Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Optometrist in Syracuse, New York

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
2 vacancies in the following location:
  • Syracuse, NY
Work Schedule is Part Time - Permanent

Opened Thursday 9/22/2016 (31 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 10/27/2016 (4 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1809044 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?

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

This announcement will be filled by either one full time Optometrist (vacancy ID #1807997 ) or two part-time Optometrists.

This vacancy will remain open until filled.


The Optometrist 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 and chief optometrist. The primary duties and responsibilities of the position may include, but are not limited to:

Primary eye and vision care services, such as:

  • Prescribing glasses;
  • Ordering diagnostic imaging and laboratory studies;
  • Preparing referrals for diagnosis, treatment, and management of systemic and ocular conditions revealed through optometric examination; and
  • Patient and family health education.

Primary optometric eye and vision care, such as:

  • Emergency care (evaluating/managing/triaging emergent, non-surgical eye conditions);
  • Problem-oriented care (managing patients referred with complaints typical of routine disorders); and
  • Preventive health services (performing mandated examinations such as diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma screenings).
  • Performs comprehensive compensation and pension eye exams.

Clinical procedures, such as:

  • Medical and ocular history;
  • Visual acuity measurement;
  • Pupillary function testing;
  • Color vision testing;
  • Extra-ocular muscle function and binocularity testing;
  • Refractive and accommodative testing;
  • External examination of the eye and adnexal structures;
  • Bio-microscopic evaluation of the ocular adnexa, anterior, and/or posterior segments of the eye, including gonioscopic and fundus lens evaluation;
  • Ophthalmoscopic, tonometric, and perimetric evaluations; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Work Schedule: Full-Time

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizen
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • English Language Proficiency. Optometrists appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English.

Grade Determination:

*Intermediate Grade. *Meets the requirements in paragraphs (1), (2), and (3) below:

(1) Four years of optometric practice or its equivalent. One year of approved residency training or its creditable equivalent acceptable to the Council on Optometric Education of the American Optometric Association is acceptable in lieu of 2 years of practice.

(2) The optometrist at this level has successfully passed the examinations of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry and has attained either of the following:

  • The stature that would warrant appointment at the clinical instructor or higher level at a school or college of optometry.
  • The professional ability and personal attributes which have merited significant recognition by a recognized professional organization, such as election to a Fellowship in the American Academy of Optometry.

(3) Has achieved a high level of professional attainment as illustrated by one or more of the following examples:

  • Is a recognized expert in the diagnosis and treatment of unusual and complicated visual dysfunctions. Typically, in this capacity serves as a consultant to optometrist and other professionals in other health facilities or provides expert clinical services in such areas as the partially sighted or contact lenses for aphasics.

  • Has assumed responsibility for a multi-faceted optometric program including clinical research and/or training requiring a high degree of competence and skill in developing innovative and new and advanced instrumentation and treatment techniques. Typically, the program is in an educationally affiliated health care facility having an optometric training program of moderate scope involving liaison with other medical services and affiliated schools.

  • Has played a significant part in the conduct of vision research in a problem area of considerable scope and complexity which required novel approaches and which resulted in answers to important questions or important changes in existing methods and techniques. Publications authored by the optometrist are of considerable value to others in the individual's field. Typically, overall contributions are recognized by serving on important committees or other bodies in the profession.

  • Has had full responsibility for carrying out an optometric training program of significant size in which the optometrist has been responsible for maintaining liaison with the affiliated school and other educational institutions and professional or scientific organizations. Innovative approaches in development of curriculum and course content and in expanding and improving the educational program have been displayed by the individual.

Senior Grade. Meets the requirements for Intermediate grade and the requirements in paragraphs (1) and (2) below:

(1) The optometrist at this level possesses such academic stature as would warrant a faculty appointment of a professional level in an approved school or college of optometry.

(2) Has demonstrated recognized superior professional attainment as evidenced by one or more of the following examples:

  • Has served as a team leader in attacking major optometric problems affecting the continued provision of quality care health services at a VISN, statewide, or national level. There is such confidence in the optometrist at this level that there is unusual support of the individual's recommendations and conclusions.

  • Has had responsibility for carrying out a major optometric program segment on a national level.

  • Has conducted high level studies in a difficult area of vision research which has contributed to a substantial advance in the health field, with important professional publications.

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.

Reference: This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

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: 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 20/50 and to 20/100 in the other; Hearing (aid permitted); and Mental and emotional stability.

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). 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.

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

Other Information

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

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

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

Salary Range: $84,443.00 to $152,593.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VP-0662-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 451375800

Job Announcement Number: WV-16-KI-1809044-SR