Indian Health Service Community Health Nurse GS-0610-9/11 (Direct Hire) in Parker, Arizona

Indian Health Service
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  • Parker, AZ
  • Peach Springs, AZ
  • Sacaton, AZ
  • Winterhaven, CA
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Work Schedule is Multiple Schedules - Multiple Appointment Types

Opened Wednesday 11/11/2015 (349 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 11/10/2016 (16 day(s) away)

Job Overview

This is a Direct Hire Announcement (DHA) for anticipated or future vacancies. Candidates with a complete application may be considered for positions that match the desired geographic locations, specialties, and/or job preferences. Positions may be filled at any of the grade levels indicated in this announcement, with or without promotion potential, as vacancies occur.

The Indian Health Service (IHS) is the principal federal health care provider and health advocate for American Indians and Alaska Native (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.

Veterans' preference and traditional rating and ranking of applications do not apply to these vacancies.

Amendment 1: Extend closing date to November 10, 2016, to solicit for additional candidates.

This is an Open Continuous Announcement (OCA) and allows acceptance of applications from eligible applicants throughout Fiscal Year 2015. Positions may be filled at ANY of the grade levels indicated in this announcement, with or without promotion potential as vacancies occur at the various locations.

Period of Eligibility: Applications will remain eligible for three (3) months from the time the application is received.

Who May Be Considered: U.S. Citizens, Current and Former competitive service Federal employees, active U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, Indian Preference and Veteran Preference candidates.

Position Details: May be Permanent, Temporary, or Term with a tour of duty of Full-Time, Part-Time or Intermittent. The Agency has the option of extending Term Appointments for up to a maximum of four years.

Relocation Expenses: Moving expenses may or may not be authorized and is subject to availability and service unit approval. If offered, you will be required to sign a 1 year service agreement. Failure to fulfill the agreement may result in repayment of relocation expenses.

Bonus: Bonus may or may not be authorized and is subject to availability and service unit approval. If offered, you will be required to sign a service agreement.

Government Housing: Availability of government quarters varies by location; otherwise, private housing only.

Salary Range:

GS-09 - $56,529 - $69,246

GS-11 - $68,398 - $83,788

  • Formulate and implement overall community health nursing programs and plans to satisfy varying patient load requirements, priorities for services, and other healthcare objectives
  • Track community health status, and evaluate health trends and risk factors of population groups
  • Investigate health problems and hazards such as communicable diseases and develop a recommended plan of action to address these issues
  • Provide health education to individuals, families and community groups in various settings
Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Some travel for training and/or other job related purposes
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Position is subject to a background investigation
  • A fingerprint check is required as a part of the pre-employment process
  • Selective Service registration required for males born after 12/31/59
  • U.S. Citizenship is required

To qualify for this position, your resume must reflect sufficient experience and/or education, to perform the duties of the position for which you are applying. Your resume is key in evaluating your experience, as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to be clear and specific when describing your work experience.

Qualifications for Nursing Series, 0610

Basic Requirements:

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: 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 the United States.

Additional Requirements for the GS-09 and above:

For GS-09: 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education or a master's degree OR 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 level as a Community Health Nurse.

For GS-11: Completion of all requirements for a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) OR 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education OR 1 year of experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 levelas a Community Health Nurse.

Note: Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for all grade levels and positions which both education and experience are acceptable.

Applicants for Community Health Nurse positions must have graduated from a baccalaureate or higher degree nursing program.

Graduate-level education must have been in nursing with a concentration in a field of nursing (e.g., teaching, a clinical specialty, research, administration, etc.) or in a closely related non-nursing field directly applicable to the requirements of the position to be filled.

Conditions of Employment

  • Immunization against Measles and Rubella required; influenza vaccine is recommended.
  • 1-year probationary period for initial appointments to Federal service.
  • May work alternate work schedule to provide continuity of service.
  • Position covered by PL101-630, Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Prevention Act.
  • Must have a viable bank account at a financial institution for electronic direct deposit of salary payment.
  • May drive a U.S. Government vehicle and must have a current, unrestricted driver's license.
  • Must obtain and maintain clinical privileges. If they are not obtained or maintained during employment, the employee may be subject to adverse actions, up to and including removal from the Federal Service.

Security Clearance: If you are selected for this vacancy, you must undergo a fingerprint check. Fingerprint results must be cleared prior to hire. You will receive instructions on how to obtain and submit fingerprints.

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.

Security Clearance

Q - Nonsensitive

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

This is a Direct Hire Open Continuous announcement. Multiple position types may be filled from this announcement during the term of the open period. Qualified applicants will be referred at the request of the selecting official upon a vacancy. Those candidates who have complete application packets on file as of each request date will receive fill consideration for the vacant position. Your name will be referred to those sire that match your job preferences.

Your application will remain active for 3 months after date of receipt by this office. It will be removed from consideration after the 3 months have lapsed and placed in the inactive file. If you want further consideration, after this period, then you must re-apply to the announcement and update any application documents as required.

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  • Annual continuing education is available at most sites.

Non-Permanent Appointments: Agency has option of extending non-permanent appointments; term appointments may be extended up to a maximum of 4 years and temporary appointments may be extended up to a maximum of 2 years. Non-permanent appointments may be terminated at any time upon notice in writing from the employing agency.

Less than Full-time Work Schedules: Part-time employees pay a proportionately higher premium for benefits (if eligible) than full-time employees. Additionally, earned annual and sick leave balances will be pro-rated based upon the number of hours worked. Intermittent employees are not eligible for either health or life insurance coverage (subject to specific conditions) and do not accrue sick or annual leave.

Other Information

Loan Repayment Program (LRP): The Indian Health Service has a student loan repayment program for qualifying health diciplines. This is a competitive process separate from the hiring process. Opportunities for LRP are based on agency hiring priorities anda availability of funds. For additional information please visit:

IHS Operated Properties are Tobacco Free

Salary Range: $57,093.00 to $84,624.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0610-09/11

Promotion Potential: 11

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 417590000

Job Announcement Number: IHS-15-PX-1522098-DHA