Indian Health Service Clinical Psychologist in Fort Yates, North Dakota

Indian Health Service
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Fort Yates, ND
Work Schedule is Full Time - Multiple Appointment Types

Opened Monday 3/21/2016 (215 day(s) ago)

** Closes Saturday 12/31/2016 (70 day(s) away)

Job Overview

The Indian Health Service (IHS) is the principal federal health care provider and health advocate for American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN). The IHS goal is to raise Indian health status to the highest possible level. IHS provides leadership and direction to programs and activities designed to improve health outcomes to over 1.9 million AI/AN through a system of IHS, Tribal, and Urban operated facilities and programs.

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.

ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION: Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), Indian Health Services (IHS), Northern Plains Region, Great Plains Area, Behavioral Health Department, Fort Yates, North Dakota. Position reports to the Supervisory Clinical Psychologist.

This position is being announced concurrently under Excepted Service Examining Plan/Merit Promotion Plan (ESEP/MPP) procedures. Please review vacancy announcement number IHS-R1-GP-1634951-ESEP/MP; for eligibility requirements. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.

Re-Advertisement: This position is being re-advertised as Open Until Filled to solicit additional applications. Applicants who applied previously need not reapply unless submitting updated and/or missing information.

Applications will be reviewed, starting April 4, 2016, every 10 business days until filled

  • Work with serious and complicated cases while requiring a minimum of supervisory control and guidance. The Clinical Psychologist carries full professional responsibility for cases presenting a wide range of psychosocial and environmental problems.
  • Requirements of this position involve the mastery of the theories, principals, concepts, and methodologies of clinical psychology that is required through formal education and training that meets the requirement for the Doctor of Psychology Degree. Incumbent is also required to exercise good judgment in the selection of accepted psychological theories, techniques and practices in treating patients. The development of new techniques and programs for the treatment of special problems or clinical population is also the responsibility of the incumbent.
  • Experience to make clinical diagnosis of mental illness (DSM-IV), of intervention into crisis intervention into crisis situations, brief therapeutic interventions, family and marriage/couples counseling, and of working with children and adolescents. Experience and ability to diagnose and intervene in high risk situations such as suicidal behaviors, substance abuse, domestic violence, child abuse/neglect, sexual assault; psychiatric emergencies. Provide appropriate intervention and make proper referrals to other IHS departments, and /or local/regional resources.
  • Experience and ability necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of patients served. Incumbent demonstrates knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span. Ability to identify and categorize each patient's age-specific grouping of needs, i.e., infant, adolescent, or geriatric patients.
Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel may be required for training and/or other work related duties.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • The selected applicant will be subject to a pre-employment background
  • investigation, which will include a fingerprint check.
  • If applicable-Selective Service registration (Males born after 12/31/59)
  • U.S. Citizenship is required

To qualify for this position, your resume must reflect sufficient experience and/or education, to perform the duties of the position for which you are applying. Your resume is key in evaluating your experience, as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to be clear and specific when describing your work experience.


DEGREE*:* major or equivalent in psychology for all specializations except clinical psychology and counseling psychology. These two specializations have additional educational requirements, as stated below:

  • Clinical Psychology: For positions at grades GS-11 grade level and above, satisfactory completion of all the requirements for the doctoral degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) directly related to full professional work in clinical psychology is required.

  • Counseling Psychology: For positions at grades GS-09 grade level and above, satisfactory completion of two (2) full academic years of graduate study directly related to professional work in counseling psychology, or satisfactory completion in an accredited educational institution of all the requirements for a master's degree directly related to counseling psychology is required.

Basic requirements for all grades*:*Applicants who meet the basic requirements described in the individual occupational requirements are fully qualified for the specified entry grade (generally grade GS-5). Applicants who wish to qualify for positions at higher grade levels (generally grade GS-7 and above) must also meet the requirements shown in the table on page IV-A-22, in addition to meeting the basic requirements.

The individual occupational requirements typically provide at least two methods for applicants to meet the basic requirements of the occupations covered by this standard:

1.**Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study or specific course requirements generally as stated in paragraph A in the individual occupational requirements.

Where specific course requirements are not indicated in paragraph A, the number of semester hours required to constitute a major field of study is the amount specified by the college or university attended. If this number cannot be obtained, 24 semester hours will be considered as equivalent to a major field of study. The nature and quality of this required course work must have been such that it would serve as a prerequisite for more advanced study in the field or subject-matter area. Related course work generally refers to courses that may be accepted as part of the program major.

2.**Appropriate combination of education and experience that is typically specified in paragraph B of the individual occupational requirements. The "paragraph B" method generally requires that an applicant possess a core of educational credit, such as described in paragraph A above, plus additional education and/or experience. The method of determining the number of semester hours required to constitute a major field of study is the same as described in paragraph A.

The quality of the combination of education and experience must be sufficient to demonstrate that the applicant possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform work in the occupation, and is comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study with a major in the appropriate field. In addition to courses in the major and related fields, a typical college degree would have included courses that involved analysis, writing, critical thinking, research, etc. These courses would have provided an applicant with skills and abilities sufficient to perform progressively more responsible work in the occupation. Therefore, creditable experience should have demonstrated similarly appropriate skills or abilities needed to perform the work of the occupation.

The individual occupational requirements for some series make no provision for combining experience and education. Therefore, they do not include paragraph B provisions.

For a small number of occupations or positions covered by this standard, applicants may possess certain kinds of experience in lieu of education. In such cases, applicants may meet minimum qualification requirements through experience equivalent to a 4-year degree. These situations are generally described in paragraph C of the individual occupational requirements.

Applicants whose experience is used to meet the basic requirements through a paragraph B or C provision may qualify for grades above the entry level if that experience includes 1 year of specialized experience. In such cases, the specialized experience would have to be evaluated to determine if it is at the appropriate grade level in the normal line of progression.

* AND*

Experience and education requirements for GS-7 and above*:*In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have specialized experience and/or directly related education:

GS-13: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-12 grade level.

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: Experience with requirements of this position involving the mastery of the theories, principals, concepts, and methodologies of clinical psychology that is required through formal education and training that meets the requirement for the Doctor of Psychology Degree. Experience to exercise good judgment in the selection of accepted psychological theories, techniques and practices in treating patients. Experience in development of new techniques and programs for the treatment of special problems or clinical population. Experience with the Mental Health/Social Services Program staff peer review and case consultation; Experience to provide a wide range of psychological testing, evaluation and clinical services; Experience with providing psychological consultation services to various community and tribal programs, tribal court, school, law enforcement, substance abuse programs, and tribal social services.

You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date: Saturday, December 31, 2016

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. Applicant MUST verify the completeness and successful submission of their applications by logging into the USAJobs Application Manager to check the “Status”. Your qualifications for the job will be reviewed against other applicants to determine, if you will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews. We will notify you of the outcome after each of these steps have been completed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

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.

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Other Information

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:

Additional selection(s) of candidates may be possible within 90 days from the date the certificate of eligibles was issued for this announcement.


  • Security Clearance: If you are selected for this vacancy, you must undergo a fingerprint check. Fingerprint results must be cleared prior to hire. You will receive instructions on how to obtain and submit fingerprints. 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.
  • A two-year trial period may be required upon selection/placement (ESEP only)
  • 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.
  • Drug testing is not required
  • No housing available

IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free

Salary Range: $84,443.00 to $109,781.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0180-13/13

Promotion Potential: 13

Supervisory Status: No


Control Number: 433362800

Job Announcement Number: IHS-R1-GP-1635163-DE