To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all of the follow requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
- United States Citizen
- Education. Degree of doctor of optometry resulting from a course of education in optometry. The degree must have been obtained from one of the schools or colleges approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed. Approved schools are: (1) United States and Canadian schools or colleges of optometry listed as accredited by the Council on Optometric Education of the American Optometric Association, in the list published for the year in which the course of study was completed. (2) Schools (including foreign schools) accepted by the licensing body of a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia as qualifying for full or unrestricted licensure.
- Optometrist. Licensed to practice optometry in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia. Optometrists are required to possess full and unrestricted licensure and to maintain a current registration in their State of licensure if this is a requirement of the particular State.
- English Language Proficiency. Proficiency in spoken and written English.
GRADE REQUIREMENTS. In addition to the basic requirements stated above, the following qualifications criteria must be met in determining
the appropriate grade assignment of candidates.
Associate Grade (11). None beyond the basic requirements.
Full Grade (12). Two years of optometric practice or its equivalent. One year of approved residency training or its creditable equivalent
acceptable to the Council on Optometric Education of the American Optometric Association is acceptable in lieu of the 2 years of practice.
Candidate must have 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.
Intermediate Grade (13). Meets the requirements in paragraphs (1), (2) and (3) below:
(1) Four years of optometric practice or its equivalent. One year of approved residency training or its creditable equivalent acceptable to the
Council on Optometric Education of the American Optometric Association is acceptable in lieu of 2 years of practice.
(2) The optometrist at this level has successfully passed the examinations of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry and has attained
either of the following:
(a) The stature that would warrant appointment at the clinical instructor or higher level at a school or college of optometry.
(b) The professional ability and personal attributes which have merited significant recognition by a recognized professional organization, such as election to a Fellowship in the American Academy of Optometry.
(3) Has achieved a high level of professional attainment as illustrated by one or more of the following examples:
(a) Is a recognized expert in the diagnosis and treatment of unusual and complicated visual dysfunctions. Typically, in this capacity serves as a
consultant to optometrist and other professionals in other health facilities or provides expert clinical services in such areas as the partially
sighted or contact lenses for aphasics.
(b) Has assumed responsibility for a multi-faceted optometric program including clinical research and/or training requiring a high degree of
competence and skill in developing innovative and new and advanced instrumentation and treatment techniques. Typically, the program is in
an educationally affiliated health care facility having an optometric training program of moderate scope involving liaison with other medical
services and affiliated schools.
(c) Has played a significant part in the conduct of vision research in a problem area of considerable scope and complexity which required novel
approaches and which resulted in answers to important questions or important changes in existing methods and techniques. Publications
authored by the optometrist are of considerable value to others in the individual's field. Typically, overall contributions are recognized by serving on important committees or other bodies in the profession. (d) Has had full responsibility for carrying out an optometric training program of significant size in which the optometrist has been responsible for maintaining liaison with the affiliated school and other educational institutions and professional or scientific organizations. Innovative approaches in development of curriculum and course content and in expanding and improving the educational program have been displayed by the individual.
Senior Grade (14). Meets the requirements for Intermediate grade and the requirements in paragraphs (1) and (2) below:
(1) The optometrist at this level possesses such academic stature as would warrant a faculty appointment of a professional level in an approved school or college of optometry.
(2) Has demonstrated recognized superior professional attainment as evidenced by one or more of the following examples:
(a) Has served as a team leader in attacking major optometric problems affecting the continued provision of quality care health services at a VISN, statewide, or national level. There is such confidence in the optometrist at this level that there is unusual support of the individual's recommendations and conclusions.
(b) Has had responsibility for carrying out a major optometric program segment on a national level.
(c) Has conducted high level studies in a difficult area of vision research which has contributed to a substantial advance in the health field, with important professional publications.
Chief Grade (15). Meets the requirements for Senior grade and must demonstrate a sustained very high level of professional performance with evidence of exceptional professional and/or administrative development by the following:
(1) Has assumed substantial professional and/or administrative responsibilities in which the individual is expected to fully advise and make professional clinical and educational recommendations as to courses of action on problems and considerations of national scope in all areas of optometry. Typically, the optometrist at this level has had responsibility for a major optometric program segment on a nationwide basis and has been consistently called upon to represent the organization in an authoritative manner in matters dealing with development of new and/or revised concepts and programs having a major impact upon the academic, medical, and optometric communities.
(2) Outstanding professional attainment. Examples of such attainment are:
(a) Achievement of outstanding results in research which are regarded as having a major impact on advancing the field.
(b) Significant number of noteworthy publications in professional journals.
Grade Determinations: The grade will be determined by a Professional Standards Board based on selectee's qualifications. The full performance level of this vacancy is Chief Grade-15. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of 11 to 15. References: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-5 Optometrist Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
Physical Requirements: Placement in this position is subject to meeting the physical requirements of the position. This includes but is not limited to the following: light lifting under 15 pounds, walking and standing for 5 hours, ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, both eyes required, ability to distinguish basic colors, and ability to distinguish shades of colors.