Health Technician (Optometry)

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Department Of Veterans Affairs
Published
February 26, 2014
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Quality Care Our Heroes Deserve

Now is the time to take your career to the next level and become part of the high-caliber talent that is VA. Experience what 250,000 current VA employees already have state-of-the art practice settings, access to the latest technology, a multi-disciplinary team environment and the opportunity to provide the men and women who have bravely served this country with the finest patient care, benefits and customer satisfaction. And with VA Patient Satisfaction Scores leading the healthcare industry, you'll be joining one of the most respected facilities in the Nation.

JOB SUMMARY:

This position is in the Surgical Service Line.

Our Mission: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov//

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact on the last page of the JOA for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.

DUTIES:

Work Schedule: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Position Description Title/PD#: Health Technician (Optometry), #035210.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are notauthorized for this position.

Duties: Assist vision care providers in providing the highest possible level of services to patients. Performs routine clinical tasks, including (but not limited to) assisting in take patient history for review by doctor, verify spectacle prescription data, measure visual acuity, measure corneal curvature, assess color vision, and use auto-refractor to determine patient's spectacle prescription.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • Time in grade is required.

Contact Tim Blakney via email at Timothy.Blakney@VA.GOV or by phone at 303-639-7015

Required Skills:

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Time-in-grade: 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.

Specialized Experience: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least a GS-5.

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.

1. Knowledge and skill involved in performing initial patient screening in an eye clinic to include current instruments for patient intake.

2. Knowledge and skill of the concepts, principles and operation of modern ophthalmic diagnostic instruments. Examples would include Ocular Coherence Tomography, Manual and Automated Visual field instruments, IOLMaster, Ocular photography, Corneal topography and other instruments that could be expected to be found in Ophthalmology/Optometry Clinics.

3. Knowledge of the eye, eye terminology, basic visual optics, and eye conditions.

4. Ability to plan effectively, set priorities and coordinate activities in a clinical setting.

5. Skill in operation of visual field instruments.

A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

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.

Physical Requirements: No physical requirements. Wheelchair veterans who can transfer are offered an arm in transferring from wheelchair to eye chair. Most times wheelchair is moved to eye equipment and equipment is powered up or down.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or 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 Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

Contact Tim Blakney via email at Timothy.Blakney@VA.GOV or by phone at 303-639-7015

Bring your expertise to VA and be valued as part of a team that is recognized and respected for significant contributions to medicine. You'll enjoy a patient-focused environment, terrific benefits and incentives, and the ability to practice at any VA facility in the country.

Equal Opportunity Employer

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