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Department:  Department Of Homeland Security
Agency:  Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Job Announcement Number:  LAG-PHS-933193-LMA-021

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
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 to Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Key West, FL 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 cyberspace 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

The ICE Health Service Corps (IHSC) exists within the organizational structure of the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) under the supervision of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The United States Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps Officers, civil service staff and contractors comprise the healthcare professionals working together to provide quality healthcare services. IHSC serves as the medical experts for ICE.

This position is located in the ICE Health Service Corps (IHSC) Special Medical Operations, Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE), and Department of Homeland Security (DHS).IHSC Special Operations provides specialized medical support during Air, Land and Sea transport to include consultation, planning, education/training, management, policy formulation, program coordination, direction, and liaison for all health matters pertaining undocumented migrants in the custody of the ICE.

The IHSC Special Medical Operations Chief reports to the IHSC Medical Director and oversees all IHSC Special Medical Operations assets.

The incumbent works with a multi-disciplinary team in achieving the goals of the program for the Division. The position includes management and administrative responsibilities to include providing leadership and guidance, policy development, program assessment, recruiting/managing/and mentoring of staff.

This position is for Commissioned Corps Officers only  


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 who provides evidenced based appropriate health care in a cost effective manner.


1. Current BLS (CPR) and ACLS certification.

2. Cultural Competency.

3. Strong Oral/Written Communication Skills.

4. Integrity/Honesty.

5. Maintains CPR/BCLS certification.

6. Maintains basic readiness status.

7.Maintains clinical professional skills via continuing education opportunities.


  • Maintain current license and meet continuing State edu requirements(if req)
  • Maintain BLS (CPR) and ACLS 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. Assesses the employees’ s language abilities to ensure their competency to perform language services for particular duties; and describe plans for enchancing employees’ language abilities
  3. Provides guidance and oversees IHSC Special Medical Operation’s three programs (Aviation Medicine Program, Tactical Medicine Program and Shipboard Medicine Program) and within the mission, vision, and goals of the organization.
  4. Responsible for appropriate contributions as directed by the IHSC Medical Director to accreditation preparation and survey process.
  5. Provides guidance to professional and technical staff in areas of program planning, development, and evaluation. Incumbent will develop and carry out a plan for evaluating program efficiency and effectiveness.
  6. IHSC Chief of Special Medical Operations will maintain a deployable status 24/7 in support of the different IHSC Special Medical Operations missions to include: Air Operations and Sea Operations.
  7. Supervise all Special Medical Operations Managers/Deputy’s.
  8. Provides mentorship and career development strategies.
  9. Remain flexible and able to adapt to sudden changes in schedules and work requirements-This means cancellation of leave if it interferes with unexpected missions.
  10. Reviews compiled monthly reports and submits IHSC HQ.
  11. Partake in IHSC supervisory, programmatic meetings.
  12. Complete yearly performance evaluations for Special Operations Deputy’s.
  13. Serves as a team member for analysis of established protocol practices, identifies areas of improvement and collaboratively drafts comprehensive recommendations for improved efficiency of essential mission components.
  14. Serves as an expert in program development and expansion.
  15. Prepare and deliver presentations to professional, academic and special interest groups with expert knowledge, serves as an authority on national and international health care trends and a variety of health care service delivery issues.
  16. Analyzes health care trends of related special population groups and assists in developing and implementing policies and guidelines to improve health services of such groups. Evaluates program goals and objectives, priorities, and activities in terms of current operating experience, program progress, and changing health needs and demands. In this regard, the incumbent develops and monitors an implementation plan in support of overall program goals.
  17. Represents the IHSC Special Medical Operations to other Federal and non-Federal agencies, grantees, and advocacy organizations, to ensure a coordinated effort in improving health care to the nation's special populations.
  18. Works with representatives of State and local health agencies, as well as professional and community based organizations when indicated to succeed in a common designated operation. Serve as a major focal point for the exchange of information.
  19. Mastery of managerial and administrative practices including interpersonal and communication skills needed to interact with multiple federal agencies, military, state and local governments.


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  1. Knowledge of ICE/IHSC mandates, program policies and guidelines, operating procedures, and various departmental initiatives. (To interact with a wide variety of cultures, organizations, and special interest groups).
  2. Knowledge of organizations and responsibilities of all levels of government operations.
  3. Professional knowledge of a wide range of managerial and medical concepts, principles, and practices to perform specialized medical assignments for air, land and sea missions.
  4. The incumbent must exercise a high degree of independence, initiative, judgment, and follow-through on a wide range of sensitive, complex administrative issues.
  5. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  6. Proficiency of Microsoft Office Programs: Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  7. Attend and pass the USAF Flight Nurse Course
  8. Candidates must undergo and pass a stringent background investigation
  9. Bilingual (Spanish/English) is encouraged, but not required


  1. Must meet Air Force height and weight standard
  2. Required to obtain a United States Air Force (USAF) Class III physical
  3. Must maintain USPHS readiness status.
  4. The work may require physical exertion such as lifting objects greater than 30 pounds.
  5. Required to perform CPR standing or kneeling.
  6. Must be able to assist patients in and out of wheelchairs.
  7. 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.
  8. Must be able to walk up and downstairs, to include during emergency situations.


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)



Incumbent works under the general supervision of the IHSC Medical Director.


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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 Wednesday, August 14, 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 933193.  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 Report (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 933193.
  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 Wednesday, August 14, 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 Wednesday, August 14, 2013 for further instructions. You must submit all required information by Wednesday, August 14, 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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