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.

Permanent Full-Time Health System Administrator (Chief Operations Officer) for the Administrative Services Division located at the Hopi Health Care Center in Polacca, Arizona. Health System Administrator (COO) will serve as a member of the health care delivery system's management group to effectively meet clinical standards and achieve the best patient care possible and will report to the Chief Executive Officer.  


  • Responsible for managing a unique and complex health care delivery program.
  • Plan, implement and administer programs and services in a health care, including personnel administration.
  • Participates in activities related to fiscal operations, including accounting, planning budgets, authorizing expenditures, and coordinating financial reporting.
  • Direct, supervise and evaluate work activities of personnel within the Administrative Services Division.
  • Maintain communication between governing boards, medical staff and department supervisors by attending board meetings and coordinating interdepartmental functioning.
  • Review and analyze facility activities and data to aid planning and risk management to improve service utilization.
  • Direct or conduct recruitment, hiring, and training of personnel.
  • Establish work schedules and assignments for staff, according to workload, space and equipment availability.
  • Monitor the use of diagnostic services, inpatient beds, facilities, and staff to ensure effective use of resources and assess the need for additional staff, equipment, and services.
  • Responsible for meeting all regulatory standards including but not limited to The Joint Commission, Quality Management, and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Travel Required

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

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses are authorized and will be paid. 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.