Indian Health Service Supervisory Medical Officer (SI2016) in Sisseton, South Dakota

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

Opened Wednesday 7/20/2016 (93 day(s) ago)

** Closes Saturday 12/31/2016 (71 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 at the Woodrow Wilson Keeble Memorial Health Center in Sisseton, SD an IHS facility with an active outpatient, urgent care and emergency room. The facility provides medical care for American Indians residing on the Sisseton-Wahpeton Indian Reservation and surrounding area. The incumbent serves as Clinical Director and has primary and full program supervisory responsibility, and accountability for the service unit clinical/management services and activities within Clinical Services.

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.

This position is being announced concurrently under Direct Hire Authority. Please review vacancy announcement number ++IHS-R2-GP-1724538-DHA++; for eligibility requirements. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.

This position is being re-advertised to solicit additional applications. Applicants who applied previously need not reapply unless submitting updated and/or missing information.

*ANNOUNCEMENT IS OPEN UNTIL FILLED* Applications will be reviewed starting on August 2, 2016 and every 10 business days thereafter until filled.


Major Duties:

  • Supervises the following departments; Laboratory, Pharmacy, X-ray, Mental Health/Social Services, Medical Staff, Dental, Physical Therapy, Ambulance, Optometry and Audiology.
  • Develops and coordinates the internal review of the Clinical Services department to assure that all clinical and administrative activities are in compliance with requirements of accrediting organizations, regulatory groups, as well as higher echelons with the Indian Health Service.
  • Conducts regular meetings and conferences with supervised departments to communicate priorities to staff.
  • Will assist and monitor activity in the areas of personnel, financial, medical/legal, compliance, personnel and accreditation for the Clinical Services.
  • Responsible for furthering the goals of the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO).
Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel may be required for training and/or other work related duties.
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses are authorized. 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.

BASIC REQUIREMENT(S): DEGREE: Doctor of Medicine; OR, Doctor of Osteopathy from a school in the United States or Canada approved by a recognized accredited body in the year of the applicant's graduation. A Doctor of medicine or equivalent degree from a foreign medical school that provided educational 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 pre medical education in the United States and graduate in a foreign country). EDUCATION: GRADUATE TRAINING: Subsequent to obtaining a Doctor of Medicine; OR, Doctor of Osteopathy Degree, a candidate MUST have had at least one (1) year of supervised experience providing direct service in a clinical setting (i.e. a 1 year internship or the first year of residency program in an institution accredited for such training). For purpose of this standard graduate training programs include only those internships residency, and fellowship programs that are approved by accredited bodies recognized within the United States or Canada.

  • An internship program involves broadly based clinical practices 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 ADA.
  • A fellowship program involves advance 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 U.S. 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. Applications will be accepted from physicians who are not currently licensed; however, if selected for appointment, they must (a) obtain a license before entering on duty, or (b) meet one of the following provisions:

  • Waiver of Licensure Requirement: An agency may waive the licensure requirement for positions not involving direct patient care, e.g., positions performing disability evaluations, positions performing solely research, or administrative program managers. If the agency does not waive the license requirement for these kinds of positions, candidates may be appointed subject to obtaining a license within 1 year.
  • Appointments Pending Meeting Licensure Requirement: Individual circumstances may warrant appointments pending meeting the licensure requirement (e.g., when a candidate has a temporary license to practice until the next regular session of the licensing board). Persons appointed pending licensure may not be retained beyond 1 year of appointment if they do not obtain the license.

Additional Requirements: 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 requirement 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. FOR SUPERVISORY POSITIONS: Experience leader or Supervisor of a Medical Department by assigning and evaluating work. Experience evaluating performance and conduct and knowledge of creating a work schedule. SPECIALIST POSITIONS: For GS-15– At least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the Federal service or five (5) years of residency training in the specialty of the position to be filled or equivalent experience and training. Specialized Experience is defined as serving as a physician and providing administrative management and/or supervision of physicians who provide direct patient care in a hospital or clinical environment. (You must provide clear documentation in your application of how you meet this qualification requirement, including any necessary transcripts, certificates, licenses, diplomas, etc.). 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. 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

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.
  • Selectee(s) are required to have a viable bank account at a financial institution for electronic direct deposit of salary payment. You may apply separately for each announcement if you want to be considered under each hiring plan.
  • 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.
  • Government Housing subject to availability.
  • Position subject to call back, stand by, rotating shifts and nights/weekends/holidays.
  • A one-year supervisory/managerial probationary period may be required upon selection/placement.

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: 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: 445092100

Job Announcement Number: IHS-R2-GP-1724403-ESEP/MP