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Job Title:Public Health Advisor, GS-0685-14

Department:Department Of Health And Human Services

Agency:Indian Health Service

Job Announcement Number:IHS-13-HQ-810140-DE

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$105,211.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year


Monday, January 14, 2013 to Friday, February 01, 2013




Full Time - Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Rockville, MD United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


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.


Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Indian Health Service (IHS), Office of Clinical and Preventative Services, Division of Behavioral Health in Rockville, MD United States 1 vacancy

POSITION DETAILS:Salary range: $105,211.00 - $136,771.00

Travel Required:  Yes, approximately 1-5 days per month

Supervisory/Managerial Position:  No

Relocation Expenses:   Travel Expenses Not 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? No

Is drug testing required?  No

Is government housing available? No

Is this a bargaining unit position?  Yes

Who may apply section

All U.S. Citizens. Applicants who are eligible for any other appointing authorities may also be considered under the IHS Merit Promotion Plan/Excepted Service Examining Plan.  Visit for more information on Who May Apply.


  • Position subject to a pre-employment background
  • As part of the pre-employment process, fingerprint checks are required
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service


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The Office of Clinical and Preventive Services (OCPS), Division of Behavioral Health (DBH) provides national advocacy, policy and program development, and administrative oversight for national behavioral health initiatives. The position will report to the Director, DBH and provides national leadership for the AI/AN SANE/SART program including: national advocacy for increased access to sexual assault prevention and treatment services; national sexual assault program management functions, including quality improvement and determination of public health and clinical services training needs; policy development/revision, implementation, and monitoring; and collaboration on interagency efforts aimed at improving the capacity and effectiveness of sexual assault response and treatment. Duties include:

- Manages the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner-Sexual Assault Response Team (SANE-SART) Initiative, which enhances the capacity of the Indian health system to provide high-quality multidisciplinary services and support for victims of sexual assault, provides expertise to determine public health and clinical service training needs of the program, and prepares reports or other substantive program documentation for use in assessing and evaluating program operations.

- Develops and revises sexual assault-related policies based on federal, Tribal, and stakeholder feedback; serves as primary coordinator for sexual assault policy implementation and monitoring; plans, directs and facilitates meetings and conference calls to promote interagency collaboration in improving the capacity and effectiveness of the Indian health system to respond to sexual assault.

-Provides technical expertise on improving sexual assault-related health information systems and related modes of data collection; collects data, conducts initial data analysis, and provides oral and written technical reports and briefings for supervisors and senior management; provides technical assistance and consultation on grants, cooperative agreements, contracts, and other awards to assist in meeting agency objectives.

- Collaborates with multiple federal agencies, i.e. IHS, DOJ, BIA, others, to assure that resources are aligned to support SANE-SART efforts, including training, targeted technical assistance, and development of comprehensive demonstration projects.


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For GS-14: You must have one year of specialized experience (defined below) equivalent to at least GS-13 in federal service. Specialized Experience: experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) 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 include:

- Demonstrated knowledge and skill of current social science, medical, and behavioral health research and clinical practices related to sexual assault programs; expert knowledge of the full variety and quality of sexual assault services available nationally and to AI/AN populations within the Indian Health System; applied knowledge of the IHS, Tribal health organizations, and Alaska Native Health Corporations and how these entities organize and deliver medical care and provide for sexual assault forensic examination services; experience in FBI investigative functions including domestic violence and sexual assault victim assistance, evidence recovery, and processing related to sexual assault; work directly involved with conducting sexual assault examinations as well as demonstrated leadership in sexual assault program management and related activities.

There is no substitution of education in lieu of experience at this level.

You must meet the requirements of the job by this date: Friday, February 01, 2013.  You must provide the required information during the online application process; if any of the following are missing when the announcement closes we will deem your application incomplete:

 - Resume complete in USAJOBS

 - Responses to Questionnaire

 - Applicable Supporting Documentation (see Required documents section in this announcement 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: 

Technical competency in managing sexual assault programs; interpersonal skills; ability to plan and evaluate; and written communication.


We will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided and evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences.  If found qualified, your score will range from 70-100 points (not including points that may be assigned for Veterans' Preference). 

Based on the results of this evaluation, you will be placed in one of three quality categories:

Best Qualified Category -- Meet the minimum qualification requirements and excels in most requirements of the position 

Well Qualified  Category -- Meets the minimum qualifications requirements and meets most requirements of the position.

Qualified Category --   Meets the minimum qualification requirements, but does not possess the relevant competencies to a substantive degree.

Names of candidates in the Best Qualified Category will be sent to the Hiring Manager for employment consideration.

If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veteran's preference you are claiming on your resume, and ensure you submit the appropriate documentation prior to the closing date.  If you are entitled to veterans' preference and qualified for the position, your name will be placed above qualified non-preference eligibles in your assigned category.  Qualified veterans' preference eligibles with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category depending on the position and grade level of the job.  For information on entitlement, see

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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The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package.   Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at


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.

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:

Candidates must meet time-after-competitive appointment, time-in-grade (if applicable), qualification requirements, licensure requirements, performance requirements, citizenship and suitability requirements, and any other eligibility requirements by the closing date of the vacancy announcement: Friday, February 01, 2013

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

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Option A:  Online application process:

Option B: If it is not possible for you to use Application Manager (you have a disability or do not have access to the internet), you can write your answers on paper. Follow these steps:

1.     View Occupational Questionnaire - View Occupational Questionnaire

2. or by calling USAJOBS by Phone at (703) 724-1850; after the introduction, press 1, and listen for instructions.

3.  Fax number is 1-478-757-3144.   

If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office at the contact number listed on this announcement. 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 posses 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.) Current IHS employees with a BIA form on file in their Official Personnel Folder are required to submit a copy of that form with their application.

·         ___Qualifications -- example, typically used for licenses or other documents that attest to the qualifications of the applicant.

·              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.

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

·         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.


Phone: (916)930-3981
TDD: 301-443-6394
Agency Information:
Indian Health Service HR Center
650 Capitol Mall Ste 7-100
Sacramento, CA


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 the other required document(s).  We will then review your résumé and required 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. 

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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