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Job Title:Native American Practitioner

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:KL-13-DKo-792036

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$57,408.00 to $74,628.00 / Per Year


Friday, November 30, 2012 to Thursday, December 13, 2012




Intermittent - Intermittent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Tucson, AZ United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


VacancyID: 792036 

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define “who we are,” our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence (“I CARE”).

America's Veterans need you!

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  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation.


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The location of this position is in the Home Based Primary Care Division, Rehabilitation & Transitional Care Line at the Southern Arizona VA Healthcare System (SAVAHCS)  in Tucson, AZ.  

NOTE: This is an intermittent position.  Intermittent employment is defined as non-full time employment in which employees serve under an excepted or competitive appointment without a regularly scheduled tour of duty.  A position with an intermittent work schedule is sporadic and unpredictable so that a tour of duty cannot be regularly scheduled in advance.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Major Duties focus on traditional American Indian healing and counseling.  This may include counseling, ceremonies, cleansing, and other ritual activities in order to contribute to the holistic health care of the individual. 
  • Provides traditional counseling/healing service to patients and their families in clinical and community settings, including at the bedside, in exam rooms, in the home, and in community settings.
  • Works with members of the health care team to promote mutual understanding by providing interpretation services when appropriate and assisting staff in understanding cultural perspectives and alternate world views of health and illness in the American Indian population.
  • Works with mental health and substance abuse treatment program staff and patients to provide groups with a focus on healing and how it relates to addiction and mental health.
  • Provides traditional counseling and relates it to the individual health beliefs concerning disease, health maintenance, promotion of healthy lifestyles, and prevention of illness while being supportive of the patient and family.
  • Provides Native diagnostic procedures and ritual treatments that include ceremonies, blessings, and personal work.
  • Refers to other health care providers as needed for specific health issues.
  • Provides in-service education to staff concerning American Indian philosophy and cultural sensitivity.
  • Is one of the Core Instructors for the "Gathering of Healers" staff retreat.
  • Provides traditional counseling and healing to the SAVAHCS staff who have attended the "Gathering of Healers."
  • Performs ceremonies, blessing, or cleansing for SAVAHCS departments as needed.

Work Schedule: Intermittent (see the Note above for an explanation regarding the work schedule).



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In order to qualify for this position you must meet one of the following basic requirements:

Possess a Bachelor's or higher degree in behavioral or social science, or related disciplines appropriate to the position. (Transcripts required).  You must submit a copy of your transcript (unofficial or official) with your application.  Education cannot be credited without documentation; ~OR~ A combination of education and experience; experience that provided the applicant with the knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field? NOTE: If you select this option, you must submit a copy of your transcript (unofficial or official) with your application.  Education cannot be credited without documentation. Please make sure your resume reflects your dates of employment (month/year), the number of hours worked per week as well as details about your job duties/experience; ~OR~ Four (4) years of appropriate experience that demonstrated that the applicant has acquired knowledge of one or more of the behavior or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.  IMPORTANT: Please make sure your resume reflects your dates of employment (month/year), the number of hours worked per week as well as details about your job duties/experience. A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

In addition to meeting one of the basic requirements above, you must also meet one of the specialized experience and/or education requirement below:

One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 grade level in the Federal Service.  Specialized experience is experience working with mental health and substance abuse patients focusing on providing traditional American Indian healing and counseling; determining a traditional plan of care, i.e., whether to perform a ceremony, blessing, provide counseling, or refer to another Traditional Healer for specific treatment; working with diverse cultural backgrounds; and providing in-service education to staff members on American Indian philosophy and cultural sensitivity; ~OR~ Possess three (3) years of progressively higher level education leading to a Ph.D degree or equivalent doctoral degree. (Transcripts required).  Note: If you select this option, you must submit a copy of your transcript (unofficial or official) with your application; ~OR~ A combination of graduate education and professional experience which may be combined to meet the requirements to do the work of the position.  Combinations of successfully completed graduate level education and specialized experience may be used to meet the total experience requirements.  Only graduate education in excess of two (2) years of graduate level education may be combined with experience.

Transcripts required). Note: If you select this option, you must submit a copy of your transcript (unofficial or official) with your application.


This position includes a Selective Placement Factor (skill, knowledge, ability, or other worker characteristic basic to-and essential for-satisfactory performance of the job).  Selective Placement Factors are a prerequisite to appointment and represent minimum requirements for a position. Applicants who do not meet it are ineligible for further consideration. 

The Selective Placement Factor for this Position is:

"Are you currently an American Indian Practitioner?"


In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), No person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English.  You must be proficient in basic written and spoken English in order to meet the requirements of this position. 

You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position (Narrative Responses Not Required):

  • Knowledge of traditional American Indian beliefs, practices, and ceremonies.
  • Ability to work with patients and staff of diverse cultural backgrounds in a culturally competent manner.
  • Ability to determine a traditional plan of care, i.e., ceremony, blessing, to provide counseling, or to refer to another Traditional Healer for specific treatments.
  • Knowledge of American Indian systems of clans, families, and communities.
  • Knowledge and experience with a variety of Medical software programs.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The work is primarily sedentary, although some driving and moderate physical effort may be required.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at .

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC.  WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.  If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: 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.  Please refer to this checklist to ensure proper accreditation and for foreign education requirements.

Veteran's Preference:

When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability.  If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed " SF15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," (go to and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit



Applicants will be ranked based on four quality groups, as follows:

  • Best qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;
  • Highly qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job;
  • Well qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the job; and
  • Qualified - applicants possessing experience and/or education that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors.

After the vacancy announcement closes, reviewed applications are evaluated against the questionnaire responses and placed in the appropriate quality group.  Qualified veterans will be afforded preference by being placed at the top of the appropriate quality group.  Qualifying veterans with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be placed at the top of the best qualified group.  The best qualified group is the first to be referred to the hiring facility for further consideration and possible interview.  The remaining groups may be referred based on the number of applicants available.


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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package.  This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:

The Federal Government has special appointing authorities for persons with qualifying disabilities (go to   For additional information on these, and other special appointing authorities, refer to this checklist or contact the hiring Human Resources Management Service at: TUCSON VAMC
3601 South 6th Avenue
Attn HR 9-05
Tucson, AZ 85723


Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at  

VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

You may be required to serve a probationary period.


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application (See "Required Documents" section below).  The complete Application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, December 13, 2012.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button on the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Be sure to upload the required documents before you submit your application.  Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.  Mailed/emailed applications will not be accepted.

Note: To change or update your application, simply reapply through My USAJOBS, before the closing date.  To check the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (, select Application Status and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire: .
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID: 792036.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.


The following documents are required:

  1. Resume
  2. Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire
  3. Other documents - use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for well-qualified, displaced Federal employees), or documentation to support Veterans Preference claims.  You will not be contacted for additional information.


VHA Nationwide DEU
Phone: (501)257-4134
Agency Information:
VHA DEU Little Rock
Thank You, AR


After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification letter - or e-mail - will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address.  Otherwise, you will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service within 2 to 4 weeks.

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