Director Office of Direct Service and Contracting Tribes

Rockville, Maryland
Oct 17, 2019
Oct 19, 2019
Executive, Director
Full Time



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This position serves as the Director, Office Direct Service and Contracting Tribes (ODSCT), Indian Health Service (IHS), an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services. The ODSCT is located in the Office of the Director at IHS Headquarters in Rockville, Maryland.

The IHS provides leadership and direction to programs and activities designed to improve health services to over 2.6 million American Indians and Alaska Natives who are members of 573 federally recognized tribes in 37 states. Comprehensive primary health care and disease prevention services are provided through a network of over 605 hospitals, clinics, and health stations on or near Indian reservations. These facilities are predominately primary care settings and are managed by IHS, Tribal and Urban Indian health programs.

The Director, Office of Direct Service and Contracting Tribes (ODSCT), as one of two principle agency liaisons with federally recognized tribes, to provide leadership and advocacy of tribal health activities, as authorized under the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (25 U.S.C. §§ 1601-1685) for direct service tribes, and serves as the agency's principal liaison to the 573 federally recognized tribes in support of Indian self-determination, as authorized under Title I of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. §§ 5301-5332; 25 C.F.R. Part 900).

Directs a national program and provides leadership as principal advisor to the IHS Director and senior staff to develop and recommend health policies, program management, budget formulation, resource allocation, and delegation support for IHS direct service Tribes and Indian self-determination activities.

Provides overall Agency leadership on policy development, analysis and issues concerning the Federal recognition and funding of newly recognized Tribes.

Provides leadership, guidance and oversight of agency Contract Support Costs (CSC) activities, including preparation, negotiation, determination, payment, and reconciliation of CSC funding used to support new, expanded, and ongoing services provided through contracts and compacts pursuant to the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act.

Serves as focal point for consultation to seek maximum participation and input with tribes, tribal organizations, and IHS staff in the development of agency policy.

Serves as federal executive sponsor in providing oversight of the IHS Direct Service Tribes Advisory Committee and the IHS Contract Support Costs Workgroup. Serves as the principal liaison with Direct Service Tribes Tribal leaders, national Indian or Tribal organizations, inter-Tribal consortiums, Area health boards, and Service Unit health boards.

Ensures Agency compliance with direct service and Indian self-determination policies, administrative procedures and guidelines.

Provides national oversight of a tribal management grant program and recommends approvals to the IHS Director.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional and often short-notice travel is a requirement for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

Conditions of Employment
  • The selected applicant will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation, which will include a fingerprint check.
  • If applicable-Selective Service registration (Males born after 12/31/59)
  • U.S. Citizenship is required
The Indian Health Service is required by law to provide absolute preference in employment to American Indians and Alaska Natives who are enrolled in a federally recognized tribe as defined by the Secretary of the Interior. Indian preference requirements apply to all actions involved in filling a vacant position (e.g., initial hiring, reassignment, transfer, competitive promotion, reappointment or reinstatement), no matter how the vacancy arises. Any individual who claims Indian preference: 1) must submit a properly completed and signed BIA-4432; 2) must meet all qualification requirements as defined by the Office of Personnel Management and the Indian Health Service Excepted Service Qualification Standards (Preston Standards); and, 3) must be deemed suitable for employment.


All competitive candidates for SES positions with the Federal Government must demonstrate leadership experience indicative of senior executive level management capability. To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show in your resume that you possess the Fundamental Competencies, five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), and the Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs), listed below. It is recommended that your resume emphasize levels of responsibility, scope and complexity of programs managed, and program accomplishments and results.

Fundamental Competencies:
Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Written Communication, Continual Learning, and Public Service Motivation.

Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs):
  • Leading Change: The ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.
  • Leading People: The ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.
  • Results Driven: The ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.
  • Business Acumen: The ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
  • Building Coalitions: The ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.
  • It is STRONGLY recommended that you visit the following Office of Personnel Management (OPM) webpage for more information regarding the Fundamental Competencies and ECQs.

    IF SELECTED, you will be required to complete an ECQ package by drafting narratives for each of the ECQs and be certified by an OPM Qualifications Review Board (QRB) in order to be placed in this position. If you are currently serving in a career SES appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or have successfully completed an SES Candidate Development Program approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), you WILL NOT need to draft the ECQs.

    Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs):
    This position also requires that you possess PTQs that represent knowledge, skills, and abilities essential for success in this role. The following PTQs must be evident in your resume. Mandatory Qualifications (MTQs):
  • Expert knowledge of legislation relating to the provision of health care to American Indians and Alaska Natives (e.g., Indian Health Care Improvement Act, Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, etc.) and knowledge of federal health care delivery systems, including the Indian Health Service system (federal, tribal, and urban).
  • Demonstrated ability and professional experience directing meaningful tribal consultation between Federal and tribal governments to address complex issues, events, or decisions.
  • 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.
  • Knowledge of human capital management including working with a diverse workforce and utilizing the ability to direct and develop staff; ability to design administrative and management strategies to meet the organization's mission, strategic vision and goals, and to achieve maximum potential of all employees in a fair and equitable manner.
  • Demonstrated experience representing the senior executive of a large organization to governments and legislative bodies; e.g. Congress/legislative committees, OMB, HHS, Tribes, tribal organizations, academic instructions and other agencies.

  • Education

    Additional information

    Salary for Senior Executive Service positions varies depending on qualifications. The annual salary range may be found at the top of this announcement. This position may be eligible for performance bonuses and performance based pay adjustments.

    Probationary Period
    Selectee must serve a one-year probationary period unless s/he previously completed one year the Senior Executive Service.

    Standards of Conduct/Financial Disclosure
    HHS inspires public confidence by maintaining high ethical principles, and all Federal Government employees are subject to the conflict of interest statutes and regulations, including the Standards of Ethical Conduct , that govern activities with outside organizations and reporting financial holdings. The Ethics in Government Act, PL 95-521 also requires the applicant selected for this position to submit a Public Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-278 , prior to assuming the SES position, annually, and upon termination of employment.

    Security and Background Requirements
    If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees.

    Equal Opportunity Employment
    Equality is held as one of the most important values at HHS. Selection for this, and any other position, will be based solely on merit. HHS does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, age or membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit factors.

    If applying online poses a hardship to you, you may submit your application by contacting Nathan Anderson.

    Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement
    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: Nathan Anderson. Requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    Veteran's Preference
    Veteran's Preference does not apply to the SES.

    Selective Service
    As a condition of employment, all male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service. If selected for this position, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law.

    Commissioned Corps Officers
    If you are applying as a Commissioned Corps Officer and wish to remain in to Corps, you are not required to submit ECQs or PTQs however there must be sufficient information in your application to determine that you meet the criteria of both. If selected, you will not need to prepare responses to the ECQs.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    You will be 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 will be evaluated against the duties you provided in your resume, along with your submitted documentation to determine your ability to demonstrate the PTQ's and the ECQ's.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    All applicants are required to submit the following documents to be considered for the position:
    • Resume that contains your full name, address and phone number, and does not exceed the five (5) page limit;
    • Cover Letter (optional);
    • Online Assessment Questionnaire. To preview the assessment questionnaire, click here:


    Applicants who are currently, or were previously, Federal employees must also submit:
    • An SF-50 showing your current or former civil service status; and
    • Proof of OPM Qualifications Review Board certification (OPM-approved SES Candidate Development Program graduates), if applicable.
    NOTE: Documents submitted that are not listed in the Required Documents section of this announcement will not be considered or forwarded to the rating panel or selecting official.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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