Optometrist (clinical)

Department of Defense Newport, RI
* Duties

Help Duties Summary

You will serve as a OPTOMETRIST (CLINICAL) in the Optometry Department, Naval Health Clinic New England, Newport, RI of NAVAL HEALTH CARE.

THIS IS AN EXPEDITED HIRING AUTHORITY ANNOUNCEMENT. Section 1599c, title 10, United States Code provides that the Secretary of Defense can designate positions as shortage positions and recruit and appoint highly qualified persons to these positions.

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* Independently provides full scope comprehensive eye care through examinations, diagnoses, and treatments of patient with ocular adnexa and vision related problems of all complexities.

* Evaluates and performs all necessary tests dealing with eye section of physical examinations, to include pre-commissioning physicals.

* Utilizes laboratory and clinical findings to appropriately treat or refer patients to specialty clinics.

* Serves as a vision and ocular consultant to other optometrists and other department personnel.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


* Job family (Series)

0662 Optometrist

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* Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

* Must be a US Citizen.

* Must be determined suitable for federal employment.

* Must participate in the direct deposit pay program.

* New employees to the Department of the Navy will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify/.

* A Secret security clearance is a requirement of this position. Failure to obtain and maintain the required level of clearance may result in the withdrawal of a position offer or removal.

* Successful completion of a pre-employment drug test is required. A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if the applicant fails to report to the scheduled drug test appointment.

* Incumbents of drug testing designated positions will be subject to random testing. Drug test results will be provided to the employing activity/command.

* This is a Department of the Navy drug testing designated position. In accordance with Executive Order 12546, applicants selected are required to submit to a drug test and receive a negative drug test result prior to appointment.

* In addition, this position is a drug-testing designated position (TDP) subject to random testing for illegal drug use.

* A favorable ANACI (Access National Agency Check and Inquiries) background investigation is required for noncritical sensitive positions with access to network systems.

* This position has a mandatory seasonal influenza vaccination requirement and is therefore subject to annual seasonal influenza vaccinations.

* Applicants tentatively selected for appointment to this position will be required to sign a statement (Condition of employment) consenting to season influenza vaccinations.

* Position may require occasional travel.


Applicants must meet the following Basic Requirements of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualifications Standards Manual: Applicants must possess a Doctor of Optometry degree from an educational program that is accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education https://www.aoa.org/optometrists/for-educators/accreditation-council-on-optometric-education (ACOE) at the time the degree was obtained.


Applicants must have received a passing score on the National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO) examinations and possess a current, full, and unrestricted license to practice optometry in a State, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States.

SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR: This position has a selective placement factor needed in order to qualify. The actual Selective Placement Factor is Current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification. Failure to possess this factor WILL result in an ineligible rating. Possession of the factor must be verifiable by submitting a copy of the certification with you application.

In addition to the Basic Requirements and Selective Placement Factor for this position, applicants must meet one of the following requirements: One year completion of a residency program in an institution accredited for such training; or your resume must also demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-11 grade level or pay band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector:

* Overseeing and delivering comprehensive eye care and health maintenance through examinations, diagnoses and treatments of patients with but not limited to ocular adnexa and other vision related problems in a clinical setting.

* Evaluating and performing all necessary tests dealing with eye section of physical examinations, to include pre-commissioning physicals.

* Providing continuing follow up care for eye conditions related to ocular changes and chronic system diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.

* Training department personnel and serving as the vision and ocular consultant to other optometrist.

Additional qualification information can be found from the following Office of Personnel Management website:



Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, spiritual, community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.


Applicants must have a Doctor of Optometry degree from an educational program that is accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) at the time the degree was obtained.

POSITIVE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: This position has a Positive Education Requirement. In order to verify that you meet the positive education qualifications for this position, you should submit a complete copy of their transcripts or an itemized list of college courses which includes equivalent information from the transcript (Course title, semester/quarter hours and grade). Failure to submit this information may result in an ineligible rating.

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the qualification requirements if the applicant can provide documentation indicating that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide such evidence when applying for further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

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