Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Health Technician (Ophthalmology) in Columbus, Ohio

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Columbus, OH
Work Schedule is Full Time - Detail

Opened Friday 10/7/2016 (14 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 10/27/2016 (6 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1800509

This announcement has been extended until October 27, 2016. If you have already applied to this announcement, you do not need to apply again.

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 variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.

For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to .

At the Columbus, VA we honor those who serve through our unwavering commitment to provide the Excellent Care that every Veteran deserves. Columbus VA is a Veteran-centric medical center, where our doctors, nurses and staff fully consider the comprehensive needs of Every Veteran. At the Columbus VA, we consider it our mission to do everything we can, Every Time, to positively affect the lives of Veterans.

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


Provides direct patient care (under the physician's supervision) in the form of changing eye dressings, instilling eye drops (such as topical anesthetics, anti-inflammatory agents, mydriatics, cycloplegics, glaucoma medications, or antibiotics), instilling eye ointments of various types, administering oral medications (in tablet, capsule, or liquid form), administering other medications as directed, transmitting instructions for home care. Maintains all stock levels of ophthalmic medications and supplies necessary for the function of the eye clinic, assists the physician in ordering new instruments, monitors and maintains the clinic refrigerator in accordance with VA and JCAHO requirements.

*Work Schedule: *Monday through Friday 08:15 AM to 4:45 PM

*Position Description Title/PD#: *Health Technician / 3670

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

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.

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE (COPY OF TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED): Successful completion of one full year of graduate education directly related to the work of the position may be used as a substitution for experience in order to qualify. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that number cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the 1 year of full-time study requirement.

This education must have been obtained in an accredited business or technical school, junior college, college or university. To qualify based solely on education alone, you must include a copy of your transcript with your name, name of school, degree earned and date, grades earned, credit hours, major(s), and grade point average or class ranking with your resume or application form.

COMBINING EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE (COPY OF TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED): Combinations of successfully completed graduate education and experience as described above may be used to meet total qualification requirements.

Specialized Experience:

Candidates must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as experience that has provided you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of a GS-07 Health Technician. Qualifying experience includes: using ophthalmic/optometric testing, instruments and equipment in the performance of patient care; performing medical assistance work in an eye clinic; communicating information to patients; documenting patient medical records; and scheduling patients for appointments.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at .

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).


The work requires some physical exertion such as assisting patients in to the examination chairs, moving patients using Wheelchairs and walking aids. The performance of the examinations requires the technician to adjust equipment, transport patients, and move about freely in an outpatient clinic setting. The majority of the work is performed standing or sitting on an exam stool. The technician must be able to bend, stretch, stoop, reach, etc. to accommodate the patient and the appropriate examination required. Personal protective clothing/devices are necessary when working with the laser equipment, as well as, infection control procedures in performing patient examinations and handling instruments and equipment.

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

  • Serves as the eye care service expert in providing specific preliminary exams and ancillary testing;
  • Arranges for the appropriate provider to review and interpret test results
  • Prepares patients for minor eye procedures including surgical lasers
  • Calibrates eye equipment such as the OCT, auto refractor, Topographer, etc.;
  • Performs or arranges for minor equipment maintenance, and provides patient education;
  • Photographs, scans or measures medical phenomena of the eye to document diseases, surgeries and congenital problems, to aid the provider in diagnosis and treatment of the eye disorder;
  • Assists providers in performing therapeutic care of patients;
  • Performs a variety of administrative office work Ensures smooth flow of patients while visiting the clinic to include scheduling appointments, check-in, and work-up;
  • Provides ancillary testing and support to providers when needed during specialty clinics such as retina, cornea, glaucoma, and oculoplastics;
  • 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;

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at .

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: 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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. * 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. *

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-7 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-6 level.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

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:

Other Information

The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced VA 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 on about 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. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

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

Salary Range: $41,104.00 to $53,436.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0640-07/07

Promotion Potential: 07

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: US Citizens and Status Candidates

Control Number: 452579500

Job Announcement Number: 757-17-008E-1800509-BU