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This position is being re-advertised to solicit additional applications.  Applicants who applied previously need not reapply unless submitting updated and/or missing information.

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.

To be eligible for this position under the Direct Hire (DHA) hiring plan, you must be a U.S. Citizen.
This position is also being announced under Announcement Number IHS-R1-NN-784451-ESEP/MP for those who want to be considered under Merit Promotion Plan/Excepted Service Examining Plan. If you wish to be considered under all hiring plans you must submit an application to both job opportunity announcements.  This position will be filled under competitive procedures, by using direct hire procedures, as appropriate.


Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Indian Health Service (IHS) Division of Community Health, Health Promotion Disease Prevention Program, Shiprock, NM United States 1 vacancy

POSITION DETAILS: TERM APPOINTMENT Not to Exceed 13 months, may be extended up to 4 year TERM limit as determined by the agency.

Salary range: $67,047.00 - $82,131.00 (Annually)

Promotion potential: None

Travel Required: Yes, may be required to operate a government owned vehicle, therefore, must maintain a valid state driver's license.

Supervisory/Managerial Position: No

Relocation Expenses Paid: Relocation expenses are not authorized and will not be paid.

Is position covered by PL 101-630? Yes (See item # 2 in the How to Apply Tab)

Is drug testing required? No

Is government housing available? No

Is this a bargaining unit position? Yes

Alternative work schedule, call back, standby, rotating shifts, nights/weekends/holidays? No

This position requires that you obtain and maintain an active nursing license.   If they are not obtained or maintained during employment, the employee may be subject to adverse actions, up to and including removal from the Federal service.

This position will be filled under a competitive appointment.


Ensure you answer all questions and follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may impact your rating or result in you losing consideration for the job. 

This position is located at Northern Navajo Medical Center.  The purpose is to manage and coordinate program activities involving health care services to sexual assault survivors as part of a comprehensive Community Health Program for Shiprock Service Unit. 

·         Designs, implements coordinates and evaluates the local Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner/Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SANE/SAFE) Program including aim, goals, objectives, activities and care coordination of the needs of victims of sexual assault.  Determines that the program meets all regulatory and accreditation requirements.  Provides or coordinates staff education by conducting assessment of education needs. 

·         Serves as the subject expert to medical staff, nursing staff, housekeeping and allied health staff relating to care of victim/survivors; provides consultation, guidance and assistance to staff regarding patient equipment, materials and supplies for forensic evident collection according to the standards of care; assures Service Unit utilizes safe equipment, materials and supplies to prevent harm/loss or incorrectly forensic evidences.

·         Serves as the facilitator and the subject matter expert; coordinates with local law enforcement, prosecution, judicial, victim advocates and mental health services; advocates for victims/survivor of sexual assault with local and regional resources.

·         Performs Performance Improvement surveillance to ensure clinical benchmarks are met.

·         Develops and participates in the Service Unit Performance Improvement Program by gathering and analyzing data accordingly.

·         Develops, administers and evaluates the local programs.  Serves as a resource/consultant to OB/GYN, Emergency Medicine, and Women's Health.

·         Participates with community partners such as: The Home for Women and Children, Navajo Nation Law Enforcement, Navajo Nation Prosecutor, Navajo Nation Social Services and Federal resources; advocate for victims/survivor of sexual assault.

·         Assists team Registered Nurse coordinators with all sub specialty clinics, may provide direct nursing care in the sub specialty clinics; provides specialized health education to sexual assault victims with special care needs.  Plans program expansion to provide Pediatric Sexual Assault/Abuse program.