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Job Title:Public Health Advisor (Alcohol and Substance Abuse Lead)

Department:Department Of Health And Human Services

Agency:Indian Health Service

Job Announcement Number:IHS-HQ-13-858367-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


Friday, April 26, 2013 to Friday, May 17, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Rockville, 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.


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 Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) including: national advocacy for increased access to alcohol and substance abuse prevention and treatment services; national ASAP management functions, including quality improvement and determination of public health and treatment services training needs; policy development/revision, implementation, and monitoring; and collaboration on national interagency efforts aimed at improving the capacity and effectiveness of alcohol and substance abuse prevention and treatment.


Incumbent reports to the Director, Division of Behavioral Health.



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)


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  • Manages the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program. Works independently and as team leader on complex projects related to alcohol and substance abuse.   Plans, implements, and provides reports on program progress.   Reviews congressional and legislative actions, assesses impact on public health, and initiates actions accordingly. Plans, directs and facilitates meetings and conference calls with Indian health system stakeholders on national alcohol and substance abuse policy and programmatic issues, including collaborations, research, best practices, training and technical assistance, outcome measure development, and coordinates resources as needed.


  • Serves as Subject Matter Expert for alcohol and substance abuse for the Division of Behavioral Health. Provides training, consultation, and technical assistance on alcohol and substance abuse prevention, treatment, and related issues including grants, contracts, cooperative agreements, and other awards. Applies expertise in web-based and other technologies to make training, consultation and technical assistance available to a wide audience. Conducts site visits. Prepares, presents and/or drafts testimonies, policies, response to inquiries, and/or financial statements to be used in hearings and executive reviews. Provides technical expertise to improve national alcohol and substance abuse-related prevention and treatment including pain management and prescription drug control; information systems and related modes of data collection for alcohol and substance abuse epidemiology and services.


  • Evaluates alcohol and substance abuse-related programs and efforts through the collection of data, data analysis, and reporting of progress and outcomes in oral and written reports.


  • Provides leadership to promote and build collaborations with tribes, tribal organizations, federal agencies, and others to align resources to support DBH ASAP efforts, including coordination of community-based multidisciplinary services, training, technical assistance, and development of comprehensive demonstration projects.


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You must demonstrate in your resume 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: Experience applying the concepts, principles, practices, methods, and techniques of alcohol and substance abuse prevention, intervention, and treatment in the management of behavioral health programs and projects; oral communication expertise in making presentations to professionals in the field as well as the general public; leadership in national alcohol and substance abuse programming; providing high-level program consultation and recommendations for improvement; responding to inquiries from senior leadership and federal partners; providing written communications for use in testimonies and in response to inquiries, reports, proposals, etc.


You must meet the requirements of the job by this date: Friday, May 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:


  • Project Management -   Applies knowledge of the principles, methods or tools for developing, scheduling, coordinating, and managing alcohol and substance abuse projects and resources. Includes scheduling, directing and facilitating meetings and conference calls with stakeholders. Monitors and inspects costs, work, and contractor/grantee performance, and prepares progress reports.  
  • Planning and evaluating - Organizes work related to alcohol and substance abuse prevention, intervention and treatment, program management, systems improvement, and interagency collaboration; sets priorities, determines resource requirements; determines short- or long-term goals and strategies to achieve them; coordinates with other organizations or parts of the organization; monitors progress, evaluates outcomes.
  • Written Communication - Communicates alcohol and substance abuse and related policies clearly to ensure compliance with program requirements; prepares written responses to inquiries or requests for information from senior management or outside agencies on issues related to alcohol and substance abuse program management; communicates clearly to both technical and non-technical audiences to produce written reports that can include community and stakeholder education, preliminary data analysis, program evaluation and health-related policy recommendations.
  • Leadership - Influences, motivates and challenges others such as high level professionals, colleagues, and community stakeholders in the field of alcohol and substance abuse; leads interagency meetings on alcohol and substance abuse.   Adapts leadership styles to a variety of situations involving federal and non-federal partners in meeting agency objectives.
  • Technical Credibility - Applies specialized knowledge and understanding of principles, procedures, requirements, regulations, and policies in the field of alcohol and substance abuse to lead national efforts in program implementation, monitoring, and evaluation; is aware of data sources for alcohol and substance abuse epidemiology; compiles, works with, analyzes, understands, and evaluates technical information related to alcohol and substance abuse; provides relevant technical information to colleagues in the health professions and other professionals.


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


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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 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:



Local travel for meetings is occasionally required; travel outside of the local area may be required on a quarterly basis.


IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free


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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 858367. 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 (Mary Drapeaux, (301)443-4255, and/or MARY.DRAPEAUX@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 Friday, May 17, 2013 at 12:00 PM Eastern Time in order to ensure that you receive proper credit for eligibility and/or preference categories.


Mary Drapeaux
Phone: (301)443-4255
TDD: (301) 443-6394
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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