Indian Health Service Supervisory Medical Officer in Poplar, Montana

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

Opened Thursday 10/13/2016 (9 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 11/25/2016 (34 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. The first certificate will be issued after 10/22/16. The second certificate will be issued after 11/09/16. The third certificate will be issued after 11/25/16.

This position is being re-advertised to solicit additional applications. Applicants who applied previously need not reapply unless submitting updated and/or missing information.This position is located within the Indian Health Service, Fort Peck Service Unit, Poplar, MT.

This position reports to the Chief Executive Officer. This position is being announced concurrently under Excepted Service Examining Plan/Merit Promotion Plan (ESEP/MPP) procedures. Please review vacancy announcement number ++IHS-16-BI-1819743-ESEP/MP++; for eligibility requirements. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered

  • Provide direct patient care within the scope of clinical privileges.
  • Work on a day-to-day basis with Division supervisors in top management discussions, decisions, policy making, and sharing full accountability in management actions. Works on special work assignments.
  • Exercise overall supervisory responsibility in the absence of the Clinical Director.
Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel may be required.
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses may be authorized and may be paid if you are a current Federal Employee or a new hire. You will be required to sign a one year service agreement. Failure to fulfill the one year service agreement may resuld 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. BASIC REQUIREMENT(S): 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).] Graduate Training: Subsequent to obtaining a Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy degree, a candidate must have had at least 1 year of supervised experience providing direct service in a clinical setting, i.e., a 1-year internship or the first year of a residency program in an institution accredited for such training. (This 1 year of supervised experience may be waived for research or administrative positions not requiring direct patient care.) For purposes of this standard, graduate training programs include only those internship, residency, and fellowship programs that are approved by accrediting bodies recognized within the United States or Canada. Listings of accredited programs are published yearly in the Directory of Residency Training Programs and the Yearbook and Directory of Osteopathic Physicians. An internship program involves broadly based clinical practice in which physicians acquire experience in treating a variety of medical problems under supervision (e.g., internal medicine, surgery, general practice, obstetrics-gynecology, and pediatrics). Such programs are in hospitals or other institutions accredited for internship training by a recognized body of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). A residency program involves training in a specialized field of medicine in an institution accredited for training in the specialty by a recognized body of the American Medical Association (AMA) or AOA. A fellowship program involves advanced training (beyond residency training) in a given medical specialty in either a clinical or research setting in a hospital or other institution accredited in the United States for such training. Licensure: For positions involving patient care, candidates must have a permanent, full, and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States. Applicants who meet the basic requirements qualify for GS-11 positions. Additional Requirements for Grades GS-12 and Above: The requirements below are grouped according to types of programs-clinical and training, aviation medical, occupational health, disability evaluation, maternal and child health, and research. Clinical and Training Programs: Within Federal clinical and training programs, a distinction is made between general practice and specialist positions. General practitioners must be skilled in recognizing various medical pathologies that require referral to specialists for diagnostic and treatment procedures. Graduate training and experience must, therefore, be well rounded. Specialist positions require graduate training and experience related to the specialty and subspecialty of the position to be filled. Experience may not be substituted for training essential for performing specialized duties. The length and content of residency programs depends upon the specialization and requirements of recognized accrediting American medical specialty boards. These boards are authorized to conduct examinations to determine the competence of physicians in the specialty, to issue certificates of qualification, to participate in evaluating the quality of residency programs, and to determine the requirements for certification. Specialist positions For GS-15: 5 years of residency training in the specialty of the position to be filled or equivalent experience and training. To qualify based on specialized experience for GS-15 level, you must have one year of experience (equivalent to the GS-14) level that included duties such as: Participating in management discussions, decisions and policy making and sharing accordingly in management actions. Formulating and implementing clinical programs and plans to satisfy varying requirements and priorities for services. Explaining work requirements, methods and procedures as needed, provides information on difficult activities and answers questions about work assignments. Formulate and issues instructions and procedures for non-routine or complex assignments, new or changes in programs, functions or processes, personnel assignments and other operating matters covered by precedents, protocols or established policy. Supervise and provide administrative, professional and technical guidance to Medical Staff. Recommend priorities for expenditure of contract health service funds; monitors quality of contract medical services provided. Organize and direct clinical staff activities required to maintain Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) accreditation or certification requirements for AAAHC, Medicare, and other regulatory agencies. Carrying out disciplinary actions to include counseling, reprimands, suspension and other disciplinary and corrective action to subordinate employees. Provide outpatient medical care. Review recommendations for patient referrals to other hospitals or consultants, and for changes in services and equipment.

You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date: Friday, November 25, 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

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: 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. 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. The National Health Service Corps may repay certain outstanding Federally-insured student loans to facilitate the recruitment and retention of highly qualified health care professionals. Please refer to for further information. The Indian Health Service (IHS) and the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) have student loan repayment programs for qualifying health disciplines. This is a competitive process separate from the hiring process. Opportunities for LRP are based on agency hiring priorities and availability of funds. For additional information please visit: For IHS - For NHSC - 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. 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. 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. Selectee(s) are required to have a viable bank account at a financial institution for electronic direct deposit of salary payment IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free

Salary Range: $110,000.00 to $230,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0602-15/15

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: United States Citizens; PHS Commissioned Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps MUST apply to the merit promotion announcement in order to receive consideration.

Control Number: 453270800

Job Announcement Number: IHS-R1-BI-1729380-DH