Indian Health Service Health Technician (Certified Medical Assistant - Pediatrics) GS-0640-4/5/6/7 in Phoenix, Arizona

Job Overview

Job Overview

About the Agency

Become a part of an innovative, dynamic, nationwide organization of dedicated health care providers working to meet the individual health care needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Indian Health Service (IHS) employees are considerate in our care, creative in our approach, enthusiastic about our work and compassionate with our patients.

Our lifestyle is adventurous, community oriented and focused on service and problem solving as part of a professional interdisciplinary team. Join us in improving the health outcomes of 2.2 million American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Serve as a Certified Medical Assistant for the Phoenix Indian Medical Center (PIMC) Pediatric Clinic located in Phoenix, AZ. There are multiple positions to be filled. The incumbent(s) will report to the Clinic Practice Manager of the Pediatric Clinic onsite and will provide a variety of patient care and technical tasks in support of the PIMC Pediatric Clinic.

The positions could be filled at any level from the GS-4 grade to GS-7. Candidates chosen at grades below GS-7 will have promotion potential up to the GS-7 grade. The incumbent(s) may be noncompetitively promoted to the next higher grade level after meeting all regulatory requirements and upon the recommendation of management. Promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.

This position is being announced concurrently under Delegated Examining procedures. Please review vacancy announcement number IHS-17-PI-10038036-DE for eligibility requirements. If you wish to be considered under all hiring plans (internal or external) you must submit an application to both job opportunity announcements.

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.


Serve as a Certified Medical Assistant for the PIMC Pediatric Clinic -

  • Work with providers and other health care team members to provide age-appropriate, comprehensive, clinical, technical, and administrative/support health care services
  • Provide pre-treatment, treatment, and post-treatment evaluation of patients to include patient screening, evaluation of vital signs, blood glucose monitoring, and other intake and clinical assessment procedures
  • Utilize diagnostic tools such as a stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, peak flow meter, glucometer, etc., to obtain and/or validate observations
  • Participate in pre-visit planning for scheduled patients and document information/patient care on the patient's ambulatory care record and/or electronic health record
  • Coordinate clinic flow for assigned patients, monitor patient health and general well-being, and reinforce patient education
  • Assist the provider during exam of patients, with obtaining specimens, or treatment interventions
  • Administer oral medication, performs subcutaneous and intramuscular injections under direct supervision of a Physician, Physician's Assistant or Nurse Practitioner
Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

Candidates eligible under Indian Preference appointing authority; All Federal employees serving on a career or career-conditional appointment; Reinstatement eligible; Veterans Preference including Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA); Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) eligible; Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) eligible; and/or Schedule A applicants.

Questions? This job is open to 4 groups.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Selectee will be subject to a pre-employment fingerprint check.
  • Selectee will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation.
  • ESEP appointees typically serve a two year trial period.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • Selectee may be subject to a probationary/trial period.

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.


Applicants who meet at least one of the following requirements may qualify for positions at the GS-4 level -

  • 6 months of general experience AND 6 months of specialized experience providing patient care support duties for medical or health personnel. The specialized experience should include clinical duties such as taking and recording vital signs or preparing patients for examination, typical of medical assistant or health education positions.
  • 2 full years of study that included at least 12 semester hours in subjects directly related to the position such as anatomy and medical terminology.
  • A combination of education and experience listed above. 1 year of education is equivalent to 30 semester hours. Applicants who meet at least one of the following requirements may qualify for positions at the GS-5 level -

  • One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-4 level obtained in either the public or private sector. Such experience would include determining patient assessment, distinguishing between normal and abnormal findings, and administering intervention as prescribed by the provider, typical of medical assistant or health education positions.

  • A four year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree, with major study or at least 24 semester hours in subjects directly related to the position.
  • A combination of education and specialized experience listed above. One year of education is equivalent to 30 semester hours. Applicants who meet at least one of the following requirements may qualify for positions at the GS-6 level -

  • One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 level obtained in either the public or private sector. Such experience would include venipuncture, collecting lab specimens, performing basic wound/skin care measures, and administering oral medication, typical of experienced medical assistant or health education positions. Applicants who meet at least one of the following requirements may qualify for positions at the GS-7 level -

  • One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-6 level obtained in either the public or private sector. Such experience would include providing complex health care to high risk patients, using specialized equipment such as cardiac monitors, EKG, & IV fluid pumps, interpreting examination requests accurately and recognizing a need for additional tests, and establishing a patient care plan, typical of experienced or senior medical assistant or health technician positions.

  • One full year of graduate education in an area of study directly related to the work of this position.
  • A combination of education and specialized experience listed above. One year of graduate education is equivalent to 18 semester hours unless the school has determined otherwise. Selective Placement Factors:Applicants must meet the following Selective Placement Factors in order to be considered for this position. You must provide proof of meeting these requirements with your application packet.

  • Completion of an approved medical assistant training program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) or the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES), or by any accrediting agency recognized by the United State Department of Education. In addition to the training requirement, you must have one of the following credentials -

  • Current and active Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) certification from the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA).

  • Current and active Registered Medical Assistant certification (RMA) from the American Medical Technologists (AMT).
  • Current and active National Certified Medical Assistant certification (NCMA) from the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT). Completion of a medical services training program of the Armed Forces of the United States that provided clinical proficiency with the necessary scope of knowledge to perform the duties of the position can be substituted for the Selective Placement Factors listed above

Time-In-Grade Requirements: Merit Promotion (status) candidates must have completed one year of service at the next lower grade level. Time-In-Grade provisions do not apply under the Excepted Service Examining Plan (ESEP).

You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date: 08/31/2017

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

You can track the progress of your application package via your USAJOBS account. You will receive an acknowledgement from USAJOBS that your submission was successful once we have received your on-line occupational questionnaire, resume, and any supporting documentation. You will be notified of the status of your application via your USAJOBS Account after we conduct a qualification review of your complete application package. You will be contacted if further evaluation or interviews are required. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempt to conceal information may disqualify you for employment consideration. We may verify all information you provide in your resume and questionnaire responses, through reference and/or background check, and/or verification of your education. If you are selected, you will be contacted personally by the human resources office posting this announcement.

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 are 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

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 they earn annual leave is earned.


  • 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.
  • This is a designated position covered by Public Law 101-630, requiring contact or control over Indian children. Upon tentative selection, selectee will be requested to complete, sign, and submit the Addendum to OF-306, Child Care & Indian Child Care Worker Position form. Due to this requirement, the agency must ensure that persons hired for these positions have not been found guilty of or pleaded nolo contendere or guilty to certain crimes?.
  • Immunization against Measles, Rubella, and seasonal Influenza is required. Applicants tentatively selected for appointment to this position are required to provide proof of these immunizations, or a recognized exemption, prior to entry on duty.
  • Must have a viable bank account at a financial institution for electronic direct deposit of salary payment.
  • This is a Bargaining Unit position. IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free

This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 2017-08-11 to 2017-08-31

Salary: $30,252 to $54,507 / per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 4 - 7

Series: 0640 Health Aid And Technician

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full-Time

Job announcement number: IHS-17-PI-10038002-ESEP/MP

Control number: 476896600