Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician Assistant - Ophthalmology in Hines, Illinois

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Hines, IL
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Monday 9/26/2016 (29 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 10/25/2016 (0 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1810279 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?

Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital, located 12 miles west of downtown Chicago on a 147-acre campus, offers primary, extended and specialty care and serves as a tertiary care referral center for VISN 12. Specialized clinical programs include Blind Rehabilitation, Spinal Cord Injury, Neurosurgery, Radiation Therapy and Cardiovascular Surgery. The hospital also serves as the VISN 12 southern tier hub for pathology, radiology, radiation therapy, and fiscal services.

Hines VAH currently operates 471 beds and six community based outpatient clinics in Manteno, Elgin, Oak Lawn, Aurora, LaSalle, and Joliet. Over 700,000 patient visits occurred in fiscal year 2014 providing care to over 56,000 veterans, primarily from Cook, DuPage and Will counties. In FY 2015 the budget for Hines was over $500 million.

Hines VAH is affiliated with 70 colleges and universities and 40 associated health professions. The main medical school affiliation is the Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University of Chicago. There are over 1,300 students educated annually at Hines.

A recruitment/relocation incentive is NOT authorized for this position.

Applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by a Professional Standards Board to determine the grade and salary of the applicant selected. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

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.



The Physician Assistant (PA) establishes and enforces administrative support in the outpatient ophthalmology clinic and surgery. The PA provides support to physicians in the care and treatment of patients in the ophthalmology clinic and surgery. The major responsibility is to meet the needs of the veteran patient. Other responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Patient Advocate: Continuous and escalated complaints

  • New Attending: Assist new attending's and/or staff with orientation and training

  • Employee Health: Schedule Police Officer exams and baseline laser exams for new hires and current employees for all Surgery Service departments.

  • Optical Dispensary: Eye glass issues; prosthetics; class and contact lens issue

  • Ferris Optical Quarterly Quality of Care Audits

  • Eye Clinic Consult

  • Floreseein Angiography Injections

  • Enter Pre-Op Worksheet

  • Consent Patient, iMed

WORK SCHEDULE: Days, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm


Please include VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations in your application packet(available at

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • 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.

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Proficient in spoken and written English.
  • EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree from an accredited PA training program or in another health sciences related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. (Note: Current VA Physician Assistant's employed prior to September 5, 2014 are exempt from this requirement)* AND* Graduate of a PA training program, or of a surgical assistant program which is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) or one of its predecessor organizations.
  • CERTIFICATION: Current certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician's Assistants (NCCPA) Note: Current VA Physician Assistant's employed prior to March 12, 1993 who are not NCCPA certified, remain exempt.

Preferred Experience:

  • Ophthalmology experience preferred but not required

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:VA Handbook 5005/78, Part II, Appendix G8 Physician Assistant Qualification Standard. 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: The work requires standing or walking for a major portion of the work day. The walking will often require carrying supplies or pushing carts and equipment when in surgery. In the clinics you may need to assist patients into the examinations rooms when in wheel chairs or on carts, which could consist of a variety of standing, walking, twisting, turning, sitting, bending, pushing, carrying and light lifting. This may be considered demanding physical activity.

Security Clearance


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.

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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: $53,717.00 to $101,269.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VN-0603-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 451538500

Job Announcement Number: HN-16-AZ-1810279-BU