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 http://www.opm.gov/qualifications .
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.
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 http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf) and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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.