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Supervisory Clinical Nurse

Job Title: Supervisory Clinical Nurse

Department:Department Of Health And Human Services

Agency:Indian Health Service

Job Announcement Number:IHS-13-BJ-765211-DH


$67,047.00 to $82,131.00 / Per Year


Friday, October 12, 2012 to Thursday, October 25, 2012




Full Time - Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:

Red Lake, MN United StatesView Map


United States Citizens



Hiring Incentives Available and Federal Benefits Package

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.

A severe Government-wide shortage of candidates exists and/or a critical hiring need is present for this occupation as determined by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Therefore, these Federal positions are also being filled through OPM’s Government-wide Direct Hire Authority (DHA). This flexible hiring authority has been authorized by the Chief Human Capital Officer Act of 2002 (Title XIII of the Homeland Security Act and codified at 5 U.S.C. § 3304). If utilizing DHA, the following is applicable: a vacancy is established, applicants who are U.S. citizens and meet the basic qualification requirements will be forwarded to the Selecting Official for consideration, and the “rule of three”, Veteran’s preference, & traditional rating/ranking of applicants do not apply to the Direct Hire process (Indian Preference does apply).

INDIAN PREFERENCE POLICY: The Indian Health Service (IHS) is required by law to give absolute preference Indian applicants and employees who are qualified and suitable for Federal employment. Therefore, IHS 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 above, IHS is also committed to achieving full and equal opportunity without discrimination because of race, religion, color, gender, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, and sexual orientation.


Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Indian Health Service (IHS), Bemidji Area Indian Health Service, Cass Lake Service Unit, Clinical Services, Optometry Section, Red Lake, MN United States 1 vacancy


Salary range: $67,047 - $82,131 ( Annually)

Position will be filled as permanent full-time.

Incumbents of this position may be subject to on-call or call back duty, i.e. irregular or occasional work performed on a day when work is not scheduled

Travel, transportation and relocation expenses are authorized and will be paid only if this would NOT be the first official duty station for the new appointee. If relocation expense allowances are paid, employee will be required to sign a one-year service agreement. Failure to fulfill the one-year service agreement may require repayment of relocation expense allowances .

Incumbent will be required to service a one year supervisory probationary period.


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 license required during the hiring process


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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.


Supervises the work of RNs, LPNs, and Medical Support Assistants

Participates with other supervisory nursing personnel in program planning; in continuous analysis and evaluation of nursing policies and procedures; in problem solving matters; in committee activities as assigned and staff education activities

Plans nursing activities to facilitate efficient operation, smooth patient flow, availability of nursing personnel, assurance that patient’s needs are promptly and adequately met and required nursing services are rendered.

Responsible for maintaining nursing accreditation standards for the health center.


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SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR: The following Selective Placement factor has been determined to be essential for the position. Candidate must show possession of this factor in order to be minimally qualified: Must possess and maintain a valid, current, unrestricted Nurse license or certification in a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States.

The following shows the amounts of education and/or experience required to qualify for positions covered by the standard.


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.

GS-11: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 level OR completion of all requirements for a doctoral degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) or three (3) full years of progressively higher level graduate education.

Evaluation of Education: 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.

Evaluation of Experience: Experience must have equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. At GS-9 and above, many positions require experience in a specialty area of nursing.

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

Samples of Specialized Experience at the GS-11 is defined as work involving providing leadership, coordinating nursing activities within the assigned department, planning short and long term goals of the department, IPC initiative, developing and implementing program improvements that will have an effect on patient care and patients served, ensures that facilities policies, procedures, nursing standards, federal and state guidelines are adhered to for accreditation requirements, provides skilled and comprehensive care to patients, excises sound judgment in interpreting observations of a patient to the physician and/or initiating emergency measures when needed. Supervising nursing staff, i.e, subordinate nurses, practical nurses, medical support assistants, etc., evaluates work of subordinates and provides feedback, develops work schedules, assigns work, approving leave, identifying and providing training.

SUPERVISORY OR MANAGERIAL ABILITIES: Candidates must have demonstrated in their work experience or training that they possess, or have the potential to develop, the qualities of successful supervision, as listed below:

A. Assign to and review work of subordinates, train and work effectively with subordinates from a variety of backgrounds and with different levels/areas of training.

B. Accomplish the quality and quantity of work expected within set limits of cost and time.

C. Plan own work and carry out assignments effectively.

D. Communicate with others effectively both orally and in writing, in working out

solutions to problems or questions relating to the work.

E. Understand and further management goals as these affect day-to-day work operations.

F. Develop improvements in or design new work methods and procedures.

IN ADDITION to the abilities required above, candidates must also possess, or

have the potential to develop , the ability to:

a. Deal effectively with individuals or groups representing widely divergent backgrounds, interests, and points of view.

b. Adjust work operations to meet emergency or changing program or production

requirements within available resources and with minimum sacrifice of quantity of quality work.

c. Establish program objectives or performance goals and to assess progress toward

their achievement.

d. Coordinate and integrate the work activities of several organizational segments or

several different projects.

e. Analyze organizational and operational problems and develop timely and

economical solutions.

f. Represent the activity both within and outside the organization or agency and to

gain support for the agency's program goals.

Personal Attributes: Candidates for all supervisory/managerial positions must

demonstrate all of the following personal qualities:

1. Objectivity and fairness in judging people on their ability, and situations on the

facts and circumstances;

2. Capacity to adjust to change, work pressures, or difficult situations without undue


3. Willingness to consider new ideas or divergent points of view;

4. Capacity to "see the job through;

5. Understanding of the ability to work with American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Positive Education Requirements: Note: this position has specific educational requirements. To qualify for this position, you MUST possess the required education as noted under qualifications.

Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program. For further information, click on

You must provide the required information during the application process;

1. Applicable Supporting Documentation (see Required documents section in this announcement for more details)

2. All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):


Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:

·Cover Letter




·Other Veterans Document





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.


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· 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). Also, a

security questionnaire must be completed before the date of hire. 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.

· Before hiring can be made final, selectee will be required to complete a “Declaration of Federal Employment – Optional Form 306” to determine your suitability for Federal Employment, and to certify the accuracy of all the information in your application. Persons making false statements in any part of the application may not be hired; or fired after employment starts; or may be fined.

· Before hiring can be made final, selectee will also be required to complete an “Addendum to the Declaration of Federal Employment – Optional Form 306. Under P.L. 101-630 Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Prevention Act, persons who have been arrested for or charged with a crime involving a child, or violent crime against a person, may not be eligible for employment with IHS.


· The selected individual is required to obtain and maintain Nurse licensure. If licensure is not maintained during employment, the employee will be subject to adverse actions, up to and including removal from Federal service.

· Selectee will be required to be immunized against Measles and Rubella and provide documentation prior to or at the time of their start date. Special consideration may be allowed to individuals who are allergic to a component of the vaccine or are currently pregnant. Selectee must have documented immunity to Rubella and Measles.

· Males over the age of 18, and born after December 31, 1959, are required to be registered with the Selective Service System (or have an exemption) in order to be eligible for employment with the Federal Government.

· Selectee(s) are required to have a viable bank account at a financial institution for electronic direct deposit of salary payment.

· The incumbent may be required to travel and must possess a valid driver’s license.


§ Verification of Indian Preference: Applicants who wish to receive Indian Preference MUST submit the BIA Form 4432, Verification of Indian Preference for Employment in BIA and IHS Only. This certifies the applicant is an Indian as defined by the Indian Health Manual Chapter 7, Part 3. Indian Preference will not be given unless a proper BIA Form 4432 is attached to the application/resume.

§ All information provided by the candidate will be verified, reference checks will be

conducted from current and past supervisors on the tentative selectee.

§ The law prohibits public officials from appointing, promoting, or recommending their relatives.

§ Federal annuitants (military and civilian) may have their salaries reduced. All

employees must pay any valid delinquent debt or the agency may garnish their salary.

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 State license/registration as a Nurse), performance requirements, citizenship and suitability requirements, and any other eligibility requirements by the closing date of the vacancy announcement:

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 subjSuect to possible criminal charges.

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Resume or Other written application format. Your resume or other application format should include the following information:


Announcement number, title, and grade(s) of the job for which you are applying and duty

station(s) interested in.


Full name, mailing address (with zip codes), day and evening phone numbers (include area codes), and e-mail address (if any), Country of citizenship


High School (name, city, and state) and date of diploma or GED

College and/or universities (name, city, and state, major, type and year of degrees


Copies of college transcripts, if applicable.


Give the following for your paid and non-paid work experience related to the job for

which you are applying:

Organization and Job title (if Federal, please indicate series and grade & submit SF-50)

Duties and accomplishments

Supervisor’s name, address, and phone number

Starting and ending dates (month and year) and average hours worked per week

OTHER QUALIFICATIONS, Give dates but do not send documents unless requested:

Job related training courses (title and year) and skills

Job related certificates and licenses (if you are a licensed medical professional, submit

copy of license to practice)

Honors, awards, and special accomplishments, for example, publications, memberships, in professional or honor societies, leadership activities, public speaking, and performance


***If your resume or application does not provide all the information we request, you may lose consideration for a job.



Indian Health Service

Billings Area

Northern Plains Region/Office of Human Resources

ATTN: Jackie Black, HR Specialist, Rm. 400

2900 4th Ave N. or PO Box 36600

Billings, MT 59107

If you have any questions please contact Jackie Black, HR Specialist

Telephone #: (406) 247-7214


FAX #: (406) 247-7251

If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process,

please notify the Human Resources Office, Jackie Black, (406)247-7214, JACKIE.BLACK@IHS.GOV. "The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a

case-by-case basis."


You MUST provide the required documents listed below during the application process either through the document upload process or fax using instructions outlined in Section B above. IF any of the following are missing when the announcement closes we will deem your application incomplete:

• ___Resume -You are encouraged to use the USAJobs online resume builder to ensure that all required information is in your resume. If you use your own résumé, curriculum vitae, or any other written form you choose then you must describe your job-related qualifications that include beginning and ending dates for paid and non-paid work experience, hours worked per week, month and year of employment for each job title listed.

• ____Indian Preference applicants If claiming Indian preference for the first time, or if you have no previous documentation of preference, applicants must provide a completed copy of the current Form BIA

-4432, Expiration Date: 11/30/2014, "Verification of Indian Preference for Employment in the BIA and IHS Only." The current form expiration date, 11/30/2012, does not need to be used if an older Form BIA-4432 is submitted with a signature that predates the expiration date on the form. Indian preference will not be given unless a properly signed and dated form is submitted with your application, including any verification by an authorized Tribal Representative or BIA official of tribal enrollment records, documentation of lineal descent, state or academic records that document you posses one-half degree Indian blood from a tribe indigenous to the United States, as well as official records that establish your degree of Indian blood, such as census records. You must also complete the family history chart if necessary. (See the form for detailed instructions for the completion of the BIA form 4432 located at: or please contact your tribal enrollment officer or your local BIA Office for your most current form.)

• ___Qualifications – Copy of Nurse License

• ___Transcripts - Transcripts must be provided if substituting education for experience and/or if education is required for this position. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable but official transcripts will be required before entrance on duty.

• ___Addendum to Declaration for Federal Employment, This is designated as a Childcare position under P.L. 101-630 Indian Child Protection Form click on this link:

• ___Veteran's Preference-If claiming Veteran's Preference, include a copy of DD-214 Form, and SF-15 Form if claiming 10 point Veteran's Preference click on this link:

IN ADDITION: All information provided by the candidate will be verified, Reference checks will be conducted from current and past supervisors on tentative selectees.


Jackie Black

Phone: (406)247-7214

TDD: 301-443-6394


Agency Information:

Indian Health Service HR Center

PO Box 36600

2900 4th Ave North

Billings , MT



We will review your résumé and required supporting documents to ensure you meet the basic qualification & eligibility requirements.


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