The incumbent is responsible for the overall administrative and financial management of the Area Office, and the Area Service Units (SUs). Incumbent provides executive leadership, guidance and senior management support to Area Office staff organizations, SUs, and their personnel. Delivers high quality, comprehensive health services suited to the needs of the identified American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) population. Oversees medical facilities that meet quality of care requirements and Medicare quality standards that all hospitals are surveyed to by accrediting organizations and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Directs and supervises an executive, professional, and administrative staff in planning, developing, coordinating and managing health programs of preventive, curative, and environmental and traditional health services for AI/Ans. Leads the development and demonstration of alternative means and techniques of health services management and delivery to provide Tribes, Tribal health care programs, Urban Indian Health programs and AI/AN community with optimal ways of participating in Indian health programs. Enables leaders, tribal members, and AI/AN community groups to participate in devising, identifying, and developing alternative means and techniques that could increase the effectiveness of health service delivery. This is accomplished within the framework of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act and in accordance with overall IHS goals, priorities and policy. The incumbent possesses the authority and responsibility to direct the negotiations of contracts with Tribes and compacts on behalf of the Director, IHS. As a member of senior level leadership, the incumbent reviews and advises on IHS policy, programs and goals for the Director, IHS. Meets regularly with, remains accessible to, and consults and cooperates with leaders of Tribal Governments, Tribal organizations, and confers with Urban Indian Health Program Leaders at local, state and national levels and stimulates and promotes their fullest participation in carrying out health programs. Reviews and evaluates Area health program progress with measureable outcomes, resource utilization, and control of professional services to assure that high quality, effective and cost-efficient health services are provided. Provides leadership to assure that Indian Preference, Upward Mobility, EEO and other policies of the IHS and higher authority are effectively implemented and maintained.
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