Job Overview


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.

#3200036A, DOI-Bureau of Indian Affairs,
Great Plains Region, Cheyenne River Agency,
Branch of Tribal Operations,
Eagle Butte, South Dakota

GS-12:  $69,497 - $90,344  Per Annum
GS-11:  $57,982 - $75,376  Per Annum


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:

FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEESFormer 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. 


NOTE:    This is a supervisory position.  Under provision of the Civil Service Reform Act, first-time supervisors are required to serve a probationary period before their appointment becomes final.  Those who do not satisfactorily complete the probationary period will be returned to positions of no lower grade and pay than those they occupied before assuming their supervisory assignment.

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 serves as Chief of the Agency Branch of Social Services under the general direction of the Agency Superintendent with wide and full latitude for complete independent action and initiative decisions:

·   Acts as consultant to the Agency Superintendent, Tribal Administration, and Tribal Court on matters relating to Social Services. Coordinates Branch objectives with other Agency programs.

·   Administers a comprehensive Social Services which includes, but is not limited to Child Welfare Assistance, Supervised Individual Indian Money (IIM) cases, Emergency Assistance, Burial Assistance, services only to individuals, families, and groups, and the coordination of services to clients in various placements.

·   Responsible for the administration, development, execution, and evaluation of the entire Social Service Program.

·   Provides professional level direction for family centered casework to assist in adjustments of family members toward one another, and in their relationship outside the home.

·   Performs supervisory duties over four professional social workers, and one program assistant.

·   Prepares annual program budgets, revising them as appropriate in order to conform to program activities, needs, and budgetary constraints.

·   Prepares and submits quarterly, fiscal, progress reports, and assures accuracy of monthly statistical reports of all program activities. Accepts applications for services, determines eligibility, and provides appropriate services to clientele.

·   Maintains case records reflecting decisions on applications and narration of services provided.

·   Responsible for coordination and consultation with agencies at tribal, local, county, state, and national level for purpose of developing and provision of social services to the Agency.

·   Assess the social needs of the Reservation, when it is found that these needs remain unmet, develops or creates programs or locates resources to meet these needs. 

Travel Required

  • 25% or Greater
  • Occasional travel for field work and to attend meetings and/or trainings.

Relocation Authorized

  • No