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Job Title:  Human Resources Officer
Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  Indian Health Service
Job Announcement Number:  IHS-13-HQ-892925-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
Friday, May 17, 2013 to Friday, May 31, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Montgomery County, MD United StatesView Map
All groups of qualified individuals


The Indian Health Service is required by law to give absolute 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 Indian Health Service (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.

This position is located within the Division of Human Resources (DHR), Office of Management Services (OMS).  The Division of Human Resources is responsible for developing, directing, coordinating, and evaluating a broad range of comprehensive programs designed to ensure that IHS human resources (HR) are properly acquired, retained, motivated and developed to support the achievement of the IHS mission, program goals and objectives. The incumbent of this position serves as the Director, Division of Human Resources responsible for the full range of personnel services to the IHS organizations.  


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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  • 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)
  • Supervisor positions must serve a one year probationary period.


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  • Conducts, Implements and Evaluates Strategic HR Planning: The incumbent analyzes the IHS mission and strategic HR requirements affecting the capability of the IHS to achieve that mission.  Seeks and considers input on strategic HR challenges and requirements from leaders at all levels of the IHS.  Aligns strategic human capital programs, such as workforce planning, succession planning and compensation, with IHS missions, goals and objectives. 
  • Directs Development & Evaluation of HR Policies and Procedures: The incumbent directs the formulation and implementation of IHS-wide HR policies and procedures.  Plans, develops, administers, and disseminates IHS HR policies, instructions and guidance for implementation at national and local levels in all key HR functions.  Key HR functions include Recruitment and Staffing, which involves application of Indian Preference in and management of merit promotion (MP) and delegated examining (DE); Position Classification and Management; Compensation; HR Information Technology (HRIT); Employee Relations (ER); Labor Relations (LR); Performance Management; Awards; Training and Employee Development.
  • Provides Technical Advice on HR Programs and Systems: The incumbent provides advice to the Director, IHS on major HR issues and concerns, and serves as consultant and advisor to management officials throughout the IHS on all aspects of HR.  Provides technical advice to senior-level IHS managers and HR specialists on complex or sensitive issues that may have an IHS-wide impact.  Works directly with IHS senior management officials to respond to sensitive matters of the highest priority exercising discretion and confidentiality.
  • Directs Key HR Staff Functions and Programs: The incumbent directs, assesses and adjusts DHR staff efforts in all the major functions and programs of HR, i.e., Recruitment and Staffing, Position Classification and Position Management, Performance Management Appraisal Program, Recognition and Awards, Employee/Labor Relations and Training and Employee Development.
  • Supervises DHR Staff: The incumbent supervises a DHR staff of approximately 20 full-time permanent employees. 


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You must demonstrate in your resume at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-14 level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector, performing the following types of tasks: Managing a diverse human resources program with staff in multiple locations, aligning strategic human capital programs such as workforce planning, succession planning and compensation, directing and supervising the HR program for the Senior Executive Service, formulating and implementing agency-wide HR policies and procedures, and serving as a consultant/advisor to senior level management officials. 




You must meet the requirements within 30 days of the closing date.


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 in Human Resources
  • Supervisory
  • HR Strategic Planning
  • Planning and Evaluating
  • Problem Solving 
  • Influencing/Negotiating

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 892925 .

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 (Sandra Penko, (301)443-6520, and/or SANDRA.PENKO@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 31, 2013  at 11:59 PM Eastern Time in order to ensure that you receive proper credit for eligibility and/or preference categories.


Sandra Penko
Phone: (301)443-6520
TDD: 301-443-6394
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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