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Responsibilities

The Deputy Director for Field Operations (DDFO) is responsible for senior level oversight of the administrative and clinical health delivery systems in the 12 geographical Areas of the IHS. The DDFO directs these activities through supervision of the SES Directors of the twelve IHS Areas, who have overall responsibility for the administration of IHS directly-operated health care facilities and the implementation of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, P.L. 93-638, providing opportunities for transferring operational responsibilities to Tribal Governments. The DDFO is responsible for ensuring that the 12 Area Directors maintain a meaningful government-to-government relationship with the Federally-recognized Tribes in each of the 12 IHS Areas.

Holds primary responsibility for overseeing the development and implementation of creative, high-impact programs, projects, plans and funding to enhance access to health services for AI/AN.

Participates in cross-cutting corporate issues and processes including, but not limited to, emergency preparedness/security, budget formulation; Self-Determination issues; Tribal shares computations; and resolution of audit findings. Provides support and guidance to Area Directors in the Implementation of P.L. 93- 638 and in communications and relationships with Federally-recognized Tribal governments.

Duty Location for the DDFO is negotiable after selection.

Travel Required

Occasional travel – You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status
Yes

Promotion Potential
None

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

Conditions of Employment

  • The selected applicant will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation, which will include a fingerprint check.
  • If applicable-Selective Service registration (Males born after 12/31/59)
  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Selectee may be subject to a probationary/trial period

Background Investigation: If you are selected for this vacancy, you must undergo a pre-employment fingerprint check and background investigation. Fingerprint results and background investigation documentation must be cleared prior to hire. After you begin your employment, your continued employment is contingent upon the outcome of a complete background investigation as determined by the sensitivity level of your position. The investigation must find that you are suitable for Federal employment in your position. If you are found not suitable, you will be terminated after you begin work. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or subject to possible criminal charges. You may be subject to a credit check as a part of the background investigation process.

Fingerprinting, as part of the background investigation process, may be delayed due to COVID-19. All other background investigation procedures will apply. Be advised that your continued employment will require you to complete a fingerprint check within 60 days after notification of return to full operations and successfully obtaining a favorable background investigation.

Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify/ .

The Indian Health Service is required by law to provide absolute preference in employment to American Indians and Alaska Natives who are enrolled in a federally recognized tribe as defined by the Secretary of the Interior. Indian preference requirements apply to all actions involved in filling a vacant position (e.g., initial hiring, reassignment, transfer, competitive promotion, reappointment or reinstatement), no matter how the vacancy arises. Any individual who claims Indian preference: 1) must submit a properly completed and signed BIA-4432; 2) must meet all qualification requirements as defined by the Office of Personnel Management and the Indian Health Service Excepted Service Qualification Standards (Preston Standards); and, 3) must be deemed suitable for employment.

Qualifications

All competitive candidates for SES positions with the Federal Government must demonstrate leadership experience indicative of senior executive level management capability. To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show in your resume that you possess the Fundamental Competencies, five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), and the Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs), listed below. It is recommended that your resume emphasize levels of responsibility, scope and complexity of programs managed, and program accomplishments and results.

Fundamental Competencies:
Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Written Communication, Continual Learning, and Public Service Motivation.

Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs):

  • Leading Change: The ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.
  • Leading People: The ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.
  • Results Driven: The ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.
  • Business Acumen: The ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
  • Building Coalitions: The ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.
  • It is STRONGLY recommended that you visit the following Office of Personnel Management (OPM) webpage for more information regarding the Fundamental Competencies and ECQs.

    https: www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/senior-executive-service/executive-core-qualifications/#url=Overview

    IF SELECTED, you will be required to complete an ECQ package by drafting narratives for each of the ECQs and be certified by an OPM Qualifications Review Board (QRB) in order to be placed in this position. If you are currently serving in a career SES appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or have successfully completed an SES Candidate Development Program approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), you WILL NOT need to draft the ECQs.

    Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs):This position also requires that you possess PTQs that represent knowledge, skills, and abilities essential for success in this role. The following PTQs must be clearly evident in your resume.

  • Expert knowledge of legislation, regulations, and policy relating to the provision of health care to American Indians and Alaska Natives (e.g., Indian Health Care Improvement Act, Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, etc.) and knowledge of federal health care policy and delivery systems, including the Indian Health Service system (federal, tribal, and urban).
  • Progressive experience in senior management position which included managing multiple organizational units (division level or higher).Demonstrated substantial experience formulating policies, goals, objectives and operational strategies; in decision making for programs, dealing with emerging problems and in resource allocation.
  • Expert knowledge of leadership and management principles and practices and their use in managing the field offices of a large, diverse health care organization, to include the fostering of high ethical standards, technical excellence and commitment to customer service.
  • Mastery of public and clinical health care principles, theories, concepts, standards of practice and Issues for the Al/AN population as they relate to inpatient, outpatient and community settings.
  • Demonstrated experience representing the senior executive of a large organization to Tribes, the Congress, the Administration, and other health agencies.
  • Education

    Additional information

    Salary for Senior Executive Service positions varies depending on qualifications. The annual salary range may be found at the top of this announcement. This position may be eligible for performance bonuses and performance based pay adjustments.

    Probationary Period
    Selectee must serve a one-year probationary period unless s/he previously completed one year the Senior Executive Service.

    Standards of Conduct/Financial Disclosure
    HHS inspires public confidence by maintaining high ethical principles, and all Federal Government employees are subject to the conflict of interest statutes and regulations, including the Standards of Ethical Conduct , that govern activities with outside organizations and reporting financial holdings. The Ethics in Government Act, PL 95-521 also requires the applicant selected for this position to submit a Public Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-278 , prior to assuming the SES position, annually, and upon termination of employment.

    Security and Background Requirements
    If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees.

    Equal Opportunity Employment
    Equality is held as one of the most important values at HHS. Selection for this, and any other position, will be based solely on merit. HHS does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, age or membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit factors.

    If applying online poses a hardship to you, you may submit your application by contacting Nathan Anderson.

    Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement
    Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact: Nathan Anderson. Requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    Veteran's Preference
    Veteran's Preference does not apply to the SES.

    Selective Service
    As a condition of employment, all male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service. If selected for this position, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law.

    Commissioned Corps Officers
    If you are applying as a Commissioned Corps Officer and wish to remain in to Corps, you are not required to submit ECQs or PTQs however there must be sufficient information in your application to determine that you meet the criteria of both. If selected, you will not need to prepare responses to the ECQs.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    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 PTQ's and the ECQ's.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Other

    Drug test required
    No

    Position sensitivity and risk
    High Risk (HR)

    Trust determination process
    Suitability/Fitness

    Required Documents

    All applicants are required to submit the following documents to be considered for the position:

    • Resume that contains your full name, address and phone number, and does not exceed the five (5) page limit. You are encouraged to verify the length of resume prior to submission of your application.
      • Many USPHS Commissioned Corps Officer Resumes/CV's will not fit within the 5-page limit and must be modified accordingly.
    • Cover Letter (optional);
    • Online Assessment Questionnaire. To preview the assessment questionnaire, click here: https: apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10972499
    • Indian Preference Applicants: If claiming Indian preference, applicants must provide a completed copy of the Form BIA-4432, "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. Refer to BIA-4432 link: https: www.bia.gov/sites/bia.gov/files/assets/public/raca/online_forms/pdf/IndianPref_1076-0160_Exp3-31-21.pdf . When an Indian Preference candidate possesses Veterans preference the rules regarding Veterans preference apply under ESEP and the applicant must provide documentation in order to receive preference.
    • Do not submit copies of your Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs). The IHS Executive Resources Board will not review ECQs to determine eligibility for interviews and/or further consideration. ECQs will only be required to be completed upon tentative selection for review by the Office of Personnel Management Qualifications Review Board.

    NOTE: THE USAJOBS RESUME TEMPLATE MAY RESULT IN A RESUME BEING LONGER THAN FIVE PAGES. PLEASE VERIFY PAGE LENGTH BEFORE SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION.

    Applicants who are currently, or were previously, Federal employees must also submit:

    • An SF-50 showing your current or former civil service status; and
    • Proof of OPM Qualifications Review Board certification (OPM-approved SES Candidate Development Program graduates), if applicable.

    NOTE: Documents submitted that are not listed in the Required Documents section of this announcement will not be considered or forwarded to the rating panel or selecting official.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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