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    Dallas VA Medical Center is actively recruiting a Part-Time Optometrist, who has been trained in vision rehabilitation and who will oversee the clinical low vision examination and prescribe optical and/or electronic devices, or the trained eye care specialist may directly supervise allied health professionals in some aspects of the clinical low vision examination and prescription of devices.

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    Responsibilities

    NOTE: This announcement will remain open continuous through July 22, 2019 or until a qualified applicant is selected. Applications that are submitted will be reviewed bi-weekly for referral to the selecting official. The first date of review for this vacancy will be August 1, 2018.

    The Advanced Low Vision Clinic Optometrist will assist veteran and family in adjustment to changing vision and life changes that accompany this process. Adjustment counseling such as bridge counseling, family counseling and/or supportive group counseling and discussion when required shall be offered. The low vision eye care specialist will integrate appropriate adjustment strategies into their examination and therapeutic approaches and they will support counseling if the veteran is referred to counseling professionals.

    Duties of the position include but are not limited to:

    • Examine adult patients in consultation as requested by other health care providers
    • Perform examinations of vision, eye, and related structures to detect the presence of refractive error, vision anomalies, diseases, or other abnormalities
    • Diagnose a full range of optometric visual and ocular disorders
    • Conduct optometric diabetic evaluations
    • Treat refractive disorders by prescribing and adapting spectacle lenses, contact lenses, or other optical aids
    • Participate in co-management with Ophthalmology for specified ocular disorders
    • Referral of patients to Ophthalmology when indicated for further diagnostic evaluation and additional medical or surgical treatments
    • Perform administrative duties and participate in clinic management functions
    • Participate in quality assurance activities
    • Provide in-services to medical staff
    • Others duties as assigned
    Work Schedule: Part-Time, Monday - Friday (Time may be negotiated upon hire, however, alternate schedules may be necessary to meet the needs of the organization.)
    Financial Discloser Report: Not required



    Travel Required

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    Supervisory status

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • United States Citizenship.
    • Designated and/or random drug testing.
    • Selective Service Registration required for males born after 12/31/1959.
    • May be required to serve a probationary period.
    • Subject to a background/security investigation.
    • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
    • Must complete an online onboarding process.
    • Must complete Professional Standards Board process for grade and pay determination.
    • Eligible Bargaining Unit Status Position.

    Qualifications

    BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

    United States Citizenship. Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

    Education. Degree of doctor of optometry resulting from a course of education in optometry. The degree must have been obtained from one of the schools or colleges approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed. Approved schools are:
    (1) United States and Canadian schools or colleges of optometry listed as accredited by the Council on Optometric Education of the American Optometric Association, in the list published for the year in which the course of study was completed.
    (2) Schools (including foreign schools) accepted by the licensing body of a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia as qualifying for full or unrestricted licensure.

    Licensure. Licensed to practice optometry in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia.

    Physical Standards. Must meet physical requirements as outlined in the 'Physical Requirements' section of this announcement.

    English Language Proficiency. Optometrists appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements stated above, the following qualifications criteria must be met in determining the appropriate grade assignment of candidates.

    GRADE REQUIREMENTS:

    a. Associate Grade. None beyond the basic requirements.

    b. Full Grade. Two years of optometric practice or its equivalent. One year of approved residency training or its creditable equivalent acceptable to the Council on Optometric Education of the American Optometric Association is acceptable in lieu of the 2 years of practice. Candidate must have demonstrated the professional competence and performance necessary to provide independently the full range of clinical optometric diagnosis and treatment for all the most prevalent types of vision dysfunctions and the detection and referral of patients with ocular disease or ocular manifestations of systemic disease.

    c. Intermediate Grade. Meets the requirements in paragraphs (1), (2), and (3) below:

    (1) Four years of optometric practice or its equivalent. One year of approved residency training or its creditable equivalent acceptable to the Council on Optometric Education of the American Optometric Association is acceptable in lieu of 2 years of practice.

    (2) The optometrist at this level has successfully passed the examinations of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry and has attained either of the following:

    (a) The stature that would warrant appointment at the clinical instructor or higher level at a school or college of optometry.
    (b) The professional ability and personal attributes which have merited significant recognition by a recognized professional organization, such as election to a Fellowship in the American Academy of Optometry.

    (3) Has achieved a high level of professional attainment as illustrated by one or more of the following examples:

    (a) Is a recognized expert in the diagnosis and treatment of unusual and complicated visual dysfunctions. Typically, in this capacity serves as a consultant to optometrist and other professionals in other health facilities or provides expert clinical services in such areas as the partially sighted or contact lenses for aphasics.
    (b) Has assumed responsibility for a multi-faceted optometric program including clinical research and/or training requiring a high degree of competence and skill in developing innovative and new and instrumentation and treatment techniques. Typically, the program is in an educationally affiliated health care facility having an optometric training program of moderate scope involving liaison with other medical services and affiliated schools.
    (c) Has played a significant part in the conduct of vision research in a problem area of considerable scope and complexity which required novel approaches and which resulted in answers to important questions or important changes in existing methods and techniques. Publications authored by the optometrist are of considerable value to others in the individual's field. Typically, overall contributions are recognized by serving on important committees or other bodies in the profession.
    (d) Has had full responsibility for carrying out an optometric training program of significant size in which the optometrist has been responsible for maintaining liaison with the affiliated school and other educational institutions and professional or scientific organizations. Innovative approaches in development of curriculum and course content and in expanding and improving the educational program have been displayed by the individual.

    d. Senior Grade. Meets the requirements for Intermediate grade and the requirements in paragraphs (1) and (2) below:

    (1) The optometrist at this level possesses such academic stature as would warrant a faculty appointment of a professional level in an approved school or college of optometry.

    (2) Has demonstrated recognized superior professional attainment as evidenced by one or more of the following examples:

    (a) Has served as a team leader in attacking major optometric problems affecting the continued provision of quality care health services at a VISN, statewide, or national level. There is such confidence in the optometrist at this level that there is unusual support of the individual's recommendations and conclusions.
    (b) Has had responsibility for carrying out a major optometric program segment on a national level.
    (c) Has conducted high level studies in a difficult area of vision research which has contributed to a substantial advance in the health field, with important professional publications.

    e. Chief Grade. Meets the requirements for Senior grade and must demonstrate a sustained very high level of professional performance with evidence of exceptional professional and/or administrative development by the following:

    (1) Has assumed substantial professional and/or administrative responsibilities in which the individual is expected to fully advise and make professional clinical and educational recommendations as to courses of action on problems and considerations of national scope in all areas of optometry. Typically, the optometrist at this level has had responsibility for a major optometric program segment on a nationwide basis and has been consistently called upon to represent the organization in an authoritative manner in matters dealing with development of new and/or revised concepts and programs having a major impact upon the academic, medical, and optometric communities.
    (2) Outstanding professional attainment. Examples of such attainment are:
    (a) Achievement of outstanding results in research which are regarded as having a major impact on advancing the field.
    (b) Significant number of noteworthy publications in professional journals.

    Reference: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-5 Optometrist Qualification Standard dated April 15, 2002.

    Education

    Preferred Characteristics Education and/or Experience:
    Low vision eye care specialist must be conversant in the language related to low vision and blindness and be able to communicate with the patient and family as well as professionals in the fields of ophthalmology, optometry, vision rehabilitation therapy, orientation and mobility, pediatrics, geriatrics, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, audiology, psychology, social work, education, administration, and industry.

    Typically, the low vision eye care specialist works with veterans whose vision has been affected by conditions such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, cataract, albinism, retinitis pigmentosa, brain injury, and other causes of vision impairment.

    The Blind Rehabilitation Specialist uses functional vision evaluation instruments to assess visual acuity, visual fields, contrast sensitivity function, color vision, stereopsis, visual perceptual and visual motor functioning, literacy skills in reading and writing, etc. as they relate to vision impairment and disability.The BRS also evaluates work history, educational performance, ADL and IADL performance, use of technology, quality of life and aspects of psychosocial and cognitive function.

    Note: 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.

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    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.

    NOTE: Applicant's education and length of practice (experience) will be considered by a Compensation Panel in determining the salary of the applicant selected. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

    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.

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    Required Documents

    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes (upload C.V. as resume document type):

    Resume

    VA Form 10-2850 - Application for Physicians, Dentists, Podiatrists, Optometrists & Chiropractors can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search.

    The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist: https://www.va.gov/OHRM/joblistings/applicantchecklist.pdf 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, etc.

    Cover Letter
    DD-214
    Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)
    OF-306
    10-2850
    Other Veterans Document
    Resume
    SF-15
    SF-50
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    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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    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    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 09/28/2018 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.
    NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

    To verify your application is complete, log into your USA JOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

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    Dallas VA Medical Center
    4500 South Lancaster Road
    Dallas, TX 75216
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    VA North Texas Health Care System (VANTHCS) is the second busiest VA system in the nation and we are growing! Comprised of the Dallas VA Medical Center, Sam Rayburn Memorial Veterans Center in Bonham, Fort Worth Outpatient Clinic and Tyler VA Primary Care Clinic, VANTHCS is an integrated health care system with approximately 4,000 employees and over 1,600 volunteers and clinical trainees. VANTHCS also coordinates a Community Based Outpatient Clinic program throughout its 40-county primary service area to improve access to care for veterans throughout 38 North Texas and 2 in southern Oklahoma. Through these four distinctive facilities and relationships with other agencies, VANTHCS offers a continuum of health care services to a veteran population of approximately 500,000. Housed on an 84-acre campus, Dallas VA Medical Center is the corporate headquarters for 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 second 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.

    Next steps

    Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

    You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USA Jobs account and clicking on Applications. Information regarding your application status can be found in the https://www.usajobs.gov/Help.

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