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Job Title:Nurse Midwife GS-0610-11/12 (OCA) (ESEP/MP)

Department:Department Of Health And Human Services

Agency:Indian Health Service

Hiring Organization:PHS Indian Health Hospital in Pine Ridge, South Dakota.

Job Announcement Number:IHS-14-AB-1030433-ESEP/MP

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$67,720.00 to $97,399.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, January 14, 2014 to Wednesday, December 31, 2014




Full Time - Permanent




Many vacancies in the following location:
Pine Ridge, SD View Map


Excepted Service Examining Plan Candidates (ESEP); Merit Promotion Plan Candidates (MPP); Veteran's Preference Candidates; Commissioned Corp Candidates.


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About the Agency

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.



  • Salary Range:   $67,720.00  -  $97,399.00  (Annually)
  • Promotion Potential: 12
  • Is position covered by PL 101-630:  YES--Print off and return Childcare Addendum for this position see under "How-to-Apply".
  • Housing Available: NO
  • Tour of Duty:  Call Back, Standby, Rotating Shifts, Nights/Weekends/Holidays, 40 Hours Per Week (Possible overtime may be required).
  • Drug Testing Required: NO

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  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel may be required for training purposes and/or other work related duties.


  • No


  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • investigation, which will include a fingerprint check.
  • If applicable-Selective Service registration (Males born after 12/31/59)
  • The selected applicant will be subject to a pre-employment background
  • A COPY of Current Unrestricted License is required (Submit a Photo-Copy).


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Please ensure you answer all questions and follow all instructions carefully; Errors or omissions may impact your rating and/or result in you losing consideration for this position.


MAJOR DUTIES: This position is located in one of the IHS Service Units in Aberdeen Area. The purpose of this position is to plan and provide women;s health care with emphasis on the reproductive cycle including management of intrapartum period for normal and high risk mothers; provide health care for newborns; educate, counsel, and advise patients on all aspects of the reproductive cycle and related psychosocial issues; educate, counsel, and advise other health care professionals; and participate in research, IHS goal development, and nursing/medical standards and protocol developments.


Provides medical and nursing care for mothers and babies from the highest risk segment of the maternal-child population in the U.S. Works collaboratively with the physician in medically complicated situations.

Provides primary health maintenance functions (such as pap smears, family planning, health teaching, etc.) for essentially well women throughout the reproductive cycle within the framework of established clinical practice agreements.

 Utilizing the nursing process, manages antepartum, labor and delivery and postpartum care and provides teaching, counseling and support to obstetrical clients in accordance with established clinical practice agreements and in close collaboration with senior midwife or physician.

Manages ante-partum, labor, and delivery, newborn, and neonatal care, provides teaching, counseling and support.

Works collaboratively with the physicain in management of selected complex medical problems in pregnancy, using consultation and referral as appropriated.

 Provides leadership in comprehensive nursing, preventative, and therapeutic health care service to patients and family members, in a variety of settings from community based primary care facilities to medically directed health service.

Serves in a teaching capacity in the development of other health care workers.


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To qualify for this position, your resume must reflect sufficient experience and/or education, to perform the duties of the position for which you are applying. Your resume is key in evaluating your experience, as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to be clear and specific when describing your work experience.



REGISTRATION: Applicants MUST have active, current registration as a professional nurse in a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States. An applicant who has graduated from an approved nursing educational program within the past 12 months may be appointed pending State registration as a professional nurse within 6 months of appointment. No person appointed pending registration may be retained beyond 6 months, or promoted, if registration has not been attained.

EDUCATION: Degree or diploma from a professional nursing program approved by the legally designated State accrediting agency at the time the program was completed by the applicant. (One year of nursing experience as a military corpsman that has been accepted by a State licensing body may be accepted in lieu of education at the GS-4 level.)

GS-11:  One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 grade level; OR, Completion of all requirements for a doctoral degree (Ph.D. or equivalent); OR, Three (3) full years of progressively higher level graduate education.

GS-12: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level.


NOTE: Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for all grade levels and positions for which both education and experience are acceptable.


SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE DEFINED:  Experience and skill with pharmacology of contraceptives, anesthetics, intravenous solutions, uterine stimulants, antibiotics, and other agents used to treat common medical problems, in order to prescribe, administer, and monitor medications,  controlled drugs, sedatives, and tranquilizers is also required in order to administer and monitor effects when prescribed.   Experience to anticipate and recognize deviations from normal in order to institute measures to safeguard the well being of women and babies. Experience and skill with emergency measures and the ability to institute treatment.  Experience and skill with sufficient to properly perform atraumatic delivery techniques, anesthesia, minor surgical and resuscitative techniques, specialized equipment and contraceptive devices.  Experience as a nurse-midwife they work  alone or as a team leader of multidisciplinary team.  Experience and skills as a nurse-midwife, functions with high degree of autonomy; the extent and nature of supervision varies with the setting and the particular kinds of patient problems the nurse-midwife is expected to encounter.  Experience as a nurse-midwife is self-directed and has considerable independence and latitude to develop new procedures, practices, and approaches.


EVALUATION OF EDUCATION:   Graduate-level education must have been in nursing with a concentration in a field of nursing (e.g., teaching, a clinical specialty, research, administration, etc.) or in a closely related non-nursing field directly applicable to the requirements of the position to be filled. Applicants for nurse anesthetist positions at GS-9 and above must have graduated from a course of study for nurses in anesthesia of at least 18 month's duration that was accredited by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists for the year of their graduation. Applicants for nurse midwife positions must have completed an organized program of study and clinical experience recognized by the American College of Nurse Midwives.


EVALUATION OF EXPERIENCE:  Experience must have equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. At GS-9 and above, many positions require experience in a specialty area of nursing.



Time-In-Grade Requirements: Merit Promotion (status) candidates must have completed one year of service at the next lower grade level. Time-In-Grade provisions do not apply under the Excepted Service Examining Plan (ESEP).

NOTE: Your education may be used to substitute specific requirements and/or experience.  Your education and work experience may be combined to meet the "Qualification Requirement" of this position.  IF selected and you are "Qualified" based on your education you must provide "Official Copies" of your transcripts at that time.  (See Qualifications Section of this Vacancy for Requirements).

You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 Eastern Standard Time (EST) of the closing date: Wednesday, December 31, 2014


You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume (your resume must state specific duties that relate to this position) and your responses to the assessment questions will be evaluated against the duties you provided in your resume, along with your submitted documentation to determine your ability to demonstrate the following:


Technical Competence:  Uses knowledge that is acquired through formal training or extensive on-the-job experience to perform one’s job; works with, understands, and evaluates technical information related to the job; advises others on technical issues.   Has knowledge and understands and appropriately applies principles, procedures, requirements, regulations, and policies related to specialized expertise.


Education & Training:  Knowledge of teaching, training, research, making presentations, lecturing, testing, and other instructional methods.


Interpersonal Skills: Show understanding, friendliness, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern, and politeness to others; develops and maintains effective relationships with others; may include effectively dealing with individuals who are difficult, hostile, or distressed; relates well to people from varied backgrounds and different situations; is sensitive to cultural diversity, race, gender, disabilities, and other individual differences.


Planning and Evaluating:  Organizes work, sets priorities, determines resource requirements; determines short- or long-term goals and strategies to achieve them; coordinates with other organizations or parts of the organization; monitors progress, evaluates outcomes. 


You will receive a numeric rating based on your responses to the Assessment questions. If after reviewing your resume and responses to the assessment questions, a determination is made that you have overstated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration.

The following links below provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities. If you are a Veteran, qualified CTAP and ICTAP eligible, or an individual with a disability, please refer to the following links below for additional guidance:

Click here to view vacancy questions: View Assessment Questions. All documents above MUST be received by 11:59 Eastern Standard Time (EST) of the closing date of, Wednesday, December 31, 2014, to be considered.


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PHS Commissioned Officers who are interested in this position within the Commissioned Corps MUST apply online in order to receive consideration. (DE/MP Vacancies- for applicable positions). For more information on PHS Commissioned Corps, visit the website at:

  • Additional selections may be made on this vacancy announcement.
  • A one-year supervisory probationary period may be required upon selection/placement. (Supervisory positions only)
  • A two-year trial period may be required upon selection/placement (ESEP only)
  • Measles and Rubella Immunization is required for selectees born after 1957.
  • If applicable "Selective Service Registration is required (Males born after 12/31/1959).


MULTIPLE-GRADE ANNOUNCEMENT: Announcement at the multiple-grade interval is intended as a mechanism of providing consideration for the greatest number of potential candidates. This position may be filled at any level, dependent upon the applicant's demonstrated ability, experience, and other qualifying criteria. If the position is filled at less than the upper level, there is NO commitment for future promotions, based solely on selection resulting from this announcement. Conversely, if the employee demonstrates the ability to perform at a higher level, is recommended by the supervisor, and otherwise meets the qualifications, he/she may be promoted without further competition under the Area Merit Promotion Program, however for temporary positions, conversion without competition may not be possible unless the selectee was within reach at the higher grade on the initial certificate of eligibles. Also, no further competition is required if it becomes necessary through the reclassification process to upgrade the position. 



CLINCAL PRIVELEGES:  This position will require that you obtain and maintain clinical privileges.  IF they are not obtained and maintained during employment, the incumbent may be subject to adverse actions, up to and including removal from the Federal service. 


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To "Apply" for this position, you must provide a complete "Application Package". See required documents below.

  1. Click ‘Apply Online' to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.
  2. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire and upload required documents.
  3. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application.
  4. Applications must be received by the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.
  5. 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 1030433. 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. In Section 25 of the Occupational Questionnaire, you may notice that the numbering restarts with number one. When entering your responses on the 1203-FX form please continue to enter your responses on the next available number within this section. The numbers on the 1203-FX will not match the Occupational Questionnaire once it restarts with number one.

Submission of a resume' or a 1203FX form alone IS NOT a complete application. This position requires the completion of additional forms and/or supplemental materials as described under Required Documents section.

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 (Mr. Troy Bad Moccasin, HR. Staffing Officer,  PHONE: 1-605-226-7217, and/or  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.


Required Documentation for Eligibility and Preference:

  • Resume:  You are highly encouraged to use USAJOBS Resume Builder.
  • Indian Preference Applicants: - If claiming Indian preference for the first time, or if you have no previous documentation of preference, applicants must provide a completed copy of the Form BIA-4432 (expiration date 11/30/2014), “Verification of Indian Preference for Employment in the BIA and IHS Only.” Indian preference will not be given unless a properly signed and dated form is submitted with your application, including any verification by an authorized Tribal Representative or BIA Official of tribal enrollment records. For detailed instructions, see form BIA-4432. You must also complete the family history chart if necessary. Current IHS employees with a BIA form on file in their Official Personnel Folder are required to submit a copy of that form with their application. Refer to BIA-4432 link: http:/
  • Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) or other Veterans preference (VRA and 30%or more disabled) – include a copy of your DD-214, if you're claiming Vet preference. For more information please see link at:
  • Career Transitional Assistance Program (CTAP)/Interagency Career Assistance Program (ICTAP) – If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP, follow the instructions below:
  • Current or former Federal employee: Include your most recent SF50.
  • Childcare Addendum form must be included for this position and is available for downloading at:
  • Transcripts (Unofficial are acceptable during the application process); You may submit copies of any "Certificates and/or License(s)" you would like the staffer to consider during the rating of you application.  These may be submitted with your on-line application.
  • We will accept any of these documents during the submission of you application for this position if you would like them to be considered with your application: All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):

    Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
       ·Cover Letter
       ·Other Veterans Document

Your application package MUST be complete by 11:59  pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) on  Wednesday, December 31, 2014, the closing of this announcement.


Jolene AroundHim
Phone: (605)867-5131
TDD: (301)443-6394
Agency Information:
Indian Health Service HR Center
P O Box 1201
Pine Ridge, SD


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. Applicant MUST verify the completeness and successful submission of their applications by logging into the USAJobs Application Manager to check the “Status”. Your qualifications for the job will be reviewed against other applicants to determine, if you will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews. We will notify you of the outcome after each of these steps have 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 provide status updates for applicants. You can elect to activate the status updates from your USAJOBS profile at any point during the application process.

If all required documentation is not submitted with your application you will lose consideration. 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.

~ ~ ~ Indian Health Service (IHS) is an Equal Opportunity Employer~~~

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