Indian Health Service Supervisory General Engineer in Aberdeen, South Dakota

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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 in the Area Office of the Aberdeen Area Indian Health Service. The purpose of the position is the planning, management and direction of the Environmental Health and Engineering (OEH&E;) program for the Great Plains Area and serves as the technical advisor to the Area Director, Service units and P.L. 93-638 Environmental Health Services contractors. The annual operating budget for the OEH&E; program is nearly $10.0 million. The annual construction expenditures for the P.L. 86-121 program range from $7.0 to $10.0. The annual maintenance and repair (M&R;) expenditures for the health care facilities is nearly $4.0 million. Area new facility responsibilities encompass an additional $10 - $30 million per year in new facility construction.

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.

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  • Administers the day to day operations of the Great Plains Area Office of Environmental Health including the Division of Facilities Management, Sanitation Facilities Construction and Environmental Health Services.
  • Develops an annual operating budget for program expenditures including; personnel costs, travel, materials, supplies and equipment for the Sanitation Facilities Construction (SFC), Environmental Health Services (EHS), Division of Facilities Management (DFM) programs. Supervision:
  • Provides direct administrative and technical first line supervision for the Division of Facilities Management (DFM) Director, Sanitation Facilities Construction (SFC) Director, Environmental Health Services (EHS) Director, Biomedical Clinical Director, Realty Office and Area Safety Engineer.
  • Responsible for furthering the goals of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) by taking positive steps to assure the accomplishment of affirmative action objectives and by adhering to non-discriminatory employee practices in regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age or handicap
Travel Required

50% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


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0801 General Engineering

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Conditions of Employment

You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date: 04/02/2018


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.

BASIC REQUIREMENT(S): SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR:This position requires a current valid professional engineering license. Failure to provide proof of this license with your application will make you ineligible.

Degree:professional engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.

NOTE:An applicant who meets the basic requirements as specified in A or B above may qualify for positions in any branch of engineering unless selective factors indicate otherwise, or unless he/she qualifies under the provisions of B.2 related to the EIT examination or BET degree.

GS-14:One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 grade level.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR THE GS-14: Experience applying engineering principles, concepts and practices to solve practical engineering problems with sound engineering judgment, resourcefulness, and intuitive planning. Experience in overseeing a diverse workforce including developing goals and objectives of a facility management program; preparing policies, procedures and guidelines for implementing preventive and operations maintenance. Experience in serving as project manager for sustainability activities. Experience in reviewing architectural and engineering drawings for new building construction. Experience in performing administrative activities to effectively conduct a facilities management program.

Additional Requirements for Grade GS-14: In addition to meeting the basic requirements, applicants must have the amounts of specialized experience described below.

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: 1) Deal effectively with individuals or groups representing widely divergent backgrounds, interests, and points of view. 2) Adjust work operations to meet emergency or changing program or production requirements within available resources and with minimum sacrifice of quantity of quality work. 3) Establish program objectives or performance goals and to assess progress toward their achievement. 4) Coordinate and integrate the work activities of several organizational segments or several different projects. 5) Analyze organizational and operational problems and develop timely and economical solutions. 6) 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: a. Objectivity and fairness in judging people on their ability, and situations on the facts and circumstances; b. Capacity to adjust to change, work pressures, or difficult situations without undue stress; c. Willingness to consider new ideas or divergent points of view; d. Capacity to "see the job through;" e. Understanding of the ability to work with American Indians and Alaska Natives.

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).


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional 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.

This position meets the criteria specified in pillar number one of the five pillars of the PHS Commissioned Corps. PHS Commissioned Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps MUST apply online under the merit promotion announcement indicated above in order to receive consideration. For more information on PHS Commissioned Corps, visit the website at:

A one-year supervisory/managerial probationary period may be required upon selection/placement. Recruitment or relocation incentives may be authorized. At least a 6 month service agreement will be required.


  • 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.
  • Selectee(s) are required to have a viable bank account at a financial institution for electronic direct deposit of salary payment.
  • 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
  • Confidential Financial Disclosure Form required.
  • Selectee may be subject to a probationary/trial period.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

You will be evaluated to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications required and on the extent to which your application shows that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with this position. To determine if you are qualified for this position, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against the qualifications as defined in the qualifications section of this vacancy announcement and your responses to the assessment questions. You will be further evaluated/rated based on the information provided in your resume (your resume must state specific duties that relate to this position) and your responses to the assessment questions to determine your competency in the following:

  • Engineering and Technology
  • Leadership
  • Oral Communication
  • Project Management

You will receive a numeric rating based on your responses to the assessment questionnaires. If after reviewing your resume and responses to the assessment questions, a determination is made that you have overstated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration.

The following links below provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities. If you are a Veteran, qualified CTAP and ICTAP eligible, or an individual with a disability, please refer to the following links below for additional guidance: * Veterans , i.e. (VEOA, VRA, and 30% or more disabled) - * Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) - * Interagency Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) - * Schedule A Appointments for the Disabled -

Click here to view vacancy questions: . All documents above MUST be received by 11:59 (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date of 04/02/2018, to be considered.

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Background checks and security clearance
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Required Documents

Required Documentation for Eligibility and Preference:

  • Resume: You are highly encouraged to use USAJOBS Resume Builder to ensure all required information is included in your Resume. If you use your own resume, curriculum vitae, or any other written form you choose then you must describe your job-related qualifications that includes 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, annual salary, and description of job duties. Include name and address of employer; supervisor name and telephone number.
  • Indian Preference Applicants: If claiming Indian preference, applicants must provide a completed copy of the Form BIA-4432, "Verification of Indian Preference for Employment in the BIA and IHS Only." 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. For detailed instructions, see form BIA-4432. Refer to BIA-4432 link: When an Indian Preference candidate possesses Veterans' preference the rules regarding Veterans' preference apply under ESEP and the applicant must provide documentation in order to receive preference.
  • Veterans Preference: If claiming Veteran's Preference provide a copy of your DD214 Form (Member 4 copy). To claim 10-Point Veteran's Preference, submit a SF-15 Application ( along with the appropriate supporting documentation. For additional information regarding Veterans Preference visit:
  • Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP, follow the instructions below:
  • Current or former Federal employee: Include your most recent SF50 or if Reinstatement eligible include your Career SF-50.
  • Noncompetitive eligibles:submit additional documents to prove your eligibility to apply to this vacancy.
  • Qualifications: Must submit copy of Professional Engineering license or Registration as a professional Engineer.
  • 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. Your application package MUST be complete by 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) on 04/02/2018, the closing of this announcement. .

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How to Apply

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package. See required documents below. Click 'Apply' to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. 1. Follow the prompts to upload required documents and complete the assessment questionnaire. 2. Please ensure you click the 'Submit Application' button to submit your application. 3. Applications must be received by the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration. 4. Check application status by logging into your USAJOBS account, clicking Home, then click the Job Title to expand the details. Return to an incomplete application by clicking Apply Online in the vacancy announcement and re-selecting your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account.

The IHS provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office (Isaiah Franklin, 605-226-7806, and/or The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

For additional questions please see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) found here:

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Agency contact information
Isaiah Franklin




Great Plains Area 115 4th Avenue Southeast Aberdeen, SD US

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Next steps

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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Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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  • Financial suitability
  • Social security number request
  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

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: 03/13/2018 to 04/02/2018

Salary: $103,106 to $134,038 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 14

Work schedule: Full-Time

Appointment type: Permanent