The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
$77,058.00 to $115,157.00
Open & closing dates
$77,058 to $115,157 per year
San Francisco, CA $88,582-$11,157 Atlanta, GA salary range: $77,058-$100,175 Seattle, WA $79,570-$103,441
Pay scale & grade
4 vacancies in the following locations:
San Francisco, CA
Relocation expenses reimbursed
This job is open to
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S., and excepted service employees.
The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) works in partnership with the entire health care community to improve quality and efficiency in an evolving health care system and provides leadership in the broader health care marketplace.
CMS' effectiveness depends on the capabilities of a dedicated, professional staff that is committed to supporting these objectives. A career with CMS offers the opportunity to get involved in important national health care issues and be part of a dynamic, fast-paced, and highly visible organization. For more information on CMS, please visit: http://www.cms.gov/
This position is located in the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Consortium for Quality Improvement and Survey and Certification Operations,Division of Survey and Certification (DSC) in Atlanta, GA, Seattle, WA and San Francisco, CA.
WHO MAY APPLY: This vacancy is advertised under Direct Hire Authority and is open to all United States Citizens or Nationals. Selections made under this vacancy announcement will be processed as new appointments to the civil service. Current civil service employees would therefore be given new appointments to the civil service; however, benefits, time served and all other Federal entitlements would remain the same.
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Applications received as a result of job fairs, recruitment events, and emergency hiring mechanisms in support of this hiring initiative will also be accepted during the duration of the application process.
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As a Nurse Consultant, GS-0610-12, you will conduct onsite surveys to evaluate the performance and effectiveness of health care providers; including hospitals, rural health clinics, nursing homes, intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities, hospices, and end stage renal disease facilities across eight states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee) serviced by the Atlanta Regional Office, (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington) serviced by the Seattle Regional Office, or across four states in (Arizona, California, Nevada, and Hawaii) and the Pacific Territories serviced by the San Francisco Regional Office.
Specifically you will:
Use knowledge of nursing principles and practices to monitor and evaluate state enforcement of Medicare/Medicaid standards and applicable regulations.
Advise officials of State and local agencies, professional organizations, and community groups on Federal Health care programs and regulations.
Serve as Team Leader for surveys and make judgments regarding severity and impact of provider deficient practices, and writing reports of findings
Work with various components of the States, with professional societies an associations, groups representing health care providers, and beneficiary representatives in formulating and modifying guidelines and procedures.
Provide expert health survey advice to State health care associations as well as consumer and advocacy groups.
Additional selections may be made from this announcement for similar positions within CMS in the same geographical location. For Central Office vacancies, the same geographical location includes Baltimore, Maryland; Bethesda, Maryland; and Washington, D.C.
Current Commissioned Corps Officers and boarded applicants interested in applying for this position must send their professional resume (not Curriculum Vitae) and cover letter to DSRWS-CC@cms.hhs.gov
in lieu of applying through this announcement. You are to include the Job Announcement Number in the subject line and your current rank/application status in your email. Failure to provide this information may impact your consideration for this position.
76% or greater - You may be expected to travel 60-80% for this position
Who May Apply
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Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen or National to apply for this position.
You will be subject to a background and suitability investigation.
Conditions of Employment:
1. Security and Background Requirements: If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all selectees. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action. In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time. Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation. False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action. Optional Form 306, Declaration of Federal Employment - available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf
. This form is not required to be submitted at the time of submitting your application. However, if selected, this form will be required prior to final job offer.
2. E-Verify: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services participates in the Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify). E-Verify helps employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security numbers. Click here for more information
3. Selective Service: Male applicants born after 12/31/1959 must have registered for the Selective Service. Click here for more information
4. Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
5. Oath of Office: All Federal employees are required to take the Oath of Office and sign Standard Form (SF) 61, Appointment Affidavits. SF 61 - Appointment Affidavits - available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/sf61.pdf
. This form is not required to be submitted at the time of submitting your application. However, if selected, this form will be required at the time of in-processing.
6. Probationary Period: A one year probationary period may be required upon appointment.
ALL QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS MUST BE MET BY THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.
In order to qualify for the GS-12, you must meet the following: You must demonstrate in your resume at least one year (52 weeks) of qualifying specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal government, obtained in either the private or public sector, to include: (1) assisting with clinical reviews and evaluation of provider compliance with Medicare and/or Medicaid regulations, accreditation organizations standards or professional standards to improve the quality of healthcare services; (2) providing technical assistance, guidance, and directions to States, stakeholders, providers, and/or suppliers to improve performance and effectiveness of healthcare delivery services and health outcomes; and (3) assisting with the collection, analysis, and reporting of data to evaluate program performance.
Substitution of Education for Experience: There is no substitution of education to meet the specialized experience requirement at the GS-12 grade level.
Combination of Experience and Education: There is no combination of experience and education to meet the specialized experience requirement at the GS-12 grade level.
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, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: In addition to meeting the qualification requirements, all candidates must have the following educational requirements:
Education: (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)
A graduate or higher level degree, bachelor's degree, associate degree, or diploma from an accredited professional nursing educational program is required. This education must have been accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education , Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs , Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education , or an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education at the time the degree was obtained.
Degree from Foreign Nursing School:
Official certification from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools is required for individuals who graduated from foreign nursing schools.
License/Registration Requirement: In addition to meeting the qualification requirements, all candidates must possess the following license/registration:
Applicants must have passed the National Council Licensure Examination . In addition, they must possess a current, active, full, and unrestricted license or registration as a professional nurse from a State, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States.
PROOF OF LICENSURE/REGISTRATION is required at the time of application to verify possession of the license/registration requirement listed above. Please see the REQUIRED DOCUMENTS section below for more information.
TRANSCRIPTS are required to verify satisfactory completion of the educational requirement listed above. Please see Required Documents section below for what documentation is required at the time of application.
Click the following link to view the occupational questionnaire: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10113313
Bargaining Unit Position: Yes
Tour of Duty: Flexible
Recruitment Incentive: Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure: Not Required
CMS employees currently participating in 100% Full-Time Telework Program may be eligible to remain in the program. If an employee in this program is selected, the pay will be set in accordance with the locality pay for the applicable duty station. The listed salary range reflects the locality pay assigned to the duty location(s) listed in the vacancy announcement. For more information about pay based on locality, please visit the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Salaries & Wages Page
The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced federal employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit the required documentation and be rated well-qualified for this vacancy. Click here for a detailed description of the required supporting documents
. A well-qualified applicant is one whose knowledge, skills and abilities clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements of the position. Additional information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp
If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
This announcement is being posted under a Direct Hire Authority (DHA). Under DHA, all qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official for consideration. Veterans' preference does not apply in DHA.
Background checks and security clearance
Public Trust - Background Investigation
The following documents are REQUIRED:
1. Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional. Your resume must indicate your citizenship and if you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59. Your resume must also list your work experience and education (if applicable) including the start and end dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week. For work in the Federal service, you must include the series and grade level for the position(s). Your resume will be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s). For resume and application tips visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/faq/application/documents/resume/what-to-include/
2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire.
3. College Transcripts. If you are substituting college credit in whole, or in part, for experience at specified grades, you must submit a copy of your transcripts at the time of application in order to substitute your education for the required experience. If you do not submit a transcript, your education will not be considered in determining your qualifications for the position. You may submit an unofficial transcript or a list of college courses completed indicating course title, credit hours, and grades received. An official transcript is required if you are selected for the position.
College Transcripts and Foreign Education: Applicants who have completed part or all of their education outside of the U.S. must have their foreign education evaluated by an accredited organization to ensure that the foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the U.S. For a listing of services that can perform this evaluation, visit the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services
website. This list, which may not be all inclusive, is for informational purposes only and does not imply any endorsement of any specific agency.
4. Licensure/Registration. Since this position requires specific licensure/registration, you must submit a copy of your valid and active license/registration at the time of application attesting to your possession of the required license/registration. If you do not submit a license/registration indicating your possession of the required licensure/registration, you will not be considered for this position.
5. Supporting Documents (e.g., SF-50, DD-214, SF-15, etc.). Supporting documents may be required to be considered for this vacancy announcement. Click here for a detailed description of the required supporting documents
. Failure to provide the appropriate documentation WILL result in an ineligible rating OR non-consideration.
PLEASE NOTE: Submission of a resume alone is NOT a complete application package. This position requires the completion of the occupational questionnaire, transcripts (if qualifying through education or a combination of education and experience), license/registration and submission of supporting documents, as described under the Required Documents section of this announcement. Please carefully review the complete job announcement and the How to Apply instructions. Failure to provide the required information and/or documents will result in you not being considered for employment.
Contact Information: CMS HR Center Helpdesk
Phone: 1-888-423-2737 or 410-786-3936
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday from 8:00AM ET to 5:00PM ET (excludes all federal holidays)
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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How to Apply
How to Apply
To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. A complete application package (to include resume, occupational questionnaire, transcripts (if qualifying through education or a combination of education and experience), license/registration and other applicable supporting documents) must be received by 11:59 PM ET on 01/26/2018 to receive consideration.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR WORK EXPERIENCE AND/OR EDUCATION, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE OR EDUCATION.
We strongly encourage applicants to utilize the USAJOBS resume builder in the creation of resumes. Please ensure EACH work history includes ALL of the following information: Official Position Title (include series and grade if Federal job)
Duties (be specific in describing your duties)
Employer's name and address
Supervisor name and phone number
Start and end dates including month, day and year (e.g. June 18, 2007 to April 05, 2008)
Full-time or part-time status (include hours worked per week)
Determining length of general or specialized experience is dependent on the above information and failure to provide ALL of this information WILL result in a finding of ineligible. To begin, click Apply to access the online application. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application.
Follow the prompts to select your resume and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package. You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is submitted. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the Include Personal Information section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process.
You will be taken to the online application which you must complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation is included with your application package, and submit the application.
To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account ( https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login
), all of your applications will appear on the Welcome screen. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each Application Status means, visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/how-to/application/status/
This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, please send an email to the CMS HR Helpdesk ( HRCenterHelpdesk@cms.hhs.gov
). You may also contact the CMS HR Helpdesk at 1-888-423-2737 or 410-786-3936. Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing should contact the CMS HR Helpdesk via 1-888-423-2737 using your relay service provider (Video Relay Services or Teletype Services). The decision to grant reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
Agency contact information
CMS HR CENTER HELP DESK
Consortium for Quality Improvement and Survey and Certification Operations
7500 Security Blvd
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). We will update your status after each key stage in the application process has been completed.
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) ten Field offices reorganized in February 2007 moving from a geography-based structure to a Consortia structure based on the Agency's key lines of business: Medicare health plans, Medicare financial management, Medicare fee for service operations, Medicaid and children's health, survey & certification and quality improvement. The intent of the new structure is to improve performance through uniform issue management, consistent communication and leadership focused on achieving the Agency's strategic action plan. Over the past year, the Field has made progress in these areas and more.