Orthoptist – OSC Ophthalmology Center

The University of Illinois Hospital & Clinics (UI Health) is seeking a full-time Orthoptist join their team. This position provides comprehensive clinical sensorimotor evaluation and visual assessment of ophthalmology patients with ocular motility dysfunction or related neuromuscular anomalies. Services include diagnostic evaluation, planning, teaching, participation in research, and implementing appropriate orthoptic treatment programs and follow-up for selected patients under the supervision of the attending physician.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Evaluate assigned patient in terms of current or potential problems with vision, muscle balance, binocular sensory relationships, or related ocular disorder. Provide fundamental assessment of fusional ability and potential, including use of specific diagnostic instruments.
  • Plan and implement treatment programs for selected patients based on evaluation results.
  • Evaluate ongoing therapy, institute appropriate changes in the management plan and provides instruction to parents and patients regarding the rationale and methods necessary to carry out therapy.
  • Conduct an orthoptic clinic that includes a referral base from internal and external ophthalmologists.
  • Teach, give didactic lectures, and provide clinical instruction to residents, fellows, and students, and participate in assigned clinics, rounds, meetings, conferences, and in-services, including educational activities for the ophthalmology team.
  • Comply with the American Orthoptic Council (AOC) Code of Ethics.
  • Administer eye drops under the direction of the physician and maintain medication supply with compliance to medication expiration and pharmacy requirements.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

UI Care: Patient & Employee Service Values

Service Values and UI CARE (Communicate, Acknowledge, Respect, Excel) Standards

Integrity and Service Excellence: Each person is treated with dignity, respect, and compassion. One should be sensitive to ethnic, cultural and racial differences. This is emphasized by the UI CARE behavior, “Respect: Patients First”.

Behavior: Performance is acceptable when everyone is greeted with a smile and a warm and caring manner using the person’s name whenever possible. No matter how I feel, I display a caring attitude. This is demonstrated through my hallway, elevator, and phone etiquette, as well as, my interactions with my peers, co-workers, volunteers, patients, and leaders.

Accountability: Each person displays loyalty and pride in the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System and its associated entities while upholding the confidentiality of patients, visitors, physicians, and co-workers. One should be a role model, be open-minded and collaborate with others. At the same time, one is fully accountable for their actions, and should focus on exceeding expectations. This is emphasized by the UI CARE behaviors: “Excel: Accountability & Teamwork” and “Ownership & Pride”.

BehaviorPerformance is acceptable when concerns/problems with fellow employees and/or customers are not discussed with anyone other than the person involved or the supervisor. Patient/Employee issues and ideas are listened to and appropriate follow-up occurs to create a satisfied patient, patient family member, or employee/volunteer. I do not make excuses. I do not demean other people or departments. This is demonstrated by me taking full responsibility for my actions regardless of the circumstances.

Innovation: Each person demonstrates commitment to open communication. Every conversation should incorporate the key elements of AIDET (Acknowledge, Introduce, Duration, Explain and Thank). This will convey courtesy, clarity, and indicate that one is actively listening. One should seek opportunities to “manage-up” others by highlighting positive situations. This will create an environment of recognition and praise while empowering others to take ownership. At the same time, create an overall welcoming environment. This is emphasized by the UI CARE behaviors “Communicate: Talk, Listen, learn” and “Manage Up”. Also, the UI CARE behavior “Acknowledge: Reward and Recognize and Make People Feel Welcomed”.

Behavior: Performance is acceptable when openness and acceptance of constructive criticism occurs. Positive communication occurs by complimenting and expressing appreciation to others. I will listen and encourage others to express ideas and opinions and support ways to improve UI Health Experience and the evaluation and implementation of new ideas. I will focus on being clear in all of my conversations and interactions by using AIDET at all times. I will focus on making our patients/guests and employees/volunteers feel welcome but managing up others whenever possible.

Safety: Each person demonstrates pride in the physical appearance of UI Health, University of Illinois Hospital and its associated entities as a safe environment. One focuses on keeping the physical environment clean which includes the hallways, elevator, café, general areas, and one’s personal work area. One also demonstrates pride in their personal appearance. This is emphasized by the UI CARE behavior Respect: Appearance, Courtesy & Environment”.

Behavior: Performance is acceptable when initiative is taken to maintain a safe and clean environment. I will conduct myself in a manner that respects and preserves equipment and the physical plant. I do not walk by spills, trash or unsafe conditions while walking the hallways, elevator, café, general areas and/or my personal area without assuring that they are attended to promptly by myself or appropriate personnel. I will take ownership of my surroundings. I will also focus on managing my personal appearance and body odor by dressing professionally and/or appropriate for my area, grooming appropriately, and my managing personal hygiene.

Requirements include:

  • Bachelor’s degree in science or related field, plus 2 years in a post-graduate program and a minimum of 2 years of experience is preferred.
  • Board certification by the American Association of Certified Orthoptists is required.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of ophthalmology, ocular anatomy, neuro-anatomy, and pharmacologic agents used in ophthalmology.
  • JCAHPO certification is preferred.

Salary & Benefits:

UI Health offers competitive benefit packages, including: vacation days, paid holidays, Floating Holidays, State University Retirement System, tuition waiver, tuition discount for dependents, and excellent medical, dental, and vision packages. 

To Apply:

For consideration, please submit a complete application and supplemental resume by 06/08/2022. 


The University of Illinois at Chicago/ UI Health is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer that has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity and is particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people. We are committed to equal employment opportunities regardless of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.We do not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

The University of Illinois may conduct background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act. 

The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit https://www.hr.uillinois.edu/cms/One.aspx?portalId=4292&pageId=1411899