Req ID: 119069
Location: Eastern Zone, Cape Breton Regional Hospital
Company: NSHA
Department: OPEZ Orthoptic Clinic NS
Type of Employment: Permanent Hourly FT   (100% FTE) x 1 position(s)
Union Status: Healthcare UNIFOR 

Posting Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM on the Closing Date.

Nova Scotia Health Authority is the largest provider of health services in Nova Scotia. We are over 22,000 employees who provide health care and support services in hospitals, health centres and community-based programs throughout Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia Health Authority provides health services to Nova Scotians and some specialized services to Maritimers and Atlantic Canadians. We operate hospitals, health centres and community-based programs across the province. Our team of health professionals includes employees, doctors, researchers, learners and volunteers that provide the health care or services you may need. This is accomplished across four geographic management zones which are responsible for the operation of acute care health centres and the provision of a variety of inpatient, outpatient services including academic, tertiary, quaternary care and community based programs and services including continuing care, primary health care, public health, and mental health and addictions.


The orthoptist is responsible for the assessment, evaluation, identification, diagnosis, and nonsurgical treatment of disorders of binocular vision, visual development, and ocular motility for the purpose of improving or restoring function.  Tests include, but are not limited to: identification and quantification of strabismus, visual acuity testing, stereoacuity testing, colour vision assessment, Hess Screen evaluations, oculomotor motility, and prism adaptation.   Pediatric and adult orthoptic patients will be seen by referral from an ophthalmologist or neurologist only. (Pediatric Screening patients may be referred by family physicians, Nurse Practitioners, or pediatricians.) Reports and summaries of findings, including diagnosis and recommendations, will be sent to referring physicians.  Orthoptic treatment will be initiated and carried out as required.  The orthoptist has a major role in patient/family instruction and minor role in the instruction of public health nurses.


  • Graduate of an accredited Orthoptics/Ophthalmic Medical Technologists program
  • Certification as an orthoptist by the Canadian Orthoptic Council
  • Excellent organizational, time management, stress management, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to set priorities and work independently
  • Competencies in other languages an asset, French preferred


PLEASE NOTE: Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must clearly state such equivalencies in their application. Additionally, candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information

Hours of Work

  • Permanent, Full-time position; 75 hours bi-weekly 

Salary Information

$32.5213 - $41.0669 hourly


Successful candidates will be eligible for our benefits package which includes health, dental, travel, long-term disability, and life insurance coverage as well as a defined benefit pension plan.

Successful candidates may also be eligible for a $10,000 signing bonus and up to $5,000 of relocation assistance for a return of service.


Thank you for your interest in this position. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Typically interviews are held within three to four weeks of the closing date.

Successful external applicants will be required to submit the below documents and assume any associated costs as a condition of employment. Additional documentation such as banking & proof of identity will be included in your offer letter.

  • Criminal Record Check
  • Proof of education & training certifications
  • Proof of any additional required qualification
  • Valid registration with the relevant licensing body
  • Submission of immunization record along with health assessment documentation
  • Proof of SIN number

Hiring Process will depend on the timeliness of delivering the above. This is a Healthcare bargaining unit - UNIFOR position. Preference is given to bargaining unit employees for unionized positions. Nova Scotia Health Authority is proud to provide a smoke free and scent free environment. Only online applications are accepted.

Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) is committed to being a workforce that is free of discrimination, values diversity and is representative, at all job levels, of the people we serve. Our priority groups are Aboriginal People, African Nova Scotians, Persons with Disabilities and Recent Immigrants. Members of these groups are welcome to apply and self-identify if they wish to be considered under our Employment Equity policy.


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