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Job Title:Supervisory General Engineer, GS-0801-15

Department:Department Of Health And Human Services

Agency:Indian Health Service

Job Announcement Number:HHS-IHS-DE/MP-13-876390

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$113,735.00 to $147,857.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, May 01, 2013 to Wednesday, May 22, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Albuquerque, NM United StatesView Map


Indian Preference Candidates, US Citizens, Status Candidates (VEOA eligibles), and non-competitive authorities


This position serves as the Director for the Office of Environmental Health and Engineering overseeing Sanitation Facilities Construction, Environmental Health Services, and Facilities Management.

As a Supervisory General Engineer, you will be responsible for planning, developing, implementing, directing, coordinating and evaluating a comprehensive regional environmental health and engineering program.  You will also manage the Environmental Health Support Center. 

Who May Apply:

Any U.S. Citizen (DE)

Excepted Service Examining Plan Candidates (ESEP) - Indian Preference

Merit Promotion Plan Candidates (MPP)

Veteran's Preference including Veterans Employment Opportunity Act Candidates (VEOA)

Commissioned Corps Officers:  The USPHS Commissioned Corps Officers who wish to apply for this vacancy announcement must submit a resume and all other documents specified in this announcement.  Commissioned Corps Officers may apply under merit promotion procedures as well as any other area of consideration that the applicant is eligible to apply.

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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.

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 reannounced.

IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENT - In accordance with the IHS Employee Immunization policy, selectee will be required to be immunized against measles and rubella by providing documentation/proof of immunity to measles and rubella prior to entrance on duty. Exceptions are persons born before 1957 who are not required to take the measles vaccine or provide proof of immunity. Special consideration may be allowed to individuals who are allergic to a component of vaccine or have a history of severe reaction to a vaccine or who are currently pregnant. This applies to candidates for positions in any Service Unit or any Area Office position which requires regular work at a Service Unit.

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.

Incumbent is subject to standby and/or call back procedures.

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. 




  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Suitability for Federal employment determined by background investigation
  • May be required to serve a one-year probationary period
  • As part of the pre-employment process, fingerprint checks are required
  • IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free


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*  Plan, direct, and evaluate the work of professional-level OEHE Division Directors and mid-level Program Managers.

*  Perform full scope of supervisory responsibilities in directing a multi-million dollar engineering facilities program.

*  Provide administrative supervision to the Environmental Health Support Center.  

*  Serve as the technical  consultant for hospital and clinic accreditation issues related to environmental health and facility magement activities.

*  Establish and maintain working relationships and communications with state and local health authorities, federal agencies, universities and professional societies in order to guide Tribal governments in meeting their objectives.  

*  Review and approve the work of subordinate registered professional engineers and registered professional environmental health officers.



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GS-15:  Applicants must have the License, Basic Education Requirement, and Specialized Experience listed below:


Selective Placement Factor:   This position requires a Professional Engineer License from any U.S. State or Territory.

(You must submit a copy of the license with your application). 

In additional to meeting the selective placement factor, applicants must have the following basic education:


BASIC EDUCATION:  Applicant must possess ONE of the following requirements:


A.  A bachelor's or higher degree in professional engineering from an ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) accredited school.


B.  A bachelor's or higher degree in professional engineering. The curriculum included differential and integral calculus and courses (beyond first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.


C.  A current registration as a professional engineer by a state in the U.S., the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. I also have college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering.


D.  Completion of all the requirements for either (a) a bachelor's degree in engineering technology (BET) from an accredited college or university that included 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, or (b) a BET from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET); and I have successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, that is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.


E.  A combination of at least 4 years of college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that included successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, including the courses listed in paragraph B above. The courses are fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum.


F. I have a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field (for example, physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology); and I have at least one full year of professional engineering experience equivalent to the GS-5 grade level that was acquired under a professional training program or under professional engineering supervision and guidance (submit documentation to support your eligibility under this criteria).


In addition to meeting the Licensure and Basic Education requirements, applicants must have the specialized experience described below:


One year of professional engineering experience, equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the Federal service, serving as a General Engineer for a health care organization.  Experience must exemplify the following:  applying engineering principles, concepts and practices to solve practical engineering problems with sound engineering judgment, resourcefulness, and intuitive planning; overseeing a diverse workforce including developing goals and objectives of a Sanitation Facilities Construction, Environmental Health Services, and Health Facilities Management Programs; preparing policies, procedures and guidelines for implementing preventive and operations maintenance and serving as a technical authority for environmental, health, and sanitation issues that may impact facility and tribal operations; reviewing architectural and engineering drawings for new building construction; and performing administrative activities to effectively manage a facilities construction program.

Foreign Education:   If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program.  For further information, click on  foreign education.

If you are claiming education as any part of your qualifications for this position, you must submit an official transcript, unofficial transcript, or a list including courses, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned.  Degree requirements must be met within 30 days of the closing date of this job announcement and your  transcript(s) submitted must reflect this.


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


Once the application process is complete, a review of resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job.   If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position.   Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.  You are responsible for the accuracy of your application package.   

For Competitive Applicants/All U.S. Citizens:    Will be evaluated and rated under Category Rating and Selection procedures. Category rating combines the applicant's total qualifying experience and education/training into a single quality category. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, we will further evaluate your entire application package to determine the quality and extent of your experience, education, training, etc., for placement in one of the following categories:

1) Best Qualified - Meets the Minimum Qualification Requirements and excels in most requirements of the position;

2) Well Qualified - Meets the Minimum Qualification Requirements and meets most requirements of the position;

3) Qualified - Meets the Minimum Qualification Requirements, but does not possess the relevant competencies to a substantive degree.

A selecting official may make selections from the highest quality category (Best Qualified) provided no preference eligible in that category is passed over to select a non-preference eligible in that category unless approval has been granted.

For Merit Promotion Applicants:  Who meet the qualification requirements and are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration. 

All applicants will be rated on the following skills and competencies:

  • Program Management
  • Supervision
  • Oral Communication
  • Written Communication

To preview the Assessment Questionnaire, click the following link:  View Assessment Questions


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Indian Preference:  If you are claiming Indian Preference for Federal employment, you must submit form BIA-4432 for verification and be found suitable for Federal employment.  Form BIA-4432 can be found at:

Veterans' Preference:   If you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit appropriate documentation (e.g., DD214, VA letter, etc.).  For more information on veterans' preference, click on:

Career Transition Program:   This program applies to Federal workers whose positions have been deemed 'surplus' or no longer needed, or an employee has been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service.  To receive selection priority for this position, you must be rated 'well-qualified' or at a score of 85 and above.  For information on how to apply and what documents to submit as an ICTAP eligible, go to:

Selective Service:  The Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that all male applicants born after 12/31/59 who are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, be registered or they are not eligible for appointment to this position.  For further information concerning Selective Service requirements, please visit


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To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 to receive consideration.

* To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

* Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.

* It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. 

* To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

* To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.


·          Your Résume (if you submit a personally developed résumé, curriculum vitae, or any other written format, be sure to include a detailed description of your job-related qualifications, beginning/ending dates (mm/dd/yy), and hours worked per week, for each paid and non-paid position you included).

·          Responses to the Assessment Questionnaire                     

Other Supporting Documents:  (only submit if applicable to you)

·         College transcripts (if qualifying all or in part based on your education)

·          Veterans' Preference documentation (e.g., Member Copy 4 of the DD-214, SF-15, VA letter)

·          CTAP/ICTAP documentation

·          SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action (if you are a current or former Federal employee)

·          Non-Competitive Appointment Documents


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 decent, 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-4432). 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.


To obtain a BIA-4432 form, click here:


Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.


NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.


If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting documents:

1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 876390.

2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.


To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

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

2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items

3. 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.




Mid-Atlantic Services Branch
Phone: (757)441-6765
Agency Information:
1900 E St NW
Washington, DC


You will be notified of your status when the list of candidates has been referred to the hiring manager for employment consideration.  

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