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Job Title:  Clinical Psychologist
Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  Indian Health Service
Job Announcement Number:  IHS-14-BI-981210-DE

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$96,690.00 to $125,695.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 to Tuesday, November 05, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Lodge Grass, MT View Map
United States Citizens


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.

For information on the IHS visit IHS.GOV


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.


This position is also being announced under Announcement # IHS-14-BI-981203-ESEP/MP for those who want to be considered under Merit Promotion Plan/Excepted Service Examining Plan.  If you wish to be considered all hiring plans you must submit an application to both job opportunity announcements. 

This position is located with the Billings Area Indian Health Service, Crow Service Unit, Lodge Grass Health Center, Lodge Grass, Montana.


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  • 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
  • Copy of current professional licensure required during the hiring process.


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·         Prescribing Psychotropic medications, provides consultation services for psychotropic medications.

·         Provide clinical and preventative services to children and families in coordination with local agencies and schools, including individual and group psychotherapy, mental health status evaluations, crisis intervention, suicide assessments, psychological testing, and consultation with a multi-disciplinary treatment staff.

·         Coordination of services with providers, agencies, families and individuals.

·         Develops effective case management services for child abuse, suicide, family violence, chemical dependency and chronically mentally ill clients.

·         Collaborates with tribal and IHS chemical dependency programs, BIA Social Services, Tribal Court and community mental health center programs to develop comprehensive services and provide continuity of patient care.


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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 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.


In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have specialized experience and/or directly related education in the amounts shown below:


GS-14: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 grade level.


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


Your resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector performing the following types of tasks:


Specialized Experience: For GS-14 level, you must have one year of experience (equivalent to the GS-13) that included duties such as:

·         Demonstrated experience independently prescribing psychotropic medications in an appropriate manner, monitoring patients' responses to medication, and adjusting medications as needed.       

·         serve as consultants to other staff clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, neurologists, nurses, social workers, nursing assistant staff, and other staff in their given work area.

·         promote and preserve a psychotherapeutic atmosphere among the professional treatment staff, participate in developing treatment programs for patients, and advise and consult with all levels of    professional staff concerning              psychological characteristics and behavior changes of clients.

·         provide advice regarding appropriate staff responses toward a patient or specific environmental factors which will stimulate more self-reliance, reduce anxiety, or achieve more socially adaptable behavior patterns.

·         Provide consultation to community resources and/or to segments of the organization other than those to which he is primarily assigned.

·         Function as an authoritative source of information in the use and prescription of psychological drugs.

·         Prescribe medications as appropriate, monitor patients' responses to medication, and adjust medications as needed. 

·         Perform their functions in a mature fashion with full professional responsibility for the psychological treatment plan for the patient.

·         keep abreast of new concepts and techniques in their specialty areas and apply them as appropriate in direct services work.

·         Performing psycho-diagnosis and psychotherapy at a level of professional maturity for the full range of mentally disturbed patients.

·         Make psychological assessments, and present diagnostic and treatment recommendations to the professional team.

·         Formulate patient treatment plans, contributing their knowledge of psychological and personality assessment and evaluation.

·         Utilize any therapeutic technique or combination of techniques indicated by the specific needs of the patient.

·         Organize, structure, and conduct group therapy sessions, consulting with the professional treatment team on the selection of patients and objectives to be sought.

·         Keep their superiors informed of the status and progress of individual cases and projects.

·         Make decisions on the course of action that is professionally sound in light of current scientific information.



Selective factors are knowledge, skills, abilities, or special qualifications that are in addition to the minimum requirements in a qualification standard, but are determined to be essential to perform the duties and responsibilities of a particular position. APPLICANTS WHO DO NOT MEET THE FOLLOWING SELECTIVE FACTOR ARE INELIGIBLE FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION: Completion of Post-Doctoral Training in Clinical Psychopharmacology. State license as a Medical, Prescribing, or Conditional Prescribing Psychologist is required.

You must meet the requirements of the job by this date: Tuesday, November 05, 2013


You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume (your resume must state specific duties that relate to this position) and your responses to the assessment questions will be evaluated against the duties you provided in your resume, along with your submitted documentation to determine your ability to demonstrate the following:


  • Planning & Evaluating
  • Technical - Psychology
  • Technical- Medication Prescribing
  • Oral Communication


If you meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, your application will be rated based on Category Rating and Selection procedures, you will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within each of these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-preference eligibles. If after reviewing your resume and responses to the assessment questions, a determination is made that you have overstated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration.

The following links below provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities. If you are a Veteran, qualified CTAP and ICTAP eligible, or an individual with a disability, please refer to the following links below for additional guidance:

Click here to view vacancy questions: View Assessment Questions. All documents above MUST be received by 11:59 (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date of, Tuesday, November 05, 2013, to be considered.


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This position meets the criteria specified in pillar number one of the five pillars of the PHS Commissioned Corps. PHS Commissioned Officers who are interested in this position within the Commissioned Corps MUST apply online in order to receive consideration. (MP Vacancies- for applicable positions). For more information on PHS Commissioned Corps, visit the website at:


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. However if there are no qualified Indian Preference candidates on the Certificate the vacancy must be re-announced.


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


Relocation Expenses:   Not Paid - Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the employee.




·         Occasional Travel required

·         Bargaining Unit Position

·         Position covered under P.L. 101-630



·        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).  Also, a security questionnaire must be completed before or on the date of hire.   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.

·         Before hiring can be made final, selectee will be required to complete a “Declaration of Federal Employment – Optional Form 306” to determine your suitability for Federal Employment, and to certify the accuracy of all the information in your application. Persons making false statements in any part of the application may not be hired; or fired after employment starts; or may be fined.

·         Before hiring can be made final, selectee will also be required to complete an “Addendum to the Declaration of Federal Employment – Optional Form 306.  Under P.L. 101-630 Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Prevention Act, persons who have been arrested for or charged with a crime involving a child, or violent crime against a person, may not be eligible for employment with IHS.



·         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.

·         Selectee will be required to be immunized against Measles and Rubella and provide documentation prior to or at the time of their start date. Special consideration may be allowed to individuals who are allergic to a component of the vaccine or are currently pregnant. Selectee must have documented immunity to Rubella and Measles.

·         Males over the age of 18, and born after December 31, 1959, are required to be registered with the Selective Service System (or have an exemption) in order to be eligible for employment with the Federal Government.

·         Selectee(s) are required to have a viable bank account at a financial institution for electronic direct deposit of salary payment.

·         The incumbent may be required to travel and must possess a valid driver’s license.




Verification of Indian Preference:  Applicants who wish to receive Indian Preference MUST submit the BIA Form 4432, Verification of Indian Preference for Employment in BIA and IHS Only.  This certifies the applicant an Indian as defined by the Indian Health Manual Chapter 7, Part 3.  Indian Preference will not be given unless a proper BIA Form 4432 is attached to the application/resume.


All information provided by the candidate will be verified, reference checks will be conducted from current and past supervisors on the tentative selectee.


The law prohibits public officials from appointing, promoting, or recommending their relatives.


Federal annuitants (military and civilian) may have their salaries reduced.  All employees must pay any valid delinquent debt or the agency may garnish their salary.

Candidates must meet qualification requirements, licensure requirements (if applicable), performance requirements, citizenship and suitability requirements, and any other eligibility requirements before appointment.

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.


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package. See required documents below.

  1. Click ‘Apply Online' to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.
  2. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire and upload required documents.
  3. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application.
  4. Applications must be received by the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.
  5. Check application status by logging into your USAJOBS account, clicking Application Status, then More Information for this position. Return to an incomplete application by clicking Apply Online in the vacancy announcement and re-selecting your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following 981210. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

You are highly encouraged to submit your application package and complete your assessment questionnaire on-line. If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire
  3. You are limited to selecting 10 locations.
  4. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

PLEASE NOTE: When completing the 1203-FX, be sure to select only one response for each question. Selecting more than one response for a question may result in your application package being rated ineligible. In Section 25 of the Occupational Questionnaire, you may notice that the numbering restarts with number one. When entering your responses on the 1203-FX form please continue to enter your responses on the next available number within this section. The numbers on the 1203-FX will not match the Occupational Questionnaire once it restarts with number one.

Submission of a resume' or a 1203FX form alone IS NOT a complete application. This position requires the completion of additional forms and/or supplemental materials as described under Required Documents section.

The IHS provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office (Shelly Macdonald, (406)247-7196, and/or SHELLY.MACDONALD@IHS.GOV). The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

For additional questions please see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) found here:


Required Documentation for Eligibility and Preference:

  • Indian Preference Applicants – If claiming Indian preference for the first time, or if you have no previous documentation of preference, applicants must provide a completed copy of the Form BIA-4432 (expiration date 11/30/2014), “Verification of Indian Preference for Employment in the BIA and IHS Only.” Indian preference will not be given unless a properly signed and dated form is submitted with your application, including any verification by an authorized Tribal Representative or BIA Official of tribal enrollment records. For detail instructions, see form BIA-4432. You must also complete the family history chart if necessary. Current IHS employees with a BIA form on file in their Official Personnel Folder are required to submit a copy of that form with their application. Refer to BIA-4432 link:
  • Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) or other Veterans preference (VRA and 30%or more disabled) – include a copy of your DD-214, if you're claiming Vet preference. For more information please see link at:
  • Career Transitional Assistance Program (CTAP)/Interagency Career Assistance Program (ICTAP) – If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP, follow the instructions below:
  • delete if this not a Childcare covered position Childcare Addendum form must be included for this position and is available for downloading at:
  • insert additional documents required for this vacancy, i.e, licensure, transcripts, etc.


Your application package MUST be complete by 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Tuesday, November 05, 2013, the closing of this announcement.


Shelly Macdonald
Phone: (406)247-7196
TDD: 301-443-6394
Agency Information:
Indian Health Service HR Center


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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