Indian Health Service Human Resources Specialist (Military) in Phoenix, Arizona

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

Opened Wednesday 10/5/2016 (14 day(s) ago)

** Closes Wednesday 10/19/2016 (0 day(s) away)

Job Overview

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 Division of Commissioned Personnel Support (DCPS), Office of Human Resources (OHR), Indian Health Service (IHS). This position serves as a regional senior Human Resources Specialist, specializing in Commissioned Corps policies and programs unique to IHS and serves as a consultant to program officials, commissioned officers, their dependents and survivors, on all Commissioned Corps matters such as staffing, career development, performance management, honor and service awards, discipline, adverse actions, standards of conduct, training, insurance, travel, details to tribal programs, and reduction-in-strength. This position reports to the Director/Deputy, DCPS.

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.

  • As an authority in Commissioned Corps policies and programs, the incumbent provides management consultative services involving the full spectrum of human resources functions within the region. This includes providing expert services and/or authoritative policy interpretation on highly complex agency-wide or equivalent issues.
  • Develops strategic goals for changes for the Division and conducts organizational needs assessments, survey focus groups, and other techniques and methods necessary for organizational changes. Oversees data collection systems to provide information necessary for management decisions in such areas as compensation, recruitment, and retention. Assists in the establishment of data sources and systematic data reporting or collection.
  • Analyzes proposed legislation, regulations, policies, or procedures, assesses their operational impact, advises top management, and develops alternative proposals if appropriate.
  • Serves as the approving authority for requests for personnel action form PHS-1662. Secures, analyzes, evaluates essential facts, determines propriety of requests in accordance with Commissioned Corps personnel policies and regulations and determines the appropriate action to take. Incumbent identifies areas of need in the area of processing commissioned officer assignments and suggests guidelines for IHS as needed.
  • Provides guidance, oversight direction, counsel and instruction to a small team. Establishes priorities; reviews work in progress and upon completion; makes recommendations for performance appraisals; and recommends awards, training, or disciplinary actions for team members.
Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • 2-3 trips annually
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.
  • 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

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.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Your resume must demonstrate at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector performing the following type of work and/or tasks:

provide comprehensive Federal management, staffing and placement services relating to Commissioned Corps personnel or other uniform services; provide advisory and consultative services in the areas of Commissioned Corps Personnel or other uniform services; provide advice and guidance to Commissioned Corps officers, management and employees on Commissioned Corps recruitment, placement and personnel process actions.

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: Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

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. 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.

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Salary Range: $86,488.00 to $112,440.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0201-13/13

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Candidates eligible under Indian Preference appointing authority; All Federal employees serving on a career or career-conditional appointment; Reinstatement eligible; Veterans Preference including Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA); Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) eligible; Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) eligible; Schedule A, and/or PHS Commissioned Corps Personnel

Control Number: 452611400

Job Announcement Number: IHS-17-HQ-1819151-ESEP/MP