Indian Health Service Physician Assistant in Acomita, New Mexico

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

Opened Monday 8/29/2016 (59 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/30/2016 (64 day(s) away)

Job Overview

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. This position is located at the Acoma-Canoncito-Laguna Service Unit, Acomita, New Mexico. The purpose of this position is to provide direct care/services to pediatric, geriatric, adolescent, and adult patients. Assesses and diagnoses needs and sets up a plan of action to meet identified needs by providing health services to individuals and families. Makes decisions concerning medical needs of patients independently or with physicians and designated consultants. This position reports to the Clinical Director. 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 being announced concurrently under Delegated Examining procedures. Please review vacancy announcement number IHS-16-AQ-1788837-DE for eligibility requirements. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.

This Open Continuous Announcement (OCA) allows acceptance of applications from August 29, 2016, to December 30, 2016 (or until position is filled), with eligible applicants being placed on the OCA register and referred for consideration when vacancies occur. The first Cut-Off date for receipt/referral of applications to be considered for available vacant positions will be September 16, 2016. Other Cut-Off dates will be established based on the date requests for List of Eligibles is received to fill other vacancies. More than one selection may be made from this announcement.

Area of Consideration: All Sources.


Services provided in clinics include:

  • Assessment, diagnosis and treatment of all types of illnesses, changes or modifies treatment plan within established procedural guidelines.
  • Secures a health and developmental history from the patient or parent; records findings and makes critical evaluation.
  • Lifesaving and support measures in emergency situations.
  • Primary care for trauma, including suturing, wound care, splinting and simple casts.
  • Follow-up management of normal prenatal, post-partum and family planning.
  • Provides counseling, guidance, and health instructions to patients, families and groups.
  • Orders and interprets laboratory tests and other diagnostic studies.
  • Works collaboratively with other providers and outside consultants on more complex cases or cases requiring specialty care or contract health services.
  • Provide health care and preventive services to healthy individuals including guidance in nutrition, common illnesses, accidents, child growth and development and child rearing.
  • Teaches and supervises patients and families in techniques of positive health measures, accenting and adjusting to the implications and responsibilities of medical care, diagnoses and treatment.
  • Maintains health records in accordance with established policy and prepares reports in compliance with the Privacy Act and the Indian Health Service policies and procedures.

Familiarizes self with the cultural, social, political, geographic, demographic, economic and epidemiological characteristics of the assigned communities. Available to orient staff, tribal members, health board and tribal leaders on relevant health care issues.

Participates in quality assurance/risk management activities and attends meetings and functions as assigned.

May serve as clinic liaison for school health programs, adolescent services and health fairs.

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel may be required for work related duties. A valid driver license is required.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
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/trial period.
  • ESEP appointees typically serve two year trial period.
  • More than one selection may be made from this announcement.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

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 worked 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.

BASIC REQUIREMENT(S): All applicants must meet the following basic requirements for all grade levels:

  • Graduation from a physician assistant educational program, accredited by the Accreditation Review Committee on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) or its predecessors, at a college, university, or educational institution that is accredited by an accrediting body or organization recognized by the Secretary, U.S. Department of Education.
  • Successful completion of the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) examination; must maintain status as a certified physician assistant, including completion of all requirements for continuing medical education (CME) and re-certification.

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

GS-12: A minimum of one full year of work experience as a certified physician assistant equivalent to the next lower grade level and completion of an accredited physician assistant educational program is required. Creditable work experience must have demonstrated the ability to perform professional caliber medical work as a physician assistant with minimum supervision including the exercise of a degree of judgment in integrating and interpreting diagnosis and in determining the need for referral to a physician.

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 in order to be referred for consideration as vacancies occur.

Security Clearance

Q - Nonsensitive

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 (HR) 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 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

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.

This position is covered by a Bargaining Unit.

Government housing is not available.

Relocation expenses are not authorized and will not be paid.

This position has no promotion potential; position is at the full performance level.

This is a Childcare Position covered by Public Law 101-630, Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Prevention Act.


  • The incumbent of this position may be subject to call back or standby work.
  • The incumbent must possess a valid state driver license as a condition of employment in order to operate a government owned or leased vehicle in the performance of duties.
  • 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.
  • 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: $78,661.00 to $97,291.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0603-12/12

Promotion Potential: 12

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Candidates eligible under Indian Preference authority; Federal employees serving on career/career-conditional appointments; reinstatement eligible; applicants eligible for non-competitive appointment; VEOA/VRA/30% disabled Veterans; CTAP/ICTAP; Schedule A eligible; PHS Commissioned Corps Personnel.

Control Number: 448994100

Job Announcement Number: IHS-16-AQ-1788836-ESEP/MP