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Job Title:Physician Assistant (Delegated Exam)

Department:Department Of Health And Human Services

Agency:Indian Health Service

Job Announcement Number:IHS-R1-PI-853319-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


Tuesday, March 19, 2013 to Tuesday, March 26, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




2 vacancies in the following location:
Phoenix, AZ 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.

READVERTISEMENT - This position is being readvertised to extend the closing date to 3/26/13.

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.

WHO MAY APPLY:  Any U.S. Citizen.  This position is also announced under IHS-13-PI-850103-ESEP/MP for those who want to be considered as current/former federal employees or current USPHS Commissioned Officers.  If you wish to be considered under all hiring plans you must submit an application to both job opportunity announcements.  Visit for more information regarding the different hiring plans.


Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Indian Health Service (IHS), Phoenix Indian Medical Center, Emergency Department in Phoenix, AZ


Salary range:

GS-11, $67,047 - $82,131 per annum

GS-12, $76,346 - $94,427 per annum

Merit Promotion Position: No

Travel Required:  No

Supervisory/Managerial Position:  No 

Relocation Expenses Paid:  Relocation expenses are not authorized and will not be paid.  
Is position covered by PL 101-630?  Yes, must submit a completed PL101 Form (See Required Documents list in the How to Apply section)

Is drug testing required?  No

Is government housing available?  No

Is this a bargaining unit position?  Yes 

Alternative work schedule, call back, standby, rotating shifts, nights/weekends/holidays? Yes 


  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • 1 year probationary period for initial appointment to competitive service
  • Physician Assistant education & certification required, see Qualifications


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  • Serves as a Physician Assistant providing emergency medicine and urgent care services within the Department of Emergency Medicine to ambulatory patients, emergency cases, individuals and families.
  • Provide a wide variety of complex diagnostic, preventative and therapeutic health services to patients and family members.
  • Serves as the as the primary care resource for an emergency medicine and/or urgent care facility.
  • Provide the full range of emergency services or crisis intervention in the absence of the physician, including life saving emergency procedures.
  • Plans and participates with other professionals and agencies in providing services, reporting, coordinating the health care and services, environmental health and health education.


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In order to be considered, applicants must meet both of the requirements listed below:

1. BASIC REQUIREMENTS for the Physician Assistant, GS-0603 series: 

A) Education - Graduation from a physician assistant education 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 accrediting body or organization recognized by the Secretary, U.S. Department of Education; AND

B) Certification - Successful completion of the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistant (NCCPA) examination; must maintain status as a certified physician assistant, including completion of all requirements for continuing medical education (CME) and re-certification.

2. ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE GS-11 LEVEL AND ABOVE:  Applicants who meet the above basic requirement may qualify for the following grade levels if they meet the educational and/or specialized experience requirements described below.

GS-11: Applicants who meet at least one of the following requirements may qualify for positions at this grade level:

  • 1 full year of work experience as a certified physician assistant equivalent to the GS-09 level providing urgent, non-emergency, and emergency care for patients seen in the emergency department.  Will assess, evaluate, diagnose, and treat all pediatric and adult patients.  Provide medical services necessary to treat minor illnesses or injuries, stabilize and transfer patients with major illnesses or injuries.  Assess patients to determine if additional care is necessary; OR
  • Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in a related health field such as public health, allied health field, public health education, or other related health science; or
  • A combination of graduate education and specialized experience as described above.

GS-12:  A minimum of one full year of work experience as a certified physician assistant equivalent to the GS-11 level providing services to a wide variety of medical cases in an emergency room setting.  Exercise a high degree of judgment in integrating and interpreting diagnostic findings and in determining the need for referral to a physician.


NOTE: Completion of an emergency medicine fellowship for physician assistants is highly desirable but not required.

Veterans Preference - When applying for Federal jobs eligible Veterans should claim preference by submitting the appropriate documentation (see Required Documents section).  For more information on Veterans Preference please visit:


We will review your application to ensure you meet the qualification requirements.  Applicants will be rated on the following skills or competencies: diagnostic tasks, medical reasoning, and oral communication.

If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three quality categories:

  • Best Qualified - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and excels in most requirements of the position.
  • Well Qualified - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and meets most of the requirements of the position.
  • Qualified - Meets the minimum qualification requirements but does not possess the relevant competencies to a substantive degree.

Within these categories, applicants eligible for Veteran's Preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.

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


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Indian Health Service offers a comprehensive benefits package. To find out more visit the Federal Benefits Summary Page:  

Conditions of Employment

  • Selectee(s) born after 1957 are required to be immunized against Measles and Rubella and provide documentation prior to or at the time of their start date.
  • Selectee may be required to travel and must possess a valid driver’s license.
  • Selectee must 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.

Security Clearance

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.


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.


Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. Basis of rating for a definition of well-qualified is 'meets the minimum qualification requirements and meets most requirements of the position' (see the 'How You Will Be Evaluated' section). Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of your most recent Performance Rating, and a copy of your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.

IHS Operated Properties are Tobacco Free


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Applicants must submit a completed application prior to Midnight Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date: Tuesday, March 26, 2013


Option A: Online application process (USAJobs to Application Manager)

To begin, click the Apply Online button and create a new account or login to your existing USAJOBS account.  You will create a resume or select a resume to use and be redirected to Application Manager.  From there you will create a new account or login to your existing Application Manager account.  Answer the online questionnaire and submit all required documents listed below. 

Document Upload:  If you are unable to scan and upload your supporting documents electronically you may fax them in using the official fax coversheet:  Faxed documents may take 2-3 days to appear as Processed.

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


Option B: Fax

We strongly encourage you to apply online.  If you cannot apply online:

1. Click the following link to view and print the Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire,

2. Print the OPM Form 1203-FX:, to provide your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire, and

3. Fax the completed 1203-FX form along with any supporting documents to (478) 757-3144.  You must also cite Vacancy Identification Number: 853319.

Faxed documents may take 2-3 business days to process.

·         When faxing make sure the OPM Form 1203-FX is on top of any other documents you are faxing.

·         If you are faxing any documents without the OPM 1203-FX form, use the official fax coversheet available here:

Reasonable Accommodation

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact Human Resources at (602) 364-5219. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


You must provide the required documents listed below; if any of the following are missing when the announcement closes we will deem your application incomplete.

  • Resume – Describe your job-related qualification 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. Cover letter optional.
  • PL101 Form - Childcare Protection (aka Addendum to Declaration for Federal Employment): This form asks if you have ever been arrested for or charged with a crime involving a child and is required with your application:
  • Transcripts – Copy of your transcripts related to your physician assistant education. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable but official transcripts will be required before entrance on duty.
  • License – Copy of your current, unrestricted physician assistant license.
  • Indian Preference – If claiming Indian Preference, provide a copy of your BIA Form 4432 - Verification of Indian Preference. You may normally obtain this document from your tribal enrollment office. Copies of Certificate of Indian Blood and Tribal Enrollment cards will not be accepted.
  • Veteran’s Preference – If claiming Veteran’s Preference provide a copy of your DD214 Form. To claim 10-Point Veteran’s Preference, submit a SF-15 Application ( along with the appropriate supporting documentation.


Cheryl Clayton
Phone: (602)364-5230
TDD: (301)443-6394
Agency Information:
Indian Health Service HR Center
40 N Central Avenue
Suite 510
Phoenix, AZ


The questionnaire will assess your qualifications for the job, and will be used to identify the best qualified applicants to be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews. We will notify you of the outcome after each of these steps has been completed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. We expect to make a final job offer within 40 days after the deadline for applications.

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