Indian Health Service Medical Officer (Chief Medical Officer), GS-0602-15 in Phoenix, Arizona

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

Opened Monday 10/17/2016 (8 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 11/17/2016 (23 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.

DIRECT HIRE AUTHORITY VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT: This position is being filled through Office of Personnel Management's delegated Direct Hire Authority [DHA]. The Direct Hire Authority has been authorized by the Homeland Security Act of 2002 and Part 337, Subpart B, Title 5 of the Code of Federal Regulations [5 CFR]. If filled utilizing DHA, the following is applicable: all applicants who meet the basic qualification requirements will be forwarded to the Selecting Official for consideration. The "rule of three," Veteran's preference and traditional rating and ranking of applicants do not apply to the Direct Hire process. Indian Preference does apply.

Chief Medical Officer for the Phoenix Area Office who will develop and maintain, as well as provide expert technical oversight, for all medically related programs and health related activities. The CMO will also serve as the principal advisor to the Area Director and a liaison for the Clinical Directors and Medical Officers in the management of the IHS clinical operations and will report to the Area Director.

  • Serves as the primary advisor to the Area Director on all aspects of health care programs.
  • Responsible for maintaining the professional integrity, quality, and effectiveness of health care activities including therapeutic clinical services.
  • Provides medical oversight and assures that medical practices and procedures and the medical care quality assurance review mechanisms at each IHS Facility are appropriate, of high quality, and consistent with his policy.
  • Works with Tribes and Urban groups for the purpose of promoting and understanding of IHS programs and individual and group participation in planning, implementing and evaluating health programs and policies.
Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional overnight travel may be 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
  • The selected applicant will be subject to a pre-employment background
  • investigation, which will include a fingerprint check.
  • If applicable-Selective Service registration (Males born after 12/31/59)
  • U.S. Citizenship is required

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.


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.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS: All physicians must meet all three of the following basic requirements:

1. Degree - Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy from a school in the United States or Canada approved by a recognized accrediting body in the year of the applicant's graduation. A Doctor of Medicine or equivalent degree from a foreign medical school that provided education and medical knowledge substantially equivalent to accredited schools in the United States may be demonstrated by permanent certification by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) or a fifth pathway certificate for Americans who completed premedical education in the United States and graduate education in a foreign country.

2. Graduate Training Subsequent to Degree - 1 year of supervised experience providing direct service in a clinical setting, i.e., 1 year internship or the first year of a residency program. This graduate training must by approved by accrediting bodies recognized within the U.S. or Canada.

3. Licensure -Active, unrestricted license to practice medicine in a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the U.S. Applications will be accepted from physicians who are not currently licensed; however, if selected for a Federal appointment they must obtain a license before entering on duty.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: In addition to the above, physicians must also meet the following requirements for the GS-15 level:

  • 5 years of residency training in a Medical Specialty OR have equivalent training and work experience in a Medical Specialty (e.g., a senior specialist with 3-4 years of experience beyond residency training) that demonstrates the ability to provide patient care of an extremely difficult and responsible level.
  • Must have experience in being directly responsible for the planning, management, operation, and evaluation of a health care delivery system for an Area Health Program(s).
  • Experience in being the primary advisor in the planning, executing, coordinating, and evaluating of all aspects of a Health Programs health delivery system including establishing policies and procedures.
  • Experience in representing a Health Program in liaison with other agencies or entities regarding the health and health related matters of the program(s).
  • Experience in providing oversight and leadership to quality management programs.
  • Experience in evaluating health delivery system to insure program progress and effectiveness of programs policies, procedures and practices.
  • Experience in providing technical assistance to supervisory and nonsupervisory Medical Officers.
  • Experience in insuring the continuity of all health delivery program(s).
  • Managerial Abilities: This is a managerial 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 required for this position.
  • This position requires that you obtain and maintain medical staff clinical privileges. If they are not obtained or maintained during employment, the employee may be subject to adverse actions, up to and including removal from the Federal service.

You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date: Thursday, November 17, 2016

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. Applicant MUST verify the completeness and successful submission of their applications by logging into the USAJobs Application Manager to check the “Status”. Your qualifications for the job will be reviewed against other applicants to determine, if you will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews. We will notify you of the outcome after each of these steps have been completed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

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.

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: PHS Commissioned Corps

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

A one-year probationary period may be required upon selection/placement.

A one-year supervisory/managerial probationary period may be required upon selection/placement.

Recruitment or relocation incentive may or may not be authorized. A 1-year service agreement will be required.


  • Security Clearance: If you are selected for this vacancy, you must undergo a fingerprint check. Fingerprint results must be cleared prior to hire. You will receive instructions on how to obtain and submit fingerprints. 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.
  • Selectee may be required to travel and must possess a valid driver license.
  • Must have a viable bank account at a financial institution for electronic direct depost of salary payment.

IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free.

Salary Range: $175,000.00 to $260,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GP-0602-15/15

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453646300

Job Announcement Number: IHS-17-PX-1823792-DHA