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Staff Epidemiologist, O-3 (New)
Assistant Health Services Administrator, O-4(New)
Clinical Director, O-6
Pharmacist, O-2 to O-5
Nurse Practitioner / Physicians Assistant, O-3, O-4
Clinical Registered Nurses, O-2 to O-4
Psychiatrist, O-4 to O-6


 

 

STAFF EPIDEMIOLOGIST (Assistant Research Officer, O-3)

Position Description

INTRODUCTION

The incumbent serves as Staff Epidemiologist at the Division of Immigration Health Services (DIHS) Headquarters.  DIHS provides health services for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainee population.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Provides support the Division in applied epidemiology, study design, data collection, data analysis, data interpretation, and data reporting for surveillance, evaluation, epidemiologic, health services, and performance improvement studies on the ICE detention population.
  2. Collaborates with Senior Epidemiologist to design and conduct disease surveillance, evaluation, research, and quality assurance studies and other data collection activities in a detention health services environment.

3.  Collects data; performs data entry, data cleaning and data maintenance; programs statistical software; and analyzes, interprets, and reports health data for surveillance, evaluation, research, performance improvement, and operational activities.

4.  Provides case management services for the DIHS/ICE Tuberculosis (TB) Continuity of Care Program, involving collaborations with detention facilities; local, state, and Federal health authorities; nongovernmental organizations; binational health programs; and National TB Programs (foreign government)

5. Maintains knowledge currency in tuberculosis-control related national guidelines, and prepares information for DIHS staff.

6.  Develops educational materials related to the Divisionís Tuberculosis Control and Infection Control Programs.

      7.   Prepares reports for Division leadership.

8. Prepares scientific articles and technical reports in collaboration with the Senior Epidemiologist.

9.     Provides technical assistance to clinical and administrative staff in areas of data collection, applied epidemiology, health services research, evaluation, and performance improvement studies.

10.   Participates in policymaking to assist the Division in integrating the organizational efforts with national and global health priorities.

11.     Develops and writes Division policies and procedures.

12.     Participates in Division committees and workgroups.

 

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS REQUIRED

  1. MPH, M.S., or M.H.S., or equivalent in epidemiology or a related public health research discipline.
  2. At least two years experience in surveillance, epidemiology, public health research, or public health evaluation

3. Must have proficiency and experience with research study design, data collection, statistical software (SAS, SPSS, STATA, or other comparable software package) statistical data analysis, scientific data interpretation, and scientific data reporting.

4. Must have excellent writing ability.

5. Must demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills and flexibility in applying traditional research skills and knowledge in a detention health services and public health environment.

     6.  Proficiency with oral and written Spanish language strongly preferred; other foreign language skills a plus.

SUPERVISION

Reports to the Senior Epidemiologist

 

 

Assistant Health Services Administrator (AHSA)
Opens:  Feb 1, 2006       Closes:  Feb 15, 2022

Category:

Multidisciplinary

Billet Grade:

O-4

Location(s):

Washington, DC

Contact Person:

Mr. Corey Vines

Phone:

877-353-9834

Fax:

866-573-8529

Email:

dihs.recruitment@dhs.gov

 

Position Description

INTRODUCTION

The incumbent serves as Staff Epidemiologist at the Division of Immigration Health Services (DIHS) Headquarters.  DIHS provides health services for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainee population.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Provides support the Division in applied epidemiology, study design, data collection, data analysis, data interpretation, and data reporting for surveillance, evaluation, epidemiologic, health services, and performance improvement studies on the ICE detention population.
  2. Collaborates with Senior Epidemiologist to design and conduct disease surveillance, evaluation, research, and quality assurance studies and other data collection activities in a detention health services environment.
  3. Collects data; performs data entry, data cleaning and data maintenance; programs statistical software; and analyzes, interprets, and reports health data for surveillance, evaluation, research, performance improvement, and operational activities.
  4. Provides case management services for the DIHS/ICE Tuberculosis (TB) Continuity of Care Program, involving collaborations with detention facilities; local, state, and Federal health authorities; nongovernmental organizations; binational health programs; and National TB Programs (foreign government).
  5. Maintains knowledge currency in tuberculosis-control related national guidelines, and prepares information for DIHS staff.
  6. Develops educational materials related to the Divisionís Tuberculosis Control and Infection Control Programs.
  7. Prepares reports for Division leadership.
  8. Prepares scientific articles and technical reports in collaboration with the Senior Epidemiologist.
  9. Provides technical assistance to clinical and administrative staff in areas of data collection, applied epidemiology, health services research, evaluation, and performance improvement studies.

10.  Participates in policymaking to assist the Division in integrating the organizational efforts with national and global health priorities.

  1. Develops and writes Division policies and procedures.
  2. Participates in Division committees and workgroups.

 

 

 

Clinical Director

Opens:  1 Sept 2005     Closes:  OPEN UNTIL FILLED

Category:

Multidisciplinary

Billet Grade:

O-6

Location(s):

El Centro, CA
 

Contact Person:

Mr. Joseph Kuzemchak

Phone:

877-353-9834 / 202-732-0163

Fax:

866-573-8529

Email:

joseph.kuzemchak@dhs.gov

DIHS has a career opportunity for a Clinical Director who will serves as on-site Medical Authority within the scope of the services provided by the organization reporting to and seeking guidance from the Chief of Medical Staff as appropriate. Is responsible for developing and coordinating all aspects of health care delivery at the Service Processing Center. Provides and oversees care appropriate to patient needs, severity of disease, condition, impairment, or disability within the scope of care provided in the detention setting (short stay unit care and/or ambulatory care) and within the mission, vision, and goals of the organization. Assures that appropriate diagnostic services are available, utilized and monitored. Incumbent has clinical supervision over the Nurse Practitioners/Physician Assistants. In the event that the Health Services Administrator is a non-clinical person, the incumbent will also have clinical supervisory responsibility over the nursing staff and pharmacy. Assures clinical knowledge, skills, and responsibilities of SPC staff. Serves as chairperson of local performance improvement and Pharmacy Therapeutics Committee. Responsible for appropriate contributions as directed by the HSA to accreditation preparation and survey process. Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC)American Correctional Association (ACA)Required to remain abreast of emerging treatment regimens, be conversant clinically with medical literature, and provide assistance to national professional associations. Incumbent works under the general supervision of the Chief, Medical Staff. Supervision is in the nature of national policies and priorities of the DIHS and local priorities, which the incumbent has helped to establish for program development and implementation. Coordinates activities with the HSA. The incumbent must exercise a high degree of independence, initiative, judgment, and follow-through on a wide range of sensitive, complex, and clinical issues. All development and follow-up is performed independently. Work is reviewed to determine the successful accomplishment of policy and program objectives.
 
QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Knowledge of the clinical aspects of the site. Serves as a clinical expert in the provision of technical assistance and consultation, and provide for the management of clinically oriented staff.
  • Knowledge of issues confronting the health care delivery system, including problems and concerns of special population groups.
  • Board certification in family practice, internal medicine, or related specialty. License to practice medicine and teaching experience. (To establish a recognized level of expertise in interactions with other clinical providers and for developing and assessing clinical educational programs.)
  • Knowledge of congressional mandates, legislative intent, program policies and guidelines, operating procedures, and various departmental initiatives. (To interact with a wide variety of cultures, organizations, and special interest groups).
  • Knowledge of organizations and responsibilities of all levels of government operations. (To communicate with Congress, Federal Agencies, and other related organizations).
  • Mastery of managerial and administrative practices. (To provide expertise in routine management of responsibilities).
Must remain flexible and be able to adapt to sudden changes in schedules and work requirements. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential. CPR certification.

Point of Contact:

All interested candidates should fax or e-mail a letter of interest and CV to Mr. Corey Vines at 866-573-8529 or Corey.Vines@dhs.gov by COB Sept 30, 2005.

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Pharmacist

Opens:  1 Sept 2005     Closes:  OPEN UNTIL FILLED

Category:

Pharmacist

Billet Grade:

O-2 to O-5

Location(s):

El Centro, CA
 

Contact Person:

Mr. Joe Kuzemchak

Phone:

877-353-9834 / 202-732-0163

Fax:

866-573-8529

Email:

joseph.kuzemchak@dhs.gov

DIHS has a career opportunity for a Pharmacist for the Pharmacy Department at the INS/HSD Medical Facility.
 
QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Reads individual prescriptions and determines the name of the drug, strength, and dosage of drugs to be dispensed.
  • Adjusts prescription instructions and drug quantities to correspond to strengths and dosage forms stocked at the medical clinic.
  • Correlates instructions on the prescription with pharmacy policy limitations and notes such on the prescription.
  • Types accurate and concise labels that precisely convey provider's instructions to the patients.
  • Fills prescriptions by obtaining the correct drug stock, counting the correct amount of medication, placing the medication in smaller containers, and affixing the prescription label and all appropriate auxiliary labels.
  • Counsels patients on the appropriate use of medication(s), utilizing the patients native language if possible, or medication information handouts in the patient's native language if available.
  • Based on the substantive knowledge and familiarity with a wide range of a articles stocked in the pharmacy, screens all prescriptions upon receipt concerning availability of drug & dosage prescribed.
  • If drug requested is not on formulary, discusses therapeutic options with the provider , suggesting drugs listed in the program formulary where possible.
  • If a non-formulary drug is deemed necessary, assists the provider in filling out a non-formulary request form and obtaining approval where necessary.
  • Answers routine inquiries from doctors, nurses, & other staff on the availability of specific items, e.g., drugs in stock, new drugs on order, & dosage forma available in the pharmacy.
  • Answers questions concerning drug reactions, drug interactions, new drugs, etc.
  • Dispenses "over the counter" drugs, as specified in pharmacy formulary without countersignature of physician.
  • Packages bulk drugs (liquids, tablets, capsules, ointments & creams, etc.) into specific quantities and various sized containers.
  • Operates tablet and capsule counting machines and labeling machines for the purpose of repackaging drugs.
  • Records all prepacking information including lot number, expiration date, manufacturer, current date, and initials.
  • Fills all requisitioned items from other areas of the clinic. If the medication is not available in the requested quantity, makes necessary computations to provide the order in a different unit of measure.
  • Prepares bulk compounds and packages a variety of simple solutions & products, most of which are for external application, such as mouthwashes & disinfecting agents, etc.
  • Places orders for supplies from appropriate sources and tracks supply usage to minimize out of stock items or excess inventories.
  • Assists nursing department in locating sources for hard-to-find items and places orders for nursing supplies based on levels established by that department. Researches supply vendors to find most economical sources for each item (within procurement guidelines.)
  • Receives pharmaceutical supplies & checks receipts against requisitions. Checks for shortage, breakage, deterioration & expiration dates. Discrepancies found are reported to the supplier.
  • Inspects stock to determine frequency of re-ordering drug items, maintenance of current pricing & proper stock rotation. Withdraws outdated drugs, determines proper disposition (destruction or credit returns) & prepares necessary paperwork to initiate proper action.
  • Is responsible for general orderliness, cleanliness & maintenance of pharmacy equipment. Participates in monthly & annual inventory of pharmacy service as required.
  • Types narrative & tabular material such as correspondence, memoranda, newsletters, forms & labels.
  • Types from clean copy, rough draft or handwritten notes without errors or corrections when required, & in accordance with the established format.
  • On a daily basis checks the medicine cabinet & all areas of the clinic where night pharmacy service is available.
  • Responsible for refilling any missing pharmacy drug or supply item used during the night.
  • Inspects & logs the temperature of all clinic areas where any type of pharmaceuticals is stored.
  • On a monthly basis gathers all pharmacy statistical information required to collaborate a complete, monthly report and routes that report through the HSA to INS HSD Headquarters.
  • Also, on a monthly basis, inventories all controlled substances and inspects all clinic areas where pharmaceuticals are stored.
  • Answers telephone & takes messages for the pharmacy in a courteous professional manner and drives a GSA vehicle when necessary.
  • Responsible for creating & maintaining file folders for upcoming Fiscal Year files & other miscellaneous files.
  • Must be willing to be cross trained to assist in other areas within clinic setting depending on workloads and staffing patterns.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED:
  • Expertise in pharmacology, pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics and all management aspects related to the practice of pharmacy in a clinic/infirmary setting.
  • Possesses necessary skills for operating manual, electric or word processing typewriters and IBM Personal Computers (or compatible systems).
  • Possess knowledge of grammar, spelling & punctuation to identify and correct errors to insure accurate copy.
  • Possesses knowledge of and is competent in understanding and communicating pharmaceutical nomenclature including generic, chemical & trade names, Latin abbreviations, dosage forms, drug strengths, formulations & English-Metric equivalents.
  • Competent in data entry and ability to work with & analyze numbers, including bookkeeping & basic accounting skills.
  • Competent in the use of office machines including photocopiers, typewriters, calculators, personal computers & word processing equipment.
  • Competent in the application of computer programs to facilitate management operations in a clinic environment.
  • Possesses ability to work efficiently, accurately & organized in a fast paced environment.
SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:
  • Works under the direction of the HSA.
  • Accepts supervisory responsibilities in an acting role as assigned by the HSA.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
  • Lifting & carrying weight up to 45 pounds.
  • Reaching above the shoulder.
  • Standing for extended periods of time (6-8 Hours).
  • Performing repeated bending motion.
  • Above average manual dexterity & agility is required when working with unit dose dispensing, typing & operation of the computer.

Point of Contact:

All interested candidates should fax or e-mail a letter of interest and CV to Mr. Joe Kuzemchak at 866-573-8529 or joe.kuzemchak@dhs.gov by COB Sept 30, 2005.

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Nurse Practitioner / Physicians Assistant

Opens:  30 Dec 2004     Closes:  OPEN UNTIL FILLED

Category:

Health Services Officer

Billet Grade:

O-2, O-3, O-4

Location(s):

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Contact Person:

Mr. Corey Vines, or Mr. Joe Kuzemchak, Recruiters

Phone:

877-353-9834

Fax:

866-573-8529

Email:

DIHS.recruitment@dhs.gov

The Division of Immigration Health Services (DIHS) has a career opportunity for a Nurse Practitioner / Physicians Assistant who will provide medical care based on current medical assessments and standard operating procedures. The incumbent functions independently as a medical practitioner for a selected patient population under general supervision, and prescribes appropriate therapies within the limits established by the appropriate governing body. The incumbent serves as a professional practicing in an expanded role as a member of a multidisciplinary team to provide comprehensive care to patients, providing healthcare maintenance, diagnostic and therapeutic services, education, and counseling. The incumbent will refer unprecedented and controversial problems to the senior medical officer. Among other duties, the incumbent will also perform physical examinations, and participate in the performance of immunization and allergy vaccination procedures. Become a part of the DIHS! We are an exciting, growing segment of the Commissioned Corps of the US Public Health Service (PHS)!
 
QUALIFICATIONS:
Required:

  • This position requires a professional knowledge of a wide range of nursing concepts, principles, and practices to perform highly specialized nursing assignments of advanced nature and considerable difficulty requiring extended specialized training and experience.
  • Must remain flexible and be able to adapt to sudden changes in schedules and work requirements.
  • Current PA/nurse licensure and CPR certification.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential.
  • Must be commissioned or eligible for a commission in the PHS, 44 years of age or younger, a US Citizen, must pass a security investigation.
Optional:
  • Correctional health experience
  • Proficiency in a foreign language
  • Valid U.S. Passport

Point of Contact:

All interested candidates should fax or e-mail a letter of interest and to contact listed above. If you have any questions please call 877-353-9834.

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Nurse Practitioner / Physicians Assistant

Opens:  30 Dec 2004     Closes:  OPEN UNTIL FILLED

Category:

Health Services Officer

Billet Grade:

O-2, O-3, O-4

Location(s):

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Contact Person:

Mr. Corey Vines, or Mr. Joe Kuzemchak, Recruiters

Phone:

877-353-9834

Fax:

866-573-8529

Email:

DIHS.recruitment@dhs.gov

The Division of Immigration Health Services (DIHS) has a career opportunity for a Nurse Practitioner / Physicians Assistant who will provide medical care based on current medical assessments and standard operating procedures. The incumbent functions independently as a medical practitioner for a selected patient population under general supervision, and prescribes appropriate therapies within the limits established by the appropriate governing body. The incumbent serves as a professional practicing in an expanded role as a member of a multidisciplinary team to provide comprehensive care to patients, providing healthcare maintenance, diagnostic and therapeutic services, education, and counseling. The incumbent will refer unprecedented and controversial problems to the senior medical officer. Among other duties, the incumbent will also perform physical examinations, and participate in the performance of immunization and allergy vaccination procedures. Become a part of the DIHS! We are an exciting, growing segment of the Commissioned Corps of the US Public Health Service (PHS)!
 
QUALIFICATIONS:
Required:

  • This position requires a professional knowledge of a wide range of nursing concepts, principles, and practices to perform highly specialized nursing assignments of advanced nature and considerable difficulty requiring extended specialized training and experience.
  • Must remain flexible and be able to adapt to sudden changes in schedules and work requirements.
  • Current PA/nurse licensure and CPR certification.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential.
  • Must be commissioned or eligible for a commission in the PHS, 44 years of age or younger, a US Citizen, must pass a security investigation.
Optional:
  • Correctional health experience
  • Proficiency in a foreign language
  • Valid U.S. Passport

Point of Contact:

All interested candidates should fax or e-mail a letter of interest and to contact listed above. If you have any questions please call 877-353-9834.

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Psychiatrist

Opens:  30 SEPT 04     Closes:  OPEN UNTIL FILLED

Category:

Psychiatrist

Billet Grade:

O-4 to O-6

Location(s):

San Diego, CA and Houston, TX

Contact Person:

Mr. Joe Kuzemchak, Recruiter

Phone:

877-353-9834

Fax:

866-573-8529

Email:

DIHS.recruitment@dhs.gov

This position is located at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service Processing Center. Public Health Service is tasked by the Immigration Service to provide direct medical care, mental health care, and intermediary in-patient care to alien detainees. The incumbent participates in monitoring and evaluating quality and appropriateness of patient care and services as described in the ICE Health Services Division Policies and Procedures Manual.
 
QUALIFICATIONS:
Patient Care:

  • The incumbent is responsible for the psychiatric diagnosis and treatment of alien detainees.
  • Provide and oversee referral to outside treatment facilities for higher level of care in those cases of severe mental illness.
  • The incumbent provides direct clinical services. Works directly with other in-house mental health providers or other consulting psychiatrists.
  • The incumbent oversees and/or orders psychiatric diagnostic test and procedures as needed.
  • Will be responsible for reviewing, signing and dating all psychiatric diagnostic tests.
  • The incumbent will provide direct treatment to detainees with identified mental health problems utilizing the various methods of pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy.
  • Will participate with other health providers in the treatment planning process for entrants identified with having mental problems by providing professional advice.
  • Serve as mental health consultant to other health professionals and staff assigned to the facility.
  • Education and training of in-house health care providers and INS staff on Mental Health issues.
  • The incumbent will be responsible for the development and implementation of data collection instruments and analysis techniques to determine effectiveness of the mental health care provided to ICE detainees.

Education and Training Required
  • 1 Psychiatrists employed by DIHS are required to be board eligible or board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
  • 2 Keeping up to date on CME requirements for licensure. Submit documentation of all CME (certificates, etc.) to HSA for inclusion in the Credentials Portfolio.
  • 1 Provide renewed Medical License on or before date of expiration to the HSA.
  • 1 Maintain current CCPR Certification and submit documentation to HSA for inclusion in the Credential Portfolio.
     
Point of Contact:
All interested candidates should fax or e-mail a letter of interest and to contact listed above. If you have any questions please call 877-353-9834.

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