To qualify at the GS-6 level you
must meet one of the following:
(A) One full
year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-05) in the
Federal service performing work closely related to the work of this position.
Specialized experience is experience which has equipped you with the particular
knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of a
Surgical Technician which includes experience performing technical duties related
to ophthalmology or optometry, performing diagnostic eye tests, and setting up
and operating diagnostic eye equipment. ~OR~
(B) You must have successfully
completed one-half year of graduate education (or 9 semester hours) or an
internship in course matter that must include courses directly related to the
work of the position such as anatomy and physiology, surgical technology,
aseptic techniques etc. This education must have been obtained in an accredited
college or university. NOTE: If you select this option, you must submit
a copy of your transcript (unofficial) with your application. Education cannot
be credited without documentation.~OR~
(C) You must have an equivalent
combination of related graduate-level education and specialized experience
which meet the total experience requirements for this grade level. Transcripts
(unofficial) must be submitted with application. Education cannot be credited
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
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):
and experience in performing a full range of diagnostic eye tests
of anatomy of the eye, eye terminology and visual optics.
of a computerized patient record system.
of diagnostic eye equipment and required supplies.
to communicate orally and in writing with people from various backgrounds and
REQUIREMENTS: This position requires the operation of multiple devices for the
examination of patients. Dexterity of
hand-eye and hand-eye-foot coordination is essential and testing may involve
standing for extended periods of time with arms at shoulder height. Stooping, bending or kneeling in the normal course
of work may be required. Excellent
binocular vision to perform the complex duties is required. Clinic duties
regularly require providing manual assistance in lifting and positioning
patients (e.g., wheelchair-bound patients).
Various equipment items and some heavy objects (e.g., instrument trays,
boxes of supplies or medications, or patient charts) must be moved or
information on the qualification standards, please visit the United States
Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.
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.