This position is located at one of the various Indian Health
Service Hospitals or Clinics under the Navajo Area Office. The
primary purpose of this position is to function as an Optometrist
performing a full range of professional Optometry duties including
preventive and therapeutic medical care to individuals of all ages.
Examines, diagnoses, treats diseases and disorders, chronic eye
conditions (i.e. cataracts, glaucoma, diabetes, degenerative
corneal and retinal diseases, etc).
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- Delivering high quality primary eye & vision care services;
examining for & prescribing corrective lens, ordering diagnostic
imaging & laboratory studies;
- Preparing referrals for diagnosis, treatment & management of
systemic & ocular conditions revealed through optometric
- Providing patient & family education regarding ocular health
- Performing mandated examinations such as diabetic retinopathy &
- Performing the administrative components of patient care
management, including timely completion of progress notes, consults
& encounters for all patients.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this
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Conditions of Employment
This position is being announced concurrently under Delegated
Examining procedures. Please review vacancy announcement number
IHS-21-NJ-11016320-DE; for eligibility requirements.
Must pass pre-employment examination.
Selectee may be subject to a probationary/trial period
ESEP appointees typically serve a two year trial period
U.S. Citizenship is required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after
On-call hours, weekends, holidays or standby duty may be
This is a designated position covered by Public Law 101-630,
requiring contact or control over Indian children. Due to this
requirement, the agency must ensure that persons hired for these
positions have not been found guilty of or pleaded nolo contendere
or guilty to certain crimes.
Confidential Financial Disclosure Form required.
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.
Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To
learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and
responsibilities, visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify/.
Background Investigation: 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. 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. You may be subject
to a credit check as a part of the background investigation
To contact the Navajo Area Health Professions Recruiter:
Contact: Brenda Martin
Phone: (928) 871-5884
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.
BASIC REQUIREMENT(S): Education: Applicants must have a Doctor
of Optometry degree from an educational program that is accredited
by the Accreditation Council of Optometric Education (ACOE) at the
time the degree was obtained.
Licensure: Applicants must have received a passing score on the
Nation Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO) examinations and
possess a current, full, and unrestricted license to practice
optometry in a State, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of
Puerto Rico or a territory of the United States.
In addition, to the Basic Requirements, you must also meet the
Minimum Qualifications stated below-
GS-11: Applicants who meet the above basic requirements qualify
for the GS-11 grade level.
GS-12: Applicants must have one (1) year completion of a
residency program in an institution accredited for such training
-OR- One (1) year professional experience as an optometrist that is
equivalent to the GS-11 grade level.
Your resume must demonstrate at least one (1) year of
specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade
level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or
public sector performing the following type of work and/or tasks:
Demonstrated the professional competence and performance necessary
to provide independently the full range of clinical optometric
diagnosis and treatment for all the most prevalent types of vision
dysfunctions and the detection and referral of patients with ocular
disease or ocular manifestations of systemic disease.
NOTE: This is an Open Continuous announcement, applicants will
be referred when vacancies occur.
Time In Grade
Federal employees in the competitive service are also subject to
the 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 all qualification requirements within 30 days of
the closing date of the announcement.
For positions requiring positive education 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.
When there is a positive education requirement, or you are using
education to qualify as a substitution for experience, transcripts
(unofficial) are required at the time of application to verify that
you meet the educational requirement or substitution.
Only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by
accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of
Education may be credited. Applicants can verify accreditation at
the following website: https://www.ed.gov/accreditation
Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in
foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification
requirements, you must show that the education credentials have
been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in
interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has
been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S.
education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at
a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information,