Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Health Technician (Ophthalmology-Odessa, Tx) in Odessa, Texas

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Odessa, TX
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Monday 10/17/2016 (5 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 11/4/2016 (13 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1825291 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?

The West Texas VA Health Care System (WTVAHCS) provides a variety of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology as well as offering numerous education programs. Outpatient services include: Ambulatory Care Service, Mental Health, Women's Health, Transition and Care Management, Home Based Primary Care, Tele-Health, Anticoagulation Clinics, Ophthalmology, and Dentistry. Skilled nursing care and acute rehabilitation is provided in the Community Living Center, with specialty referrals to other VISN 17 facilities and community services. Staff with approximately 600 employees, the facility serves counties in West Texas and New Mexico area, with a Veteran population of approximately 57,000. The WTVAHCS is part of the VA Heart of Texas Health Care Network, VISN 17 and is centrally located at the crossroads of Interstate 20 and Highway 87 in Big Spring, Texas with Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC's) located in Abilene, Odessa, San Angelo, Ft. Stockton, Texas and Hobbs, New Mexico.


As the Health Technician (Ophthalmology Service); you will p*rovide comprehensive and specialized patient care to Veterans patients. This position is located at the Community Based Outpatient Clinic, Odessa, Texas. He/she will assist the Ophthalmologist/Optometrist with various diagnostic tests utilizing ophthalmic instruments and equipment. Additional duties will include: obtaining a history of the patient's past ophthalmic and medical history; obtains visual acuity; obtaining intra ocular lens measurements; instilling ophthalmic medications; measuring intra ocular pressure; performs ocular coherence tomography (OCT) of the optic nerve and macula; obtaining preliminary objective measurements; performs basic and advanced ophthalmic duties; performs screening and diagnostic visual fields, corneal topography, and A/B scans; perform patient accounting procedures using manual and automated systems; and administrative support.*

Work Schedule: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

Position Description Title/PD#: 1013-0

*DESIGNATED DRUG-TESTING POSITION: *Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • 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 may be added]
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least next lower grade level (GS-5) that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of this Health Technician (Optometry) position to be filled. Specialized experience includes: possessing knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and optical characteristics of the eye; assisting optometrist by performing visual screening, conducting various diagnostic eye testing, holding instruments, instilling drops; performing administrative/clerical support for a medical clinic; providing patient education pertaining to diseases of the eye; and training technicians on the use of diagnostic eye equipment. (This experience must be supported by your resume to receive credit).


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.


ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY: 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.

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):

  1. Knowledge of ocular anatomy and diseases.

  2. Skill in using optometry equipment.

  3. Ability to assist optometrist.

  4. Ability to communicate effectively.

  5. Skill in performing optometry clinic operations.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The work includes some walking, standing, bending, and carrying of light items such as paper and books; and the transferring of patients in and out of wheelchairs. The work involves normal risks/discomforts typical of a clinic.

IN DESCRIBING 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).

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.

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.

*Physical Requirements: *The work includes some walking, standing, bending, and carrying of light items such as paper and books; and the transferring of patients in and out of wheelchairs. The work involves normal risks/discomforts typical of a clinic.

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-6 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-5 level.

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

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.


VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.

Other Information

Salary Range: $36,025.00 to $46,831.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0640-06/06

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: US Citizens and Status Candidates

Control Number: 453639300

Job Announcement Number: VHA-519-NR-17-1825291BU-hhl