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Job Title:Optometrist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:JP-13-APA-878456

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$64,724.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 to Wednesday, May 01, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

VP-0662-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

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

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

WHO WE ARE

We are people who take great pride and deep satisfaction in providing America's veterans with the best clinical care, the most innovative technology, and the most comprehensive array of benefits America has to offer.

MISSION & VISION

"To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan."

–Abraham Lincoln

ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER: JP-13-APA-878456

VACANCY ID: 878456

POSITION TITLE: Optometrist VP-0662-00/00

WORK SCHEDULE: Full Time Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm; may include extended hours and weekends

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • English proficiency required
  • Background check required
  • Random drug testing

DUTIES:

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THIS POSITION IS LOCATED AT THE TOMBALL OUTPATIENT CLINIC IN TOMBALL, TEXAS.  The Tomball Outpatient Clinic is a satellite of the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center.

 

The incumbent functions as an integral part of the eye care team, examining the human eye and ascertaining defects of the human visual system under the supervision of an ophthalmologist. Primary eye and vision care services consist of:  designing/prescribing/dispensing glasses, ordering diagnostic imaging and laboratory studies; preparing referrals for diagnosis, treatment, and management of systemic and ocular conditions revealed through optometric examination; patient and family health education. Components of primary optometric eye and vision care include: emergency care (evaluating/managing/triaging emergent, non-surgical eye conditions);  problem-oriented care (managing patients referred with complaints typical of routine disorders); preventive health services (performing mandated examinations such as diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma screenings). Clinical procedures employed include:  medical and ocular history; visual acuity measurement; pupillary function testing;  color vision testing; extraocular muscle function and binocularity testing; refractive and accommodative testing; external examination of the eye and adnexal structures;  biomicroscopic evaluation of the ocular adnexa, anterior, and/or posterior segments of the eye, including gonioscopic and fundus lens evaluation; ophthalmoscopic, tonometric, and perimetric evaluations. Other duties as assigned. The Optometrist will manage the local teleretinal program and technician, interpret fundus photo images 8 hours per week performed by the local and CBOC Tele-Retinal Imagers, and triage abnormal patients seen in the teleretinal program same day appointments. The incumbent will be supervised by the local director for attendance, customer service and adherence to MEDVAMC policy. The incumbent will be supervised by the Eye Care Line Executive at the MEDVAMC for quality, productivity and adherence to performance measures. Productivity ranges expected are minimum of 14 complete exams per day and reading of 40 patient images from teleretinal programs a week.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS

a. Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g.)

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.

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.


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. http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html

 

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.

Applicant's education and length of practice (experience) will be considered by a Professional Standards Board and Compensation Panel in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected.

Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

Reference: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-5 OPTOMETRIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD http://www.va.gov/ohrm/joblistings/VAQualStds.doc 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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. 


BENEFITS:

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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The following Web addresses are provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.

Flexible Spending Accounts - The Federal Flexible Spending Accounts Program (FSAFeds) allows you to pay for certain health and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars. For additional information visit: https://www.fsafeds.com/fsafeds/index.asp

Health Insurance - The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program offers over 100 optional plans. For additional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/insure/health/index.asp

Leave - Most Federal employees earn both annual and sick leave. For additional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/oca/leave/index.asp
Life Insurance - The Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance Program (FEGLI) offers: Basic Life Insurance plus three types of optional insurance, for additional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/insure/life/index.asp

Long Term Care Insurance - The Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) provides long term care insurance for Federal employees and their parents, parents-in-law, stepparents, spouses, and adult children. For additional information visit: http://www.ltcfeds.com/

Retirement Program - Almost all new employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). FERS is a three-tiered retirement plan. The three tiers are: Social Security Benefits, Basic Benefit Plan, Thrift Savings Plan. For addtional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/retire/index.asp

This link provides and overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees. http://www.usajobs.gov/EI/benefits.asp



OTHER INFORMATION:

1. If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must attach an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.

2. You can apply for a non-competitive appointment if you meet the basic eligibility requirements and you are eligible for special appointment such as those authorized for the severely disabled; certain Vietnam era and disabled veterans; returned volunteers from the Peace Corps or Vista , etc. Please indicate the type of special appointment you are seeking, if any, on your application and follow all other instructions for applying shown in this announcement.

 

Functional Requirements: Light lifting, under 15 pounds; light carrying, under 15 pounds; use of fingers; both hands required; near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; hearing (aid permitted), mental and emotional stability



HOW TO APPLY:

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Veterans' Preference:

When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference.  For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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.

HOW TO APPLY:


To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

 

YOU MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850 IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY.  

You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online.  Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies.  Please see this guide ( http://www.va.gov/OHRM/joblistings/uploading-and-using-documents-online.doc ) for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications.  Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way.   Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  Check your account (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login) to see the status of your application after applying, 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: http://www.opm.gov./forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf.

3.    Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and 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  http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID: 878456.  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.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, May 01, 2013.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1.    CV or Resume.

2.    VA Form 10-2850 - Application for Physicians, Dentists, Podiatrists, Optometrists, and Chiropractors (Available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850-fill.pdf ) (required).

3.    If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214  or proof of service (required).   Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf).

4.    If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).

 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Human Resources
Phone: (713)794-7458
Email: VHAHOUHUMANRESOURCESQUESTIONS@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
Medical Care Line
Michael E DeBakey VA Medical Center
2002 Holcombe Blvd
Houston, TX
77030-4298
USA

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements.  You will be notified when this decision is made.


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Job Announcement Number:

JP-13-APA-878456

Control Number:

341981600