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Posted on 10/11/2017

Health Technician (Ophthalmology)

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration - Las Vegas, NV

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Job Description

* Duties




## Duties


### Summary


Since 1972, VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System has been improving the health of the men and women who have so proudly served our nation. We consider it our privilege to serve your health care needs in any way we can. Services are available to more than 240,000 veterans living in our catchment area. In addition to our main facility in Las Vegas, we offer services in three community-based outpatient clinics located in Henderson, Pahrump and Laughlin. 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 on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to


**NOTE: Recruitment/Relocation Incentives or Expenses are not authorized.**


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., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact on the last page of the JOA for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.


For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitionsdocument.


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### Responsibilities


The position functions as an Ophthalmology Technician (OT) to support patient care in the Outpatient Clinic, Operating Room and Inpatient Unit setting of the Ophthalmology Surgical Department. The OT will work alongside the ophthalmologist as they help patients with eye disorders (i.e. Retina, Glaucoma and Cataract), vision measurements for glasses or contact lens, eye muscle exercises and the prevention of blindness. The OT functions as a member of an Outpatient/Inpatient Clinical Practice Team with responsibility for performing a variety of duties in support of the administrative and clinical operations of the Ophthalmology practice. Duties include, but are not limited to:


* Responsible for a wide variety of duties that requires the ability to interact with patients, surgical staff, and other internal services

* Experienced in taking comprehensive medical history and document findings in Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS)

* Performs preliminary screening examinations for physician review including central and peripheral visual field tests; ocular motility tests; color vision tests; pharmacological pupil tests; tonometry, tonography and tensilon tonography tests to determine intraocular pressure and pupil testing for size, equality and reaction prior to dilation

* Assists with ophthalmic surgical procedures and prepares pre-operative and post-operative patients

* Administers ophthalmic drops and ointments, applies ocular dressings, performs suture removal, and obtains eye cultures

* Knowledge of surgical instruments and equipment, opthalmic injectable medications, anesthetic solutions, and ocular disorders


**Work Schedule:** 7:30 - 4:00


**Position Description Title/PD#:** 04548A


### Travel Required


Not required


##### Supervisory status




### Who May Apply


#### This job is open to…


Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)


Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.


* #### Job family (Series)


0640 Health Aid And Technician


#### Similar jobs


* Ophthalmic Medical Technicians

* Technicians, Ophthalmic Medical


* Requirements




## Requirements


### Conditions of Employment


* 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.

* Time In Grade Requirement

* Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

* Must be Proficient in Spoken and Written English


**Physical Requirements:**Moderate lifting (15-44 lbs); Light carrying (under 15 pounds); Pushing (1 hour); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (1 hours); Standing (1-2 hours); Occasional bending; Both legs required; Ability to rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; 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; Both eyes required; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Hearing (aid permitted); Emotion and mental stability.


**Time-in-grade**: 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 a GS-06 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-05 level**.**


### Qualifications


**To qualify for this position**, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement: Monday, October 30, 2017


**Specialized Experience:**** **Applicants must have One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-5) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: Applying basic knowledge of medical terminology, Ocular anatomy; ophthalmic medications; visual physiology, optics; use and maintenance of ophthalmic instruments and testing equipment; ophthalmic and medical instructions; medical terminology; ophthalmic technology; asepsis; ocular referrals and emergency medical treatment; patient transportation; medical ethics; medical administration; and medical service organization and function; knowledge of surgical instruments and equipment, ophthalmic injectable medications, anesthetic solutions, and ocular disorders.




**Substitution of Education for Experience:****(Transcript Required)**: Successfully completed six months of graduate education (9 Semester Hours) or an internship meets the specialized experience required **only in those instances where it is directly related to the work of the position.**




**Combination of Education and Experience (Transcript Required)**: Equivalent combination of successfully completed education and specialized experience are also qualifying (Education must be directly related to the work of the position).


**A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.**


Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


### Education


**Note:** Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.


### Additional information


**The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan CTAP)**provide 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 (have a final rating of 85 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website.

**Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave** : Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee.


**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.


It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.


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


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### How You Will Be Evaluated


You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.


**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).


**You will be rated on the following competencies based on your application for this position.**


**Competency 1** - knowledge of ocular anatomy, ophthalmic medications, visual physiology, optics, ophthalmic technology, ocular referrals and emergency medical treatment.


**Competency 2** - Knowledge and ability to use and maintain ophthalmic instrument and testing equipment in order to perform special complicated examinations and treatment.


**Competency 3** - Advanced knowledge of opthalmic anatomy and physiology in order to assist in examinations and procedures, interpret the instructions of the clinical team, and to recognize problems as they occur.


**Competency 4** - Knowledge and skill to actively promote and provide infection control carry out aseptic techniques, and provide environmental safety, security, and privacy of patients and privileged information.


**Competency 5**- Knowledge of office automation equipment, software, and security.


**Competency 6** ? Ability to communicate effectively in person and in writing.


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.


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### Background checks and security clearance


##### Security clearance




* Required Documents




## Required Documents


You must provide a complete Application package which includes:


1. Resume **(required).**

2. Responses to Occupational Questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire

3. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at This form must be completed at the time of job offer. Please note: the OF-306 with a revision date of October 2011 is the only acceptable version. Previous editions are obsolete and unusable.

4. If substituting education for experience, include transcripts - Official or Unofficial **(required).**

5. 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

6. If current or former federal employee, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. **(required)**. You must provide a copy of your last or more recent SF-50 (**No Award SF-50s will be accepted**). This is the **most recent SF-50** (available in your e-OPF) that indicates proof of status (If you are a career or a career-conditional employee) and identifies your position, title, series, grade, step, tenure and type of service (Competitive or Excepted).


Please use this checklist to ensure 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.


**Veterans' Preference:**When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP), on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section(s) provided. A legible copy of your DD214(s) indicating character of service, disability certification, SF-15 (if claiming 10 pt. preference) or if you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within 120 days; documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Documentation is required for eligibility verification.


**Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents: **You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 2017455.

**NOTE:** If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.


#### If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:


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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.


Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.


* Benefits




## Benefits


A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.


* Benefits for federal employees

* Healthcare insurance

* Pay and leave


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


Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.


* How to Apply




## How to Apply


**All applicants are encouraged to apply online.**

**To apply for this position**, you must complete the View Occupational Questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, October 30, 2017 to receive consideration.

1. To begin, **click Apply Online** to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

2. **Click Submit My Answers** to submit your application package.

*NOTE*: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.


To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.


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### Agency contact information


### Eric Jones


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##### Email




##### Address


VHA Southern Nevada HCS Las Vegas


6900 North Pecos Road

North Las Vegas, NV


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### Next steps


After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.


You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on ?Application Status.? For a more detailed update of your status, click on ?more information.? Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.


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* Fair & Transparent


## Fair & Transparent


The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.


### Equal Employment Opportunity Policy


The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.


* Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) office at OPM

* Office of Equal Opportunity


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### Reasonable Accommodation Policy


Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.


Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:


* An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.

* An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.

* An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.


You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.


Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.


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#### Legal and regulatory guidance


* Financial suitability

* Social security number request

* Privacy Act

* Signature and false statements

* Selective Service

* New employee probationary period


This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.




*Open & closing dates:* 10/10/2017 to 10/30/2017



*Salary:* $36,888 to $47,958 per year



*Pay scale & grade:* GS 06



*Work schedule:* Full-Time - Full Time



*Appointment type:* Permanent

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