Job Overview


About the Agency

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.

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.

Positions will be filled as vacancies occur. There is one position located in Rapid City, SD, available at this time.

This Open Continuous Announcement (OCA) allows acceptance of applications throughout the year with eligible applicants being placed on the OCA register and referred for consideration as vacancies occur. The first Cut-off date for receipt/referral of applications to be considered for available vacant positions will be 01/31/14. Other Cut-off dates will be established based on the date requests for List of Eligibles are received to fill other vacancies. 10 pt. Veterans' Preference ESEP applicants who submit a complete application after a Cut-off date but before the List of Eligibles is issued, will be considered and referred on the List, if qualified.

NOTE: Applicants may request to be considered under Direct Hire.


Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Indian Health Service (IHS), Northern Plains Regional Aberdeen Area, PHS Indian Health Hospital, Behavioral Health Department. This position reports to the Supervisory Clinical Psychologist.


Major Duties:

  • Provide comprehensive and therapeutic psychiatric care to patients and their families.
  • Formulate and implement plan of care which may involve various treatment modalities.
  • Prescribe medications and surveillance of medical regimens for stabilized chronically mentally ill persons, recognizing when to refer the patient to physician or other health care team member.
  • Use an Electronic Health Record system to obtain patient information, document care, order lab tests and medications.
  • Consult with internal and external customers including hospital staff and outside providers as well as area wide mental health professionals and organizations.

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel may be required for training and/or other work related duties.

Relocation Authorized

  • No

Who May Apply

This job is open to…

This is an "Open Continuous Vacancy Announcement" and applications will be referred when vacancies occur.

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