Job #:  1685

•     Serves as chief of operations for all Internal clinical activities.

•     Serves as chief of operations for all External clinical activities.

•     Serves as course instructor for clinical Externship courses.

•     Appoints the Clinical Service Chiefs.

•     Appoints Part-time Clinical Instructors, as appropriate, to teach clinical skills, supervise clinical care, and render care in Pacific EyeClinics.

•     Appoints Preceptors and Adjunct Faculty, as appropriate, to teach clinical skills, supervise clinical care, and render care at Preceptorship sites.

•     Provides input relative to naming of Clinic Directors.

•     Coordinates activities of the Clinic Directors, Clinical Service Chiefs, Clinical Course Instructors, Clinical Faculty, and Clinical Support Staff.

•     Works with the EHR Software Applications Specialist, University Information Services Clinical Technology Systems Analyst and Manager of Healthcare Clinic Information Services to meet the electronic health records needs of the clinical program.

•     Works in conjunction with the Dean of the college in conducting annual goal-setting and performance reviews for clinical faculty members. Shares responsibility with the Dean for documenting annual reviews, and for maintaining appropriate records regarding goals, reviews, and advisement specifics.

•     Works cooperatively with Faculty, Service Chiefs, and Clinic Directors in establishing clinic service staffing and publishing clinic schedules.

•     Advocates needs of Clinical Faculty. Builds and maintains morale, and supports opportunities for faculty development.

•     Advocates needs of clinical support staff. Builds and maintains morale, and supports opportunities for staff development.

•     Develops and supports communication mechanisms and opportunities. Encourages participation of clinical faculty, clinical support staff, and students, from diverse backgrounds  in program initiatives and enhancement efforts. 

•     Works to assure excellent clinical educational opportunities and ensures that the clinical education program meets its established goals.

•     Works to define and evaluate outcomes assessment indicators relative to the goals and objectives established for the clinical program.

•     Works to assure the delivery of highest-quality patient care, and the ADCP is expected to attend one half-day of clinic "in chosen area of expertise" serving diverse patients.

•     Manages quality assurance across the clinical program. Responds to credentialing requests when appropriate. Supports development and implementation of total quality management programs.

•     Works with the Clinic Directors, Director of Clinical Operations, Director of Ophthalmic Services and Service Chiefs to recruit, schedule, supervise, and support members of the clinical staff. Coordinates the creation, maintenance, and modification (when appropriate) of support staff position descriptions. Participates in development of clinical staff training as well as personal and professional growth opportunities, including diversity trainings. 

•     Works with the Clinic Directors, Director of Clinical Operations, Director of Ophthalmic Services and Service Chiefs in conducting annual performance evaluations for all clinical support staff members.

•     Supports the Director of Outreach on outreach activities such as screenings, health fairs, and off-site specialty services that provide care to indigent populations and patients from diverse backgrounds.

•     Assists the Dean with preparing an annual clinic budget proposal, with input from the Clinic Directors and Service Chiefs.

•     Monitors state and federal health care policy and legislation; develops recommendations for internal protocols related to patient care, clinical education and the use of electronic health records in response to current or changing third party, local and national health care policies.

•     Is an advocate for physical plant, resources, and equipment needs during all budget building processes and discussions.

•     Works with the Dean in implementing and monitoring the clinical budget. Assists in ensuring fiscal responsibility and viability for the clinical program.

•     Determines, with input from the Clinic Directors, Service Chiefs and Associate Dean of Academic Programs, the equipment, instrumentation, and supplies needs of the clinical program.

•     Supervises the maintenance of the clinic equipment inventory, coordinating installation, maintenance, preventive maintenance, repair, and replacement of clinical equipment.

•     Collaborates with the Associate Dean of Academic Programs in forming and implementing policy regarding the use of equipment, space, etc., relative to didactic, laboratory, clinical, and research elements of the curriculum.

•     Cooperates with faculty, support staff, students, and other administrators in decision-making regarding programmatic change, site designs, policies, protocols, acquisitions, etc.

•     Coordinates activities designed to enhance public relations, recruit and maintain patients, market the clinical program, and increase access to patient bases – including populations from diverse backgrounds, managed care panels, and other health insurers, and health care underwriters.

•     Oversees quality assurance of Externship offerings through participation, coordination and review of student evaluations, exit interviews, and site visits

•     Coordinates the selection of sites and works with the Dean, Director of Legal Affairs and Vice-President for Finance and Administration in formalizing Externship agreements.

•     Works cooperatively with external/affiliate faculty and students in determining assignments and External clinical schedules.

•     Advocates needs of externship preceptors as well as residency coordinators and supervisors. Builds and maintains morale, and supports opportunities for external/affiliate faculty development.

•     Conducts mid-semester and end-of-semester performance evaluations for each precepting student and externship supervisor.

•     Coordinates clinical activities involving Master students and Residents with the Associate Dean of Academic Programs, Residency Coordinators and the Director of the MS in VS Program.

•     Actively promotes and develops opportunities for interprofessional and co-management educational experiences with other Pacific University health professions programs, with other regional health care institutions, and with exemplary private practitioners.

•     Actively works with the Associate Dean of Academic Programs to integrate clinical and academic course content and assignments, including the development of interprofessional educational opportunities.

•     Performs other relevant duties as assigned by the Dean and/or Provost.

Reporting Relationship: Reports to the Dean, College of Optometry

Supervisor Responsibility:

1)   Serves as the primary supervisor for the following positions:

•  Director of Clinical Operations

•  Externship and Residency Programs Coordinator

•  Director of Ophthalmic Services

•  EHR Software Applications Specialist

2)   Serves as the primary support and resource for the clinical faculty administrative roles of Clinic Directors, Chiefs of Service, and Director of Residency Programs in the College of Optometry


1)   Hold an O.D. degree from an ACOE-accredited School or College of Optometry.

2)   Active licensure to practice Optometry in at least one of the states of the United States, and eligible for licensure in the State of Oregon.

3)   Experience in various aspects of patient care, clinical practice administration and financial management.

4)   Experience with interprofessional education or collaborative interprofessional care desired.

5)   Demonstrated ability to work effectively with others.

6)   High degree of self-motivation, organization, and enthusiasm for full-scope Optometric care.

7)   A commitment to professional growth and contribution to the academic community is expected.

8)  Demonstrated ability to support, and maintain diversity among students, faculty, and staff and works to establish and maintain a diverse and inclusive work environment. 

Classification:  Full-time (1.22 FTE) Administrative position. Faculty rank commensurate with experience.

APPLICATION:  Candidates should submit electronically a letter of application, a comprehensive curriculum vitae and a list of three professional references to:

Scott Cooper, OD, MEd

Pacific University College of Optometry

2043 College Way

Forest Grove, OR 97116


Review of applications will continue until position is filled.


Pacific University is a small but diverse community, where students thrive in a personal academic environment.  Tracing its roots back to 1849, when it began as a school for orphans of the Oregon Trail, Pacific has long been devoted to making a difference in people’s lives.  Nestled in the valley at the base of the coastal range and Mount Hood, the university is only a half hour to the Portland metro center. 

Today, students study in a unique combination of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the liberal arts and sciences, optometry, education, health professions and business.  Pacific University has campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn, Ore., as well as an office in Honolulu.  In addition, a variety of Pacific University health and eye clinics throughout the Portland area serve patients and provide students with practical experience.

At Pacific University, students and faculty engage in discovery through close, nurturing relationships that provide extraordinary learning experiences.  International study, service learning, internships and co-curricular activities have been integral parts of the education of nearly 25,000 alumni worldwide who share in the Boxer spirit.


It is the policy of Pacific University not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, religion or religious creed, disability or handicap, sex or gender, gender identity and/or expression (including a transgender identity), sexual orientation, military, veteran or Vietnam Era status in admission and access to, or treatment in employment, educational programs or activities as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, or any other classification protected under state or federal law, or city ordinance.  Questions or complaints may be directed to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, 2043 College Way, Forest Grove, OR 97116, provost@pacificu.edu.