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Job Title:  Clinical Psychologist
Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  Indian Health Service
Job Announcement Number:  IHS-R2-AB-1067012-ESEP/MP

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$69,497.00 to $107,434.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 to Thursday, October 30, 2014
Full Time - Multiple Appointment Types
1 vacancy in the following location:
Fort Yates, ND View Map
Excepted Service Examining Plan Candidates (ESEP); Merit Promotion Plan Candidates (MPP); Veteran's Preference Candidates; Commissioned Corp Candidates.
Q - Nonsensitive


About the Agency

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 is an Open Until Filled Job Opportunity Announcement. The following cut-off dates will be used to issue a certificate of eligibles: May 20, 2014; May 28, 2014; and every five (5) working days thereafter until the position is filled. Please ensure applications are complete before the cut-off dates to receive full consideration.

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 also being announced under Announcement # IHS-R2-AB-1067146-DE for those who want to be considered under Delegated Examining Plan. If you wish to be considered under all hiring plans you must submit an application to both job opportunity announcements.


  • Promotion Potential:  13
  • Is position covered by PL 101-630: YES--Print off and return Childcare Addendum for this position see under "How-to-Apply".
  • Housing Available: YES--Depending on Availability.
  • Tour of Duty: May have Call Back, Nights/Weekends/Holidays, 40 Hours Per Week (Possible overtime may be required).
  • Drug Testing Required: NO

See for more position availabilities.


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


  • No


  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Investigation, which will include a fingerprint check.
  • A valid driver’s license is required to (Operate Government Vehicles)
  • The selected applicant will be subject to a pre-employment background
  • A Current Unrestricted Professional License is required (Submit Copy).


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The Clinical Psychologist position is located in the Mental Health Department; the IHS Indian Health Hospital in

Fort Yates, North Dakota.  The primary purpose of this position is to provide clinical services that are complex and changes continuously depending on situation and patient need.  The work requires developing and formulating treatment plans and techniques and establishing work effectiveness criteria and evaluating methods.  Treatment decisions are usually not clear cut, but depend upon the unique needs of the patient that requires a decision on the part of the clinical psychologist as to what is most appropriate.   Provides a multifunctional psychological program including personality assessment, therapy, behavioral assessment, diagnosis, and recommendations pertaining to treatment; Provides therapeutic interventions and psychotherapy for individuals, families, and groups on an outpatient basis.


·       Position requires intensive clinical practice requiring the exercise of mature professional judgment and the ability to use a wide range of psychological skills.  The incumbent must work effectively with serious and complicated cases while requiring a minimum of supervisory control and guidance.  The Clinical Psychologist carries full professional responsibility for cases presenting a wide range of psychosocial and environmental problems. 

·       Requirements of this position involve the mastery of the theories, principals, concepts, and methodologies of clinical psychology that is required through formal education and training that meets the requirement for the Doctor of Psychology Degree. Incumbent is also required to exercise good judgment in the selection of accepted psychological theories, techniques and practices in treating patients. The development of new techniques and programs for the treatment of special problems or clinical population is also the responsibility of the incumbent.

·       Experience to make clinical diagnosis of mental illness (DSM-IV), of intervention into crisis intervention into crisis situations, brief therapeutic interventions, family and marriage/couples counseling, and of working with children and adolescents.  Experience and ability to diagnose and intervene in high risk situations such as suicidal behaviors, substance abuse, domestic violence, child abuse/neglect, sexual assault; psychiatric emergencies. Provide appropriate intervention and make proper referrals to other IHS departments, and /or local/regional resources.

·       Experience and ability necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of patients served.  Incumbent demonstrates knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span.  Ability to identify and categorize each patient’s age-specific grouping of needs, i.e., infant, adolescent, or geriatric patients.

·       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 grade level 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-09 grade level and above, satisfactory completion of two (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.



Basic requirements for all grades:  Applicants who meet the basic requirements described in the individual occupational requirements are fully qualified for the specified entry grade (generally grade GS-5). Applicants who wish to qualify for positions at higher grade levels (generally grade GS-7 and above) must also meet the requirements shown in the table on page IV-A-22, in addition to meeting the basic requirements.

The individual occupational requirements typically provide at least two methods for applicants to meet the basic requirements of the occupations covered by this standard:


1.    Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study or specific course requirements generally as stated in paragraph A in the individual occupational requirements.


Where specific course requirements are not indicated in paragraph A, the number of semester hours required to constitute a major field of study is the amount specified by the college or university attended. If this number cannot be obtained, 24 semester hours will be considered as equivalent to a major field of study. The nature and quality of this required course work must have been such that it would serve as a prerequisite for more advanced study in the field or subject-matter area. Related course work generally refers to courses that may be accepted as part of the program major.


2.    Appropriate combination of education and experience that is typically specified in paragraph B of the individual occupational requirements. The "paragraph B" method generally requires that an applicant possess a core of educational credit, such as described in paragraph A above, plus additional education and/or experience. The method of determining the number of semester hours required to constitute a major field of study is the same as described in paragraph A.


The quality of the combination of education and experience must be sufficient to demonstrate that the applicant possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform work in the occupation, and is comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study with a major in the appropriate field. In addition to courses in the major and related fields, a typical college degree would have included courses that involved analysis, writing, critical thinking, research, etc. These courses would have provided an applicant with skills and abilities sufficient to perform progressively more responsible work in the occupation. Therefore, creditable experience should have demonstrated similarly appropriate skills or abilities needed to perform the work of the occupation.


The individual occupational requirements for some series make no provision for combining experience and education. Therefore, they do not include paragraph B provisions.

For a small number of occupations or positions covered by this standard, applicants may possess certain kinds of experience in lieu of education. In such cases, applicants may meet minimum qualification requirements through experience equivalent to a 4-year degree. These situations are generally described in paragraph C of the individual occupational requirements.


Applicants whose experience is used to meet the basic requirements through a paragraph B or C provision may qualify for grades above the entry level if that experience includes 1 year of specialized experience. In such cases, the specialized experience would have to be evaluated to determine if it is at the appropriate grade level in the normal line of progression.


Experience and education requirements for GS-7 and above:  In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have specialized experience and/or directly related education:

·         GS-12:  One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-11 grade level.

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


SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE DEFINED: Experience with requirements of this position involving the mastery of the theories, principals, concepts, and methodologies of clinical psychology that is required through formal education and training that meets the requirement for the Doctor of Psychology Degree. Experience to exercise good judgment in the selection of accepted psychological theories, techniques and practices in treating patients. Experience in development of new techniques and programs for the treatment of special problems or clinical population. Experience with the Mental Health/Social Services Program staff peer review and case consultation;  Experience to provide a wide range of psychological testing, evaluation and clinical services;  Experience with providing psychological consultation services to various community and tribal programs, tribal court, school, law enforcement, substance abuse programs, and tribal social services.   


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: Your education may be used to substitute specific requirements and/or experience.  Your education and work experience may be combined to meet the "Qualification Requirement" of this position.  IF selected and you are "Qualified" based on your education you must provide "Official Copies" of your transcripts at that time.  (See Qualifications Section of this Vacancy for Requirements).

You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 Eastern Standard Time (EST) of the closing date: Thursday, October 30, 2014


You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume (your resume must state specific duties that relate to this position) and your responses to the assessment questions will be evaluated against the duties you provided in your resume, along with your submitted documentation to determine your ability to demonstrate the following:

    ·       Interpersonal Skills: Show understanding, friendliness, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern, and politeness to others; develops and maintains effective relationships with others; may include effectively dealing with individuals who are difficult, hostile, or distressed; relates well to people from varied backgrounds and different situations; is sensitive to cultural diversity, race, gender, disabilities, and other individual differences.

    ·       Oral  & Written Communication:  Expresses information (for example, ideas, or facts) in both verbal & written format to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations for both technical expertise &  skill levels to assist in making sound decision with engineers but not limited to others such as: health care professionals, Tribal representatives, federal & state representatives, etc.; listens attentively to others. 

    ·       Stress Tolerance:  Deals calmly and effectively with high stress situations (for example: tight deadlines, hostile individuals, emergency situations, dangerous situations).

    ·       Technical Competence (Psychology):  Knowledge of human behavior and performance in various context; mental processes or the assessment and/or treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

    ·       Therapy and Counseling:  Knowledge of diagnosis and treatment of physical and mental ailments, and career guidance.

    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.

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 (EST) of the closing date of, Thursday, October 30, 2014, to be considered.


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PHS Commissioned Officers who are interested in this position within the Commissioned Corps MUST apply online in order to receive consideration. (DE/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 two-year trial period may be required upon selection/placement (ESEP only)
  • This is a bargaining unit position.
  • Relocation expenses (may or may not) be authorized.
  • Measles and Rubella Immunization is required for selectees born after 1957.
  • If applicable "Selective Service Registration is required (Males born after 12/31/1959). 

MULTIPLE-GRADE ANNOUNCEMENT: Announcement at the multiple-grade interval is intended as a mechanism of providing consideration for the greatest number of potential candidates. This position may be filled at any level, dependent upon the applicant's demonstrated ability, experience, and other qualifying criteria. If the position is filled at less than the upper level, there is NO commitment for future promotions, based solely on selection resulting from this announcement. Conversely, if the employee demonstrates the ability to perform at a higher level, is recommended by the supervisor, and otherwise meets the qualifications, he/she may be promoted without further competition under the Area Merit Promotion Program, however for temporary positions, conversion without competition may not be possible unless the selectee was within reach at the higher grade on the initial certificate of eligibles. Also, no further competition is required if it becomes necessary through the reclassification process to upgrade the position. 

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: Degree: major or equivalent in psychology for all specializations except clinical psychology and counseling psychology. These two specializations have additional educational requirements (See Qualifications Section of this vacancy).

CLINCAL PRIVELEGES:  This position will require that you obtain and maintain clinical privileges.  IF they are not obtained and maintained during employment, the incumbent may be subject to adverse actions, up to and including removal from the Federal service. 

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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 1067012. 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 Occupational Questionnaire
  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, HR. Staffing Officer,  PHONE: 1-605-226-7217, and/or  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.


Required Documentation for Eligibility and Preference:

  • Resume:  You are highly encouraged to use USAJOBS Resume Builder.
  • 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 detailed 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:/
  • 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:
  • Copy of Transcripts.  Original transcripts will be required if selected.
  • Copy of current, valid, unrestricted professional license.
  • Copy of current, valid state Driver's License.

Your application package MUST be complete by 11:59  pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) on  Thursday, October 30, 2014, the closing of this announcement.


Denise Kester
Phone: (605)226-7209
TDD: (301)443-6394
Agency Information:
Indian Health Service HR Center
Federal Building Room 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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