Indian Health Service Supervisory Optometrist (Chief) in Rosebud, South Dakota

Indian Health Service
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Rosebud, SD
Work Schedule is Full Time - Multiple Appointment Types

Opened Thursday 9/8/2016 (42 day(s) ago)

** Closes Saturday 12/31/2016 (72 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Become a part of an innovative, dynamic, nationwide organization of dedicated health care providers working to meet the individual health care needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Indian Health Service (IHS) employees are considerate in our care, creative in our approach, enthusiastic about our work and compassionate with our patients.

Our lifestyle is adventurous, community oriented and focused on service and problem solving as part of a professional interdisciplinary team. Join us in improving the health outcomes of 2.2 million American Indians and Alaska Natives. ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION: Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), Indian Health Services (IHS), Northern Plains Region, Great Plains Area, Clinical Services, Optometry Department,* Rosebud, South Dakota. *Position reports to the Clinical Director. The IHS is required by law to give absolute preference to qualified applicants who meet the Secretary of the Interior's definition of Indian for appointment to vacancies within the IHS in accordance with established IHS policy as outlined in the Indian Health Manual Part 7, Chapter 3. The IHS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

This position is being announced concurrently under Delegated Examining (DE) procedures. Please review vacancy announcement number ++IHS-16-GP-1797629-DE++; for eligibility requirements.

This is an Open Until Filled Job Opportunity Announcement. Certificates will be issued on a bi-weekly basis beginning on 09/23/2016. Please ensure applications are complete before the cut-off dates to receive full consideration.

Period of Eligibility: Applicants will remain eligible for three (3) months from the time the application is received. To remain in active status for positions announced under this open until filled announcement, ensure you keep you application information updated. Failure to keep information updated will result in "expired application" status and you will no longer be considered for future openings.


Major Duties:

  • Supervises subordinates including other Optometrists and/or Optometry Technicians. Assigns work, rates performance, interviews candidates, recommends selections, resolves complaints and grievances. Recommends promotions, training and ensures staff coverage for department.
  • Develops and monitors the facility eye care budget. Makes recommendations for allocation of resources including positions and dollars to the Chief Executive Director and the Area Optometry Program.
  • Provides direct care to patients in a responsible, respectful and caring manner. Refers patients requiring complex medical surgery or services to the appropriate medical specialty; refers patients to the appropriate health professional upon the diagnosis of disease.
  • Provides vision and eye care education and counseling to patients using appropriate, and culturally specific, brochures, posters, eye models, etc.
  • Records all patient care examinations, assessment, procedures and care plans in appropriate health records both electronically and manually in compliance with professional community standards and other available Indian Health Service specific guidelines.
Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel may be required for training and/or other work related duties.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Selectee will be subject to a pre-employment fingerprint check.
  • Selectee will be subject to a background investigation.
  • Selectee will be subject to a probationary/trial period.
  • ESEP appointees typically serve two year trial period.
  • More than one selection may be made from this announcement.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • A Current Unrestricted Professional License is required (Submit Copy).
  • ### Qualifications

To qualify for this position, your resume must state sufficient experience and/or education, to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are applying. 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; religious; spiritual; community; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer and part time experience. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

For positions requiring positive education requirements, or if you are using education to meet all or part of the qualification requirements, you MUST submit a copy of your transcripts or an itemized list of college courses which includes equivalent information from the transcript (course title, semester/quarter hours, and grade/degree earned) in your resume.

BASIC REQUIREMENT(S): Degree: Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) accredited by the Council on Optometric Education.

Licensure: Current license to practice optometry in a State, the District of Columbia, or a territory is required, except for those research positions that do not entail patient care responsibilities. In addition, to the Basic Requirements, you must also meet the Minimum Qualifications stated below- MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

GS-11:One (1) year of professional optometrist experience equivalent to at least GS-09 that demonstrated the ability to perform the work of the position to be filled.

GS-12: One (1) year of professional optometrist experience equivalent to at least GS-11 that demonstrated the ability to perform the work of the position to be filled.

Specialized Experience: Experience in administering an industrial optometry program in a industrial activity requiring the development of new methods, procedures or devices for protection employee engaged in eye-hazardaous work.

Knowledge and Experience with Supervising/managing a Optical Staff in a Clinical or Health Center Setting.

The selected individual is required to obtain and maintain medical staff clinical privileges, including any licensure requirements. If privileges are not obtained or maintained during employment, the employee will be subject to adverse actions, up to and including removal from Federal service. Time-In-Grade Requirements: Merit Promotion (status) candidates must have completed one year of service at the next lower grade level. Time-In-Grade provisions do not apply under the Excepted Service Examining Plan (ESEP).

You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 pm (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date: Saturday, December 31, 2016

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

You can track the progress of your application package via your USAJOBS account. You will receive an acknowledgement from USAJOBS that your submission was successful once we have received your on-line occupational questionnaire, resume, and any supporting documentation. You will be notified of the status of your application via your USAJOBS Account after we conduct a qualification review of your complete application package. You will be contacted if further evaluation or interviews are required. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempt to conceal information may disqualify you for employment consideration. We may verify all information you provide in your resume and questionnaire responses, through reference and/or background check, and/or verification of your education. If you are selected, you will be contacted personally by the Human Resources (HR) office posting this announcement.

You will no longer need to call the HR Office to determine your application status. USAJOBS has added an alert setting to their system to provide status updates for applicants. You can elect to activate the status updates from your USAJOBS profile at any point during the application process.

If all required documentation is not submitted with your application you will lose consideration. It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that information and documents entered, uploaded, or faxed is received, legible and accurate. HR will not modify answers submitted by an applicant.

Indian Health Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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Other Information

A two-year trial period may be required upon selection/placement (ESEP only)

A one-year probationary period may be required upon selection/placement.

A one-year supervisory/managerial probationary period may be required upon selection/placement. (Supervisory positions only)

Housing is available for position.

Work Schedule: 40 hours per week, Monday thru Friday/Position is on call with Clinical Services

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. IHS may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their directly related previous non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which annual leave is earned. CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

  • Security Clearance: If you are selected for this vacancy, you must undergo a pre-employment fingerprint check and background investigation. Fingerprint results and background investigation documentation must be cleared prior to hire. You will receive instructions on how to obtain and submit fingerprints and background investigation documentation. After you begin your employment, your continued employment is contingent upon the outcome of a complete background investigation as determined by the sensitivity level of your position. The investigation must find that you are suitable for Federal employment in your position. If you are found not suitable, you will be terminated after you begin work. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or subject to possible criminal charges.
  • Measles and Rubella immunization required for selectees born after 1957. Seasonal Influenza immunization is required for civilian health care facility staff working in Indian Health Service health care facilities.
  • The selected individual is required to obtain and maintain medical staff clinical privileges, including any licensure requirements. If privileges are not obtained or maintained during employment, the employee will be subject to adverse actions, up to and including removal from Federal service.
  • Government housing may be available,
  • Position may be subject to alternate work schedule, rotating shifts, call back and nights/weekends/holidays schedule.
  • Position is covered by PL 101-630 and is considered a Child Care Worker position.
  • This position requires that you obtain and maintain medical staff clinical privileges. If they are not obtained or maintained during employment, the employee may be subject to adverse actions, up to and including removal from the Federal service.

IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free

Salary Range: $72,535.00 to $101,431.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0662-11/12

Promotion Potential: 12

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: Candidates eligible under Indian Preference appointing authority; Federal employee serving on a career/career-conditional appointments; reinstatement eligible; applicants eligible for non-competitive appointment: VEOA/VRA/30% disabled veterans/ CTAP/ICTAP; Schedule A eligibles; PHS Commissioned Corps Personnel.

Control Number: 450030300

Job Announcement Number: IHS-R1-GP-1674182-ESEP/MP