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Indian Health Service Human Resources Assistant in Whiteriver, Arizona


This Position is being re-advertised to solicit additional applicants. Applicants who previously applied need not reapply unless submitting, updating and/or missing information.


Human Resources Assistants for the Southwest Region Office of Human Resources at the Whiteriver Service Unit at Whiteriver, AZ. Incumbents will provide technical and administrative support to the HR office in the recruitment/staffing and classification departments. Positions will report to Supervisory HR Specialist onsite. Assist Human Resources Specialists with procedural work associated with recruitment/placement activities and classification activities, as well as other HR programs. Process a full range of personnel actions; provide technical direction in the areas of personnel and pay administration; and apply the proper authorities, rules and regulations for these actions. Maintain personnel files and records in automated HR information systems for each department. With guidance and consultation, gather, review and retrieve sensitive information requested by regulatory agencies.


Conditions of Employment

Must pass pre-employment examination.

Selectee may be subject to a probationary/trial period

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 This is a designated position covered by Public Law 101-630, requiring contact or control over Indian children. Upon tentative selection, selectee will be requested to complete, sign, and submit the Addendum to OF-306, Child Care & Indian Child Care Worker Position form. Due to this requirement, the agency must ensure that persons hired for these positions have not been found guilty of or pleaded nolo contendere or guilty to certain crimes. Confidential Financial Disclosure Form required. 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 may be required to travel and must possess a valid driver license. 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. You may be subject to a credit check as a part of the background investigation process. Fingerprinting, as part of the background investigation process, may be delayed due to COVID-19. All other background investigation procedures will apply. Be advised that your continued employment will require you to complete a fingerprint check within 60 days after notification of return to full operations and successfully obtaining a favorable background investigation. You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 pm (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date: 09/28/2020


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. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

GS-05: Applicants at this level must meet one of the following requirements: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-04 grade level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector performing the following type of work and/or tasks: provide support to HR specialists involved in one or more specialties such as classification, recruitment, benefits, and payroll: assist with processing hires/separations, assist in gathering position description documents in support of classification actions, initiate/submit background check requests, use a computer and software programs to prepare a variety of HR documents, prepare HR case files (hardcopy and electronic) and files personnel documents appropriately; OR Successfully completed 4 years of education (equivalent to 120 semester hours) or have a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in a field related to human resources; OR A combination of education and specialized experience as described above. Only education beyond the first 60 semester hours is creditable towards meeting the specialized experience requirement (e.g., junior- or senior-level courses). GS-06: Applicants at this level must meet one of the following requirements: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 grade level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector performing the following type of work and/or tasks: performing a wide variety of interrelated and/or non-standard HR support work such as participating in recruitment actions for competitive and excepted service hires; coordinating the use of temporary hires; screening applications to determine of applicants meet minimum requirements for potential consideration; assists in position description activities such as maintaining organization charts, gathering documents for classification evaluations, and determining the security clearance required for positions. Skill in applying Indian Preference highly desirable. Proficiency in computers and related software highly desirable in order to use a wide variety of HR information systems. You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement. Federal employees in the competitive service are also subject to the 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).


When there is a positive education requirement, or you are using education to qualify as a substitution for experience, transcripts (unofficial) are required at the time of application to verify that you meet the educational requirement or substitution.

Only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education may be credited. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: 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; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:

Additional Information

Additional selection(s) of candidates may be possible within 90 days from the date the certificate of eligibles was issued for this announcement. 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 is not covered by a Bargaining Unit. Recruitment or relocation incentives may be authorized. At least a one year service agreement will be required. The Indian Health Service (IHS), National Health Service Corps (NHSC), and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) have student loan repayment programs for qualifying health disciplines. This is a competitive process separate from the hiring process. Opportunities for LRP are based on agency hiring priorities and availability of funds. For additional information please visit:

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