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We are currently recruiting. Please see below our current vacancies.

Communications Officer

We are the regulator for the optical professions in the UK. We currently register approximately 30,000 optometrists, dispensing opticians, student opticians and optical businesses. Our purpose is to protect the public by promoting high standards of education, conduct and performance amongst opticians.

The Communications Officer works in support of the Communications Manager, planning, administering and executing the day-to-day internal and external communications of the Council. 
The postholder will be responsible for drafting and producing a wide range of internal and external publication materials, as well as working proactively and reactively with the media.
They will be required to assist with our stakeholder engagement strategy, including managing our presence at and attending a variety of events. The postholder will need to be able to build relationships with stakeholders at all levels. They will administer our website and social media and ensure the smooth running of the communications department.
The postholder will also be expected to work flexibly in contributing to the wider work of the Strategy directorate. They will conduct research and write briefings to help colleagues fully understand the environment in which we operate and will manage policy projects under the direction of the Head of Policy and Research. Therefore a knowledge of, and interest in, healthcare and/or regulation is desirable.
The job requires occasional weekend and evening work and travel within the UK, including overnight stays.

Closing date: 9:00am, Thursday 1 November 2018
Interview date: 8 November 2018
Salary range: £28,780 - £38,938
Benefits: Up to ten per cent pension contribution, 28 days annual leave and other benefits set out at https://www.optical.org/en/about_us/working_for_us/benefits.cfm

To apply, please email hr@optical.org with a copy of your CV, a cover letter and an example of something you have written and had published in a professional or personal capacity such as a news article, a press release or a blog post. Please also submit your monitoring form (which will be held confidentially by HR, used only for the purposes of monitoring our recruitment processes, and will not be shared with anyone involved in the selection process). Please be advised it is not compulsory to complete this form. For more information about our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion please see our EDI Strategy on our website https://www.optical.org/en/about_us/equality-and-diversity.cfm.

We strive to be as diverse as the public we protect and welcome applications from everyone, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity.

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Casework Administrator - 12 month FTC

We are seeking to appoint a Casework Administrator to our Fitness to Practise team on a 12 month fixed term contract. As a Casework Administrator you will provide administrative support in the preparation of fitness to practise ( FTP ) and/or illegal practice cases. The Casework Administrator will assist proactively with the work of the FTP directorate, and to participate in the development and maintenance of administrative systems within the team according to its aims and objectives.

Key accountabilities

  • Provide administrative support to FTP department heads, lawyers and investigations officers
  • Provide an initial information service to patients, members of the public, registrants and others about the directorate’s role, functions and procedures.
  • Maintain departmental filing (both paper and electronic) to a high standard.
  • Prepare bundles for case examiners, investigation committee, FTP committee and Registration Appeals committee, and carry out other related administrative tasks as required (for example, redaction of personal details) – with support as necessary
  • Manage compliance with conditions imposed on registrants following a fitness to practise decision (interim and substantive)
  • Manage distribution of incoming post and parcels
  • Actively participate in training and development events within the directorate and keep own skills and knowledge up to date
  • Provide other equivalent administrative support to the directorate, and to the organisation, as directed

Salary range: £23,990 - £32,458

Closing date: 12:00 (midnight) Sunday 21 October 2018

Interview date(s): week commencing Monday 22 October 2018

How to apply
Please send the following to HR@optical.org:

  • Your CV (up to three A4 pages)
  • Your covering letter that fully addresses the Essential Skills/Experience/Qualifications and the Critical Competencies/Behaviours as set out in the Job Description. This supporting statement is mandatory and your application will not be progressed without it.

Should you have any queries, please call HR on 020 7307 9470 or email HR@optical.org. Alternative formats are available on request.

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