Chief of Primary Care

The State University of New York College of Optometry, and its patient care facility, the University Eye Center (UEC), seeks applicants for the position of Chief, Primary Care Service. In this position, the Chief of Primary Care provides senior clinical leadership to the Primary Care Service of the UEC and assures the effective and efficient delivery of the highest quality eye and vision care services consistent with the mission and vision of the SUNY College of Optometry.  The Primary Care Service supports approximately 25,000 adult and pediatric annual patient visits in addition to 20,000 annual patient visits to our Essilor Eyewear Center. 

Reporting to the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of the UEC, the Chief of Primary Care provides strategic leadership to the medical staff providing primary eye care to the adult, pediatric and special needs patient population of the UEC.  The Chief of Primary Care integrates evidence based practice into the clinical care within the Service, provides supervision and mentoring to clinical faculty, implements innovative changes and works collaboratively with faculty and staff to improve clinical performance, education, and research. The Chief of Primary Care maintains compliance with New York State rules and regulations governing Diagnostic and Treatment Centers, HIPAA, and other accreditation standards and regulatory requirements.

The Chief of Primary Care will hold an appropriate faculty rank within the College, is a member of the Clinic Council and the Clinical Education Council and assumes responsibility for the organization and patient flow in the service, management of the clinical faculty, budgeting, inter- and intra-departmental communications, and developing and implementing service specific goals in line with the College’s mission. 

The successful candidate must have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, have proven skill in diplomacy in interactions with faculty, staff and students and experience in a clinical teaching/research environment.  A Doctor of Optometry degree is required and candidates must be licensed in New York State prior to employment.  Additionally, a minimum of three years of administrative/supervisory experience in an academic or health care setting is required.  A competitive salary and benefits package, commensurate with experience, will be provided.

Applicants should provide a CV, a statement of career goals and interests, and the names and contact information of three professional references. Completed application packets must be sent to:
Mr. Douglas Schading
Director of Human Resources
SUNY College of Optometry
33 West 42nd Street
New York, New York 10036

The review of applications will begin April 1st and continue until the position is filled.

Chief of Primary Care Detailed Job Description

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The SUNY College of Optometry is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, criminal conviction, or retaliation.

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