To qualify for this position at the GS-08 grade level, you must meet the following:
Possess one (1) year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal Service. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: Performing complex ophthalmic procedures and photography, i.e. determining distant/near vision acuity, manifest refractive error, range of accommodation, color vision, stereopsis, central and peripheral visual fields; measuring spectacle prescription, intraocular pressure, axial length of the eye, etc. OR
Possess one and one-half (1.5) years of graduate education directly related to the position, i.e., ophthalmology. One and one-half years of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1.5 years of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 27 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the 1.5 years of full-time study requirement. TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED (If you do not supply a copy of your transcript, your application package may not be processed.)
OR Possess equivalent combinations of successfully completed graduate education directly related to the position and specialized experience to meet the total experience requirements. TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED (If you do not supply a copy of your transcript, your application package may not be processed.)
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.
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.
You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position (Narrative Responses Not Required):
- Knowledge of the ophthalmic and physiological function of the visual system.
- Knowledge of the operation, care and maintenance of ophthalmic equipment and instrumentation (including ophthalmic photography.
- Skill in organizing and coordinating daily clinical tasks.
- Ability to communicate both orally and in writing with people from a variety of backgrounds and levels of education.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Requires regular and recurring physical exertion, including walking, frequent bending, reaching/stretching, lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling moderately heavy objects. Work is performed in the Eye Clinic or operating rooms and involves regularly and recurring exposure to infectious and contagious diseases and other risks which require special health and safety precautions such as wearing protective clothing, gloves and masks.
For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications .
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).
APPLICANTS 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. Please refer to this checklist to ensure proper accreditation and for foreign education requirements.
When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.
Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed " SF15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," (go to http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf) and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Applicants will be ranked based on four quality groups, as follows:
- Best qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;
- Highly qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job;
- Well qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the job; and
- Qualified - applicants possessing experience and/or education that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors.
After the vacancy announcement closes, reviewed applications are evaluated against the questionnaire responses and placed in the appropriate quality group. Qualified veterans will be afforded preference by being placed at the top of the appropriate quality group. Qualifying veterans with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be placed at the top of the best qualified group. The best qualified group is the first to be referred to the hiring facility for further consideration and possible interview. The remaining groups may be referred based on the number of applicants available.