U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide
Health Technician (Ophthalmology)
The Health Technician (Ophthalmology) is primarily responsible for the day-to-day patient care functions of the Ophthalmology Clinic. The Health Technician (Ophthalmology) performs the following duties:
Interviews and screens patients (to include: chief complaint & history of present illness, past ophthalmic & medical history including allergies/medications) prior to performing fluorescein angiograms and other procedures.
Performs visual acuity testing using Snellen acuity charts (with & without glasses).Performs refractions using manual& automated techniques. Performs intraocular pressure checks using NCT, Tono-Pen, or applanation.
Analyzes glasses using Lensometer. Performs Humphrey Visual Fields, corneal tachymetry, endothelial photography, optical coherence tomography (OCT), slit lamp photography, fundus photography, and fluorescein angiography.
Performs user-level maintenance on complex ophthalmic instruments and equipment.
Inventories, replaces and orders equipment and ophthalmic supplies for the clinic.
Documents and records measurement tasks to include measuring and recording the following: visual acuity (near and distance, with and without spectacles), spectacle data measured by automated or manual lensometry (including sphere power, cylinder power and axis; whether single vision, bifocal or trifocal; whether glass or plastic lenses.) Performs interpapillary distance measurements.
Performs preliminary pupil testing and ocular motility measurements to be reviewed by the ophthalmologist or optometrist.
Performs teleretinal imaging for diabetic patients as identified and referred by primary care providers.
Assists as scrub technician for surgical procedures, when required, to include: preparing necessary instruments/medications; holding tissue with traction sutures or forceps; and keeping the operative filed clean.
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
: Not available
This is not a virtual position.
Position Description/PD# or Functional Statement:
FS Health Technician (Ophthalmology)/000000
Financial Disclosure Report:
Not required Learn more about this agency
Housed on an 84-acre campus, Dallas VA Medical Center is the corporate headquarters for Veterans North Texas Health Care System (VANTHCS) and serves as the tertiary referral center. Through its partnership with The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas (UT Southwestern), it also has emerged as a major teaching and medical research center. Primary care and multi specialty outpatient clinics are also provided, making VANTHCS the 2nd largest health care system based on number of patients seen. Dallas provides a wide variety of cultural and educational opportunities, has a variety of affordable housing opportunities, and is easily accessible nationally and internationally. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/ (http://www.vacareers.va.gov/)
#### Job family (Series)
0640 Health Aid And Technician
Hearing Aid Technicians
Ophthalmic Medical Technicians
Technicians, Hearing Aid
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 a background/security investigation
Must be proficient in written and spoken English
* United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
* One year of experience in a health care field, such as but not limited to nursing, medical assistant, or health technician.
* Two years above high school with a minimum of six semester hours directly related to a health care field or associate's degree in a health care related degree.
* Experience/Education Combination. Equivalent combinations of experience and education are qualifying.
Certification: All applicants must be certified as a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) with the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO). The COA certification is JCAHPO's entry-level certification examination for a Health Technician (Ophthalmology).
: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates.
* One year of experience equivalent to the GS-7 grade level.
* Ability to perform advanced tonometry and pupil evaluation;
* Ability to perform calculations for selection of intraocular lens;
* Knowledge of clinic based ophthalmic surgical assisting;
* Knowledge of eye anatomy and physiology;
* Knowledge of medication effects and proper instillation in the eye;
* Knowledge of optics; and
* Knowledge of proper cleaning and maintenance of clinic equipment.
VA Handbook 5005/98, Part II, Appendix G52, dated February 7, 2018.
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-8 The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-7 to GS-8.
Heavy Lifting and Carrying (45 lbs and over); Straight Pulling, Pushing, Walking, Standing, Repeated bending (8 - 12 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13to 16; to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and 20/40 in the other; Ability to distinguish basic colors and shades of colors; and Hearing without aid.
A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.
Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.
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 MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.
The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be placed. For internal selectees eligible for promotion, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.
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.
Background checks and security clearance
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
VA Form 10-2850c
VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/searchaction.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey;=&Action;=Search.
SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action
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 ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's, documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).
Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)
VA Form 10-2850c
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 full 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 08/16/2018 to receive consideration.
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Agency contact information
Dallas VA Medical Center
4500 South Lancaster Road
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/499754800. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Open & closing dates:
05/16/2018 to 08/16/2018
$39,814 to $63,703 per year
Pay scale & grade:
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.