Director, Aberdeen Area Indian Health Service
Department Of Health And Human Services - Aberdeen, SD

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The Indian Health Service is required by law to give absolute preference to qualified Indian applicants and employees who are qualified and suitable for Federal employment. The Indian Health Service (IHS) by law is committed to affording employment preference to American Indian and Alaska Native candidates 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. In other than the above, the Indian Health Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Department of Health and Human Services

Announces a Senior Executive Service Vacancy



***This position is being re-advertised to solicit additional applications. Applicants who applied previously need not reapply unless submitting updated and/or missing information ***

ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION: Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Indian Health Service (IHS), Aberdeen, South Dakota.


Salary range: $119,554.00 Ending Salary $179,700.00

This position is a Public Trust, Level VI position , therefore the selectee will be subject to a full-field background investigation and security clearance before being appointed to the position and will be required to complete a Public Financial Disclosure Report, Standard Form 278.

Who may apply section

Position Subject to Indian Preference Law

Preference will be given to Qualified Indian Candidates

Applications will be accepted from all qualified persons.

Excepted Service Examining Plan Candidates (ESEP)

Merit Promotion Plan Candidates (MPP)

Commissioned Corps Candidates

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Position subject to background investigation.
As part of the pre-employment process, fingerprint checks are required.
If applicable-Selective Service registration (Males born after 12/31/59) DUTIES:

Please ensure you answer all questions and follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may impact your rating or result in you losing consideration for the job.

The incumbent is responsible for the overall administrative and financial management of the Area Office, and the Area Service Units (SUs). Incumbent provides executive leadership, guidance and senior management support to Area Office staff organizations, SUs, and their personnel. Delivers high quality, comprehensive health services suited to the needs of the identified American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) population. Directs and supervises an executive, professional, and administrative staff in planning, developing, coordinating and managing health programs of preventive, curative, and environmental and traditional health services for AI/Ans. Leads the development and demonstration of alternative means and techniques of health services management and delivery to provide Tribes, Tribal health care programs, Urban Indian Health programs and AI/AN community with optimal ways of participating in Indian health programs. Enables leaders, tribal members, and AI/AN community groups to participate in devising, identifying, and developing alternative means and techniques that could increase the effectiveness of health service delivery. This is accomplished within the framework of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act and in accordance with overall IHS goals, priorities and policy. The incumbent possesses the authority and responsibility to direct the negotiations of contracts with Tribes and compacts on behalf of the Director, IHS. As a member of senior level leadership, the incumbent reviews and advises on IHS policy, programs and goals for the Director, IHS. Meets regularly with, remains accessible to, and consults and cooperates with leaders of Tribal Governments, Tribal organizations, and confers with Urban Indian Health Program Leaders at local, state and national levels and stimulates and promotes their fullest participation in carrying out health programs. Reviews and evaluates Area health program progress with measureable outcomes, resource utilization, and control of professional services to assure that high quality, effective and cost-efficient health services are provided. Provides leadership to assure that Indian Preference, Upward Mobility, EEO and other policies of the IHS and higher authority are effectively implemented and maintained.

Applicants must provide evidence that they possess substantive experience which has provided knowledge of the principles of organization, management, and administration as well as specialized (managerial/liaison/legislative/communication) experience in the health services work directly related to this position.

To qualify, candidates must have had senior level experience (GS-14/15 or equivalent) that meets all of the following mandatory Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Mandatory Technical Qualifications. The experience must have been at a sufficiently high level of difficulty to clearly show that the applicant possesses the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of this position.

Unless currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service appointment, eligible for reinstatement into the Senior Executive Service, or successfully completed a Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), all applicants must submit a narrative statement covering each of the ECQs listed below. Additional information on the ECQs is available at

In addition, applicants must submit a written narrative statement that addresses all Mandatory Technical Qualifications. Examples should be clear and concise, and emphasize the level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments with results of actions taken, policy initiatives and level of contacts. Narratives should be limited to no more than two pages each in response to each ECQ and Mandatory Technical Qualifications.

Additional information on the ECQs is available at .

You must meet the requirements of the job by this date: TAG: Closing Date

As per the IHS Excepted Service Hiring Plan: Current employees and eligible applicants are considered under merit promotion only, unless they provide an appropriate Standard Form (SF)-50, "Notification of Personnel Action," and indicate under which plan they are applying. Please indicate on your resume and during the online assessment process which hiring plan you want to be considered under: Merit Promotion and/or the IHS Excepted Service Hiring Plan. See for more details.

The Office of Personnel Management considers the five ECQs described below as necessary for successful performance in any Senior Executive Service position. The basic definition for each ECQ is supplemented with key characteristics that indicate possession of the ECQ.

Applications must meet the five mandatory ECQs to be eligible for initial consideration. Please provide a written response providing at least two examples of your experience with each of the following and do not exceed two pages for each ECQ:


Encompasses the ability to develop and implement an organizational vision that integrates key national and program goals, priorities, values, and other factors. Inherent to this is the ability to balance change and continuity; to continually strive to improve customer service and program performance within the basic Government framework; to create a work environment that encourages creative thinking; and to maintain focus, intensity and persistence, even under adversity.


Involves the ability to design and implement strategies that maximize employee potential and foster high ethical standards in meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals.


This ECQ stresses accountability and continuous improvement. This includes the ability to make timely and effective decisions and produce results through strategic planning and the implementation and evaluation of programs and policies.


Involves the ability to acquire and administer human, financial, material, and information resources in a manner that instills public trust and accomplishes the organization's mission, and to use new technology to enhance decision-making.


Involves the ability to explain, advocate, and express facts and ideas in a convincing manner, and to negotiate with individuals and groups internally and externally. It also involves the ability to develop an expansive professional network with other organizations and to identify the internal and external politics that impact the work of the organization.

Applicants who meet the ECQ's described above will be further evaluated against the Mandatory Technical Qualifications described below. Applicants must meet the Mandatory Technical Qualifications requirements to be eligible for further consideration.

Candidates must possess a record of progressive experience that includes: substantial knowledge of Indian health policy related issues, the Indian Self-Determination Act, regulations and policies; and demonstrated experience which evidences the applicant's ability to work with Tribal governments and Tribal organizations in planning, directing and evaluating comprehensive public health programs. This experience must clearly demonstrate progressive ability to effectively manage complex interdisciplinary health programs and health care policies of American Indians and Alaska Natives.

(1) Demonstrated substantial knowledge of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act and the Indian Self-Determination Act, as well as the Indian Health Service Federal Health Care Delivery Systems (federal, tribal and urban).

(2) Demonstrated experience evaluating policy options, forecasting costs, benefits and long-term results.

(3) Demonstrated experience and ability in formulating, implementing and evaluating high-impact policies, programs and projects and advising senior executives of a large organization on options or resolving problems caused by existing or proposed policies or conditions.

(4) Demonstrated experience and working knowledge of disseminating information to customers and the general public, including Tribal governments, Tribal organizations, and Indian community organizations.

(5) Demonstrated progressive experience in effectively managing a comprehensive and complex interdisciplinary health program target to serve American Indians and Alaska Natives.

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