Job Overview


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

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.



  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. Remains 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.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • optional

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • must meet travel regulations