Indian Health Service Supervisory Social Worker in Kayenta, Arizona

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

Opened Tuesday 10/18/2016 (7 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 11/7/2016 (13 day(s) away)

Job Overview

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 Kayenta Service Unit, Division of Clinical Services, Counseling Services Department, Kayenta, AZ. Incumbent reports directly to the Clinical Director.

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.


The Supervisory Social Worker improves the integration of mental health services for all staff and patients with a willingness to provide professional social work services to meet mental heath and addiction prevention and intervention goals. The Incumbent:

  • Provides direct clinical social work and psychotherapy services to a wide array of patients
  • Provides consultation to Counseling Services staff and hospital staff
  • Supervises case managers, preparation of appropriate reports and concurrent clinical case reviews
  • Provides support and evaluation
  • Maintains positive relationships with community resources
  • Provides clinical, administrative, and managerial supervision
  • Develops, implements, and rates Performance Management Appraisal Programs (PMAPs)
  • manages schedules, leaves, and attendance issues
  • Collects and analyzes social work data and productivity results, taking appropriate action
  • Reviews all complaints and disciplinary cases and makes recommendations
  • Participates in the development of departmental programs and writes policies and procedures
Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • To attend meetings
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
  • Must provide a copy of License in Social Work

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.

In addition, to the Basic Requirements, you must also meet the Minimum Qualifications stated below-


Candidate must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level to qualify for the GS-12 grade level.

Specialized experience: Experience that equipped the applicant with 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 including supervisory responsibilities. work experience is responsible in providing direct clinical and medical care to patients of all ages seeking social work services and/or clinical services. Maintains liaison and sound working relationships with medical staff and various agencies. Supervises staff and making sure staff delivers social work services.

SUPERVISORY OR MANAGERIAL COMPETENCIES: Candidates should posses proficiency or the potential to develop proficiency in these competencies prior to entry into a supervisory position.

  1. Accountability - Holds self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results. Determines objectives, sets priorities, and delegates work. Accepts responsibility for mistakes. Complies with established control systems and rules.
  2. Customer Service - Anticipates and meets the needs of both internal and external customers. Delivers high-quality products and services; is committed to continuous improvement.
  3. Decisiveness - Makes well-informed, effective, and timely decisions, even when data are limited or solutions produce unpleasant consequences; perceives the impact and implications of decisions.
  4. Flexibility - Is open to change and new information; rapidly adapts to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles.
  5. Integrity/Honesty - Behaves in an honest, fair, and ethical manner. Shows consistency in words and actions. Models high standards of ethics.
  6. Interpersonal skills - Treat others with courtesy, sensitivity, and respect. Considers and responds appropriately to the needs and feelings of different people in different situations.
  7. Oral Communication - Makes clear and convincing oral presentations. Listens effectively; clarifies information as needed.
  8. Problem solving - Identifies and analyzes problems; weighs relevance and accuracy of information; generates and evaluates alternative solutions,; makes recommendations.
  9. Resilience - Deals effectively with pressure; remains optimistic and persistent, even under adversity. Recovers quickly from setbacks.
  10. Written Communication - Writes in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner for the intended audience.

The selected individual is required to obtain and maintain medical staff clinical privileges, including any licensure requirements. If privileges are not obtained or maintained during employment, the employee will be subject to adverse actions, up to and including removal from Federal service. 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).

You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 pm (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date: Monday, November 07, 2016

Security Clearance

Q - Nonsensitive

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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Other Information

A one-year supervisory/managerial probationary period may be required upon selection/placement.


  • 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. Seasonal Influenza immunization is required for civilian health care facility staff working in Indian Health Service health care facilities.

IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free

Salary Range: $71,012.00 to $92,316.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0185-12/12

Supervisory Status: Yes

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: 453630700

Job Announcement Number: IHS-17-KA-1827510-ESEP/MP