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Job Title:  Physician Assistant GS-0603-11/12 (OCA) (DEU)
Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  Indian Health Service
Job Announcement Number:  IHS-13-AB-823123-DE

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$67,047.00 to $94,427.00 / Per Year
Thursday, January 10, 2013 to Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
Few vacancies in the following location(s):
Kyle, SD View Map
Pine Ridge, SD View Map
Wanblee, SD View Map


Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American!  At HHS you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere.  Join HHS and help make our world healthier, safer and better for all Americans.

The Indian Health Service is required by law to give absolute preference to qualified Indian applicants and employees who are qualified and suitable for Federal employment. The Indian Health Service (IHS) by law is committed to affording employment preference to American Indian and Alaska Native candidates 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. In other than the above, the Indian Health Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


To be eligible for this position under the Delegated Examining (DE) hiring plan, you must be a U.S. Citizen.

This position is also being announced under Announcement
# IHS-12-AB-823124-ESEP/MP for those who want to be considered under Merit Promotion Plan/Excepted Service Examining Plan. If you wish to be considered under all hiring plans you must submit an application to both job opportunity announcements.


ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION:  Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Indian Health Service (IHS), Northern Plains Regional Aberdeen Area, PHS Indian Health Hospital, Medical Staff Department, Kyle, Pine Ridge, Wanblee, South Dakota.


Kyle, SD United States Few vacancies
Pine Ridge, SD United States Few vacancies
Wanblee, SD United States Few vacancies




  • Salary range: $67,047.00-  $94,427.00  (Annually)
  • Promotion potential:   GS-12
  • Merit Promotion Position: YES
  • Travel Required: YES--Occasional travel may be required.
  • Supervisory/Managerial Position: NO
  • Relocation Expenses Paid:  NO--Travel and Relocation Expenses are not authorized and WILL NOT BE PAID;  Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the employee.
  • Is position covered by PL 101-630? YES--(See "Required Documents under the "How-to-Apply" section of this vacancy). 
  • Is drug testing required? NO
  • Is government housing available? NO
  • Is this a bargaining unit position? YES
  • TOUR OF DUTY:  Alternative work schedule, call back, standby, rotating shifts, nights/weekends/holidays? YES


NOTE:  This position may require that you obtain and maintain 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.




·         ANY U.S. CITIZEN


- visit  for more information on "Who May Apply". 


  • Any U.S. Citizen.
  • Position subject to background investigation.
  • As part of the pre-employment process, fingerprint checks are required.
  • Current Unrestricted Professional License is required (Submit a Photo-Copy)


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Please ensure you answer all questions and follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may impact your rating or result in you losing consideration for the job.


MAJOR DUTIES:  This position is located at the one of the various IHS health canters or hospitals in the Aberdeen Area Indian Health Service, in the Medical Staff Section. The purpose of this position is to provide direct and comprehensive primary, preventive and therapeutic medical and nursing care to individuals across the lifespan.


  • The purpose of this position is to provide direct and comprehensive primary, preventive, and therapeutic medical care to individuals across the lifespan.
  • Assesses plans and provides direct and comprehensive primary, therapeutic and preventive medical care to individual geriatric, adult, adolescent, pediatric and infant patients and their families.
  • Performs a physical examination of the patient using palpation, percussion, auscultation, observation skills, using appropriate diagnostic instruments.
  • Orders and/or performs screening and diagnostic tests and procedures (lab studies, x-rays, EKG's, audiograms, pulmonary function tests, etc.).
  • Makes diagnosis and decisions concerning medical needs of patients, formulates /implements plan of care which may involve various treatment modalities, prescribing medications, consultations with other health care providers, referrals, etc.
    Identifies /manages both minor and serious acute and chronic illnesses (e.g., upper respiratory infections, venereal diseases, hyper tension, HIV, heart disease, trauma, etc.).
  • Performs minor surgical and invasive procedures, such as suture of lacerations not involving nerves or tendons, incision and drainage of abscesses, insertion of intra uterine device for contraception, insertion/removal of Norplant capsules, etc.
  • Provides direct physical and psychological care in emergencies in order to maintain life, provide comfort, reduce stress and enhance coping ability and summons physician when appropriate.
  • Evaluates medical aspects of the plan of care periodically, recognizing the need for reassessment by a physician or other health professional.
  • Documents data, patient assessment and care plan in acceptable form in medical records.
    Teaches and counsels patients and family on disease prevention /health maintenance techniques.
  • Collaborates with other health care professionals to develop treatment protocols, standards of practice and policies.
  • Maintains and improves professional knowledge and skills by participating in seminars, accredited home study, in-service education and/or individuals preceptorship; Attends all mandatory training.
  • Routine duties include providing medical care/public health services to individuals eligible for services provided by the IHS in homes, schools, clinics, job sites, and other locations within the Service Unit.
  • Performs other position related duties as assigned.


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ALL Applicants MUST meet the following basic requirements for all grade levels:

  • Graduation from a physician assistant educational program, accredited by the Accreditation Review Committee on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) or its predecessors, at a college, university, or educational institution that is accredited by an accredited body or organization recognized by the Secretary, U.S. Department of Education.
  • Successful completion of the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) examination; must maintain status as a certified physician assistant, including completion of all requirements for continuing medical education (CME) and re-certification.


GS-11:  One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least a GS-9 grade level.


GS-12:  One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at lest the next lower grade 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. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.


EXAMPLES OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:   The work requires knowledge of specific observation and examination procedures, and the ability to perform diagnostic and therapeutic tasks.  The work does not include the full scope of interpretation of medical findings requiring the full professional background of the licensed physician.  Physician assistants assist in the examination and observation of patients by performing such duties as taking case histories, conducting physical examinations, and ordering laboratory studies during hospital rounds and clinic visits.  As directed by a physician, physician assistants carry out special procedures; for example, they give injections or other medication, apply or change dressing, perform lumbar punctures, or suture minor lacerations.


NOTE:  Your education may be used to substitute specific work requirements / experience.  Your education and work experience MAY be combined to meet the qualification requirements of this position.  IF selected and you are qualified based on education you MUST provide an official transcript.  (SEE QUALIFICATIONS)

Your application MUST be received by "Midnight Eastern Standard Time" on the closing date of the is announcement.  Tuesday, December 31, 2013


As per the IHS Excepted Service Hiring Plan: Current employees and eligible applicants are considered under merit promotion only, unless they provide an appropriate Standard Form (SF)-50, "Notification of Personnel Action," and indicate under which plan they are applying.  Please indicate on your resume and during the online assessment process which hiring plan you want to be considered under: Merit Promotion and/or the IHS Excepted Service Hiring Plan.  See for more details.


The HHS Careers system simplifies the Federal application process by replacing the former KSA job-element statements with on-line self-assessment questions. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications requirements will be invited to complete an on-line questionnaire assessing the following: 


  • Diagnostic Tasks:  Provides diagnostic, preventative and therapeutic health services to patients and families.
  • Oral Communication:  Expresses information (for example, ideas, or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.
  • Medical Reasoning:  Analysis of a variety patient health data and, in accordance with established procedures, develops a treatments plan for care; Identifies and analyzes medical problems and uses sound reasoning to arrive at a plan of care.
  • If found qualified, your score will range from 70-100 points (not including points that may be assigned for Veterans' Preference).  We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire.  If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job.  You will be deemed well qualified if you score 85 and above.


    For I/CTAP purposes, you will be deemed well-qualified if you are placed in at least the well-qualified category.


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    If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit a copy of your most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and your most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, you must be well qualified with a score of at least 85 for this position.  For information on CTAP/ICTAP, visit:


    Additional selections of candidates may be possible within 90 days from the date the certificate of eligibles was issued for this announcement, for filling additional or similar positions. However if there are no qualified Indian Preference candidates on the Certificate the vacancy must be re-announced.


    Candidates must meet time-after-competitive appointment, time-in-grade (if applicable), qualification requirements, licensure requirements (possess and maintain a current, valid, active State license/registration as a (SEE QUALIFICATIONS SECTION OF THIS VACANCY), performance requirements, citizenship and suitability requirements, and any other eligibility requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the vacancy announcement.


    This position is covered under UNION/Bargaining Unit. 


    Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with the selective Service.


    Measles and Rubella immunization required for selectees born after 1957.


    PROMOTION POTENTIAL: This position has promotion potential to the GS-12 grade level.  Promotion to the next grade level is at management's discretion and is based on your demonstrated ability to perform the higher level duties, the continuing need for the higher level duties, and "Regulatory/Administrative" approval.  Promotion to the next higher grade level is not guaranteed and no promise of promotion is implied.


    IF you are selected for this vacancy, you MUST undergo a fingerprint checkFingerprint 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.


    IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free


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    To "Apply"  for this position, you MUST provide a complete Application Package, which includes the following parts:


    1. Assessment Questionnaire
    2. Résumé
    3. Required Documents (Specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement. An applicant may not be considered if proper documentation is not received.)


    Option A: Online application process (USAJOBS to Application Manager) the preferred method to receive automatic updates on your application status.


    To begin the process, click the Apply Online button on this page to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.


    Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link : .  


    Your Application Package status must be Complete by "Midnight Eastern Standard Time" on, Tuesday, December 31, 2013, the closing date of this announcement.


    Option B:  Fax  If it is not possible for you to use the USAJOBS Account to Application Manager Account online application process (you have a disability or do not have access to the internet), you can apply for this announcement by completing the OPM 1203-FX form instead of using the Online Application method. Please use the following step-by-step instructions as a guide to filling out the required questionnaire. You will need to print the vacancy announcement and refer to it as you answer the questions. You may omit any optional information; however, you must provide responses to all required questions. Be sure to double check your application before submission.


    Follow these steps:


    1. Print a copy of this job announcement so that you can read the questions offline. View Occupational Questionnaire.  You can obtain the OPM1203fx form at this URL .
    2. You may submit the OPM Form 1203-FX (hard copy questionnaire), résumé, and/or any supporting documents by fax.
    • If you are faxing a Form 1203-FX, do not use a separate cover sheet. Simply make sure the Form 1203-FX is on top of any other documents you are faxing.
    • If you are faxing any documents without the Form 1203-FX on top, always use the official cover sheet which is here -- -- and be sure to fill it out completely and clearly.  The fax number is 1-478-757-3144.  Feed all documents into your fax machine top first so that we receive them right-side up.


    Faxed documents will take 2-3 business days to process. Faxed documents submitted with missing information will not be processed. The following will prevent your documents from being processed:


    • Not using the special cover page mentioned above.
    • Missing, incomplete, or invalid Vacancy Identification Number 823123
    • Missing or incomplete Social Security Number or name


    Note: If you have documents in your Application Manager account from a previous vacancy announcement they can be opened, copied and saved then reused as an upload file for this vacancy. Uploading your documents will speed the processing of your application for this announcement.


    PLEASE NOTE: In Section 25 of the Occupational Questionnaire, you may notice that the numbering restarts with number one. When entering your responses on the 1203-FX form please continue to enter your responses on the next available number within this section. The numbers on the 1203-FX will not match the Occupational Questionnaire once it restarts with number one.


    Submission of a resume' or a 1203FX form alone IS NOT a complete application. This position requires the completion of additional forms and/or supplemental materials as described under Required Documents section.


    Please carefully review the complete job announcement and the "How to Apply" instructions. Failure to provide the required information and/or materials will result in your application not being considered for employment.


    If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office, Mr. Troy Bad Moccasin, Human Resources Staffing Officer , PHONE: (605) 226-7217E-MAIL: "The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis."


    You MUST provide the required documents listed below during the online application process either through the document upload process or fax using instructions outlined in Section B above. If any of the following are missing when the announcement closes we will deem your application incomplete:


    ·         ___Resume -You are encouraged to use the USAJobs online resume builder to ensure that all required information is in your resume. If you use your own résumé, curriculum vitae, or any other written form you choose then you must describe your job-related qualifications that include beginning and ending dates for paid and non-paid work experience, hours worked per week, month and year of employment for each job title listed.

    ·         ____Indian Preference applicants If claiming Indian preference for the first time, or if you have no previous documentation of preference, applicants must provide a completed copy of the current Form BIA -4432, Expiration Date: 11/30/2014, "Verification of Indian Preference for Employment in the BIA and IHS Only."  The current form expiration date, 11/30/2014, does not need to be used if an older Form BIA-4432 is submitted with a signature that predates the expiration date on the form. Indian preference will not be given unless a properly signed and dated form is submitted with your application, including any verification by an authorized Tribal Representative or BIA official of tribal enrollment records, documentation of lineal descent, state or academic records that document you possess one-half degree Indian blood from a tribe indigenous to the United States, as well as official records that establish your degree of Indian blood, such as census records. You must also complete the family history chart if necessary.   (See the form for detailed instructions for the completion of the BIA form 4432 located at: or please contact your tribal enrollment officer or your local BIA Office for your most current form.)

    ·         ___Qualifications -- Current Unrestricted Professional License is required (Submit a Photo-Copy)

    ·         ___Transcripts - Transcripts must be provided if substituting education for experience and/or if education is required for this position.  Unofficial transcripts are acceptable but official transcripts will be required before entrance on duty.

    ·         ___Addendum to Declaration for Federal Employment, This is designated as a Childcare position under P.L. 101-630 Indian Child Protection Form click on this link:  

    ·         ___Veteran's Preference-If claiming Veteran's Preference, include a copy of DD-214 Form, and SF-15 Form if claiming 10 point Veteran's Preference click on this link:


    ·         ___Response to Assessment Questionnaire.


    Applicants may submit optional documents and place these under the Miscellaneous document type. Documents could include performance reviews, copies of job-related certifications, cover letter, letters of recommendation, SF-50.  Suggest documents submitted are job-related and current.


    Ø        PLEASE NOTE:  IF selected, applicant may be required to submit additional documents to confirm their submitted application has met the position’s educational and eligibility requirements (if any).  These materials could include official transcripts, copy of license or certification, the Child Care Addendum Form, and/or veteran’s preference documentation, all of which are now a part of the pre-appointment process. This means the tentative job offer would be contingent upon receipt of these materials within a 24 hour time frame or offer is subject to withdrawal.


    Ø        IN ADDITION:  All information provided by the candidate will be verified, Reference checks will be conducted from current and past supervisors on tentative selectees.


    Margaret Clark
    Phone: (605)867-3018
    TDD: (301)443-6394
    Agency Information:
    Indian Health Service HR Center
    P O Box 1201
    East Highway 18
    Pine Ridge, SD


    • First notification: Once the online questionnaire and resume are received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successfully received. Receipt of this email does not confirm receipt of any other required document(s).
    • We will review your résumé and supporting documents to ensure you meet the basic qualification & eligibility requirements.  
    • Second notification: You will be notified of your status when the list of candidates has been referred to the hiring manager for employment consideration.
    • Additional notifications: for those referred to the hiring manager. We will keep you updated on the status using the online alert system. When a tentative offer is made, the selectee must undergo a fingerprint check.  Fingerprint results must be cleared prior to hire.  The "tentative" new employee will receive instructions on how to obtain and submit fingerprints. 


    NOTE:  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 drive status updates notification for applicants.   You can elect to activate the proactive notification from your USAJOBS profile at any point during the application process to sign-up for automatic alerts when there are status changes for jobs to which you have applied. 

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