U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide
$41,365.00 to $53,773.00
Open & closing dates
Opening and closing dates
$41,365 to $53,773 per year
Pay scale & grade
1 vacancy in the following location:
Relocation expenses reimbursed
This job is open to
Internal to an agency
Current federal employees of this agency.
Federal employees - Competitive service
Current or former competitive service federal employees.
Federal employees - Excepted service
Current excepted service federal employees.
Individuals with disabilities
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday; 08:00 am-04:30 pm
Compressed/Flexible: Not Available
Telework: Not Available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Position Description/PD#: Health Technician (Optometry)/07646A
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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The position is that of an ophthalmic technician assigned to the Somerset Clinic division of the VA Medical Center. The incumbent may be required to work an irregular tour of duty, assist with technical coverage in other clinic areas as needed, or work rotating tours of duty, as needed by the clinic to provide coverage for necessary clinic operations.
Incumbent independently performs technical procedures in the Optometry clinic to include all specialized screening and testing procedures, retrieving of historical, clinical and diagnostic data, and anticipates clinician's needs and performs duties with minimal supervision. Possesses knowledge of specialized terminology associated with Optometry, Ophthalmology and eye care. Distinguishes between highly skilled technical nonprofessional duties and others that require professional intervention. Establishes priorities in organizational duties and clinic in general. Will also be trained to capture images in the teleretinal screening clinic. May assist with administrative clinical duties.
Job family (Series)
0640 Health Aid And Technician
Ophthalmic Medical Technicians
Technicians, Ophthalmic Medical
Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
You may be required to serve a probationary period
Subject to background/security investigation
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 03/29/2018.
Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-07 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-06. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment.
You may qualify based on your experience as described below:
Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-06 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: In-depth knowledge of patient eye-care, ophthalmology related medical terminology, eye anatomy, diagnostic procedures and techniques and experience that included independently performing certain eye tests that require specialized knowledge and skills, such as, patient testing and taking patient histories, performing fluoresce in angiography and fundus photography, conducting clinic exams to include distance and near visual acuity, refraction, pupil evaluation, anterior chamber depth, goniometry, optics (basic principles), ocular motility, and muscle balance.
You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
Clinical Data Collection/Documentation
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.
Physical Requirements: The employee performs the duties of the position in an outpatient clinic office setting. Duties are in a climate controlled work area; however, incumbent is still somewhat subject to exposure to various illnesses and diseases. Special safety precautions and the use of protective clothing or other gear may be necessary. There are no other exceptional discomforts, risks, or unpleasant situations other than that which would normally be associated with a clinical environment. The position requires fine motor skills and dexterity necessary for working with ophthalmic equipment. The position requires the operation of several different devices under dim illumination for the examination of patients. These generally require that the operator sit opposite of the patient, using one hand to support the eyelids in the static position while the body, head and other hand of the operator must be able to shift positions sometimes rapidly to obtain the optimal picture field. The operator's eye is employed in this arrangement and the combination of static position and adjusting movements can be stressful and tiring. There are extensive periods of regular and recurring standing, walking, sitting, bending, lifting, pushing, and reaching. It requires pushing a patient in a wheelchair. Clinic duties require providing manual assistance in lifting and positioning patients, e.g. wheel-chair bound patients. Various equipment items and some heavy objects must be moved or relocated, e.g. visual field machine. It requires walking throughout the clinic environment to access faxing and printing equipment, etc. It requires frequent computer use. The individual must be able to work for sustained periods under pressure. Heavy clinics will occasionally require long hours under hectic conditions with no regular break. Toe ability to be flexible with regards to patient's needs is critical.
There is no educational substitution at this grade level.
PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html
. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.
The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/
Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
- Interchange Agreement: Applications will be accepted for this position under the Interchange Agreement as outlined in VA Handbook 5005, Part III, Appendix C. This agreement allows for the movement of Title 38 and Title 38 hybrid personnel, who have at least 1 year of full-time continuous service, to apply for competitive service positions.
- OPM requires that all current permanent federal employees serve 90 days after their competitive selection in their current Title V positon prior to moving to another position.
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If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
Narrative responses are not required at this time. If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.
Background checks and security clearance
Public Trust - Background Investigation
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
Current SF-50(s), Notification of Personnel, showing title, series, grade/step/salary. (Required for current or former government employees) Note: Your SF-50 should reflect the grade and step information equivalent to or greater than the grade lower than the position you are applying to. This may not always be your most recent SF-50. You may need to submit more than one SF-50.
Veterans Preference documentation such as DD-214 or equivalent, SF-15 and VA Letter, as appropriate. (Required for applicants claiming Veterans Preference)
Schedule A Letter (if applicable)
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist
to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
Other Veterans Document
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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How to Apply
How to Apply
All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 03/29/2018 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10146067
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Agency contact information
Erica Jackson Erica Jackson
Lexington VA Medical Center-Leestown
2250 Leestown Road
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The Veterans Health Administration is home to the United States’ largest integrated health care system consisting of 152 medical centers, nearly 1,400 community-based outpatient clinics, community living centers, Vet Centers and Domiciliaries. Together these health care facilities and the more than 53,000 independent licensed health care practitioners who work within them provide comprehensive care to more than 8.3 million* Veterans each year.