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Indian Health Service Administrative Support Assistant (OA) in Gallup, New Mexico


This position is located in the office of the Division of Nursing Services at Gallup Indian Medical Center, Gallup, New Mexico. The purpose is to perform a variety of administrative tasks associated with maintaining and supporting the work performed within the organization. The incumbent reports to the Chief Nurse Executive.


Receives, reviews and tracks all incoming mail, assigns priority to each item, and routes correspondence accordingly Performs office automation duties in preparing correspondence, forms, and reports which include technical material, graphs and charts. Enters information into established databases and similar systems which track various administrative activities. Maintains supervisor's activity calendar based on knowledge of plans and previous commitments, schedule appointments, and conferences. Makes travel arrangements and prepares documents relating to travel and training. Serves as point of contact for scheduling meetings for conference rooms. Develops and maintains all files of the office meeting minutes, policy and procedure manuals and performance evaluations. Work may include purchasing supplies and equipment utilizing prescribed purchasing guidelines and procedures; tracking expenditures, establish and maintaining filing systems, timekeeping functions and prepare and process documents associated with the travel of staff Answers the telephone, receives visitors, takes and gives messages, directs individual or transfers call to proper person or office. Applies proficiency in the use of word processing, typing, personal computers, printers and office equipment. Performs other duties as assigned.


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. 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. Work Schedule: M-F Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit You will need to set up direct deposit so we can pay you. Background Investigation: 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. 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.


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. BASIC REQUIREMENT(S):

GS-06 Grade Level: Candidates must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 grade level. In addition to the Basic Requirements, you must also meet the Minimum Qualifications stated below. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

GS-06 Grade Level: Your resume must demonstrate at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower 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 full range of administrative duties, operating office automation equipment and software. Experience in creating and managing: databases, spreadsheets, graphics work processing documents; communicating effectively and interacting with a wide variety of individuals within and outside the organization, and receives and answers routine telephone inquires. Preparing and processing a variety of documents associated with travel and timekeeping. Typing Proficiency Requirement: Applicant must be able to type a minimum of 40 words per minute. A copy of your typing proficiency certification must be submitted with your application. Proficiency test results and certificates are acceptable for 3 years from the date of results. Self-Certification will not be accepted. TYPING PROFICIENCY CERTIFICATE MUST BE SUBMITTED. Time In Grade

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). You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.


There are no education requirements. For positions requiring positive education 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. 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 240 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 covered by a Bargaining Unit. 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: This position has no promotion potential.