  • Other duties may include report writing, investigation of incidents, reviewing daily logs and incident reports, etc.

Education/Skills/Qualifications:

  • HS diploma/equivalent. Post-secondary education is preferred.
  • Three years security or related experience.
  • Prior lead or senior officer status preferred
  • TBI Certification and/or training is required.
  • Strong customer service skills are required.

Internal applicants should complete the SCO internal application and submit with a resume to  [email protected]  or via hand-delivery by 10/11/18.  The SCO internal application is located on IRIS.  Log in and select the HR department icon on the org chart.  On the left side of the page, select “Employee Forms” and then select Internal Application for Posted positions.  An updated resume should also be included with your application packet.

Interested external applicants should apply by clicking the button below:

Application for Employment

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS POSITION’S SHIFT IS MONDAY-FRIDAY, 3PM TO 11PM.  

Southern College of Optometry is an equal opportunity employer.



 

POSITION TITLE:  Certified Low Vision Therapist

DEPARTMENT: TEC (Low Vision)

DATE: 8/13/18

Southern College of Optometry, a leader in optometric education, has an opening for a Certified Low Vision Therapist. This is a part-time position for a maximum of 2½ days per week (16-20 hours).  It is grant funded for approximately one year.  The therapist completes a functional low vision evaluation for patients that identifies visual impartments utilizing various vision evaluation instruments under the direction of an optometrist in the Low Vision Department.

Duties include:

  • Evaluates work history, educational performance, ADL and IADL performance, use of technology, quality of life and aspects of psychosocial and cognitive function.
  • Utilizes collaboration with an interdisciplinary team (vision rehabilitation specialists and counselors, orientation and mobility specialist, educators, occupational therapists, etc.) to assist patient in adjusting to the impact vision impairment has on quality of life.
  • Trains patients in use of specific visual motor skills, i.e., identification and use of preferred retinal locus for fixation, accurate saccades, smooth pursuits, etc.  Also provides training in the appropriate and safe of low vision devices and use of adaptive equipment that enhance visual function.
  • Works with family and other persons significant to patient to assist them in understanding the functional implications of vision changes, expected rehabilitation progress, environmental modifications that will assist in enhanced function, coaching for home/work/school leisure exercise and adaptation to change when feasible.
  • Makes referrals to other disciplines, e.g., orientation and mobility specialists, vision rehab specialists, etc., as needed to ensure safety, health and independent functioning of the patient.


Education/Skills/Qualifications:

The successful candidate will possess:

  • Bachelor’s Degree is required.  Concentration in Low Vision Therapy is preferred.  Master’s Degree in the area of rehabilitation of the visually impaired, concentration in low vision or significant experience with low vision optical aids or low vision clinic is highly preferred.
  • 1-3 years of experience working with the visually impaired is required.
  • CLVT is required.  Dual certification as a Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS) or Certified Rehabilitation Therapist is preferred.
  • Strong written and oral communications skills are required.
Qualified candidates should submit using the application button below.

Application for Employment

Additional inquiries about the position should be emailed to:  [email protected]; however, resumes/CVs, etc. will NOT be accepted via this email address.

Southern College of Optometry is an equal opportunity employer.


 

POSITION TITLE: Licensed Clinical Social Worker

DEPARTMENT: TEC (Low Vision)

DATE: 8/13/18

Southern College of Optometry, a leader in optometric education, has an opening for a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. This is a part-time position for a maximum of 2½ days per week (16-20 hours).  It is grant funded for approximately one year.  The LCSW provides a range of services to low vision patients including: education, referrals, advocacy, resource information, case management and counseling.  In addition, the incumbent will assist in the development of patient care plans, as well as provide education on social work services to students and faculty.

Duties include:

  • Completes biopsychosocial assessments and intakes for low vision patients to address presenting problems and issues.
  • Educates patients on a range of psychosocial needs, including coping with diagnosis, learning to deal with vision loss, disruption in family life, employment challenges, changes in self-identity, difficulties in school or study, travel challenges, reading difficulties, and anxiety in performing activities of daily living.
  • Acts as the case manager for patients and coordinates and follow-up with the community agencies and patient to ensure follow-through on care.  Provides referrals to and acts as an advocate for rehabilitative services agencies.
  • Provides short-term counseling for depression, anxiety, stress and other issues as a result of low vision diagnosis, as well as assists patients in adapting to life changes as a result of vision issues.
  • May facilitate formation of, assist with and facilitate patient and community groups that provide support and focus on the struggles associated with a variety of activities of daily living (ADLs). May also assist with family support groups to help them understand patient concerns and how families can be involved in care.
  • May work in concert with a certified low vision specialist and interact with treatment team to access and create patient care plan.
     

Education/Skills/Qualifications: 

The successful candidate will possess: 

  • Master’s Degree in Social Work is required. Must be a LCSW.
  • Prior experience in working with optometrists/ophthalmologists and low vision patients or in a medical environment (hospital, medical, dental or optometry school is preferred.
  • Strong written and oral communications skills are required.

 

Qualified candidates should submit application by clicking the button below:

Application for Employment

 

Additional inquiries about the position should be emailed to:  [email protected]; however, resumes/CVs, etc. will NOT be accepted via this email address.

Southern College of Optometry is an equal opportunity employer.