Job Overview


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.

This position is being announced concurrently under Excepted Service Examining Plan/Merit Promotion Plan (ESEP/MPP) procedures.  Please review vacancy announcement number IHS-14-NN-1028610-ESEP/MP for eligibility requirements. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered

The Medical Officer (Psychiatry) position is located in the Division of Clinical Services, I'ina Counseling Services, Northern Navajo Medical Center, Shiprock, New Mexico. The Medical Officer (Psychiatry) will perform mental health services for individual adults, couples, families, and groups of adults as well as for children and adolescents to extent of psychiatric training and clinical experiences.  This position reports to Supervisory Clinical Psychologist.  


•Interviews and examining patients, review past history, and requests or performs diagnostic tests and examinations deemed necessary to obtain all adequate database for sound medical management.
•Provides consultations and/or co-management to other IHS providers and other physicians, providing health services to IHS eligible patients.
•Active participation on the multidisciplinary team and selected duties for the Navajo Area Mental Health Program.
•Refers patients to appropriate contracted medical/psychiatric or other mental health care, to other Public Health Service (PHS) or public facilities.
•Provides emergency psychiatric consultation when requested by the physician on call.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses are authorized and will be paid. You will be required to sign a one year service agreement. Failure to fulfill the one year service agreement may result in repayment of relocation expenses.