Indian Health Service Optometrist in Poplar, Montana

Indian Health Service
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Poplar, MT
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Monday 10/3/2016 (23 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 11/15/2016 (20 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Become a part of an innovative, dynamic, nationwide organization of dedicated health care providers working to meet the individual health care needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Indian Health Service (IHS) employees are considerate in our care, creative in our approach, enthusiastic about our work and compassionate with our patients.

Our lifestyle is adventurous, community oriented and focused on service and problem solving as part of a professional interdisciplinary team. Join us in improving the health outcomes of 2.2 million American Indians and Alaska Natives.

OPEN UNTIL FILLED. The first certificate will be issued after 10/17/16. The second certificate will be issued after 10/31/16. The third certificate will be issued after 11/15/16. This position is located within the Indian Health Service, Fort Peck Service Unit, Poplar, MT. The IHS is required by law to give absolute preference to qualified applicants who meet the Secretary of the Interior's definition of Indian for appointment to vacancies within the IHS in accordance with established IHS policy as outlined in the Indian Health Manual Part 7, Chapter 3. The IHS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This position is being announced concurrently under Delegated Examining procedures. Please review vacancy announcement number ++IHS-R2-BI-1706014-DE-++; for eligibility requirements. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.

READVERTISEMENT - This position is being re-advertised under a new vacancy announcement due to the new format and to solicit additional applicants. Applicants who previously applied under vacancy announcement #1705972-ESEP/MP will need to apply under this new vacancy announcement #1816824-ESEP/MP to be considered.

  • Examine eyes, using observation, instruments, and pharmaceutical agents, to determine visual acuity and perception, focus and coordination and to diagnose diseases and other abnormalities such as glaucoma or color blindness, diabetes, etc
  • Treat visual disorders through prescription of corrective lenses such as glasses, contact lenses, or low vision aids, vision therapy, and pharmacological means; Treats unusual visual disorders through application of advanced optometric techniques; Consults and Refers patients to other health care practitioner if additional medical treatment is necessary.
  • Provide vision and eye care education and counseling to patients.
  • Record all patient care examinations and procedures in health record.
  • Develop and Monitor Facility Eye Care Budget. Supervise Optometrist, Health Technician and Interns.
Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel may be required
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid primarily in the interest of the government and not in the interest of the selected employee. Employee will be required to sign a one-year service agreement. Failure to fulfill the one-year service agreement may require repayment of relocation expense allowances.
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Selectee will be subject to a pre-employment fingerprint check.
  • Selectee will be subject to a background investigation.
  • Selectee will be subject to a probationary/trial period.
  • ESEP appointees typically serve two year trial period.
  • More than one selection may be made from this announcement.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

To qualify for this position, your resume must state sufficient experience and/or education, to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are applying. 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; religious; spiritual; community; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer and part time experience. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week. For positions requiring positive education requirements, or if you are using education to meet all or part of the qualification requirements, you MUST submit a copy of your transcripts or an itemized list of college courses which includes equivalent information from the transcript (course title, semester/quarter hours, and grade/degree earned) in your resume. BASIC REQUIREMENT(S): Degree: Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) accredited by the Council on Optometric Education.

Licensure: Current license to practice optometry in a State, the District of Columbia, or a territory is required, except for those research positions that do not entail patient care responsibilities.

Applicants who meet the basic requirements qualify for the* GS-9* grade level. Additional Requirements for Grades GS-11 and Above:

For GS-11: One year of professional optometrist experience equivalent to at least GS-9 that demonstrated the ability to perform the work of the position to be filled. For example, for industrial optometrists, the applicant's experience must have demonstrated skill in developing or applying methods, procedures, or devices for protection of employees engaged in eye-hazardous work. To qualify based on specialized experience for GS-11 level, you must have one year of experience (equivalent to the GS-09) level that included duties such as: Assign work, rate performance, interview candidates, recommend selections, resolve complaints and grievances, recommend promotion and training, effect minor disciplinary actions. Interview (and secure or review case histories of) patients and conducting examinations. Analyze visual functions--far acuity, near acuity, field of vision, depth of perception, ocular coordination, and color perception. Use objective and subjective methods for the detection of evidence of ocular and systemic disease apparent in the eyes, medically managing ocular conditions and recommending the referral of cases for specialty medical care or other diagnosis. Perform refractions to assess the degree of hyperopia, myopia, astigmatism, presbyopia and other visual deficiencies requiring correction. Prescribe subnormal vision aids, contact and conventional lenses, and corrective eye exercises. Medically manage ocular conditions such as glaucoma, conjunctivitis, dry eye, blepharitis, and other ocular conditions and providing pre and post op care of cataracts surgery. For GS-12: One year of professional optometrist experience equivalent to at least GS-11 that demonstrated the ability to perform the work of the position to be filled. For example, for industrial optometrists, the applicant's experience must have demonstrated skill in administering an industrial optometry program in an industrial activity requiring the development of new methods, procedures, or devices for protection employees engaged in eye-hazardous work. To qualify based on specialized experience for GS-12 level, you must have one year of experience (equivalent to the GS-11) level that included duties such as: Assign work, rate performance, interview candidates, recommend selections, resolve complaints and grievances, recommend promotion and training, effect minor disciplinary actions. Develop and monitor the facility Eye Care budget. Devise and implement projects, programs and standards for investigation and control of particular eye hazards or vision problems. Participate in Medical Staff function, conferences and continuing education. Provide optometric services that require the application of advanced instrumentation, procedures, and techniques in the detection and correction of unusual visual deficiencies. Independently diagnoses all optometric and ocular problems through external and internal physical evaluation of the eye and surrounding tissues. Refer patients requiring complex medical surgery or services to the appropriate medical specialty. Provide vision and eye care education and counseling to patients. Take a complete history from the patient and/or family member to determine risk of eye disease (i.e. diabetes, hypertension, and glaucoma). Develop and provide Headstart, school vision, diabetic retinopathy and community wide "health fair" screening programs. Record all patient care examinations, assessment, procedures and care plans in appropriate health records in compliance with professional community standards and guidelines. Time-In-Grade Requirements: Merit Promotion (status) candidates must have completed one year of service at the next lower grade level. Time-In-Grade provisions do not apply under the Excepted Service Examining Plan (ESEP).

The selected individual is required to obtain and maintain medical staff clinical privileges, including any licensure requirements. If privileges are not obtained or maintained during employment, the employee will be subject to adverse actions, up to and including removal from Federal service.

You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 pm (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date: Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Security Clearance

Q - Nonsensitive

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

You can track the progress of your application package via your USAJOBS account. You will receive an acknowledgement from USAJOBS that your submission was successful once we have received your on-line occupational questionnaire, resume, and any supporting documentation. You will be notified of the status of your application via your USAJOBS Account after we conduct a qualification review of your complete application package. You will be contacted if further evaluation or interviews are required. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempt to conceal information may disqualify you for employment consideration. We may verify all information you provide in your resume and questionnaire responses, through reference and/or background check, and/or verification of your education. If you are selected, you will be contacted personally by the Human Resources (HR) office posting this announcement.

You will no longer need to call the HR Office to determine your application status. USAJOBS has added an alert setting to their system to provide status updates for applicants. You can elect to activate the status updates from your USAJOBS profile at any point during the application process.

If all required documentation is not submitted with your application you will lose consideration. It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that information and documents entered, uploaded, or faxed is received, legible and accurate. HR will not modify answers submitted by an applicant.

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This position meets the criteria specified in pillar number one of the five pillars of the PHS Commissioned Corps. PHS Commissioned Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps MUST apply online under the merit promotion announcement indicated above in order to receive consideration. For more information on PHS Commissioned Corps, visit the website at: The Indian Health Service (IHS), National Health Service Corps (NHSC), and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) have student loan repayment programs for qualifying health disciplines. This is a competitive process separate from the hiring process. Opportunities for LRP are based on agency hiring priorities and availability of funds. For additional information please visit: For IHS - NHSC - For HRSA Nurse Corps - 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. IHS may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their directly related previous non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which annual leave is earned. This position has promotion potential to the GS-12 grade level. Promotion to the next grade level is at management's discretion and is based on your demonstrated ability to perform the higher level duties, the continuing need for the higher level duties, and "Regulatory/Administrative" approval. Promotion to the next higher grade level is not guaranteed and no promise of promotion is implied. CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: Security Clearance: If you are selected for this vacancy, you must undergo a pre-employment fingerprint check and background investigation. Fingerprint results and background investigation documentation must be cleared prior to hire. You will receive instructions on how to obtain and submit fingerprints and background investigation documentation. After you begin your employment, your continued employment is contingent upon the outcome of a complete background investigation as determined by the sensitivity level of your position. The investigation must find that you are suitable for Federal employment in your position. If you are found not suitable, you will be terminated after you begin work. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or subject to possible criminal charges. Measles and Rubella immunization required for selectees born after 1957. Seasonal Influenza immunization is required for civilian health care facility staff working in Indian Health Service health care facilities. Selectee(s) are required to have a viable bank account at a financial institution for electronic direct deposit of salary payment

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Salary Range: $64,228.00 to $101,431.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0662-09/12

Promotion Potential: 12

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Candidates eligible under Indian Preference appointing authority; All Federal employees serving on a career or career-conditional appointment; Reinstatement eligible; Veterans Preference including Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA); Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) eligible; Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) eligible; Schedule A, and/or PHS Commissioned Corps Personnel

Control Number: 452332800

Job Announcement Number: IHS-17-BI-1816824-ESEP/MP