Indian Health Service Clinical Informatics Specialist, GS-0601-11 (ESEP/MP) in Shiprock, New Mexico

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

Opened Wednesday 10/5/2016 (21 day(s) ago)

** Closes Wednesday 10/26/2016 (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.

The purpose of this position is to research, analyze, compile, and validate critical medical and clinical data, interpret and provide recommendations and initiate and management performance improvement projects to improve healthcare, clinical and nursing systems and processes including provision and documentation of care and services. This position is located within the Professional Quality Services (PQS) Division of the Shiprock Service Unit, Shiprock, NM. The incumbent reports to the Strategic Planning Officer.

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.


The purpose of this position is to research, analyze, compile, and validate critical medical and clinical data, interpret and provide recommendations and initiate and management performance improvement projects to improve healthcare, clinical and nursing systems and processes including provision and documentation of care and services.

Performs data analysis by using the health care system computer based program and data bases, applications to identify and set parameters for data research and reports for the purpose of collecting relevant clinical information. Conducts in-depth research to determine underlying issues and problems in clinical and health information processes and identified opportunities for improvements. Leads and facilitates improvement and corrective actions.

Coordinates with federal agencies and officials to monitor, review and evaluate data sets, formulas and logic used to extract and report clinical related data and system including Government Performance Results Act, Meaningful Use, Core Measures, Center for Medicare/Medicaid Services, Improving Patient Care, National Health Safety Network, The Joint Commission and Center for Disease Control.

Studies and analyze clinical data to support or justify changes to improve healthcare systems, evaluated data entry and its impact on results relative to clinical goals. Establishes and utilizes scorecards and dashboard formats as well as other data display tools.

Serves as the advisor and subject matter expert of extracting and analyzing data from the electronic health information system. Provides education and training to all employees on data systems, sources of data, and reports as well as analysis and evaluation of data.

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel in the performance of assigned duties.
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.


Degree: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's degree or higher degree that included a major field of major study in an academic field related to the health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position.


In addition, to the Basic Requirements, you must also meet the Minimum Qualifications stated below:

GS-11: 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.d. or equivalent doctoral degree OR One (1) year equivalent to at least the GS-9 level.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Examples of specialized experience: professional knowledge of healthcare systems and processes, anatomy, pathophysiology, medical terminology, clinical and nursing processes, delivery of care and documentation requirements, ability to perform computer based applications for managing clinical information and software applications. Establishes data in support of performance improvement projects and tracking outcomes, knowledge of database concepts, applications/systems and in-depth research procedures. Knowledge of statistical analysis, tools and techniques and methods, knowledge of data management methods used to be used in decision making, project management skills, knowledge of facilitation methods and techniques, knowledge of teaching and coaching methods, etc.

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 Time) of the closing date: Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Security Clearance

Q - Nonsensitive

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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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 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:

Loan Repayment Program (LRP): The Indian Health Service, National Health Service Corps (NHSC), and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) 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 high priorities and availability of funds. For additional information please visit:

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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 is covered by a Bargaining Unit.

Recruitment and Relocation incentive is not authorized.


  • 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.
  • Position covered under the Indian Child Protection Act and is hereby designated an authorized child care position subject to PL 101-630 and PL 101-647.
  • The incumbent may be called to work or required to stay beyond normal work hours and may be assigned emergency duties/stations during situations where the emergency management Incident Command is operational.
  • Measles and Rubella immunization required for selectees born after 1957. Seasonal Influenza immunization is required for civilian health care facility staffing working in the Indian Health Service health care facilities.
  • A valid State Driver's License is required and must be maintained.

IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free

Salary Range: $59,246.00 to $77,019.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0601-11/11

Promotion Potential: 11

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Candidates eligible under Indian Preference authority; Federal employee serving on career/career-conditional appointments; reinstatement eligibles; applicants eligible for non-competitive appointment; VEOA/VRA/30% disabled veterans; CTAP/ICTAP; Schedule A eligibles; PHS Commissioned Corps Personnel.

Control Number: 452528100

Job Announcement Number: IHS-16-NN-1817885-ESEP/MP