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Job Title:  Supervisory Clinical Psychologist GS-180-13 (SI6302)(DEU)
Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  Indian Health Service
Job Announcement Number:  IHS-R2-AB-940902-DEU

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, October 24, 2013 to Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Sisseton, SD View Map
"Any Qualified United States Citizen"


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.


RE-ADVERTISEMENT”-- Those who already applied for this position "DO NOT" Need to Re-Apply “UNLESS” you would like to update your application and/or supporting documents; your applications will be re-considered.


This position is being announced concurrently under Excepted Service Examining Plan/ Merit Promotion procedures. Please review vacancy announcement number IHS-R2-AB-940709-ESEP/MP for eligibility requirements. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.


ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION:  Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), Indian Health Services (IHS), Northern Plains Region, Aberdeen Area, PHS Indian Health Care Facility, Division of  Community Health Services, Mental Health /Social Services Section, Sisseton, South Dakota.


Sisseton, SD United States 1 vacancy




  • SALARY RANGE$81,823.00 - $106,369.00  (Annually)
  • IS TRAVEL REQUIRED: YES--Frequent travel may be required. 
  • IS POSITION COVERED BY (PL 101-630): YES--See under the "How-to-Apply" section of this vacancy for link.
  • IS GOVERNMENT HOUSING AVAILABLE: YES--Depending on availability
  • SUPERVISORY: YES--This position may require a one (1) year probationary period.




  • CLINICAL PRIVELEGES STATEMENT:  This position will require 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.
  • LICENSURE(S):  A Clinical Psychologist must possess and maintain a current, valid, unrestricted license and certification(s) in a state.


See for more details.


  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • A valid driver’s license is required. (Operate Government Vehicles)
  • If applicable-Selective Service registration (Males born after 12/31/59)
  • Pre-employment background investigation, which will include a fingerprints.
  • A Current Unrestricted Professional License is required (Submit a Copy).


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Please ensure you answer all questions and follow all instructions carefully; Errors or omissions may impact your rating and/or result in you losing consideration for this position.


MAJOR DUTIES: This position is located at WWKMHCC, Sisseton, SD. The position will serve as the Director of the Mental Health Department which provides comprehensive mental health services to pediatric, adolescent, adult & elderly patients. The Clinical Psychologist's responsibility covers the full range of psychological health services as well as providing clinical and administrative supervision and direction to the department. It is complex and changes continuously depending on situations encountered and clientele need. It requires formulating treatment plans and techniques and establishing work effectiveness criteria; implementing this criteria and evaluating staff, both professional and paraprofessional.  


·         Work is generally performed in the setting of an office within the health center. Occasionally services will be provided in the clinic patient rooms or procedure room. Hazards include exposure to contagious diseases, contact with persons who may be fearful or hostile and occasionally with severely agitated or psychotically disturbed persons. Responds to urgent calls from physician, nursing staff or other health providers as outlined in the Mental Health/Behavioral Health Procedures Manual (IHS Manual) during normal tour of duty hours.

·         The Clinical Psychologist works independently providing therapy with individuals, families and groups. The Clinical Psychologist maintains the responsibility for the care delivered and has considerable independence in using or developing new techniques in psychotherapeutic methods for providing treatment.  Individual/Family counseling, Marriage/Couples counseling, mental health assessments, depression screenings and intervention s, anxiety screening and intervention, medication education, co-occurring disorder counseling, grief counseling, ADHD testing, suicide prevention awareness;

·         Routine duties shall include providing behavioral health counseling, substance abuse counseling, and related mental health services to individuals eligible for services provided by the IHS in homes, schools, clinics, job sites, and other community locations within the Sisseton Service Unit.

·         Performs other position related duties as assigned.


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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.




Individual Occupational Requirements

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.

COUNSELING PSYCHOLOGY: For positions at grades GS-9 and above, satisfactory completion of 2 full academic years of graduate study directly related to professional work in counseling psychology, or satisfactory completion in an accredited educational institution of all the requirements for a master's degree directly related to counseling psychology is required.


·         GS-13: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level.


NOTE: Education and experience may be combined for all grade levels for which both education and experience are acceptable.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:  Experience that equipped the applicant with the 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 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.

EXAMPLES OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:  Experience to deal with the behaviors of this population; Experience with normal human development and family theory to supervise and training staff and provide policy and management input. Experience with organizational and time management skills; Experience with written and verbal communication skills. Experience in performing group counseling based on sound professional group counseling theory and principles; and, experience in supervising and training professional staff.  Experience with applicable Federal law and/or codified Federal Regulations as it pertains to this type of service and/or for this targeted service population.


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).


NOTE:  You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 pm "Midnight Eastern Standard Time" (EST) on this date:  Wednesday, November 06, 2013


You must provide the required information during the online application process; if any of the following are missing when the announcement closes we will deem your application incomplete:

1.    Resume complete in USAJOBS

2.    Responses to Questionnaire

3.    Applicable Supporting Documentation (see Required documents section in this announcement for more details) 



You will receive a numeric rating based on your responses to the Assessment questions. 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.



We will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided and evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences.


Based on the results of this evaluation, you will be placed in one of three quality categories:


·         Best Qualified Category -- Meet the minimum qualification requirements and excels in most requirements of the position 

·         Well Qualified Category -- Meets the minimum qualifications requirements and meets most requirements of the position.

·         Qualified Category --   Meets the minimum qualification requirements, but do not possess the relevant competencies to a substantive degree.

·         Names of candidates in the Best Qualified Category will be sent to the Hiring Manager for employment 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, Wednesday, November 06, 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 may be made on this vacancy announcement.
  • A one-year supervisory probationary period may be required upon selection/placement. (Supervisory positions only).
  • Recruitment incentive (may or may not) be authorized. 
  • Relocation expenses (may or may not) be authorized. (MP Vacancies Only)



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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 940902.  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 Assessment Questions
  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 (Mr. Troy Bad Moccasin, Human Resources Staffing Officer, PHONE: (605) 226-7217, and/or E-MAIL: .) The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.


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: http:/ dc015515.pdf
  • 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:
  • Current or former Federal employee: Include your most recent SF50.
  • Childcare Addendum form must be included for this position and is available for downloading at:
  • Licensure(s): Clinical Psychologist MUST posses and maintain a valid, current unrestricted license and certifications in a state; Within the Commissioned Corps, evidence of licensure or certification is required for appointments (Must submit copies with on-line application).


    Your application package MUST be complete by 11:59  pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Wednesday, November 06, 2013, the closing of this announcement.


Shanda Rieker
Phone: (605)226-7555
TDD: (301)443-6394
Agency Information:
Indian Health Service HR Center
Federal Building Rm 309
Aberdeen, SD



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.


 Indian Health Service (IHS) is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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