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Job Title:Ophthalmic Health Technician

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide

Job Announcement Number:IC-13-115-832615-BMM

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$31,315.00 to $45,376.00 / Per Year


Saturday, January 26, 2013 to Friday, February 08, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Iowa City, IA United StatesView Map


US Citizens and Status Candidates


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):  832615 (please include on all documents)

The Iowa City VA Health Care System (ICVAHCS) is one of the facilities of the VA Midwest Health Care Network (VISN 23).   

 Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 832615

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 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 of the Department of Veterans Affairs, to to

If vacancies are not filled through the initial area of consideration, applicants may be referred under 38 USC 7405(a)(1) on a temporary appointment not to exceed one year.  At the time of the appointment the applicant will be asked to sign an agreement that explains the terms and conditions of the appointment. 

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., mental retardation (intellectual disabilities), severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.


  • 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.


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The incumbent is responsible for assisting in the operation of the Ophthalmology Clinic in making sure that an orderly flow of patients exists within the clinic.  Maintains administrative records and is responsible for ordering all supplies required to run the Ophthalmic Division of Surgical Service.  Assists in screening of patient's basic history.  Determines the distance and near visual acuity and checks the intra-ocular pressure by applanation tonometry.  Performs formal visual fields using the Goldman and Humphrey perimetry.  Fits and measures patients for spectacles and makes minor repairs and adjustments of eye glasses.  Incumbent is responsible for patient awareness of the rehabilitation programs available for low vision patients.  

Work Schedule:  9:00 am to 5:30 pm

Position Description Title/PD#:  Health Technician/PD # 2926

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met.  Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level.


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

Time-in-grade:  There is no time-in-grade requirement for employment at the GS-5 level.  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 for the GS-6 level.

Specialized Experience:  COA/COT is preferred but not required. Examples of specialized experience include, but are not limited to:  performing formal visual fields, support duties to medical staff in the the treatment of patients, etc.  Applicants may substitute education for the experience required for the position.

Qualification Requirements:  GS-5 Level:  Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-4) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.    GS-6 Level:  Applicants must have one year of specialized experience which is at least equivalent to the GS-5 level and one year time-in-grade at the GS-5 level.

Substitution of Education for Experience:  GS-5 Level:  Successful completion of four years of education in an accredited college or university with a major study or at least 24 semester hours in subjects directly related to the position. 

GS-6 Level:  Generally, there is no educational substitution for the GS-6 level.  Graduate education may be credited in those instances where the education is directly related to the work of the position.  Meeting the minimal qualification requirements in accordance with OPM Qualification Standards Handbook.

You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) based on your application for this position.

1.  Knowledge of and ability to perform precise diagnostic testing and perform assessments related to the ocular health of the patients.

2.  Knowledge of and ability to perform clerical duties.

3.  Knowledge of and ability to use the medical center's computer system (DHCP/VISTA).

4.  Ability to communicate effectively and diplomatically, both orally and in writing.

5.  Ability to plan and organize work and set priorities. 

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. 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).

COA/COT is preferred but not required.


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) 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. 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 SF-15, “Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference” and required documentation with your application materials.  For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit


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.


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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package.  This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:


The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)  provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified, you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified for this vacancy.  Information about CTAP and ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at .

"Placement Policy:   The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion.  The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement.  Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position."

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package (See “Required Documents” section below).  The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, February 08, 2013.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the bottom of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Be sure to upload the required documents before you submit your application.  Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.  Mailed/emailed applications will not be accepted.

Note: To change or update your application, simply reapply through My USAJOBS, before the closing date.  To check the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (, select Application Status and click on the more information link under the application status for this position. 

If you cannot apply online: you will need to complete the Occupational Questionnaire (View Occupational Questionnaire) by submitting your answers on the 1203FX form ( and faxing the completed form with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144. The 1203FX form will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload: Complete the following cover page using 832615.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.


The following documents are required:

  • Resume
  • Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire
  • Other documents - use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).  You will not be contacted for additional information.


Brad Meskimen
Phone: (319)338-0581x6728
Agency Information:
VHA Iowa City VAMC
601 Highway 6 West
Iowa City, IA


After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification letter - or e-mail - will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address.  Otherwise, you will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service within 2 to 4 weeks.

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