Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Relocation expenses reimbursed No
For GS-11: Applicants must possess one year of professional optometrist experience equivalent to at least GS-09 or equivalent pay band that demonstrated the ability to perform the work of the position to be filled. This experience includes interviewing patients and conducting examinations; analyzing visual functions; detect evidence of ocular and systemic disease and recommending the referral of cases for medical or other diagnosis; and performing refractions and prescribing vision aids.
OR EDUCATION: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related OR a combination of education and experience.
For GS-12: Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 or equivalent pay band that demonstrated the ability to perform the work of the position to be filled. This experience includes applying procedures for the detection of impairment or anomalies; prescribing telescopic spectacles and other vision aids and providing optometric rehabilitation; prescribing fitting, and adjusting contact lenses; giving instructions to students on clinical optometric procedures and techniques; and planning and developing preparing budget estimates for an optometry program.
NOTE: There is no substitution of education for specialized experience at the GS-12 level.
For GS-13: Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 or equivalent pay band that demonstrated the ability to perform the work of the position to be filled. This experience includes applying and expending knowledge of science/technology to resolve critical, multifaceted problems and/or developing new theories or methods; communicate complex technical, programmatic, and/or management information across multiple organizational levels to drive decisions by senior leaders; lead technology partners in highly complex technical areas to develop strategies for research and development programs; lead development and execution at a broad level in the laboratory to advance the technology mission; lead critical aspects of team or technology are with focused accountability for quality and effectiveness. Integrate efforts across disciplines; consult on complex issues that affect internal/external organizations and/o relationships.
NOTE: There is no substitution of education for specialized experience at the GS-13 level.
For GS-14: Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 or equivalent pay band that demonstrated the ability to perform the work of the position to be filled. This experience includes using judgment and ingenuity in making decisions/developing technologies for areas for areas with substantial uncertainty in methodology, interpretation, and/or evaluation; approach to solving problems require interpretation, deviation from traditional methods, or research of trends and patterns t develop new methods, scientific knowledge, or organizational principles; author and enable authoritative reports, documents, and presentations pertaining to multiple areas of expertise; lead/contribute significantly to program definition and/or planning; pursue near-term business opportunities by exploiting internal and/or external resources; identify and develop mission relevant solutions while leveraging collaboration across the laboratory; effectively seek out and capitalize on opportunities for collaboration to achieve significant results that support organizational goals; sought out for consultation and leadership roles.
NOTE: There is no substitution of education for specialized experience at the GS-14 level.
To view qualifying educational requirements and/or combination of education and specialized experience click on the following link:
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:
1. Knowledge of an extensive range of professional optometric treatment theories, principles, practices, procedures, and standards of professional organizations (such as the American Optometric Association, American Academy of Optometry, and Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare) for the treatment of ophthalmic diseases and injuries.
2. Knowledge of the use of ophthalmic lenses, contact lenses, low vision devices, therapeutic medications, diagnostic medications, pre-surgical evaluation and post-surgical follow-up care for refractive surgery patients, and other treatment modalities.
3. Skill in performing in-depth optometric assessments through the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data from laboratory results, patient interviews, and patient history and tailoring effective individualized treatment plans for patients of various ages with a wide range of visual requirements and medical diagnoses.
4. Skill in providing optometric counseling and teaching in group settings and one on one.
5. Ability to develop, implement, and maintain an occupational vision program to address occupational exposure to eye hazards to include the design of ophthalmic devices to meet the visual needs of aircrew members.
6. Ability to develop, implement, and conduct process improvement initiatives, collect and analyze eye/vision treatment outcome data, and develop research program documents, evaluations, procedures, operating instructions, and policies.
PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.
VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE: Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
IF USING EDUCATION TO QUALIFY: You MUST provide transcripts to support your educational claims. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.
For EHA Positions:
These positions are being filled under Expedited Hiring Authority (EHA) for Defense Acquisition Workforce Positions and Health Care Occupations. The Secretary of the Air Force has delegated authority by the Office Of the Secretary of Defense to directly appoint individuals to select defense acquisition workforce positions, or 'EHA Acquisition,' pursuant to the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) and certain health care occupations, or 'EHA Medical.' Positions are located Air Force-Wide. Positions may be filled as permanent or term with a full-time or part-time work schedule. Pay will vary by geographic location.
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible click here. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated in the "Highly Qualified" or "Best Qualified" Category on the rating criteria for this vacancy. You must submit a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location.
Employed Annuitants (Reemployed Annuitants): Applicants in receipt of an annuity based on civilian employment in the Federal Service are subject to the DoD Policy on The Employment of Annuitants. Click here for more information.
Temporary and Term Appointments: If you are selected for a temporary or term position in the competitive service, your appointment may be extended to the maximum period allowed by law without further competition. Additionally, if you are serving on a term appointment in the competitive service, you may be converted to a career or career-conditional appointment without further competition. NOTE: Current federal civilian employees may apply for this position and if selected, a break in service of at least 3 days may be required prior to appointment to this position.
Selective Service: Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service. For additional information, click here.
Direct Deposit: All federal employees are required to have direct deposit.
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Tax Law Impact for PCS: On 22-Dec-2017, Public Law 115-97 - the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 suspended qualified moving expense deductions along with the exclusion for employer reimbursements and payments of moving expenses effective 01-Jan-2018 for tax years 2018 through 2025. The law made taxable certain reimbursements and other payments, including driving mileage, airfare and lodging expenses, en-route travel to the new duty station, and temporary storage of those items. The Federal Travel Regulation Bulletin (FTR) 18-05 issued by General Services Administration (GSA) has authorized agencies to use the Withholding Tax Allowance (WTA) and Relocation Income Tax Allowance (RITA) to pay for "substantially all" of the increased tax liability resulting from the "2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" for certain eligible individuals. For additional information on WTA/RITA allowances and eligibilities, please visit: https://www.gsa.gov/cdnstatic/FTR%20Bulletin%2018_05%20Relocation%20Allowances_0.pdf
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Your latest resume will be used to determine your qualifications.
Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.
Your responses to the questionnaire may be compared to the documents you submit. The documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionnaire. If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of "not qualified" or "insufficient information" and you will not receive further consideration for this job.
Applicants who disqualify themselves will not be evaluated further.