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Job Title:  Human Resources Specialist (Military)
Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  Indian Health Service
Job Announcement Number:  IHS-13-HQ-886604-ESEP/MP

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$62,467.00 to $97,333.00 / Per Year
Friday, May 03, 2013 to Thursday, May 23, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Montgomery County, 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.


This position is located in the Division of Commissioned Personnel Support (DCPS), Office of Management Services (OMS), Indian Health Service (IHS).   Duty location is Rockville, MD.   The incumbent reports directly to the Deputy Director, DCPS.   The incumbent provides Commissioned Corps human resource support and technical services, and serves as a point of contact to interface between customers and the Headquarters Division Director's Office. This position reports the Director, Division of Commissioned Corps Personnel.

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 information to Corps officers and applicants regarding termination, activation, personnel orders, and payroll. Answers questions regarding Commissioned Corps policies, procedures, and regulatory requirements. 
  • Responsible for all aspects the IHS Commissioned Corps Awards Program including policy/program development and implementation, advising officers and agency officials to which commissioned officers are assigned, maintenance of records and development of routine and special reports.       
  • Provide managers, employees, and job applicants with information and interpretation of the agency’s recruitment and placement procedures, practices, policies, and guidelines. 
  • Reviews new or proposed Commissioned Corps policies, procedures and regulatory requirements and makes recommendations for changes. Adapts and creates methods for data collection and preparation for reports or responses to inquiries.   


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You must demonstrate in your resume that you possess the education (if applicable) or one (1) 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:


Qualifications at the GS-11 level:

Education: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related


Specialized experience (1 year):   provides guidance to Commissioned Corps applicants and officers to ensure proper and timely handling of instructions and various personnel actions; provides advice on benefits, health programs, conduct, pay, training and leave policies; participates in data collection systems to provide information necessary for management decisions in such areas as compensation, recruitment, and retention; reviews requests for personnel actions.


Qualifications at the GS-12 level:  

Specialized experience (1 year):  

Resolves difficult problems in the specialized area of IHS commissioned personnel; answers questions concerning billets, processing, application procedures, pay, etc.; designs and develops data collection systems to provide information necessary for management decisions in such areas as compensation, recruitment and retention; serves as an expert for the Commissioned Corps Awards Program; reviews requests for personnel action; reviews draft regulations; standards and other guides for impact on the recruitment program for the Operational Divisions and the Commissioned Corps; provides managers, employees, and job applicants with information and interpretation of the agency's recruitment and placement procedures.


You must meet the requirements of the job by this date: Thursday, May 23, 2013 


You must meet the requirements of the job by this date: Thursday, May 23, 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
  • Decision Making
  • Creative Thinking
  • Learning
  • Oral Communication
  • Writing


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:


  • Relocation expenses are not authorized and will not be paid.



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 TAG:VacancyID. 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 Assessment Questions   

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 (TAG:Contact Name, TAG:Contact Phone, and/or TAG:Contact E-mail.) 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.


All documents must be received by Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 11:59 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: 3014436394
Agency Information:
Indian Health Service HR Center HR
12300 Twinbrook Parkway Ste 230
Rockville, MD


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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