Contract Optometrist

Updated 4 weeks, 1 day ago
Conexus
Richmond, VA
Non-profit/outreach facility
Salary
$500 per diem
Schedule
Per diem

If you are an eye doctor who: loves working with children,  wants a family-friendly schedule, and wants to make a tremendous difference in your community, the Conexus Mobile Clinic may be perfect for you!

In the 2021-2022 school year Conexus served more than 5,500 Central Virginia students through the mobile clinic. Most of the students we serve would never have an eye exam without the mobile clinic, and many who get glasses are seeing clearly for the first time ever! Requests for the program continue to grow quickly, and we are currently looking to contract with eye doctors to help us meet the growing need in our community and our schools. This is a contracted position that pays $500 per day. Please consider working with us to brighten the future for the students we serve and help remove poor vision as a barrier to their success.

Contracted doctors may choose a mix of any available or preferred days from one to five days per week; however, we are seeking to maintain a regular schedule for each doctor. For example, a doctor who would like to work only two days a week would be asked to commit to the same two weekdays for the entire school year.

  • No nights 
  • No weekends
  • No holidays
  • No retail/upselling
  • No on-call
  • No electronic medical records
  • No office management
  • All school holidays off; two weeks at Christmas; a week of spring break; and no summers
  • Clientele–pre-screened kindergarten through 12th grade students in Richmond, Chesterfield (Title I), and Petersburg schools

Hours in general are in line with a regular school day but will vary based on the start time of the school being served on any given day. The average workday is roughly six to seven hours; clinic operation typically starts 30 minutes after the start of the school day and ends about 30 minutes before the end of the school day.

Eye exams are provided by a licensed optometrist in one of our inside vision lanes or on the Conexus mobile vision van, a fully converted Mercedes Sprinter. Each clinic is staffed daily with an optometrist, a Virginia licensed optician, and often an additional technician.

Conexus is a private, non-profit 501(c)3 organization with a mission to remove poor vision as a barrier to learning. Conexus works to achieve this mission primarily by providing high-quality, technology-based vision screenings for school aged children and then offering the follow-up services of a mobile vision clinic for referred students right at their own school. This service is provided in schools with a high population of Medicaid enrolled and eligible students who will likely not receive vision care through traditional methods of service. The clinic is currently serving central Virginia’s students in the cities of Richmond and Petersburg and the Title 1 schools in Chesterfield County.

In 2019 Conexus began operation of a school based mobile vision clinic to provide onsite eye exams and glasses to some of the most economically and academically challenged students in the Richmond region.  In consultation with the Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) Conexus learned accessibility to care was a significant challenge and barrier to service for thousands of Medicaid enrolled children in the Richmond region.  Conexus’ technology-based vision screenings were identifying even more than the national average of 25% of students in these schools who required follow-up vision care, yet DMAS reports were indicating only about 5% were getting the care they needed.  Bringing vision care into the schools was a solution worth trying.

Services of the mobile vision clinic are overseen by the Conexus Council for Pediatric Vision, comprised of optometrists and ophthalmologists to ensure best practice standards.

If you are interested in learning more about the mobile clinic or the open positions, please contact Melissa Perry, Director of Community Programs and Public Health, at melissa@conexusvision.org or 804-423-2020 ext. 4. You can also learn more about Conexus and our Mobile Clinic program at ConexusVision.org.