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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-871886-ESEP/MP

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$123,758.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year
Monday, April 29, 2013 to Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Rockville, MD United StatesView Map
All groups of qualified individuals


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 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 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 Division of Facilities Planning and Construction is responsible for developing, implementing and managing the IHS nationwide health facilities planning and construction program to address the need for new and replacement health care facilities which includes:   hospitals, health centers, health clinics, personnel quarters and other support facilities.   This requires coordinating and representing the program internally to IHS with other Rockville offices, Area and Service Unit facilities and planning staff, the Division of Engineering Services (DES), Tribal staff and architectural/engineering firms to ensure that projects are justified, funded, implemented and completed on a timely basis.   External to the IHS, the Division represents the program with the HHS, other Federal Departments and agencies, state and local agencies, Federal Executive staff and Tribes.   The Director, DFPC directly supervises a staff of approximately six professional and/or paraprofessionals and provides executive leadership of facilities planning and construction to facilities staff located at the twelve IHS Area Offices. This position 

reports to the Director, Office of Environmental Health and Engineering,  Rockville, Maryland.


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


See for more details.



  • Position subject to background investigation.
  • As part of the pre-employment process, fingerprint checks are required.
  • If applicable-Selective Service registration (Males born after 12/31/59)


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  • Provides leadership and program responsibility for the IHS facilities planning and construction program.  Reviews and modifies the processes to address requirements of Congressional action related to Joint Venture, Small Ambulatory, and Dental programs for these Tribal and Federal partnership programs.  Serves as the principal technical advisor and recognized authority to IHS on professional and technical matters relating to IHS facilities planning.  Develops new policies, procedures, guidance, and allocation methods for national and agency facilities planning and construction programs that provide for improved access to health care.  Advocates, explains and/or defends IHS policies to Tribes, Department, OMB, community groups and congressional staff.
  • Develops processes to continue improving the planning and construction program to ensure that IHS and Tribal health care facilities are built to the best standards of the industry.  Responsible for coordinating the planning process with staff in the health services programs of the IHS Divisions, Tribes and other stake holders to assure that concerns are addressed.  Conducts surveys of field installations to evaluate adequacy and utilization of physical facilities.  With the DES, oversees the ongoing maintenance and updates to the Health System Planning (HSP) process which is used to determine space and staff requirements based on user population and services to be provided.  Participates in interagency workgroups as the IHS technical expert and maintains contact with other agencies and non-governmental health care organizations to ensure that the IHS facilities program benefits from the sharing of information. 
  • Workforce development, performance management and administrative supervision of the DFPC staff, including development of work plans and performance evaluation criteria; and ensuring subordinates achieve Agency goals. 


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OPM Qualification Standards:



Degree: professional engineering . To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics


Combination of education and experience -- 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.

1.     Professional Registration: current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions), are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration.

2.     Written Test: evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer- in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam.

3.     Specified Academic Courses: successful completion in an accredited college or university of at least 60 semester/90 quarter hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering. These must have included the courses specified in the basic requirement.

4.     Related Curriculum: successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided the candidate has at least one (1) year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)



        In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must 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: Professional engineering experience that indicates progressively responsibility and successful experience and technical leadership in general engineering, including the professional knowledge of engineering theories, concepts, principles, and practices to serve as the technical expert and authority of facilities planning and construction. This includes management experience regarding facilities planning and construction projects, budget process and allocating resources for new building and modernization projects from the preliminary planning , developing, establishing and organizing the project, including design, construction and equipment installation stages to the check-out state or point of occupancy.   This includes knowledge and ability to apply latest developments of engineering in building designs and facilities planning and construction in solving problems not readily treated by accepted methods. Your description of work experience, level of responsibility, and accomplishment will be used to determine that you meet these requirements. The specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.


SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR:  In addition to the qualification requirements, to be rated basically qualified for the position, applicant must demonstrate possession of the knowledge of engineering principles and practices as demonstrated by a current licensure/registration as a professional engineer in any State(s), District of Columbia, Guam or territory of the United States. Copy of licensure/registration as a professional Engineer, must be included with application when applying.

You must meet the requirements of the job by this date: Wednesday, May 29, 2013


  • Technical competency in healthcare facilities planning, design, and construction: Recognized as a technical authority in health facilities planning, design, and construction. Uses knowledge to lead the nationwide program in addressing the need for new and replacement health care facilities. Provides technical guidance on providing physical space for health care delivery.
  • Decision Making: Makes sound, well informed, and objective decisions to guide program staff and assist the OEHE Divisions and Area programs with health care facility space needs.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Shows understanding, friendliness, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern, and politeness to others; develops and maintains effective relationships with others; may include effectively dealing with individuals who are difficult, hostile, or distressed; relates well to people from varied backgrounds and different situations; is sensitive to cultural diversity, race, gender, disabilities, and other individual differences.
  • Oral Communication: Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.
  • Creative Thinking: Uses imagination to develop new insights into situations and applies innovative solutions to problems; designs new methods where established methods and procedures are inapplicable or are unavailable. With limited resources uses creativity to suggest improvements and efficient ways to acquire physical space for health care delivery.


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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:


·         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 871886.  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


·         Indian Preference - provide a copy of the BIA Form 4432, Verification of Indian Preference for Employment


·         VEOA or Veterans preference – include a copy of your DD-214 and if claiming 10 pt. preference, VA letter and SF-15 Form. For more information please click here


·         CTAP/ICTAP – If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP, follow the instructions found at the following links –


·         Current or former Federal employee: Include your most recent SF50.


·         Licensure/registration as a professional engineer in any State(s), District of Columbia, Guam or territory of the United States.



All documents must be received by Wednesday, May 29, 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
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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