Job opening: Lead Health Technician (Ophthalmology)
Salary: $59 966 - 77 955 per year
Published at: Feb 12 2024
Employment Type: Full-time
Ophthalmology Technicians in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) support Ophthalmologists in diagnosis, treatment, prevention, follow-up care and patient counseling. At the Advanced Level, Health Technician (Ophthalmology) performs difficult ophthalmic technical duties with considerable latitude for the exercise of independent judgment.
The Lead Health Technician (Ophthalmology) at the advanced level performs difficult ophthalmic technical duties with considerable latitude for the exercise of independent judgment. In addition to the duties expected of the GS-8 level, the following clinical duties and responsibilities are expected at the GS-9 Lead Technician carries additional responsibilities that involve the oversight of specific services within the Ophthalmology clinic including:
Making work assignments
Monitoring work flow
Providing input on performance
Resolving daily workplace issues, and maintaining efficient flow of patient care.
May provide training to eye care staff, students and/or trainees.
May provide input into special advancements, promotions, and disciplinary actions.
Performs other duties as assigned by management.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM. Tour subject to change based on agency needs.
Telework: Not Available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Functional Statement #: PD000000
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
Experience and Education
(1) Experience. One year of experience in a health care field, such as but not limited to nursing, medical assistant, or health technician. OR
(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. OR
(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.
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).
English Language Proficiency. Health Technicians (Ophthalmology) must be proficient in spoken and written English
Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment in section A, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates.
Lead Health Technician (Ophthalmology), GS-9
Experience: One year of experience equivalent to the GS-8 grade level
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA): In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs:
1. Ability to work with a team to provide technical guidance, plan, organize, and coordinate activities of a Health Technician (Ophthalmology) in order to effectively complete job duties of assignment such as distributing workload, monitoring the status and progress of work, monitoring accuracy of work, etc.;
2. Ability to communicate effectively in order to meet program objectives. This may include preparing reports in various formats and presenting data to various organizational levels;
3. Ability to assist in Health Technician (Ophthalmology) development, outcome management, and strategic planning; and
4. Ability to act as liaison between Health Technicians (Ophthalmology) to resolve informal employee complaints and concerns.
Preferred Experience: TECs experience preferred.
References: VA Handbook 5005/98 Part II Appendix G52, HEALTH TECHNICIAN (OPHTHALMOLOGY) QUALIFICATION STANDARD.
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-09.
A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
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: https://sites.ed.gov/international/recognition-of-foreign-qualifications/
- Address Ralph H Johnson Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center
109 Bee Street
Charleston, SC 29401
- Name: Kari Murani
- Phone: (302) 598-1365
- Email: [email protected]