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 - ABDO College

Job vacancies

Lecturer (£28K - £30K)

ABDO College is offering a fantastic opportunity for a highly motivated individual to join its team of dedicated teaching staff at Godmersham, Kent.

ABDO College offers a range of courses through Access, WCSM Technician & Optical Assistants, Diploma, Degree, Advanced and Honours, providing quality programmes leading to ABDO and WCSM examinations.

ABDO College specialises in the provision of blended and distance learning education for the optical profession. Devotion and care are coupled with extensive professional knowledge to equip students with the understanding and skills for their chosen progression. ABDO College has an impressive reputation for high standards and exemplary pass rates.

This post is a full time teaching post to assist with teaching in all areas of the ophthalmic dispensing programme. The applicant must have excellent IT skills and, ideally, knowledge of learning platforms.

The person we are looking for will:

  • Be a qualified and registered dispensing optician or optometrist and hold a degree in the field
  • Have the ability to teach a wide range of theory and practical subjects
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills
  • Have the ability to work within a group and be self-motivated
  • Be required to relocate if not living locally

A teaching qualification and/or specialist higher qualification in contact lenses or low vision would be an advantage, but not essential.

Assistant Head of Operational Services (£28K - 30K)

ABDO College is looking for an assistant team leader with exceptional management and administrative skills to support the Head of Operational Services at ABDO College.

Reporting directly to the Head of Operational Services, the successful applicant will be professionally qualified to at least FBDO level, be registered with the General Optical Council, have relevant managerial experience and also have an interest in optical education.

The successful applicant will need to demonstrate excellent IT skills and, ideally, a knowledge of learning platforms in order to support the continued transfer of all course materials online. You will be key in the role of student support during this transitional period.

The Operational Services Department is responsible for enrolling, supporting and servicing all students on ABDO College blended and distance learning courses. These include the FBDO programme, the BSc (Hons) courses in conjunction with Canterbury Christ Church University, Contact lens and Low Vision Courses as well as Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers courses, Access and other courses that are run from time to time. An ability to work flexibly to include occasional evenings and weekends would be essential.

You will deal with major employers as well as independent practice owners, liaising with tutors and supervisors.  You will assist the team with the preparation of all documentation within the department.

In order to take on this responsible position you will need to demonstrate key leadership skills, an ability to think strategically, a willingness to go the ‘extra mile’ to get the job done and to share the ethos of both the College and the Association that we strive to be the best in all that we do.


Applicants should send a CV and a covering letter, clearly indicating the post they are applying for and detailing their suitability for the role, as well as including details of two referees to:

Jo Underwood
ABDO College
Godmersham Park
Kent CT4 7DT

For any additional information or to discuss either of these two posts, telephone Jo Underwood on 01227 733 906 or email junderwood@abdocollege.org.uk

The closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00pm, Friday 29 September 2017

It is anticipated that interviews will take place in October 2017.