Indian Health Service Optometrist (ESEP/MP)(Open Cont) in Belcourt, North Dakota

Indian Health Service
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Belcourt, ND
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Wednesday 1/27/2016 (273 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 1/26/2017 (92 day(s) away)

Job Overview

About the Agency

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. This position is located in the Optometry Department at the Quentin N. Burdick Memorial Health Care Facility, Belcourt, North Dakota. The primary purpose of this position is to provide direct care to patients in a responsible, respectful and caring manner at the Service Unit. This position will report to the Chief Optometrist. 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.

This position is being announced concurrently under Delegated Examining procedures. Please review vacancy announcement number IHS-16-GP-1607279-DEU vacancy announcement; for eligibility requirements. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.

Exceptional recruiting difficulty may result in payment of a recruitment or relocation incentive/bonus.


The purpose of this position is to provide direct care to patients in a responsible, respectful and caring manner in the Optometry Department at the Quentin N. Burdick Memorial Health Care Facility.

Routine duties shall include providing eye care services, including refractions to individuals eligible for services provided by the IHS and other community locations within the Service Unit.

Diagnoses optometric and ocular problems through external and internal physical evaluation of the eye and adnexa, detects neuromuscular impairment and anomalies of binocular function.

Treats visual disorders through examination , prescription of corrective lenses, vision training or pharmacological means.

Performs other position related duties as assigned.

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel may be required for training and/or other work related duties.
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses MAY BE authorized and MAY BE PAID. You will be required to sign a one year service agreement. Failure to fulfill the one year service agreement may result in repayment of relocation expenses.
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Selectee will be subject to a pre-employment fingerprint check.
  • Selectee will be subject to a background investigation.
  • Selectee will be subject to a probationary/trial period.
  • ESEP appointees typically serve two year trial period.
  • More than one selection may be made from this announcement.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • Measles and Rubella immunization required for selectees born after 1957
  • ### Qualifications

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.



DEGREE: Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) accredited by the Council of Optometric Education.

LICENSURE: Current license to practice optometry in a State, the District of Columbia, or a territory is required, except for those research positions that do not entail patient care responsibilities.

Applicants who meet the basic requirements qualify for GS-09.

Additional Requirements for Grades GS-11 and Above:

GS-11: One year of professional optometrist experience equivalent to at least GS-9 that demonstrated the ability to perform the work of the position to be filled. For example, for industrial optometrists, the applicant's experience must have demonstrated skill in developing or applying methods, procedures, or devices for protection of employees engaged in eye-hazardous work.

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).

See Qualifications

You must meet the qualification requirement of this position by the issuance date of the selection roster.

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

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

Indian Health Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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Other Information

Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. IHS may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their directly related previous non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which annual leave is earned.

Additional selection(s) of candidates may be possible within 90 days from the date the certificate of eligibles was issued for this announcement. 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.

A copy of Current Optometry Licensure is required (Submit a Photo-Copy).

Work is performed on regular and assigned basis.

IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free

Salary Range: $80,285.00 to $110,097.50 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0662-09/11

Promotion Potential: 11

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: This is an "Open Continuous Vacancy Announcement" and appications will be referred as vacancies occur. **Recruitment or relocation incentives may be authorized. At least a one year service agreement will be required.

Control Number: 427764800

Job Announcement Number: IHS-16-GP-1607274-ESEP/MP