Indian Health Service Supervisory Optometrist (Clinical) in Gallup, New Mexico

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

Opened Monday 7/11/2016 (104 day(s) ago)

** Closes Saturday 12/31/2016 (69 day(s) away)

Job Overview

The Indian Health Service (IHS) is the principal federal health care provider and health advocate for American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN). The IHS goal is to raise Indian health status to the highest possible level. IHS provides leadership and direction to programs and activities designed to improve health outcomes to over 1.9 million AI/AN through a system of IHS, Tribal, and Urban operated facilities and programs.

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. OPEN UNTIL FILLED: THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS OPEN UNTIL THE VACANCY IS FILLED. IT MAY BE EXTENDED OR CLOSED PRIOR TO THE CURRENT CLOSING DATE. FIRST CUT OFF DATE FOR APPLICATIONS IS 10 BUSINESS DAYS FROM THE OPEN DATE AND EVERY 10 BUSINESS DAYS THEREAFTER.This position is being announced concurrently under Delegated Examining procedures. Please review vacancy announcement number IHS-R2-GA-1647424-DE for eligibility requirements. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.

This position is to provide professional supervisory and clinical services for the Tohatchi Health Center (THC) Eye Clinic that is located in the Division of Clinical Services. These services include examination and analysis of the eye for disease and defects with prescription of an appropriate treatment and oversight of all eye clinic personnel including maintenance of personnel files. The incumbent reports to the THC Clinical Director.

  • Performs in the clinic to the full scope of licensure. Provides a full range of clinical and surgical services that may require the application of advanced instrumentation, procedures and techniques in the detection and correction of ocular problems.
  • Full responsibility for planning and conducting activities of the eye clinic and all the services that the eye clinic provides.
  • Assesses, plans, schedules, coordinates and reviews the functions of the branch including budget, development of program goals and objectives, development of data, development and implementation of policies and procedures for the effective and efficient management and operation of the clinic.
  • Develops short and long range program plans consistent with organizational policies; coordinates program with other health center clinics, departments and administration.
  • Administers a continuous quality improvement program to evaluate quality, appropriateness and effectiveness of the Eye Clinic.
  • Responsible to assign and review work of subordinates; gives advice, counsel and instructions to employees on both work and administrative matters.
  • Develops, implements, and revises employee performance standards to ensure consistency with appropriate job descriptions.
  • Evaluates work performance of subordinates, and initiates actions for promotion, reassignment, status change, performance awards and disciplinary actions.
  • Implements and maintains applicable provisions of personnel management procedures, including grievance procedures and EEO complaints. Resolves informal complaints of employees and refers those beyond unit levels to higher management. Responsible for minor disciplinary actions.
Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses are authorized and will 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.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must have current, valid, active & unrestricted Optometrist licensure.

To qualify for this position, your resume must reflect sufficient experience and/or education, to perform the duties of the position for which you are applying. Your resume is key in evaluating your experience, as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to be clear and specific when describing your work experience.

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): 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. Public Health Service (PHS) Licensure Policy: Each PHS Optometrist must possess and maintain a valid, active, current, unrestricted licensure or certification in a State. Additional Requirements: GS-12: Applicants must have had 52 weeks of professional optometrist experience equivalent to at least GS-11 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 administering an industrial optometry program in an industrial activity requiring the development of new methods, procedures, or devices for protection employees engaged in eye-hazardous work. This is a supervisory position and candidates, in addition to the professional qualifications listed, must have demonstrated in their work experience or training, that they possess, or have potential to develop, the qualities of successful supervision as identified below and as required for this position. Supervisory Competencies: Candidates should possess proficiency or the potential to develop proficiency in these competencies prior to entry into a supervisory position:

  1. Accountability: Holds self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results. Determines objectives, sets priorities, and delegates work. Accepts responsibility for mistakes. Complies with established control systems and rules. 2.* Customer Service: Anticipates and meets the needs of both internal and external customers. Delivers high-quality products and services; is committed to continuous improvement. 3. Decisiveness*: Makes well-informed, effective, and timely decisions, even when data are limited or solutions produce unpleasant consequences; perceives the impact and implications of decisions.
  2. Flexibility: Is open to change and new information; rapidly adapts to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles.
  3. Integrity/Honesty: Behaves in an honest, fair, and ethical manner. Shows consistency in words and actions. Models high standards of ethics.
  4. Interpersonal Skills: Treats others with courtesy, sensitivity, and respect. Considers and responds appropriately to the needs and feelings of different people in different situations.
  5. Oral Communication: Makes clear and convincing oral presentations. Listens effectively; clarifies information as needed.
  6. Problem Solving: Identifies and analyzes problems; weighs relevance and accuracy of information; generates and evaluates alternative solutions; makes recommendations.
  7. Resilience: Deals effectively with pressure; remains optimistic and persistent, even under adversity. Recovers quickly from setbacks.
  8. Written Communication: Writes in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner for the intended audience.

(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).

You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 pm (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date: Saturday, December 31, 2016

Security Clearance

Q - Sensitive

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.

Other additional compensation which an individual may be eligible for are: Recruitment Incentive (Maximum of 25% of Annual Rate of Basic Pay); Relocation Incentive (Maximum of 25% of Annual Rate of Basic Pay); Initial or Renewal of Retention Incentive (Maximum of 25% of Annual Rate of Basic Pay); Physician Comparability Allowance (PCA); Market Pay; Appointment Above the Minimum (AAM).

This position meets the criteria specified in pillar number one of the five pillars of the PHS Commissioned Corps. PHS Commissioned Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps MUST apply online under the merit promotion announcement indicated above in order to receive consideration. For more information on PHS Commissioned Corps, visit the website at: 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.

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

A two-year trial period may be required upon selection/placement (ESEP only).

A one-year supervisory/managerial probationary period may be required upon selection/placement. (Supervisory positions only).

  • This position is not covered by a Bargaining Unit.
  • Government Housing is not available.
  • Position is covered by PL. 101-630.
  • Drug Testing is not required.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Work Schedule: Mon-Fri, 8:00A.M. - 4:30P.M.

IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free

Salary Range: $82,801.00 to $101,431.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0662-12/12

Promotion Potential: 12

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: Candidates eligible under Indian Preference authority; Federal employee serving on career/career-conditional appointments; reinstatement eligibles; applicants eligible for non-competitive appointment; VEOA/VRA/30% disabled veterans; CTAP/ICTAP; Schedule A eligibles; PHS Commissioned Corps Personnel

Control Number: 444275200

Job Announcement Number: IHS-R2-GA-1646510-ESEP/MP