Indian Health Service Optometry (Resident) in Chinle, Arizona

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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.

The Optometry Residency training opportunity is open to candidates who have or will be completing formal education with a Degree in Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) The IHS is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 residency year.

There are IHS Optometry residency programs in the following locations:

  • Chinle Comprehensive Health Care Facility, Chinle, Arizona

  • Crownpoint Health Care Facility, Crownpoint, New Mexico

  • Fort Defiance Indian Hospital, Fort Defiance, Arizona

  • Gallup Indian Medical Center, Gallup, New Mexico

  • Hu Hu Kam Memorial Hospital, Sacaton, Arizona

  • Northern Navajo Medical Center, Shiprock, New Mexico

  • Santa Fe Indian Hospital, Santa Fe, New Mexico

  • Tuba City Hospital, Tuba City, Arizona

  • Zuni Hospital, Zuni, New Mexico

  • Kayenta Hospital, Kayenta, Arizona

IHS residences offer an excellent opportunity to learn in a progressive practice setting how to help improve the healthcare of Native Americans. Enjoy learning in a multidisciplinary and friendly team environment. The practice setting, cultural diversity, and recreational opportunities will make this your most rewarding optometry experience!

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.

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NOTE: Applicants must also apply and match through the ORMatch at https://natmatch.com/ormatch in addition to the USAJobs application.

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Responsibilities

Positions are to serve as an Optometrist Resident training position, performing a variety of developmental assignments intended to increase or further the knowledge, skills and abilities in the incumbent's area of expertise. The optometrist residency is an organized, directed, postgraduate training in a defined area of optometry practice. The graduate will have refined skills in disease state management, patient consultation, interviewing techniques, laboratory test interpretation and physical assessment. The graduate will be able to communicate and function effectively with other health care professionals in the IHS and understand their roles and those of the organization.

Clinical duties includes:

  • Patient care to be carried out in a responsible, respectful and caring manner;

  • Diagnosis of visual and ocular problems through external and internal physical evaluation of the eye and adnexa;

  • Use all forms of topical ophthalmic therapeutic medicines as well as oral therapeutic medicines to manage pathology and trauma;

  • Treat visual disorders through the prescription of corrective lenses, vision training, therapeutic pharmaceuticals and other appropriate means;

  • Detect neuromuscular impairment of anomalies of binocular function;

  • Perform retinal photography for documentation, research and patient education;

  • Refer and coordinate contract health services for patients requiring medical, surgical and/or diagnostic ser vices outside the service unit;

  • Examine inpatients as requested by attending physicians;

  • Provide after-hours call/consultation to urgent care clinic and the emergency department;

  • Consult with other service unit optometrists and/or private ophthalmologic consultants and medical practitioners as needed for complex cases;

  • Utilize laboratory and radiology services to evaluate ophthalmic conditions; and

  • Coordinate medical eye care with other physicians within the hospital when eye disease is concurrent with systemic disease.

Administrative duties includes:

  • Assist with educating and lecturing of optometry interns;

  • Assure compliance with all accrediting agencies and with the medical staff bylaws, rules and regulations and all Gallup Service Unit policies;

  • Responsible for timely and appropriate medical record keeping in compliance with professional, federal and other applicable guidelines;

  • Participate in department staff meetings and journal club.

  • Complete required case report(s), original research or literature review of publishable quality.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

No

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Conditions of Employment
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Selectee will be subject to a pre-employment fingerprint check.
  • Selectee will be subject to a background investigation.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Selectee may be subject to a trial period.
Qualifications

Position(s) will be filled under the Pathways Recent Graduate Program. Click here for more information on Pathways program participation. https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/hiring-information/students-recent-graduates/. Term appointment under the Pathways Recent Graduate Program will not to exceed (NTE) 13 months, not eligible for promotion, reassignments OR to be non-competitively converted to Career or Career Conditional Appointments.

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):

Education- Applicants must have a Doctor of Optometry degree from an educational program that is accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (external link) (ACOE) at the time the degree was obtained.

Licensure- Applicants must have received a passing score on the National Board of Examiners in Optometry (external link) (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.

Basic Requirements for the GS-11 (or equivalent) Grade Level - Applicants who meet the above basic requirements qualify for GS-11 grade level.

If you do not have your degree or license at time of application, you will be rated tentatively qualified. Those who are selected will need to provide an official copy of their Optometry school transcripts and license prior to appointment.

To be eligible for the Pathways Recent Graduates Program, an individual must, within the previous 2 years, have completed a qualifying educational institution. Preference eligible veterans who were precluded from applying due to their military service obligation begin their 2-year eligibility period upon release or discharge from active duty. Eligibility for these, veterans cannot exceed 6 years from the date on which they completed their degree.

You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 pm (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date: 04/20/2018

Education

This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

This position may require a Drug Test.

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.

This is a designated position covered by Public Law 101-630, requiring contact or control over Indian children. Upon tentative selection, selectee will be requested to complete, sign, and submit the Addendum to OF-306, Child Care & Indian Child Care Worker Position form. 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.

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.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

If you meet the minimum qualifications requirements for this position, your application will be evaluated and rated under Category Rating selection procedures. Once the application process is complete, a review of your qualifications will be conducted to determine if you are qualified for this job. Qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The quality categories are: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within each of these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-preference eligibles.

Please note that if, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your category rating can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities, or you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume (your resume must state specific duties that relate to this position) and your responses to the assessment questions will be evaluated against the duties you provided in your resume, along with your submitted documentation to determine your ability to demonstrate the following:

  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Oral Communication
  • Technical Competence

The following links below provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities. If you are a Veteran, qualified CTAP and ICTAP eligible, or an individual with a disability, please refer to the following links below for additional guidance. CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they earn a minimum score of 90 on the rating criteria for this position. individual with a disability, please refer to the following links below for additional guidance: * Veterans , i.e. (VEOA, VRA, and 30% or more disabled) - https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/veterans-services/vet-guide/ * Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) - https://www.ihs.gov/jobs/supporting-documents/permanentDocs/ctap.doc * Interagency Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) - https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/ * Schedule A Appointments for the Disabled - https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/disability-employment/hiring/

Click here to view vacancy questions: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10168930. All documents above MUST be received by 11:59 (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date of 04/20/2018 to be considered.

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Required Documentation for Eligibility and Preference:

  • Resume: You are highly encouraged to use USAJOBS Resume Builder to ensure all required information is included in your Resume. If you use your own resume, curriculum vitae, or any other written form you choose then you must describe your job-related qualifications that includes beginning and ending dates for paid and non-paid work experience (month and year), hours worked per week, annual salary, and description of job duties. Include name and address of employer; supervisor name and telephone number.
  • Indian Preference Applicants: Indian preference will not be given unless a properly signed and dated Form BIA-4432 (Verification of Indian Preference for Employment in the BIA and IHS Only) is submitted with your application, including any verification by an authorized Tribal Representative or BIA Official of tribal enrollment records, this may include the completion of the family history chart if necessary. If you are obtaining a new form you must provide a completed copy of the Form BIA-4432 with expiration date 1/31/2018. For detailed instructions on how to obtain a completed form, see Form BIA-4432. You must also complete the family history chart if necessary. Refer to BIA-4432 link: http://www.bia.gov/cs/groups/xois/documents/document/idc1-029504.pdf
  • Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) or other Veterans preference (VRA and 30% or more disabled): include a copy of your DD-214, if you're claiming Vet preference. For more information please see link at:http://opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/veterans-services/vet-guide/
  • Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP, follow the instructions below: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/ctapguideline.pdf
  • Licensure - submit a current active and unrestricted professional license or if applying within six (6) months of meeting the licensure requirement, a copy of active and unrestricted license must be submitted prior to entrance of duty.
  • Transcript - must submit a copy of transcript; unofficial transcript is acceptable, however, if selected, official transcript will be required upon entrance of duty.
  • NOTE: Applicants must also apply and match through the ORMatch at https://natmatch.com/ormatch in addition to the USAJobs application.

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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How to Apply

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package. See required documents below.

  1. Click 'Apply' to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.
  2. Follow the prompts to upload required documents and complete the assessment questionnaire.
  3. Please ensure you click the 'Submit Application' button to submit your application.
  4. Applications must be received by the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.
  5. Check application status by logging into your USAJOBS account, clicking Home, then click the Job Title to expand the details. Return to an incomplete application by clicking Apply Online in the vacancy announcement and re-selecting your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account. The IHS provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office (Angela Peshlakai, (916) 508-1593, and/or Angela.Peshlakai@ihs.gov.) The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

For additional questions please see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) found here: https://www.ihs.gov/jobs/index.cfm?module=faq

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Angela Peshlakai
Phone

(916) 508-1593

Email

Angela.Peshlakai@ihs.gov

Address

California Area Indian Health Service 650 Capitol Mall Suite 7-100 Sacramento, CA US

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Next steps

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 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 is received, legible and accurate. HR will not modify answers submitted by an applicant.

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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/494502500. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 03/20/2018 to 04/20/2018

Salary: $74,290 to $90,211 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 11

Work schedule: Full-Time

Appointment type: Multiple Appointment Types - Appointment NTE 13 months