Ophthalmology Technicians in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) support Ophthalmologists in diagnosis, treatment, prevention, follow-up care and patient counseling. At the GS-10 Supervisory Level, the Health Technician (Ophthalmology) performs difficult ophthalmic technical duties with considerable latitude for the exercise of independent judgment in Complexity Level 1 (High Complexity) or in facilities of lesser complexity where large ophthalmology services are found.
Learn more about this agency
The Supervisory Health Technician (Ophthalmology) in a Level 2 or 3 facility performs difficult ophthalmic technical duties with considerable latitude for the exercise of independent judgment. In addition to the duties expected of the GS-10 level, the GS-10 Supervisory Technician carries additional responsibilities that involve the oversight of specific services within the ophthalmology clinic including:
i. Preparing work assignments,
ii. Monitoring clinical performances of ophthalmology staff, volunteers, and/or students,
iii. Conducting performance appraisals, and other clinical and administrative responsibilities to ensure that the mission of the service and the medical center has been satisfied.
iv. Assures compliance with accrediting agency and regulatory requirements, and the quality management program, assuring corrective action is initiated as needed.
v. Assures orientation and competency assessment of assigned staff.
vi. Develops policies and procedures;
vii. Manages document control;
viii. Develops performance standards, position descriptions and functional statements;
ix. Assumes responsibility for professional and administrative management of an assigned area to include budget execution.
x. Maintains interdepartmental relations with other services to accomplish medical center goals.
xi. May have overall responsibility for planning, assessing, and evaluating programs to ensure proper coordination between care delivered by the program and overall delivery of healthcare within the facility, or coordination of non-VA care as appropriate..
Work Schedule: M-F 8AM - 4:30PM Full-Tme
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Ophthalmic Medical Technicians
Technicians, Ophthalmic Medical
HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
You may be required to serve a probationary period
Subject to a background/security investigation
Must be proficient in written and spoken English
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
(1) Experience. One year of experience in a health care field, such as but not limited to nursing, medical assistant, or health technician equivalent to the next lower grade level.
(2) Education. Two years above high school with a minimum of six semester hours directly related to a health care field or associate's degree in a health care related degree.
(3) Experience/Education Combination. Equivalent combinations of experience and education are qualifying. Examples are listed below:
(a) Six months of experience in the health care field; and one year above high school; or
(b) Six months of experience in the health care field and successful completion of a course for health care technicians, hospital corpsmen, medical service specialists, or ophthalmology technicians given by the U.S. Armed Forces; or
(c) Six months of experience in the health care field and completion of an independent study course in Ophthalmic Medical Assisting.
(4) Certification. All applicants must be certified as a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) with the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO). The COA certification is JCAHPO's entry-level certification examination for a Health Technician (Ophthalmology)
References: Authority: 38 U.S.C. 7402, 7403 VA Handbook 5005 APPENDIX G52. HEALTH TECHNICIAN (OPHTHALMOLOGY)
QUALIFICATION STANDARD GS-0640
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-10. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-10.
The work is primarily sedentary but also requires some standing, walking, bending, lifting and carrying of light items. The work requires above average agility and dexterity. The work may require heavy lifting of equipment or patients.
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
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: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
Department Of Veterans Affairs