Indian Health Service Social Worker (BE2611) in Belcourt, North Dakota

Indian Health Service
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Belcourt, ND
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Friday 10/7/2016 (13 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 10/21/2016 (1 day(s) away)

Job Overview

About the Agency

Become a part of an innovative, dynamic, nationwide organization of dedicated health care providers working to meet the individual health care needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Indian Health Service (IHS) employees are considerate in our care, creative in our approach, enthusiastic about our work and compassionate with our patients.

Our lifestyle is adventurous, community oriented and focused on service and problem solving as part of a professional interdisciplinary team. Join us in improving the health outcomes of 2.2 million American Indians and Alaska Natives. This position is located in the Behavior Health Department at the Indian Health Service (IHS), Quentin N. Burdick Memorial Health Department, Belcourt, North Dakota. The primary responsibility of this position is responsible for assisting, planning, organizing, improving, and implementing a comprehensive Behavioral Health program which provides developing and maintaining a cooperative and coordinated social services program effort among the various IHS departments and the various relevant social service agencies in the area. The Behavioral Health Department provides comprehensive Mental Health and Alcohol/Drug Prevention care and support to pediatric, adolescent, adult and elderly patients in the Community. the incumbent will report to and be under is under the direct supervision of the Supervisory Clinical Psychologist.

The IHS is required by law to give absolute preference to qualified applicants who meet the Secretary of the Interior's definition of Indian for appointment to vacancies within the IHS in accordance with established IHS policy as outlined in the Indian Health Manual Part 7, Chapter 3. The IHS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Assist in developing and maintaining cooperative efforts among the various allied agencies in the area. Participate in crisis availability during regular clinic hours as planned by the Behavioral Health Director to cover emergency situations. Evaluates and records progress on client goals in the client record. Assess pre-intervention and pre-admission interviews. Follow up on continued care, case management of clients/patients assigned to. Other related duties as assigned.

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel may be required for training and/or other work related duties.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Selectee will be subject to a pre-employment fingerprint check.
  • Selectee will be subject to a background investigation.
  • Selectee will be subject to a probationary/trial period.
  • ESEP appointees typically serve two year trial period.
  • More than one selection may be made from this announcement.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

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.

BASIC REQUIREMENT(S): Degree: Social Work. Must fulfill all of the requirements for the master's degree in social work in a school accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Master's Degree with Practicum: Applicants who complete all of the requirements for a master's degree in social work that included a practicum are eligible for GS-9. AND

GS-9: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 level OR two years of progressively higher level graduate leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree. GS-11: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 level OR three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D degree or Ph.D or equivalent doctoral degree.

Specialized Experience: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.

Specialized Experience Defined GS-9: Experience providing appropriate social work. Experience helping patients/clients maintain, regain, and enhance their level of social functioning when it has been hindered by existing or potential illness, disability, or injury. Experience planning, assessing and developing plans for and refers clients of abuse appropriately. Experience giving and assessing pre-intervention interviews to insure treatment plan and referral is appropriate. Specialized Experience Defined GS-11: Experience providing appropriate intensive social work requiring the exercise of mature professional judgment and the flexible use of a wide range of skills in social work. Experience helping patients/clients maintain, regain, and enhance their level of social functioning when it has been hindered by existing or potential illness, disability, or injury. Experience planning, assessing and developing plans for and refers clients of abuse appropriately. Experience giving and assessing pre-admission and pre-intervention interviews to insure treatment plan and referral is appropriate. Experience providing health education and health promotion services for patients. Experience in clinical diagnosis of mental illness (DSM-V), crisis intervention best practices, brief therapeutic intervention, marriage and family counseling. 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).

See Qualifications

You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 pm (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date: Friday, October 21, 2016

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

You can track the progress of your application package via your USAJOBS account. You will receive an acknowledgement from USAJOBS that your submission was successful once we have received your on-line occupational questionnaire, resume, and any supporting documentation. You will be notified of the status of your application via your USAJOBS Account after we conduct a qualification review of your complete application package. You will be contacted if further evaluation or interviews are required. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempt to conceal information may disqualify you for employment consideration. We may verify all information you provide in your resume and questionnaire responses, through reference and/or background check, and/or verification of your education. If you are selected, you will be contacted personally by the Human Resources (HR) office posting this announcement.

You will no longer need to call the HR Office to determine your application status. USAJOBS has added an alert setting to their system to provide status updates for applicants. You can elect to activate the status updates from your USAJOBS profile at any point during the application process.

If all required documentation is not submitted with your application you will lose consideration. It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that information and documents entered, uploaded, or faxed is received, legible and accurate. HR will not modify answers submitted by an applicant.

Indian Health Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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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 annual leave is earned. CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

  • 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.
  • Measles and Rubella immunization required for selectees born after 1957.
  • Additional selections may be made on this vacancy.
  • Government housing may be available - depending on availability.
  • Drug testing is not required.
  • This position is covered by a Bargaining Unit.
  • Selectee(s) are required to have a viable bank account at a financial institution for electronic direct deposit of salary payment.
  • A two-year trial period may be required upon selection/placement (ESEP only)

IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free

Salary Range: $48,968.00 to $77,019.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0185-09/11

Promotion Potential: 11

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Candidates eligible under Indian Preference authority; Federal employee serving on career/career-conditional appointments; reinstatement eligibles; applicants eligible for non-competitive appointment; VEOA/VRA/30% disabled veterans; CTAP/ICTAP; Schedule A eligibles; PHS Commissioned Corps Personnel.

Control Number: 452884200

Job Announcement Number: IHS-17-GP-1820729-ESEP/MP