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The Indian Health Service (IHS), an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services, is responsible for providing federal health services to American Indians and Alaska Natives. The IHS provides a comprehensive health services delivery system for American Indians and Alaska Natives with opportunity for maximum tribal involvement in developing and managing programs to meet their health needs.
To be eligible for this position under the Delegated Examining (DE) hiring plan, you must be a U.S. Citizen.
This position is also being announced under Announcement # IHS-12-NJ-662513-ESEP/MP for those who want to be considered under Merit Promotion Plan/Excepted Service Examining Plan. If you wish to be considered under all hiring plans you must submit an application to both job opportunity announcements.
MULTIPLE GRADE ANNOUNCEMENT : Announcing at multiple grade intervals is intended as a mechanism of providing consideration for the greatest number of potential candidates. This position may be filled at any grade level, dependent upon the applicant's demonstrated ability, experience, and other qualifying criteria. Some of the locations may not have all of the grade levels and will not have promotion potential. If the position is filled at less than the upper level, there is NO commitment for future promotions, based solely on selection resulting from this announcement. Conversely, if the employee demonstrates the ability to perform at a higher level, is recommended by the supervisor, and otherwise meets the qualifications, he/she may be promoted without further competition under the Area Merit Promotion Program.
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Indian Health Service (IHS), Navajo Area Indian Health Service, various locations in Arizona and New Mexico; Chinle, AZ United States 1 vacancy
Inscription House, AZ United States 1 vacancy
Kayenta, AZ United States 1 vacancy
Pinon, AZ United States 1 vacancy
Teec Nos Pos, AZ United States 1 vacancy
Tsaile, AZ United States 1 vacancy
Bloomfield, NM United States 1 vacancy
Crownpoint, NM United States 1 vacancy
Gallup, NM United States 1 vacancy
Shiprock, NM United States 1 vacancy
Tohatchi, NM United States 1 vacancy
POSITION DETAILS : This is an open continuous job opportunity announcement and applications will be referred when vacancies occur. The open continuous job opportunity announcement allows this office to accept applications/resumes on a year round basis. Your applicant eligibility will be set for three (3) months. Applications that are eligible in accordance with the outlined Agency application procedures will be referred to fill any current and/or future vacancies. Your application will expire in 3 months and you will need to reapply to keep your application active.
Position : Permanent, Full-time position(s) to be filled
Salary range : $47,448.00 - $89,450.00(Annually)
Promotion potential : GS-12 (depending on duty station)
Merit Promotion Position : Yes
Travel Required : Yes (depending on duty station)
Supervisory/Managerial Position : No
Relocation Expenses Paid : Paid, expenses will be paid in the interest of the government and not in the interest of the selected employee and depending on location.
Is position covered by PL 101-630 ? Yes
Is drug testing required ? Yes
Is government housing available ? Yes, may be available depending on duty station.
Is this a bargaining unit position ? Yes
Alternative work schedule, call back, standby, rotating shifts, nights/weekends/holidays ? Yes
This position requires that you obtain and maintain 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. delete this item if not applicable to the position
Who may apply section
Any U.S. Citizen
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Position subject to background investigation.
As part of the pre-employment process, fingerprint checks are required.
If applicable-Selective Service registration (Males born after 12/31/59)
Must be a US Citizen
Current Unrestricted Optometry License is required. (Submit a Photo-Copy.)
DUTIES: Back to top
Please ensure you answer all questions and follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may impact your rating or result in you losing consideration for the job.
The staff Optometrist (Clinical) serves in one of the various Indian Health Service hospitals or clinics under the Navajo Area Office. The purpose of this position is to provide direct and comprehensive primary, preventive and therapeutic medical and optometric care to individuals across the spectrum of age and development within a high risk population.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Back to top
- Provides direct patient care in a responsible, respectful and caring manner.
- Performs diagnosis of visual and ocular problems through external and internal physical evaluation of the eye and adnexa.
- Treats visual disorders through the prescription of corrective lenses and vision training and pharmacological means.
- Provides emergency eye care services including diagnosis and treatment of ophthalmic trauma and pathology consistent with hospital clinical privileges.
- Responsible for recording all patient care examinations and procedures in appropriate health records in compliance with professional community standards and other available guidelines.
- Assists in implementing screening programs, Headstart, kindergarten school screening and diabetic retinopathy.
All applicants must meet the qualification requirements of this position by the closing date of the job announcement: Monday, December 31, 2012
Your education and work experience may be combined to meet the qualification requirements of this position.
Basic Requirements :
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.
Applicants who meet the basic requirements qualify for GS-9.
Additional Requirements for Grades GS-11 and Above :
For GS-11: One year of professional optometrist experience equivalent to at least GS-9 that demonstrated the ability to perform the work of the position to be filled.
For GS-12 : One 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.
Positive Education Requirements : Note : this position has specific educational requirements. To qualify for this position, you MUST possess the required education as noted under qualifications.
You must provide the required information during the online application process; if any of the following are missing when the announcement closes we will deem your application incomplete:
Resume complete in USAJOBS
Responses to Questionnaire
Applicable Supporting Documentation (see Required documents section in this announcement for more details)
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
We will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided and evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences.
Based on the results of this evaluation, you will be placed in one of three quality categories:
Best Qualified Category -- Meet the minimum qualification requirements and excels in most requirements of the position
Well Qualified Category -- Meets the minimum qualifications requirements and meets most requirements of the position.
Qualified Category -- Meets the minimum qualification requirements, but do not possess the relevant competencies to a substantive degree.
Names of candidates in the Best Qualified Category will be sent to the Hiring Manager for employment consideration.
If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veteran's preference you are claiming on your resume, and ensure you submit the appropriate documentation prior to the closing date. If you are entitled to veterans' preference and qualified for the position, your name will be placed above qualified non-preference eligibles in your assigned category. Qualified veterans' preference eligibles with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category depending on the position and grade level of the job. For information on entitlement, see http:www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
For I/CTAP purposes, you will be deemed well-qualified if you are placed in at least the well-qualified category.
BENEFITS: Back to top
The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at https://my.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits .
If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit a copy of your most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and your most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, you must be well qualified with a score of at least 85 for this position. For information on CTAP/ICTAP, visit:
Candidates must meet qualification requirements, licensure requirements (possess and maintain a current, valid, active State license/registration as an Optometrist), performance requirements, citizenship and suitability requirements, and any other eligibility requirements by the closing date of the vacancy announcement: Monday, December 31, 2012 .
Selectee may be required to serve a one year probationary period.
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.
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HOW TO APPLY: Back to top
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes the following parts:
Résumé Required Documents (Specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement. An applicant may not be considered if proper documentation is not received.)
Option A: Online application process (USAJOBS to Application Manager) the preferred method to receive automatic updates on your application status.
To begin the process, click the Apply Online button on this page to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.
Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link : https://applicationmanager.gov/ .
Your Application Package status must be Complete by, TAG:Closing Date, the closing date of this announcement.
Option B: Fax
If it is not possible for you to use the USAJOBS Account to Application Manager Account online application process (you have a disability or do not have access to the internet), you can apply for this announcement by completing the OPM 1203-FX form instead of using the Online Application method. Please use the following step-by-step instructions as a guide to filling out the required questionnaire. You will need to print the vacancy announcement and refer to it as you answer the questions. You may omit any optional information; however, you must provide responses to all required questions. Be sure to double check your application before submission.
Follow these steps:
Print a copy of this job announcement so that you can read the questions offline. View Occupational Questionnaire . You can obtain the OPM1203fx form at this URL http://www.opm.gov/Forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf
You may submit the OPM Form 1203-FX (hard copy questionnaire), résumé, and/or any supporting documents by fax.
If you are faxing a Form 1203-FX, do not use a separate cover sheet. Simply make sure the Form 1203-FX is on top of any other documents you are faxing.
If you are faxing any documents without the Form 1203-FX on top, always use the official cover sheet which is here -- http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf -- and be sure to fill it out completely and clearly. The fax number is 1-478-757-3144. Feed all documents into your fax machine top first so that we receive them right-side up.
Faxed documents will take 2-3 business days to process. Faxed documents submitted with missing information will not be processed. The following will prevent your documents from being processed:
Not using the special cover page mentioned above.
Missing, incomplete, or invalid Vacancy Identification Number 652045
Missing or incomplete Social Security Number or name
Note: If you have documents in your Application Manager account from a previous vacancy announcement they can be opened, copied and saved then reused as an upload file for this vacancy. Uploading your documents will speed the processing of your application for this announcement.
PLEASE NOTE: In Section 25 of the Occupational Questionnaire, you may notice that the numbering restarts with number one. When entering your responses on the 1203-FX form please continue to enter your responses on the next available number within this section. The numbers on the 1203-FX will not match the Occupational Questionnaire once it restarts with number one.
Submission of a resume' or a 1203FX form alone IS NOT a complete application. This position requires the completion of additional forms and/or supplemental materials as described under Required Documents section. Please carefully review the complete job announcement and the "How to Apply" instructions. Failure to provide the required information and/or materials will result in your application not being considered for employment.
If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office, Linda DeWolfe, (928)871-1319, LINDA.DEWOLFE@IHS.GOV "The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis."
You must provide the required documents listed below during the online application process either through the document upload process or fax using instructions outlined in Section B above. If any of the following are missing when the announcement closes we will deem your application incomplete:
___ Resume -You are encouraged to use the USAJobs online resume builder to ensure that all required information is in your resume. If you use your own résumé, curriculum vitae, or any other written form you choose then you must describe your job-related qualifications that include beginning and ending dates for paid and non-paid work experience, hours worked per week, month and year of employment for each job title listed.
____ Childcare Addendum form must be included for this position and is available to download at: http://www.ihs.gov/NonMedicalPrograms/DHR/Documents/ChildcareAddendumOMBApprovedForm-2012.doc
___ Qualifications -- Applicant must submit a copy of your current unrestricted Optometry licensure.
___ Transcripts - Transcripts must be provided as education is required for this position. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable but official transcripts will be required before entrance on duty.
___ Veteran's Preference -If claiming Veteran's Preference, include a copy of DD-214 Form, and SF-15 if claiming 10 point Veteran's Preference http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf .
Response to Assessment Questionnaire .
Applicants may submit optional documents and place these under the Miscellaneous document type. Documents could include performance reviews, copies of job-related certifications, cover letter, letters of recommendation, SF-50. Suggest documents submitted are job-related and current.
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