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Job Title:Statistician (Health)

Department:Department Of Health And Human Services

Agency:Indian Health Service

Job Announcement Number:IHS-13-AANHS-834479DE

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$75,156.00 to $116,180.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, February 06, 2013 to Wednesday, February 27, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Anchorage, AK 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. 

ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION: Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Indian Health Service (IHS), Alaska Area Native Health Service in Anchorage, AK United States 1 vacancy


Salary Range: $75,156.00 - $116,180.00 per annum

Travel Required: Infrequent

Supervisory/Managerial Position: No

Relocation Expenses: 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 Is government housing available? No

Is this a bargaining unit position? No

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 position is located in the Planning, Evaluation and Health Statistics Staff (PEHSS) within the Office of the Director, Alaska Area Native Health Service, IHS (AANHS).  The PEHSS provides broad-based professional consultation on matters relating to HHS programs, evaluates HHS program data files, conducts and evaluates data surveys; provides programmatic inputs; performs statistical studies and periodic reports related to the causes and incidence of diseases and disabling illness.  This includes delineation of demographic characteristics of the beneficiary population, planning of medical care including facility planning, evaluations of utilization and costs related to health care and  public health programs, as well as research activities as requested.  Duties include:

- Planning & Statistics.  Evaluates staffing packages prepared by Tribal Health Organizations for new and replacement facilities including the Health Systems Planning (HSP) documents, the Resource Requirements Methodology Needs Assessments (RRMNA), the Program Justification Documents (PJD) and Program of Requirements (POR) reports.  Assesses staffing needs for individual health disciplines such as pharmacy, optometry, dental  and community health using  an agency needs assessment tool that considers both national and local staffing standards.  Identifies health data needs for Area tactical and strategic planning activities and assesses the impacts on the populations of the regions and/ or operating units.  Plans the development and scope of statistical coverage. Analyzes tabulated statistical data and uses professional judgment to determine what is reliable and of value on the basis of established statistical principles and criteria.  

- Evaluation.  As part of a multi-disciplinary team, assists in developing Area and IHS program goals and objectives.  Monitors specifically identified Area Office program progress to determine timely and effective accomplishment of goals.  Evaluates Alaska Area performance on nationally set indicators, and when necessary, re-examines those goals and objectives for their relevance.  National performance objectives include those set by the federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Indian Health Service (IHS).

-Agency Liaison.  Represents the Area Director on agency, interagency, State, and local health committees and meetings with program officials.  The incumbent maintains effective liaison with other governmental agencies and professional organizations.  Provides the focal point for queries from the State of Alaska, local governments and tribal/village officials regarding health planning and the exchange of information in these areas.  Keeps abreast of developments in the health field and makes recommendations to the Area Director on ways to stimulate interest, support and assistance in Area programs and objectives.

-Technical Support.  Reviews policy papers issued by DHHS, PHS, IHS, and State or tribal health organizations.  Recommends and/or develops modification of technical policies and methods which may include writing instructions for conducting the assigned project.  Works in collaboration with Area finance staff to prepare the Federal Disparity Index (FDI) for Alaska tribes with related population, cost estimates and unmet healthcare need for Alaska Natives.


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Position requires a professional background in the health field in statistics – both in education and experience.

Education:  Degree that included 15 semester hours in statistics (or in mathematics and statistics, provided at least 6 semester hours were in statistics), and 9 additional semester hours in one or more of the following: physical or biological sciences, medicine, education, or engineering; or in the social sciences including demography, history, economics, social welfare, geography, international relations, social or cultural anthropology, health sociology, political science, public administration, psychology, etc.


Combination of education and experience -- courses as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The experience should have included a full range of professional statistical work such as (a) sampling, (b) collecting, computing, and analyzing statistical data, and (c) applying statistical techniques such as measurement of central tendency, dispersion, skewness, sampling error, simple and multiple correlation, analysis of variance, and tests of significance.


Experience: to successfully perform the major duties above. One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in federal service related to the work of the position.  Examples include:

-Managing and evaluating program operations.

-Manipulating and developing computer-based statistical software application and programs.

-Applying statistical analysis to report, evaluate and make recommendations on quantified information.

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

You must meet the requirements of the job by this date: Wednesday, February 27, 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: 

Knowledge and experience in planning and statistics; knowledge and experience in evaluation and strategic planning techniques; ability to perform liaison duties; to plan and evaluate; and ability to provide technical support.  

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: Wednesday, February 27, 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.

This position has promotion potential to the GS-13 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 administrative approval. Promotion to the next grade level is not guaranteed and no promise of promotion is implied.

A probationary period may apply. 

IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free


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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.

·              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

·         ___Former or Current Federal Employee – include a copy of latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, to show type of appointment that can be used to verify eligibility as a Merit Promotion Candidate.

·         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, and letters of recommendation. 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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