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Department:  Department Of Homeland Security
Agency:  Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Job Announcement Number:  LAG-PHS-905355-LMA-001

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$72,780.00 to $128,844.00 / Per Year
Monday, June 10, 2013 to Monday, June 24, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map
This position is open to US Public Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps Officers


NOTE: This position is in the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps and you will be referred as a Commissioned Corps personnel and not as a candidate to a permanent GS career or career-conditional appointment. This USPHS position is being filled at the rank of Captain (O-6).


Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyber space and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

This is a key position within the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). ICE utilizes the government's second largest cadre of law enforcement officers to ensure our nation's economic, transportation and infrastructure security. ICE enforces immigration and customs laws. Our talented and courageous workforce identifies criminal activities and eliminates vulnerabilities that pose a threat to our nation's borders.

ICE is the primary investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security. With more than 19,000 employees in 400 offices around the world, ICE is a key component of the DHS layered defense approach to protecting our nation. For additional information about ICE and career opportunities go to

ICE Health Service Corps (IHSC) exists within the organizational structure of the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) under the supervision of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps officers, civil service staff, and contractors comprise the health care professionals working together to provide quality health care services for detainees in ICE custody.

IHSC has a multi-sector, multidisciplinary workforce of more than 900 employees, including U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) commissioned officers, federal civil servants, and contract staff. IHSC provides on-site direct patient care to ICE detainees at 21 detention facilities throughout the country and manages the provision of off-site medical care for detainees housed in approximately 250 additional facilities. The ICE detainee population is approximately 34,000 detainees on a daily basis, with an average length of stay of about 30 days, and over 400,000 detainees annually. IHSC also provides medical support during ICE enforcement operations in the air, on the ground and at sea.


IHSC protects America by providing health care and public health services in support of immigration and customs law enforcement. This is accomplished through maintaining a committed, effective and efficient workforce to provide evidenced-based appropriate health care to detainees in a cost-effective manner.

The Associate Medical Director serves as the Unit Chief of the Medical Services Unit. The medical, dental, pharmacy, nursing, and mid-level provider programs are encompassed in this Unit.


1. Maintains clinical professional skills via continuing education opportunities.

2. Certification of American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Health care Providers is required.

3. The employee must be Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation certified, in accordance with the American Red Cross or American Heart Association. The employee must possess and submit a copy of certification.

4. Licensure: For positions involving patient care, candidates must have a permanent, full, and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States. The license must be maintained in a permanent, full, and unrestricted status during the term of employment. Continuing education requirements must be met as required for licensing and board certification maintenance.

5. Board Certification: Board certification in family medicine, internal medicine, or related primary care specialty is required to maintain employment. Upon entry on duty, the employee must submit a copy of their requisite American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) or American Osteopathic Association (AOA) board certification. To continue employment, board certification(s) must be renewed and continuing medical education requirements must be maintained based on the requirements of the relevant specialty board.

6. Cultural Competency.

7. Good Oral/Written Communication Skills.


  • Maintain current license and meet continuing State edu requirements(if req)
  • Maintain BLS certifications
  • Competencies
  • Complete Application Package (see How to Apply Tab)
  • Relevant Experience (see Qualifications and Evaluations Tab)
  • Ability to pass background investigation


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  1. Interpretation and translation activities within the scope of the employees’ duties.
  2. Assess these employees’ language abilities to ensure their competency to perform language services for particular duties; and describe plans for enhancing employees’ language abilities.
  3. Provide leadership in the provision of IHSC clinical services activities including strategic and operational planning for the medical, dental, pharmacy, nursing, and mid-level provider program areas. Directing and evaluating achievement of program goals and objectives.
  4. Assume the role of Deputy Assistant Director for Clinical Services in his/her absence.
  5. Represent the Deputy Assistant Director of Clinical Services in clinically related liaison activities with other government agencies and medical associations.
  6. Work closely and collaboratively with all IHSC leadership and all clinical services to advance strategic goals and provide high quality, efficient, and effective patient-centered healthcare for ICE detainees.
  7. Supervise the two Regional Clinical Directors, the Chief Pharmacist, the Chief Dentist, the Chief Nurse, and the Chief Mid-Level Provider.
  8. Provide clinical oversight of dental, pharmacy, nursing, and medical programs to include setting standards, monitoring activities, and mentorship.
  9. Develop, review, and update new and established guidelines and standards for medical services.
  10. Provide direction and expertise in the planning, acquisition, and deployment of new medical equipment, technologies and detention facilities.
  11. Implement best practice objectives as coordinated and approved by the National Performance Improvement Committee. Provide consultation to the IHSC Medical Director and Assistant Director in all clinical matters.
  12. Provide support to IHSC physicians in meeting the standards of NCCHC, JCAO, PBNDS/NDS, the ACA, and any other applicable standards.
  13. Provide medical consultative services to IHSC Field Medical Coordinators to address detainee care needs at non-IHSC staffed detention facilities.
  14. Provide medical consultation for IHSC Special Medical Operations detainee medical escorts.
  15. Perform detainee medical care reviews to evaluate detainee allegations of medical care deficiencies and in reviewing sentinel events.
  16. Develop, coordinate and implement health education activities for detainees.
  17. Coordinate placement of detainees with complex medical and or mental health conditions in ICE facilities throughout the country.
  18. Performs other duties, as assigned.
  19. Position may require travel 45% of the time in support of mission accomplishment which includes site visits and medical escorts in support of ERO removal operations.


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  1. Minimum of five years clinical experience, three of which should be with IHSC or in another correctional/detention health care setting.
  2. Graduation with a degree of Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy from a US or Canadian school as approved by the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals, American Medical Association in the list published for the incumbent's year of graduation. Graduation with degree of Doctor of Medicine or equivalent degree from a medical school other than one covered above (including foreign school), provided that the medical education and the knowledge acquired is substantially comparable and equivalent to that of graduates of approved medical school as described above.
  3. Continuing education requirements must be met as required for licensing and board certification maintenance.
  4. Comprehensive knowledge of the management of non-compliant patients, special needs populations, and patients with significant deficits in coping skills, thereby requiring continuing professional clinical support.
  5. Flexibility and ability to adapt to sudden changes in schedules and work requirements.
  6. Knowledge of a wide range of complex patient care concepts, principles, and practices to perform assessments of considerable diversity to include mental health, medical, surgical, ambulatory, and emergency care.
  7. Must demonstrate flexibility in applying traditional research skills and knowledge in a detention health services environment.
  8. Highly effective interpersonal and organizational skills; strong writing skills to include document formulation, editing, and review.
  9. Interact effectively and collaboratively with interdisciplinary teams to ensure the provision of high quality medical care of detainees.
  10. Intermediate or advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office.
  11. Experience in a leadership role(s) of a national health care program.


  1. The work may require physical exertion such as lifting objects greater than 30 pounds.
  2. Required to perform CPR standing or kneeling.
  3. Must be able to assist patients in and out of wheelchairs.
  4. The work may necessitate some physical characteristics that will be required when responding to an emergency situation, such as running short distance, prolonged standing and working in an austere environment.


Applications will be evaluated against the required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities as listed in this announcement.


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Pay and benefits for PHS officers are managed through the Division of Commissioned Corps Personnel and Readiness and are comparable to the pay and allowances authorized for members of the Armed Forces. Specific information can be found in the Department of Defense Financial Management Regulation, 7000.14-R at




1. DHS

2. ICE

3. ERO


1. Health and Human Services (HHS)



Reports to the Deputy Assistant Director for Clinical Services.


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To apply for this position, you need only submit a complete initial Application which includes:

1. Your Résumé
2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire
3. Required documents to support your minimum qualifications and eligibility (see Required Documents section below)

The complete initial Application must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, June 24, 2013.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. 
Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position. 

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 905355.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire

2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire, and
3. 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.


  • You must submit your resume which shows relevant experience, education, and training.  Work experience should include job title, duties, employer's name, daytime telephone number and address, starting and ending dates, hours worked per week, and indicate if we may contact your current supervisor
  • You must submit copies of proof of licensures, degrees, certificates and all other required documentation identified in this announcement.
  • You must submit your three (3) most recent Commissioned Officer Effectiveness Reports (COER).

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

  1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 905355.
  2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot complete your Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. Your complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, June 24, 2013 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
  2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items
  3. Fax all six pages of 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.

Applications and supporting documentation will not be accepted by mail or email. If you need further assistance, contact the Human Resources Office representative listed on this announcement at least one day prior to Monday, June 24, 2013 for further instructions.

You must submit all required information by Monday, June 24, 2013. If materials are not received, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible. A valid email address is required in order to notify you of the outcome of your application.


IHSC Recruiting
Phone: (202)732-4600
Agency Information:
ICE Laguna Service Center
500 12th St SW
Washington, DC


If you meet all eligibility requirements, your application package will be sent to the hiring manager for further consideration.

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