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Job Title:Supervisory General Engineer

Department:Department Of Health And Human Services

Agency:Indian Health Service

Job Announcement Number:IHS-13-HQ-846947-ESEP/MP

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

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


Thursday, April 04, 2013 to Wednesday, April 17, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




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


All groups of qualified individuals


The Indian Health Service is required by law to give 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 Indian Health Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The IHS is the principal federal health care provider and health advocate for American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN). The IHS goal is to raise Indian health status to the highest possible level. IHS provides leadership and direction to programs and activities designed to improve health outcomes to over 1.9 million AI/AN through a system of IHS, Tribal and Urban operated facilities and programs. For information on the IHS visit IHS.GOV.


This position is located in the Indian Health Service (IHS), Office of Environmental Health and Engineering (OEHE), Division of Sanitation Facilities Construction (DSFC).  The Sanitation Facilities Construction (SFC) Program provides for the construction and/or provision of water supplies, waste disposal facilities, and other essential sanitation facilities for American Indians and Alaska Natives from Florida to Alaska and California to Maine.  The SFC Program has a staff of approximately 230 engineers, over 200 support staff, and a labor force of nearly 240 temporary employees who perform the various civil, environmental, and public health engineering duties required within the IHS to insure the highest level of health for American Indians and Alaska Natives.  The SFC Program provides expertise in the use of appropriate state-of-the-art technology to sanitation facilities, along with technical assistance for operation and maintenance of the facilities, is recognized and utilized by environmental health professionals throughout the United States and the world. This position reports directly to the Director, Division of Sanitation Facilities Construction.

Who may apply

  • Merit Promotion Plan (MPP); these are current or former Civil Service employees; PHS Commissioned Officers; or Veterans applying under VEOA
  • Excepted Service Examining Plan (ESEP: American Indians and Alaska Natives with no prior federal experience.

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  • The selected applicant will be subject to a pre-employment background
  • investigation, which will include a fingerprint check.
  • If applicable-Selective Service registration (Males born after 12/31/59)
  • First time Supervisors MUST serve a one year probationary period.


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  • Develops, reviews, and recommends changes to national IHS policies and procedures identified by the Director, DSFC, for the planning, design and construction of water, sewage and solid waste facilities for Native Americans and for other activities of the SFC Program. 
  • Evaluates, interprets, and provides policy analysis guidance to senior program management at the Area Levels and to Tribal officials concerning enacted and proposed environmental health legislation and its applicability to construction projects.  Works closely with IHS management officials to keep them abreast of program developments and new activities. 
  • Participates with the Director in the administration of the Indian Sanitation Facilities Act (P.L. 86-121) through the 12 Area Offices to ensure consistency in the implementation of the Act and to improve and safeguard the health of Native Americans through the provision of sanitation facilities.
  • Performs performance management and administrative supervision to the professional and technical staff.  Ensures the effective and efficient utilization of human resources assigned to the SFC Program by planning, budgeting, and assigning work which includes, but not limited to the following:  (1) Directing, coordinating, and monitoring the work of the DSFC staff in the accomplishment of program goals and objectives; (2) Developing critical elements and performance standards; (3) Preparing and maintaining position descriptions; (4) Recommending promotions and awards; (4) Evaluating training needs, overseeing the development of training plans, and recommending short and long term training for career development; (5) Initiating recruit actions and filling positions, as appropriate; and (6) Counseling, handling, and processing disciplinary or adverse actions in accordance with established guidance and procedures. 


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In order to be considered, applicants must meet all three (3) of the requirements listed below:

1. BASIC REQUIREMENTS for the General Engineer, GS-0801 series:

A) Education - Successful completion of a Bachelor's or higher graduate degree in an engineering field; OR

B) A combination of education and experience that provided the abilities required to perform engineering work.  The adequacy of such a background must be demonstrated by one of the following:

·         Professional Registration, or

·         Engineer-in-Training, or

·         Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours in courses related to an engineering major, or

·         Successful completion of a Bachelor's degree in any related field plus 1 year of engineering experience.

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Ability to develop and/or review engineering designs and construction plans, serve an Architectural/Engineering selection boards, and stamp construction plans as evidenced by registration as a Professional Engineer by an State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico.  Failure to meet this selective factor will result in loss of consideration.

3. ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE GS-14 LEVEL: You may be considered for this grade level if you have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level if you have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the federal service obtained in either the private or public sector, performing the following types of tasks: review changes to national policies and procedures for the planning, design and construction of water, sewage and solid waste facilities; interprets guidance and enacted environmental health legislation and its applicability to construction projects; serve on committees and coordinates with other agencies in the development of national standards for all aspects of sanitation facilities planning and construction



You must meet the requirements of the job by this date: Wednesday, April 17, 2013


In order to receive credit for qualifying, specialized experience, the applicant’s resume MUST support their responses to the assessment questions with clear examples. Applications will be evaluated to determine whether they document the specialized experience requirements above, by answering assessment questions based on the following competencies: 


  • Technical Competence: Uses experience and knowledge that is acquired through formal training or extensive on the job experience to administer a national sanitation facilities construction (SFC) program and environmental engineering activities throughout the Indian Health Service.
  • Problem Solving: Recommending programmatic change and reviews existing guidance and new legislation. Identifying SFC programmatic problems, determining accuracy and relevance of information.
  • Information Management: Identifies problems, determining accuracy and relevance of information, and using sound judgment to generate and evaluate SFC alternatives and making recommendations that will affect SFC programs based on the information available and is thorough when performing SFC work and conscientious about attending to detail.   
  • Supervisory:  Knowledge of personnel and performance management policies and procedures and the full range of supervisory responsibilities
  • Oral and Written Communication: Develops presentations and briefings, and prepares responses to inquiries regarding the SFC.   


For I/CTAP purposes, you will be deemed well-qualified if you score 85 and above on the assessment questions.




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Alternate work schedules may be available.


Candidates must meet time-after-competitive appointment, time-in-grade (if applicable), qualification requirements, performance requirements, citizenship and suitability requirements, and any other eligibility requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

Additional or alternate selections may be made within 90 days of the date the candidate referral roster certificate was issued.

Relocation Expenses:

Relocation expenses are authorized and will be paid. 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.


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:


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package.  See required documents below.

Click ‘Apply Online' to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.

  1. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire and upload required documents.
  2. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application.
  3. Applications must be received by the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.
  4. Check application status by logging into your USAJOBS account, clicking Application Status, then More Information for this position.  Return to an incomplete application by clicking Apply Online in the vacancy announcement and re-selecting your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following 846947. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144

You are highly encouraged to submit your application package and complete your assessment questionnaire on-line.  If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click to view and print the assessment questionnaire     View Occupational Questionnaire
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire
  3. You are limited to selecting 10 locations.
  4. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission

PLEASE NOTE: When completing the 1203-FX, be sure to select only one response for each question. Selecting more than one response for a question may result in your application package being rated ineligible.

The IHS provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office (Michelle Aguilar Bowser, (301)443-0847, and/or MICHELLE.BOWSERAGUILAR@IHS.GOV.) The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.


Required documentation for eligibility and preference:

All documents must be received by Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 12:00 PM Eastern Time in order to ensure that you receive proper credit for eligibility and/or preference categories.


Michelle Aguilar Bowser
Phone: (301)443-0847
Agency Information:
Indian Health Service HR Center


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. 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.

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.

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.

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