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Job Title:Optometrist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:AG-T38-13-174-Dzi-870052

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

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$68,809.00 to $103,641.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, April 02, 2013 to Monday, April 22, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Austin, TX United StatesView Map


United States Citizens



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.  




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



  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Must pass pre-employment examination if required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.


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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 616080  (Please include on all documents)

Applications will ONLY be accepted online or by fax, 1-478-757-3144.

Central Texas Veterans Health Care System (CTVHCS) is one of the largest integrated health care systems in the Department of Veterans Affairs and includes facilities in Temple, Waco, and Austin, TX.  Community-Based Outpatient Clinics are located in Brownwood, Cedar Park, Palestine, and Bryan-College Station.  NO STATE TAXES!!! 




This is a Bargaining Unit position.

Tour of Duty:  8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.



The incumbent’s responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, performing clinical and teleretina examinations within the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System (CTVHCS), Eye Clinic.  Specific duties will include but are not limited to evaluation, interpretation of diseases and conditions of the eye and adnexa and ocular manifestations of systemic disease.   Other duties include ordering, verifying, dispensing and adjustment of optical aids for visually impaired patients.  In addition, this position may require dispensing and adjustment for hard/soft contact lenses as appropriate, including teaching, insertion, removal and care of lenses.  Incumbent will be responsible for the dispensing of various low vision aids for patients as appropriate, evaluation of extraocular muscle balance, pupil evaluation, and use of pharmaceutical agents for examination of the eye or management of diseases of the eye and adnexa.  Optometrist may dispense pharmaceutical agents as defined by the Texas Optometric Therapeutic Act.  The incumbent will also be responsible for developing and maintaining programs inclusive of professional, peer review, organizational improvement, continuing education, scope of practice, clinical privileging, and other quality and process improvement activities.  Additionally, incumbent may be required to perform special projects as deemed necessary by the Chief, Eye Clinic, Associate Chief of Staff, Surgical Service, and Administrative Officer, Surgical Service. Other responsibilities of the incumbent will include attending staff meetings, completing all required education and trainings as mandated by CTVHCS, completing all medical documentation in a timely manner as directed by the Veterans Health Administration and local CTVHCS policies.  Incumbent must adhere to and follow all VA policy, procedures and guidelines to ensure patient safety and high quality of care is given to Veterans.





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a. Citizenship: Citizen of the United States.

b. 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.

c. Licensure: Licensed to practice optometry in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia.  Optometrists are required to possess full and unrestricted licensure and to maintain a current registration in their State of licensure if this is a requirement of the particular State. 

d. Physical Requirements: A physical will be required for this position.

e. English Language Proficiency: Direct Patient Care Providers must be proficient in spoken and written English.  


GRADE DETERMINATIONS: Grades and salaries will be determined by the Professional Standards Board (PSB).



 References : VA Handbook 5005 available in the local Human Resources Office  

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 (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: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.


FOREIGN EDUCATION: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.

Applicants tentatively selected for certain designated positions may be subject to a random drug screening for illegal drug use. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment.


Public Law 95-201 requires that persons appointed to direct patient-care positions must possess the required basic proficiency in spoken and written English.  

Veterans' preference does apply to Title 38 positions; therefore, if you are a Veteran applying for veterans preference, you must submit evidence of eligibility, such as:  a copy of your DD-214(s) (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty);  Standard Form 15 (Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference version dated December 2004), if applicable; and the proof requested on the form, such as a Civil Service Preference letter stating your percentage of disability, if applicable.

DD Form 214:  Veterans can now request a copy of their DD-214 online at the following National Personnel Records Center website, This site also provides instructions and addresses for requesting service records, medical records, proof of military service, correcting records, and replacing medals or awards. Veterans may also request a copy of their DD-214 by calling 800-827-1000 or TDD# 800-829-4833.

For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit


Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to determine if you are qualified for this job.   

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms). Requests for reconsideration of ratings will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, delays in mail service, etc.


Only send documentation as requested/required by this announcement and that directly supports your qualifications for this position. 



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Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life.  For more information please visit us at


The Central Texas Veterans Health Care System (CTVHCS) consists of two medical centers located in Temple and Waco, one stand-alone clinic in Austin, and four community based outpatient clinics in Brownwood, Cedar Park, College Station and Palestine.  Temple, a city of nearly 60,000 is located in Central Texas.  It is about 60 miles north of Austin, the Live Music Capital of the World, and 35 miles south of Waco, home of the Dr. Pepper Museum, along Interstate 35.  It is approximately centered in a triangle formed by Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas-Ft. Worth.  Temple has it all - hometown friendliness with big-city opportunities, including substantial industries, world-famous medical centers, top-ranked educational institutions, exciting arts and cultural activities. CTVHCS is a teaching medical center, providing a full range of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology as well as education and research.  Temple is home to one of Texas A&M Health Science centers, located within minutes of the hospital which provides residency and fellowship programs.  Temple is served by three major airports within a 120 miles radius and two small airports within a 60 mile radius.  There is also an Amtrak Station located in the historical downtown of Temple.  Central Texas is a great place to work, live, and raise a family.  There are many golf courses to enjoy year round and we are surrounded by several lakes and parks, including Belton Lake and Stillhouse Hollow Lake.  We are also located on the edge of the Hill Country which boasts large lakes and great camping and hiking areas, such as Enchanted Rock, as well as great food and wine.  We are in the viewing areas of major sports franchises of Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio as well as surrounded by several well known universities including Texas A&M University at College Station, Baylor University in Waco, and The University of Texas at Austin.  There are many different school districts within 30 minutes of Temple ranging from small to large districts and many of them are rated by The Texas Education Agency as Exemplary or Recognized.  With Austin only 60 miles away, you can enjoy great live music, shopping, and food only a short distance away or if you would like a quick getaway, San Antonio, famous for the River Walk as well as the Alamo, is only a 2 hour drive.  Several amusement parks, water parks, and zoo’s surround Central Texas providing entertainment for all ages.  For more information about Central Texas Veterans Health Care System and the area, please visit:



Central Texas Veterans Health Care System has partnered with the Planetree Organization and considers patient centered care one of our primary focus areas.


If you are interested in a career with the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System, we are interested in you.  We would like to know what patient centered care means to you and why you are interested in working with us?


To learn more about Planetree and our efforts to become a true Veteran Centered Organization refer to the following website:


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To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. Your Résumé or CV and VA Form 10-2850 - Application for Physicians, Dentists, Podiatrists, Optometrists, and Chiropractors (Available at (required).
  2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
  3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on November 10, 2011.

To begin the process, write down the 6-digit VIN number and go to (if you have an updated resume saved on your personal computer) to create an account or log in to your existing APPLICATION MANAGER account.  If you do not have a resume, please select "Apply Online" which will take you to USA Jobs Website to build your resume.  Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire and upload supporting documentation. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.  Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is easier, faster, and provides more information as applications are processed.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, simply reapply through your account in application manager.  After applying, return to application manager ( to see the status of your application, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to (478)757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

 To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 870052. You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.
  3. We cannot verify receipt of your faxed documents.  It may take up to 72 hours before your faxed documents are uploaded into Application Manager.


The following documents are required:

•   Résumé or CV and VA Form 10-2850 - Application for Physicians, Dentists, Podiatrists, Optometrists, and Chiropractors (Available at (required).  
•   Copy of your transcript(s) and current License

•   Veterans' Preference documentation (DD-214 or equivalent, SF-15, and VA Preference Letter, as appropriate. 



Donna Zimmerman
Phone: (254)743-2456
Fax: (478)757-3144
Agency Information:
VHA Central Texas HCS Temple
00000 Fax: (478)757-3144


Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.   You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.

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