Job Overview


About the Agency

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 Job Opportunity Announcement has been amended to keep the original close date of June 18, 2014.

ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION: Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Indian Health Service (IHS), Northern Plains Regional Great Plains Area, PHS Indian Health Hospital, Rapid City, S.D., Office of the Chief Executive Officer.  This position reports to the Deputy Area Director.

Rapid City Service Unit is located in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota.  Rapid City is a regional center with a population of 80,000 people and offers several commercial connecting flights each day to Denver, the Twin Cities, and Salt Lake City.  There is great shopping, numerous restaurants, various cultural activities, popular tourist attractions, and many outdoor activities (including hiking, climbing, mountain biking, hunting, fishing, boating, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and downhill skiing/boarding).  It has excellent public schools, 1 university, 1 private college, and 1 technical school, and is the home to Ellsworth Air Force Base.


Major Duties:

  • Overall responsibility for corporate compliance, planning, organization, direction, implementation, execution, measurement and correction of a comprehensive health services program that is cost effective while improving clinical outcomes for the Rapid City Service Unit including direct health care, indirect health care and community health services.
  • Assures that all appropriate Healthcare Professionals qualify and have completed the credentialing process before they are permitted to practice at the facility. Working in coordination with the entire professional staff, establishes and maintains standards of care relevant to a satisfactory level of preventive, rehabilitative, and therapeutic medical services.
  • Ensures business compliance; develops the Service Unit Operating Plan Authority (budget) within guidelines and funding constraints established by IHS and the Department. Administer the funds according to the stated purpose of the Operating Plan Authority; Service Unit program plans; developed in coordination with the Health Board, have priority within existing resources.
  • Responsible for the compliance and administration of the contract health services program within the contract care budget. Coordinate patient benefits, Federal, State, County and private insurance resources. Responsible for case management, access and continuity as well as the follow-up care. Meets with the Health Advisory Board to insure effective and viable communications and input.

Travel Required

  • 25% or Greater
  • Frequent travel is required.

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • YES--Relocation expenses WILL BE 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.