Job Overview

Summary

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is the lead agency for the United States in carrying on a government-to-government relationship with the tribal nations. A challenging and dynamic place to work, it enhances the quality of life, promotes economic opportunity, and carries out the responsibility to protect and improve the trust assets of American Indians, Indian tribes and Alaska Natives.

SOCIAL WORKER, GS-0185-9/11/12,
#3300008A, Bureau of Indian Affairs,
Great Plains Regional Office, Division of Indian Services,
Branch of Human Services,
Aberdeen, South Dakota

GS-12:  $69,497 - $90,344  Per Annum
GS-11:  $57,982 - $75,376  Per Annum
GS-09:  $47,923 - $62,297  Per Annum

NOTE: TRAVEL AND RELOCATION EXPENSES WILL BE AUTHORIZED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FEDERAL TRAVEL REGULATIONS, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF REAL ESTATE EXPENSES UNDER THE CONTRACTOR-PROVIDED HOME SALE CONTRACT.

INDIAN PREFERENCE: Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act of 1934 (Title 25, USC, Section 472). Verification of Form BIA-4432 must be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference. Indian Preference eligibles that are not currently employed with the Federal service will be appointed under the Excepted Service Appointment Authority Schedule A, 213.3112(A)(7).

VETERANS EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES ACT (VEOA): Preference eligibles may apply for permanent positions (career or career-conditional appointments) under merit promotion procedures for VEOA appointments; however, veteran’s preference is not a factor in these appointments. To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, a veteran must be a preference eligible OR veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions. Applicants must submit a copy of their DD-214 for verification of eligibility. For more information, click here: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shav/index.aspx#veoa


FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES: Former Federal Employees are required to indicate whether they received a Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment (VSIP) buyout in their previous employment with the Federal government, and are required to submit a copy of the applicable Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) regarding the VSIP. The majority of individuals, who accept reemployment with the Federal government within 5 years of receiving the VSIP amount, must repay the gross amount of the separation pay prior to reemployment.

Duties

NOTE:  If the position is filled at a lower grade level, subsequent promotion to the next grade level will be processed without competition under the Merit Promotion Program at such time as performance and qualification requirements are met and classification review discloses the duties being performed properly warrant classification to the next higher grade level.

SUMMARY OF DUTIES:  The incumbent provides regional level direction for protective services for adults and children in need of protection.  This includes the completion of assessments in accordance with 25 CFR 20.404, the development of distribution plans for supervised Individual Indian Money (IIM) accounts, and long range planning to meet the ongoing needs of the individual: 

·   Develops and monitors professional social work standards for a large geographical area.

·   Provides essential technical assistance and training to field staff in areas of child and family services, protective services to eligible Indian clients, and tribal court involvement in protective services cases.

·   Coordinates the work of child and family service program with the Office of Trust Funds Management, Tribal Operations and other activities of the Regional Office.

·   Interprets broad Human Services policies, and works with tribal courts on the social factors to be considered in guardianships and assistance to children and adults in need of assistance.

·   Provides direct Human Services, technical assistance and consultation to agencies and tribally contracted programs as needed.

·   Participates in regional program reviews and evaluation of P.L. 93-638 tribal programs and recommends changes as needed.

·   Conducts case reviews of supervised IIM accounts and reviews cases to determine the validity of individual case decisions and the adequacy of casework services.

·   Provides consultation to superintendents with information and interpretation regarding Bureau Human Services regulations, procedures and advice and guidance in adopting these policies and procedures to local situations.

·   Provides regional level director concerning information and referral services to individuals in utilizing the services of other agencies, and to programs in developing their own resources.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel to attend to field work, meetings, and/or training.

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • TRAVEL AND RELOCATION EXPENSES WILL BE AUTHORIZED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FEDERAL TRAVEL REGULATIONS, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF REAL ESTATE EXPENSES UNDER THE CONTRACTOR-PROVIDED GUARANTEED HOME SALE CONTRACT