Veteran Health Administration Health Technician (Ophthalmology/Optometry) in Waco, Texas

Announcement Number: AG516173JWi-1761745-BU

Department: Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Position Info: Full Time

Location(s): Waco, TX

Open Period: 2016-08-22 to 2016-09-13

OverviewWho May Apply

Current CTVHCS facility employees only

Appointment Duration

Agency Employees Only

Job Status

Full Time

Agency Marketing Statement

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1761745

Job Summary

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?

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. 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

Central Texas Veterans Healthcare System (CTVHCS) is one of the largest integrated health care systems in the Department of Veterans Affairs and includes facilities in Temple, Waco, and Austin, TX. Community-Based Outpatient Clinics are located in Brownwood, Cedar Park, Palestine, and Bryan-College Station. NO STATE TAXES!!!

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 Definitions document.

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.

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

DutiesMajor Duties

The Health Technician (Ophthalmology/Optometry) will assist the Ophthalmologist/Optometrist in all aspects of patient care and performs various diagnostic tests independently. Emphasis is placed on the technician aspects of the position, but the incumbent also participates in the administrative coordination, planning and organizing of the Eye Clinic to ensure continuity of patient focused care: Duties include:

  • Obtains an ophthalmic history of each patient.

  • Obtains visual acuity, distance and near on all patients, using a Snellen acuity chart, Jaeger acuity chart, or equivalent.

  • Performs tonometry and tomography testing in order to measure the tension in the eye and to detect glaucoma or abnormal changes.

  • Measures the intraocular pressure using the Goldmann Applanation tonometer.

  • Uses the Keratometer to measure the curvature of the cornea and distortion of the cornea.

  • Performs color vision and stereoacuity testing of patients, e.g., Titmus, Ishihara testing.

  • Performs Shirmer test for tear production.

  • Measures extra ocular motility.

  • Performs slit lamp biomicroscopy using a wide choice of magnification, angles of view, and forms of illumination with the slit lamp attachments.

  • Examines patients for rubeosis, strabismus, or increased intraocular pressure before eye dilation.

  • Performs computerized Humphrey visual fields, Goldmann Perimetry, tangent screen visual fields, and Amster grid testing.

  • Performs all preventative maintenance, calibration, and reports needed repairs to the biomedical equipment.

  • Performs A and B scans as ordered by the provider.

  • Performs Brightness Acuity Testing (BAT), potential acuity testing using the Potential Acuity Meter (PAM).

  • Prepares the examination rooms, stocking of appropriate forms, medical supplies, and pharmaceuticals; and disinfects all equipment used for direct patient care.

  • Guides the patients in frame selection and eyewear design, prepares prescriptions for eyeglasses, completes and maintains prescription card files.

  • Maintains an adequate stock of spectacle replacement parts.

  • Uses fundus camera equipment, the incumbent performs single frame fundus photography, sequential serial fundus photography, rapid sequential fluorescein angiographies of the ocular fundus and anterior segment and photography of the retinal nerve fiber layer.

  • Assists in eye procedures in the clinic, selects, and cares for ophthalmic surgical instruments.

  • Sets up instrument trays, ensuring that all the required instruments and supplies are placed on them.

  • Prepares, and, drapes patients for in-office surgical procedures.

  • Ensures that surgical specimens are placed in containers and labeled for transport to pathology laboratory.

  • Provides clerical support to the clinic by scheduling patients, rescheduling patients, triaging patients on the phone, and answering patient inquires.

  • Assists the patient when transferring from his/her wheelchair to the examination chair.

  • Assists the provider in the management of ocular and life-threatening emergencies,

  • Performs irrigation of the eye in chemical and foreign body emergencies, and perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

  • Triages patients with eye emergencies and refer them for prompt treatment. Performs routine vital signs including blood pressure readings, pulse, and respirations. And

  • Removes lid sutures for post-operative blepharoplasty patients.

This is a Bargaining Unit Position.

Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

Health Technician (Ophthalmology/Optometry) PD-06706A.

Tour of duty: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.



Qualifications And EvaluationQualifications

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

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 this position you must have held a position at the GS-06 level (or above) for 52 weeks.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE GS-6: Applicants must have one (1) year of specialized experience related to the position of Health Technician that has equipped the candidate with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience must be equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service. Positions in this series range widely in type and include support duties to medical or health personnel such as audiologist, speech pathologists, medical officers, and optometrists. Therefore, technician experience is experience that required application of the knowledge, methods, and techniques of the position to be filled. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: having a thorough and comprehensive knowledge of the eye and surrounding structures, specialized terminology, anatomy and physiology of the eye, and be well versed in the clinical pathological correlation of eye disease to identify systemic problems; including a full understanding and objectives, and operations involved in the performing the various diagnostic tests performed, medical plan, project and/or research, pertinent ocular disease to capture on film; having an in-depth knowledge of pharmacology to include classification, administration, responses and common dosages when using diagnostic equipment due to topical anesthetics and contact with the eye; and demonstrates a wide array of dexterity to perform any ophthalmic photography or diagnostic tests, such as, hand-eye coordination and hand-eye-foot coordination in order to capture, collect, and analyze relevant ocular information and translate into viable program.

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 employment.

Education Substitution: Graduate education or an internship meets the specialized experience required above GS-05 ONLY in those instances where it is directly related to the work of the position. One full year of graduate level education meets the requirements for GS-07.

You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and other characteristics (KSAOs) based on your application for this position

KSA 1 – Ability to independently complete eye examination entrance testing.

KSA 2 - Skill in completing eye examination special testing.

KSA 3 - Ability to perform administrative support work.

KSA 4 - Ability to perform technician work to provide patient care

KSA 5 - Knowledge of ophthalmic/optometric instruments and equipment

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.

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).

REFERENCES: Qualifications derived from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions, Health Aid and Technician, GS-0640 AND, The Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Technical and Medical Support positions. You may view these standards at the local Human Resources Office. You may also view the standards at


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 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. Incumbent must have excellent binocular vision to perform the complex duties 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 (instrument trays, boxes of supplies or medications, or patient charts) must also be relocated.

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 if a verified positive results is received.

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-07 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-06 level (or 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).

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 competencies (knowledge, skills and abilities); completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview. Your résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

How To Apply InformationHow 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 Tuesday, September 13, 2016 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.

Required Documents

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s): ·Resume

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:

·Cover Letter ·SF-50 ·Transcript

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 on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please visit

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 1761745.

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.

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 pointscan be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.

Benefits And Other InformationBenefits

VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is 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

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.