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Health Technician (Ophthalmology)
Ophthalmology Technicians in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) support Ophthalmologists in diagnosis, treatment, prevention, follow-up care and patient counseling.
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The incumbent is a key member of the Eye Clinic team and assists the Ophthalmologist/Optometrist in all aspects of patient care and performs various diagnostic tests independently. Emphasis is placed on the technical aspects of the position, but the incumbent also participates in the administrative coordination, planning, and organizing of the Eye Clinic to ensure continuity of patient focused care, and clinic flow. The incumbent will perform a large number of routine and advanced technical procedures to provide the Ophthalmologist and Optometrist with information and data necessary for patient care and to assist the provider in such care. The incumbent must be able to set priorities for work assignments and accomplish the assignments in a timely manner. The completed work should be acceptable as authoritative and acceptable without change. These responsibilities require a high degree of manual dexterity, and in-depth knowledge of ocular anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, and pathology. The incumbent will be expected to have extensive knowledge of all ophthalmic equipment, their exacting steps, fine measurements and complex operations. The work performed demands exceptional precision and accuracy, and directly influences patient outcomes and well-being
: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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This is not a virtual position.
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Financial Disclosure Report
: Not required
Bargaining Unit Position
This announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies in Austin, TX.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
#### 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 a background/security investigation
Must be proficient in written and spoken English
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement08/23/2018. Only the first fifty (50) applicants will receive consideration.
1. Basic Requirements
You must a citizen of the United States to apply for this job.
b. English Language Proficiency
: In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), No person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. You must be proficient in basic written and spoken English in order to meet the requirements of this position.
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. Examples are listed below:
(3) Experience/Education Combination
. Equivalent combinations of experience and education are qualifying.
(a) Six months of experience in the health care field; and one year above high school
(b). Six months of experience in the health care field and successful completion of a course for health care technicians, hospital corpsmen, medical service specialists, or ophthalmology technicians given by the U.S. Armed Forces;
(c) Six months of experience in the health care field and completion of an independent study course in Ophthalmic Medical Assisting.
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).
(1). Non-certified applicants who otherwise meet the minimum qualification requirements may be appointed as a graduate Health Technician (Ophthalmology) under the authority of 38 U.S.C. 7405(c)(2)(B). The appointing official may waive the requirement of certification for a period not to exceed two years for a Health Technician (Ophthalmology) that provides care under the supervision of an Ophthalmologist. The exception only applies below the full performance level. For grade levels at or above the full performance level the candidate must be certified. Failure to obtain COA certification during that period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment and may result in termination of employment.
(2). Failure to Obtain Certification. In all cases, the Health Technician (Ophthalmology) must actively pursue meeting certification requirements starting from the date of appointment. At the time of appointment, the supervisor will provide the uncertified Health Technician (Ophthalmology) with the written requirement to obtain certification, the date by which the certification must be acquired, and the consequences for not becoming certified by the deadline. Failure to become certified within two years from date of appointment will result in removal from the Health Technician (Ophthalmology), GS-0640 series and may result in termination of employment.
. In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates.
a. GS-5 (Entry Level):
None beyond the basic requirements.
b. GS-6 (Developmental Level 1):
One year of experience equivalent to the GS-5 grade level. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs:
1. Knowledge of general outpatient clinical policies and procedures in a healthcare environment;
2. Ability to obtain, document and record demographic and medical information from patients in order to develop an accurate medical record;
3. Ability to use basic ophthalmic equipment; and
4. Knowledge of basic disinfection of non-critical reusable medical equipment.
c. GS-7 (Developmental Level 2):
One year of experience equivalent to the GS-6 grade level. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs:
1. Knowledge of anatomy and function of the eye and basic ocular pharmacology;
2. Knowledge of outpatient eye care policies and procedures in a health care environment;
3. Ability to use basic ophthalmic diagnostic equipment to perform preliminary ocular testing;
4. Ability to perform minor extraocular surgical assisting; and
5. Ability to provide eye care patient education.
d. GS-8 (Full Performance Level):
One year of experience equivalent to the GS-7 grade level. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs:
1 Ability to perform advanced tonometry and pupil evaluation;
2 Ability to perform calculations for selection of intraocular lens;
3 Knowledge of clinic based ophthalmic surgical assisting;
4 Knowledge of eye anatomy and physiology;
5.Knowledge of medication effects and proper instillation in the eye;
VA Handbook 5005/98, Part II, Appendix G52
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-5 to GS-8. Qualified full performance applicants will receive first consideration.
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.
: The position requires the operation of multiple devices for the examination of patients. The work may require significant exertion, including lifting objects over 50 pounds. Dexterity of hand-eye and hand-eye-foot coordination is essential and testing may involve standing for extended periods of time with arms at shoulder height. Stooping, bending, or kneeling in the normal course of work may be required. Incumbent needs to have excellent binocular vision to perform the complex duties required. Clinic duties regularly require providing manual assistance in lifting and positioning patients e.g., wheelchair-bound patients over 50 pounds. Various equipment items and some heavy objects (e.g., instrument trays, boxes of supplies or medications, or patient charts) must also be moved or relocated.
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: ****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: ****Additional information
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.
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.
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
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Drug test required
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
Copy of Certification
VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: ****This form is required at the time of application submission
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).
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 08/23/2018 to receive consideration.
To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.
It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
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VA Central Texas Health Care System
1901 Veterans Memorial Drive
Temple, TX 76504
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Open & closing dates:
08/10/2018 to 08/23/2018
Pay scale & grade:
GS 5 - 8
$33,782 to $60,249 per year