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Job Title:  Clinical Psychologist, GS-0180-13
Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  Indian Health Service
Job Announcement Number:  IHS-13-PX-914109-DE

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$81,823.00 to $106,369.00 / Per Year
Thursday, June 20, 2013 to Thursday, July 11, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Fort Duchesne, UT United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American!  At HHS you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere.  Join HHS and help make our world healthier, safer and better for all Americans.

The Indian Health Service is required by law to give absolute preference to qualified Indian applicants and employees who are qualified and suitable for Federal employment. The Indian Health Service (IHS) by law is committed to affording employment preference to American Indian and Alaska Native candidates 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. In other than the above, the Indian Health Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

WHO MAY APPLY: Any U.S. Citizen


Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Indian Health Service (IHS), Fort Duchesne Health Center in Fort Duchesne, UT.


Promotion potential: None, position at full performance level

Merit Promotion Position: Yes

Travel Required: No

Supervisory/Managerial Position: No

Relocation Expenses Paid: No, relocation expenses are not authorized and will not be paid.

Is position covered by PL 101-630? Yes, must submit a completed PL101 Form (see Required Documents section)

Is drug testing required? No

Is government housing available? Yes, depending on availability

Is this a bargaining unit position? Yes

Alternative work schedule, call back, standby, rotating shofts, nights/weekends/holidays? Yes



  • Psychologist license is required (see Qualifications for more details)
  • Probationary Period for initial appointment to federal service
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered for Selective Service


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Serve as a Clinical Psychologist for the Uintah & Ouray Service Unit:

  • Serve as the department head of Behavioral Health Services for the Uintah & Ouray Service Unit.
  • Provides leadership to develop and implement a comprehensive community health, tele-behavioral health, and integrate behavioral health in the primary care setting.
  • Diagnose or evaluate mental and emotional disorders of individuals through observation, interview, and psychological tests; formulate and administer programs of treatment.
  • Provide consultative and advisory services to medical and nursing staff.


Location: Fort Duchesne is located approximately 160 miles northwest of Salt Lake City, UT or 25 miles west of Vernal, UT.  For more information regarding this service unit please visit:


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All applicants must meet the following Basic Requirements for the GS-0180, Clinical Psychology series:

  1. A doctoral degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) in Clinical Psychology from an accredited educational institution; AND
  2. Selective Placement Factor: A current, unrestricted, state license as a Clinical Psychologist.

Applicants who meet the above basic requirements may qualify for the following grade levels if they meet the additional experience listed below for the GS-13 level:

1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level performing psychodiagnosis and psychotherapy at a level of professional maturity for the full range of mentally disturbed patient normally found in psychiatric or general medical hospitals or in community mental health centers:

  • Conduct psychological assessments and present diagnostic and treatment recommendations to the professional team which includes physicians, social workers, and nursing staff;
  • Participate as full members of the team in formulating patient treatment plans, contributing knowledge of psychological and personality assessment and evaluation;
  • Familiarity with the customs, traditions and tribal structure of Native American culture in order to assist in delivery of a Native American traditional/spiritual based program is preferred.
  • Veterans Preference

    If you are claiming 5-point or 10-point Veterans Preference, you must submit documentation described in the Required Documents section.  For more information please visit:


    We will review your application to ensure you meet the qualification requirements. Applicants will be rated on the following skills or competencies: clinical psychology, crisis intervention, administer & interpret psychology tests, community psychology consultation.

    If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three quality categories:

    • Best Qualified - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and excels in most requirements of the position.
    • Well Qualified - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and meets most of the requirements of the position.
    • Qualified - Meets the minimum qualification requirements, but does not possess the relevant competencies to a substantive degree.

    Within these categories, applicants eligible for Veteran’s Preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. Please answer all questions and follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may impact your rating or result in you losing consideration for the job.


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    The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package.   Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at

    Conditions of Employment

    - Selectee(s) born after 1957 are required to be immunized against Measles and Rubella and provide documentation prior to or at the time of their start date.

    - Selectee(s) may be required to travel and must possess a valid driver's license.

    - This position requires that you obtain and maintain clinical privileges. If they are not obtained or maintained during employment, the employee may be subject to adverse actions, up to and including removal from the Federal service.

    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.



    Additional selections of candidates may be possible within 90 days from the date the certificate of eligibles was issued for this announcement, for filling additional or similar positions.


    Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection.  Basis of rating for a definition of well-qualified is 'meets the minimum qualification requirements and meets most requirements of the position' (see the 'How You Will Be Evaluated' section). 

    Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP.  This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of your most recent Performance Rating, and a copy of your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location.  Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. 

    IHS Operated Properties are Tobacco Free.



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    Applicants must submit a completed application prior to Midnight Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date: Thursday, July 11, 2013


    Option A: Online application process (USAJobs to Application Manager)

    To begin, click the Apply Online button and create a new account or login to your existing USAJOBS account.  You will create a resume or select a resume to use and be redirected to Application Manager.  From there you will create a new account or login to your existing Application Manager account.  Answer the online questionnaire and submit all required documents listed below. 

    Document Upload:  If you are unable to scan and upload your supporting documents electronically you may fax them in using the official fax coversheet:  Faxed documents may take 2-3 days to appear as Processed.

    Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link:


    Option B: Fax

    We strongly encourage you to apply online.  If you cannot apply online:

    1. Click the following link to view and print the Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire,

    2. Print the OPM Form 1203-FX:, to provide your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire, and

    3. Fax the completed 1203-FX form along with any supporting documents to (478) 757-3144.  You must also cite Vacancy Identification Number: 914109.

    Faxed documents may take 2-3 business days to process.

    ·         When faxing make sure the OPM Form 1203-FX is on top of any other documents you are faxing.

    ·         If you are faxing any documents without the OPM 1203-FX form, use the official fax coversheet available here:

    Reasonable Accommodation

    This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact Human Resources at (602) 364-5219. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


    ·         Resume – Describe your job-related qualification that include beginning and ending dates for paid and non-paid work experience, hours worked per week, month and year of employment for each job title listed.  Cover letter optional.

    ·         PL101 Form - Childcare Protection (aka Addendum to Declaration for Federal Employment): This form asks if you have ever been arrested for or charged with a crime involving a child and is required with your application: 

    ·         License Copy of your current/unrestricted clinical psychology license.

    ·         Transcript – Copy of your transcripts related to your clinical psychology education.  Unofficial transcripts are acceptable but official transcripts will be required before entrance on duty.

    ·         Indian Preference – If claiming Indian Preference, provide a copy of your BIA Form 4432 - Verification of Indian Preference.  You may normally obtain this document from your tribal enrollment office. Copies of Certificate of Indian Blood and Tribal Enrollment cards will not be accepted.

    ·         Veteran’s Preference – If claiming Veteran’s Preference provide a copy of your DD214 Form.  To claim 10-Point Veteran’s Preference, submit a SF-15 Application ( along with the appropriate supporting.


    Cheryl Clayton
    Phone: (602)364-5230
    TDD: 301-443-6394
    Agency Information:
    Indian Health Service HR Center
    40 N Central Avenue
    Suite 510
    Phoenix, AZ


    The questionnaire will assess your qualifications for the job, and will be used to identify the best qualified applicants to be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews. We will notify you of the outcome after each of these steps has been completed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. We expect to make a final job offer within 40 days after the deadline for applications.

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