Indian Health Service Physical Therapist in Rosebud, South Dakota

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

Opened Thursday 6/9/2016 (135 day(s) ago)

** Closes Saturday 12/31/2016 (70 day(s) away)

Job Overview

About the Agency

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. ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION: Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), Indian Health Services (IHS), Northern Plains Region, Great Plains Area, Clinical Services, Physical Therapy Department,* Rosebud, South Dakota. *Position reports to the Clinical Director.

*This Open Continuous Announcement (OCA) allows acceptance of applications throughout the year with eligible applicants being placed on the OCA register and referred for consideration as vacancies occur. Cut Off dates will be established based on the date requests for list of Eligible are received to fill other vacancies. 10 pt. Veteran(s) Preference ESEP applicants who submit a complete application after a cut-off date but before the list of Eligible(s )is issued, will be considered and referred on the list, if qualified.* 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


Major Duties:

  • Provides physical therapy in the areas of physical disabilities, neuromuscular and psychosocial dysfunction to patients ranging form newborn to geriatric. Services range from routine cases to very complex.
  • Develops treatment plans based on general information in consult and taking into consideration patient's physical and mental conditions, cooperation and various psychological factors. Evaluates and develops treatment plans for patients referred to the department by physicians, exercising independent professional judgment in planning and carrying out a treatment plan to meet the patient's needs.
  • Reviews literature and prepares educational correspondence which may be utilized by the professional staff within the service unit.
Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel may be required for training and/or other work related duties.
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Relocation Expenses may be authorized and may 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
  • Confidential Financial Disclosure Form required.
  • Active, Unrestricted License ( Submit Copy)

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.


GS-09: Two (2) years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Master's Degree or equivalent graduate degree.

GS-11: Three (3) Years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph. D. or equivalent doctoral degree.

That included or was supplemented by one (1) physical therapy curriculum approved by a recognized professional accrediting organization at the time the curriculum was completed and two (2) the clinical affiliation requirements prescribed by the school.

Licensure: Applicants must pass a State-administered national examination. In addition, to the Basic Requirements, you must also meet the Minimum Qualifications stated below- 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:

GS-09: At least One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level in the federal service as described in the vacancy.

GS-11: At least One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in the federal service as described in the vacancy.

Specialized Experience: Knowledge and Experience of providing a full range of physical therapy techniques in order to optimize positive rehabilitation. Experience with developing and monitoring the comprehensive physical therapy treatment plan which helps the patient and his/her own therapy goals for improved functional mobility at work and personally.

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

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

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

This position is covered by a Bargaining Unit.

Recruitment/Relocation Incentive (may)be authorized.

Government housing is available.

Occasional travel may be required.

Position covered by P.L. 101-630.

Drug testing is not required.

Work Schedule: 40 Hours Per Week, Monday thru Friday.

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: $48,968.00 to $77,019.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0633-09/11

Promotion Potential: 11

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: This is an "Open Continuous Vacancy Announcement" and applications will be referred when vacancies occur.

Control Number: 441415200

Job Announcement Number: IHS-R2-GP-1676652-ESEP/MP