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 Commander (O-5).


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 cyber space 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 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 health care professionals working together to provide quality health care services. The incumbent serves as the AHSA for one of the healthcare facilities located across the nation for the ICE Health Service Corps (IHSC). These sites provide medical care to detainees in Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) custody. IHSC serves as the medical expert for ICE.


The ICE Health Service Corps 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 to provide evidenced based appropriate health care in a cost effective manner to the detained population.



  1. Interpretation and translation activities within the scope of the employees’ duties
  2. Assess these employees’ language abilities to ensure their competency to perform language services for particular duties; and describe plans for enhancing employees’ language abilities.
  3. Works with Supervisory Clinician to prepare Medical Unit staffing schedule.
  4. Receives all staff leave requests (except for the Clinical Director) and forwards same to HSA.
  5. Ensures staff coverage for all shifts, including coverage for sick calls and leave requests.
  6. Coordinates day-to-day operations of clinic, resolving issues as they arise, and appropriately seeks guidance as needed.
  7. Works with Supervisory Clinician to ensure access to care, and all services are accessible/provided for all detainees, per IHSC policy.
  8. Provides administrative supervision of all employees, per delegation of the HSA.
  9. Informs HSA of personnel issues, and potential resolutions.
  10. Seeks guidance appropriately.
  11. Completes weekly, monthly, and annual reports as required, and monitors data.
  12. Assists HSA with establishing and managing purchasing accounts.
  13. Manages ordering of clinic supplies, verifies inventory, reviews and certifies invoices, and tracks IMPAC card purchases.
  14. Maintains ongoing communication with Headquarters Purchasing Officer to ensure compliance with IHSC and Federal regulations for purchasing and procurement.
  15. Performs interviews with prospective new employees, providing recommendations to HSA.
  16. Arranges for orientation of all new employees per IHSC policy.
  17. Assists HSA to maintain on-site personnel files per IHSC policy.
  18. Assigns staff for collateral duties as needed, such as Infection Control Officer, Safety Officer, and Performance Improvement Coordinator.
  19. Assures assigned activities are completed in a timely manner.
  20. Coordinates activities with the on site Clinical Director as indicated.
  21. Participates in all accreditation preparation activities, under guidance of HSA.
  22. Ensures that all staff training is conducted per IHSC policy, and as needed to meet accreditation standards.
  23. Schedules and conducts unit meetings, including Performance Improvement, staff meetings, Pharmacy &Therapeutics, and others, as assigned by HSA.
  24. Provides information on staff performance to HSA for the evaluation process.
  25. Apprises HSA of incidents, sentinel events, and potential litigation.
  26. Informs ICE officials and assists with investigations and problem resolution as needed.
  27. Provides direct patient care within appropriate scope of practice to meet the needs of the clinic, as required.
  28. Maintains a consistent professional attitude and demeanor consistent with officers hip.
  29. Provides communication in a tactful and diplomatic manner.
  30. Serves as a USPHS Officer role model for staff.
  31. Demonstrates support of the IHSC mission at all times.
  32. Maintains a good working relationship with the Officer in Charge or Warden, correctional personnel, contract providers, outside agencies, and all on-site personnel.
  33. Knows and follows supervisory chain of command.
  34. Other duties as assigned.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Optional

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Must meet travel regulations