Indian Health Service Supervisory Nurse Specialist-DHA in Gallup, New Mexico

Indian Health Service
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Gallup, NM
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Thursday 10/13/2016 (9 day(s) ago)

** Closes Wednesday 11/2/2016 (11 day(s) away)

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.

This position is located with the Office of CEO, Division of Quality Management at the Gallup Indian Medical Center in Gallup, NM. The Purpose of this position is to serves as a member on the Chief Executive Officer's leadership team. Supervisory Nurse Specialist will serve as the Chief of Quality Management Officer for the department overseeing and coordinating all administrative management and support services for the Division of Quality Management. The Division of Quality Management is composed of Performance Improvement (Hospital, Nursing and Medical PI Coordinators), Risk Management, safety Officer, Infection Control Officer, Staff Development, Patient Advocate, and Office Automation.

This position is being announced concurrently under Excepted Service Examining Plan/Merit Promotion Plan (ESEP/MPP) procedures. Please review vacancy announcement number ++IHS-16-GA-1821500-ESEP/MP++; for eligibility requirements. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered

  • Works with the Performance Improvement Coordinator in developing and maintain resources and information center for QCI, Joint Commission, CMS and other accrediting & regulating agencies.
  • Identifies, investigates, and coordinates the resolution and follow-up of problems involving the quality and appropriateness of patient care, especially those that are beyond the scope of one division, department or unit.
  • In collaboration with Performance Improvement (PI) staff (Hospital, Nursing and Medical PI) assists Divisions with development and review of PI plans/reports and data collection.
  • Oversees, maintains and evaluates the Service Unit Risk Management, Infection Control, Safety, Staff Development, and Patient Advocacy Programs. Works with the Chief Medical Officer in monitoring and tracking Tort Claims, conducts and reports findings of investigation and collaborates with Indian Health Service Regional and US Attorneys.
  • Establishes, revises and approves overall work schedules and determines individual and/or group work assignments. Conducts meetings and conferences with subordinate staff to explain work requirements, methods and procedures, gives special instructions on difficult or unusual assignments.
  • Reviews and analyzes records, reports, and other data to track the department's progress in achieving program and management objectives and goals. Continually monitors operations in order to improve the quality and quantity of services, and to take and recommend necessary actions.
Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel as needed to perform the duties of the position.
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.
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Selectee will be subject to a pre-employment fingerprint check.
  • Selectee will be subject to a background investigation.
  • Selectee will be subject to a probationary period
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/59).
  • Confidential Financial Disclosure Form required.
  • Current, Valid Nursing Licensure

To qualify for this position, your resume must state sufficient experience and/or education, to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are applying. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer and part time experience. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

For positions requiring positive education requirements, or if you are using education to meet all or part of the qualification requirements, you MUST submit a copy of your transcripts or an itemized list of college courses which includes equivalent information from the transcript (course title, semester/quarter hours, and grade/degree earned) in your resume.


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. Registration: All 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 United States.

In addition, to the Basic Requirements, you must also meet the Minimum Qualifications stated below-


GS-14:Candidate must have 52 weeks of Specialized professional nursing experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level. Your resume must demonstrate at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector performing the following type of work and/or tasks: Candidate should possess competencies in Supervisory or Managerial abilities such as, Accountability, Decisiveness, Flexibility, Interpersonal Skills, Customer Service, Problem Solving, and Communication.Performing Supervisory and/or Managerial duties overseeing the overall planning and direction of a department in a hospital or clinic setting. Determines objectives, set priorities, developing others, conflict management, teambuilding, and delegates work. Establishing criteria, assessing program effectiveness, investigation or analyzing a variety of conditions, problems, or questions that affect the quality of care. Clinical knowledge is required to manage a variety of performance improvement, compliance or strategic planning projects and studies. Interpretation of data, analysis and review of program policy, procedures, laws, regulations, and accreditation requirements and principles and practices. Obtaining and maintaining accreditation & compliance with regulating agencies.

The selected individual is required to obtain and maintain medical staff clinical privileges, including any licensure requirements. If privileges are not obtained or maintained during employment, the employee will be subject to adverse actions, up to and including removal from Federal service.

You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date: Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

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 is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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Other Information

Additional selection(s) of candidates may be possible within 90 days from the date the certificate of eligibles was issued for this announcement.

Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. IHS may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their directly related previous non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which annual leave is earned.

Loan Repayment Program (LRP): The Indian Health Service (IHS), National Health Service Corps (NHSC), and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) have student loan repayment programs for qualifying health disciplines. This is a competitive process separate from the hiring process. Opportunities for LRP are based on agency hiring priorities and availability of funds. For additional information please visit: For IHS - NHSC - For HRSA Nurse Corps -

  • A one-year probationary period may be required upon selection/placement.
  • A one-year supervisory/managerial probationary period may be required upon selection/placement.
  • Recruitment or relocation incentives may be authorized. Service agreement will be required.
  • This position has no promotion potential.
  • No Government housing authorized.


  • This position has been identified as a UFMS Critical User for Level V, therefore a background security clearance is required upon appointment.
  • Security Clearance: 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. You will receive instructions on how to obtain and submit fingerprints and background investigation documentation. 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.
  • Maybe required to operate a government owned or leased vehicle in the performance of assigned duties and must maintain a valid State Driver's License.
  • Measles and Rubella immunization required for selectees born after 1957. Seasonal Influenza immunization is required for civilian health care facility staff working in Indian Health Service health care facilities

IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free

Salary Range: $99,785.00 to $129,723.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0610-14/14

Promotion Potential: 14

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453301500

Job Announcement Number: IHS-16-GA-1821506-DHA