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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

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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.