Supervisory Medical Officer (Ophthalmology), GS-0602-15 DHA
Indian Health Service - Phoenix, AZ

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Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of Indigenous Americans! At IHS you can make a difference in the lives of Native Americans and Alaska Natives around the Country.


These vacancies are being filled through the Office of Personnel Management's delegated Direct Hire Authority. The following is applicable: all applicants who meet the basic qualification requirements will be made available to the Selecting Official for consideration. Hiring preference will be given to qualified Native American and Alaska Native applicants, but Veterans' preference and traditional rating and ranking of applications do not apply to these vacancies.
Who May Be Considered: US Citizens, current and former competitive service Federal employees, PHS Commissioned Corps, and eligible Indian Preference candidates.
Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Native American Indian Candidates or Alaska Natives in accordance with the INDIAN PREFERENCE ACT, Title 25, US Code, Section 472 & 473. In other than the above, the Indian Health Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
POSITION DETAILS: One Permanent full-time Supervisory Medical Officer (Ophthalmology) position in the Speciality Services department at the Phoenix Indian Medical Center.
Salary Range: GP-0602-15: $185,000.00 - $205,000.00 Annually
Promotion Potential: None, position is at the full performance level.
Travel Required: Yes
Supervisory/Managerial Position: Yes, may serve one year supervisory probationary period.
Relocation Expenses Paid: 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.
Is position covered by PL 101-630? Yes, must submit a completed Addendum to Declaration for Federal Employment form (see required documents in the How to Apply section)
Is drug testing required? No
Is government housing available? No
Is this a bargaining unit position? No
Call back, standby, rotating shifts, nights/weekends/holidays? Yes

This position requires that you 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.


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)
Must be a US Citizen to apply.
Copy of current medical license required.
Maintain current, unrestricted driver's license. Submit copy. DUTIES: Back to top

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.

Provide direct patient care (clinical and surgical services) in the Ophthalmology or section of the Eye Department.
Provides direct and indirect supervision to Medical Officers and Optometrists.
Directs the activity of the Eye Department in accordance with the objectives of the Indian Health Service (IHS), Phoenix Area Indian Health Service (PAIHS), and the Phoenix Indian Medical Center (PIMC).
Establishes the departmental methods, policies, and procedures for the Eye department. QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Back to top

All applicants must meet the qualification requirements of this position by midnight Eastern Standard Time on the closing date of the job announcement: Friday, July 26, 2013.

You must

meet all of the BASIC REQUIREMENTS listed below:
Degree: Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of
Osteopathy from a school in the United States or Canada approved by a
recognized accrediting body in the year of the applicant's graduation. A Doctor
of Medicine or equivalent degree from a foreign medical school that provided
education and medical knowledge substantially equivalent to accredited schools
in the United States may be demonstrated by permanent certification by the
Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) or a fifth pathway
certificate for Americans who completed premedical education in the United
States and graduate education in a foreign country.

2) Graduate Training: Subsequent to obtaining a Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of
Osteopathy degree, a candidate must have had at least 1 year of supervised
experience providing direct service in a clinical setting, i.e., a 1-year
internship or the first year of a residency program in an institution
accredited for such training. (This 1 year of supervised experience may be
waived for research or administrative positions not requiring direct patient
care.) For purposes of this standard, graduate training programs include only
those internship, residency, and fellowship programs that are approved by
accrediting bodies recognized within the United States or Canada. Listings of
accredited programs are published yearly in the Directory of Residency
Training Programs and the Yearbook and Directory of Osteopathic

An internship
program involves broadly based clinical
practice in which physicians acquire experience in treating a variety of medical
problems under supervision (e.g., internal medicine, surgery, general practice,
obstetrics-gynecology, and pediatrics). Such programs are in hospitals or other
institutions accredited for internship training by a recognized body of the
American Osteopathic Association (AOA).

A residency
program involves training in a specialized
field of medicine in an institution accredited for training in the specialty by
a recognized body of the American Medical Association (AMA) or AOA.

A fellowship
program involves advanced training (beyond
residency training) in a given medical specialty in either a clinical or
research setting in a hospital or other institution accredited in the United
States for such training.

Licensure: For positions involved with direct
patient care, candidates must have a permanent, full, and unrestricted license
to practice medicine in a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of
Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States. Applications will be accepted
from physicians who are not currently licensed; however, if selected for a
Federal appointment, they must (a) obtain a license before entering on duty, or

(b) meet the following provisions:

Pending Meeting Licensure Requirement:
Individual circumstances may warrant appointments pending meeting the licensure
requirement (e.g., when a candidate has a temporary license to practice until
the next regular session of the licensing board). Persons appointed pending
licensure may not be retained beyond 1 year of appointment if they do not
obtain the license.

addition to the BASIC REQUIREMENTS listed above, you must also meet the ADDITIONAL

REQUIREMENTS for positions at the GS-15 level:
Within Federal clinical and training
programs, a distinction is made between general practice and specialist
positions. Specialist positions require graduate training and experience
related to the specialty and subspecialty of the position to be filled. The
length and content of residency programs depends upon the specialization and
requirements of recognized accrediting American medical specialty boards. These
boards are authorized to conduct examinations to determine the competence of
physicians in the specialty, to issue certificates of qualification, to
participate in evaluating the quality of residency programs, and to determine
the requirements for certification.

  • For GS-15, 5
years of residency training in a Opthalmology
specialty or have equivalent specialized experience and training that
demonstrates the ability to provide independent patient care.

Substitution of Experience for Residency Training: Experience MAY NOT BE
residency training that is essential for the performance of specialized duties.
For example, specialists such as psychiatrists and surgeons must complete the
number of years of accredited residency training required in their respective
specialties. An exception may be made when a peer panel of physicians
(subject-matter experts) determines and documents that the knowledge, skills,
and abilities acquired in professional medical practice are equivalent to those
acquired during the same period of time in a graduate training program.

You must provide the required information during the online application process;

Resume complete in USAJOBS
Responses to Questionnaire
Applicable Supporting Documentation (see Required documents section in this announcement for more details) including OF 306 Addendum HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

These vacancies are being filled through the Office of Personnel Management's delegated Direct Hire Authority. The following is applicable: all applicants who meet the basic qualification requirements will be forwarded to the Selecting Official for consideration. Veterans' preference and traditional rating and ranking of applications do not apply to this vacancy.

For I/CTAP purposes, you will be deemed well-qualified if you are placed in at least the well-qualified category. BENEFITS: Back to top

The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at . OTHER INFORMATION:

If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit a copy of your most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and your most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, you must be well qualified with a score of at least 85 for this position. For information on CTAP/ICTAP, visit:

Candidates must meet qualification requirements, licensure requirements (possess and maintain a current, valid, active, unrestricted license to practice medicine), performance requirements, citizenship and suitability requirements, and any other eligibility requirements by the closing date of the vacancy announcement: Friday, July 26, 2013 .

Selectee may be required to serve a one year probationary period.

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.

IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free HOW TO APPLY: Back to top

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes the following parts:

Assessment Questionnaire
Required Documents (Specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement. An applicant may not be considered if proper documentation is not received.)

Option A: Online application process (USAJOBS to Application Manager) the preferred method to receive automatic updates on your application status.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button on this page to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link: .

Your Application Package status must be complete and received by midnight Eastern Standard Time on, Friday, July 26, 2013, the closing date of this announcement.

Option B: Fax

If it is not possible for you to use the USAJOBS Account to Application Manager Account online application process (you have a disability or do not have access to the internet), you can apply for this announcement by completing the OPM 1203-FX form instead. Please use the following step-by-step instructions as a guide to filling out the required questionnaire. You will need to print the vacancy announcement and refer to it as you answer the questions. You may omit any optional information; however, you must provide responses to all required questions. Be sure to double check your application before submission.

Follow these steps:
Print a copy of this job announcement so that you can read the questions offline. View Occupational Questionnaire . You can obtain the OPM1203fx form at this URL .
You may submit the OPM Form 1203-FX (hard copy questionnaire), résumé, and/or any supporting documents by fax.

If you are faxing a Form 1203-FX, do not use a separate cover sheet. Simply make sure the Form 1203-FX is on top of any other documents you are faxing.
If you are faxing any documents without the Form 1203-FX on top, always use the official cover sheet which is here -- -- and be sure to fill it out completely and clearly. The fax number is 1-478-757-3144. Feed all documents into your fax machine top first so that we receive them right-side up.

Faxed documents will take 2-3 business days to process. Faxed documents submitted with missing information will not be processed. The following will prevent your documents from being processed:

Not using the special cover page mentioned above.
Missing, incomplete, or invalid Vacancy Identification Number 904192
Missing or incomplete Social Security Number or name

Note: If you have documents in your Application Manager account from a previous vacancy announcement they can be opened, copied and saved then reused as an upload file for this vacancy. Uploading your documents will speed the processing of your application for this announcement.

If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office, Victoria Schurz, (602)248-4180, VICTORIA.SCHURZ@IHS.GOV. "The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis." REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

Please ensure you answer all questions and follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may result in you losing consideration for a position.

You must provide the required information during the application process; if any of the following are missing when the announcement closes your application may be considered incomplete:

Completed Resume
Copy of current Medical License and current, unrestricted driver's license.
Responses to Questionnaire

4. Completed Childcare Addendum (available to download at: )
5. BIA 4432 (if claiming Indian Preference)

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