Job Overview


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.

The IHS 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 IHS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

This position is also being announced under Announcement # IHS-14-NJ-1025594-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. 

Your application will expire in 3 months and you will need to reapply to keep your application active.

This is an open continuous vacancy announcement and applications will be referred when vacancies occur. Qualified Candidates with a complete application will be considered for all vacancies that occur within  the time period of this announcement.  You will be considered for those vacancies that match your desired geographic locations. Positions may be filled at ANY of the grade levels indicated in this announcement, with or without promotion potential as vacancies occur. Applicants should specify the lowest grade (GS-level) that they will accept.

The Staff Dental Officer, Advanced Clinical, is located at one of the various Indian Health Service Hospitals or Clinics under the Navajo Area Office. Assists the Chief, Service Unit Dental Program, in implementing and operation of the dental program that includes preventive, educational, and corrective dental services. The Dental Program provides emergency, preventive, restorative, rehabilitative and community services in a highly complex and diverse setting to American Indian and other Native American beneficiaries and non-beneficiaries. Incumbent reports to Supervisory Dental Officer at respective health facility.

·        Position Details: Permanent position(s) to be filled

·        Salary Range: $97,987.00 - $195,000.00 (annually)

·        Promotion Potential: GS-12

·        Merit Promotion Position: Yes

·        Supervisory/Managerial Position: No

·        Is Position covered by PL 101-630? Yes, see Item #3 in the How to Apply Tab.

·        Is Drug Testing Required? No

·        Is Government Housing available? Yes, depending on availability and duty station.


Incumbent will be responsible for the following and other duties as assigned:

Professional Services: Provides dental diagnosis, evaluation, studies and treatment services of professionally acceptable quantity and quality in accordance with sound health practices to all dental patients.

Dental Education and Information: Provides professional information and educational services to dental patients, other citizens of the community(s) who reside within the scope of work area assigned, and to other dental service workers as appropriate.

Resource and Performance Accountability: Provides data, reports and other information as required for dental program accountability, evaluates resource and staff performance within the scope of responsibility ant acts in accordance with performance standards.

Organizational Support: Provides advisory and teamwork services in support of the above operational unit of the Indian Health Service and to the Federal Government and the dental profession at large.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses are authorized and will be paid only if you are a current Federal employee. You will be required to sign a one year service agreement. Failure to fulfill the one year service agreement may result in repayment of relocation expenses.
  • Additional Duty Location Info

    1 vacancies in the following locations

    • Chinle, AZ
    • Inscription House, AZ
    • Kayenta, AZ
    • Pinon, AZ
    • Red Mesa, AZ
    • Tsaile, AZ
    • Bloomfield, NM
    • Crownpoint, NM
    • Gallup, NM
    • Shiprock, NM
    • Tohatchi, NM