Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Health Technician Optometry in Manchester, New Hampshire

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Manchester, NH
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Tuesday 10/4/2016 (20 day(s) ago)

** Closes Wednesday 10/26/2016 (2 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1817859

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”


The Ophthalmic Health Technician is a member of the optometry team. He/she is highly trained in all technical aspects of an ophthalmic examination, and works under the supervision of an optometrist. In addition, he/she is qualified in the facility computer programs, as they relate to patient care and clinic administration. He/She has experience and training with a complex geriatric patient population which requires general knowledge of geriatric eyecare and medical problems as they relate to the administration of eye examinations and tests, and to the general safety and well-being of the veteran population.

Work Schedule:Monday to Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Position Description Title/PD#: Health Technician, PD # 00260-0

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 required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • for current employees--SF 50 with salary info
  • USA Jobs resume or resume that meets federal requirements
  • ### Qualifications

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

Specialized Experience: Applicants must have one or more years of specialized experience related to this position. This experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-05 grade level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is defined as experience that has provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of a Health Technician (Optometry). Qualifying specialized experience includes: carrying out the operational activities of the eye clinic to ensure patient requests for treatment or examination are completed and to carry out practitioner's orders regarding special tests, consultation requests, prescriptions, etc.; obtaining data from a detailed history and physical, verifying questionable or controversial points and assisting in the interpretation of the results; receiving patient communications regarding emergent/urgent concerns and to properly triage these patients; utilizing general human ocular anatomy and physiology as well as ocular anatomy and physiology; assisting with the coordination of various patient procedures/surgeries; addressing any and all patient concerns with their glasses and or medications.Specialized experience for this position may have been obtained in technical and medical support positions.

There is no educational substitution for the GS-06 level.

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.

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 individual must be able to work for sustained periods under pressure. Heavy clinics will occasionally require long hours under hectic conditions with no regular breaks. Overtime may be required on short notice, and the ability to be flexible in regards to patient need is critical.

More specifically, the position requires the operation of several different devices under dim illumination for the examination of patients. These generally require that the operator sit opposite the patient, using one hand to support the eyelids in the static position while the body, head, and other hand of the operator must be able to shift positions sometimes rapidly to obtain the optimal picture field. In addition, the operator's eye is employed in this arrangement and the combination of static position and adjusting movements can be stressful and tiring.

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-06 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-05 level.

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating.

We will also review your application to make sure that your résumé supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when your rating is determined.

Your application, resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

After the vacancy announcement closes, your materials will be reviewed to determine if you meet the qualification and area of consideration requirements for this vacancy. You will be informed via E-mail whether or not you meet these requirements. If qualified, you will also be notified if you are referred to the hiring official. If referred, you will be contacted directly by the hiring department if you have been selected for an interview (not all candidates are always interviewed). If selected for the vacancy, you will receive a phone call. If another candidate is selected, you will be informed via E-mail. Every effort is made to complete the selection process within 30 days of the announcement closing date.


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. 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.

"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."

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

Salary Range: $39,440.00 to $51,270.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0640-06/06

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: See Who May Apply

Control Number: 452459200

Job Announcement Number: JT-17-VIC-1817859-BU