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Job Title:  Supervisory Clinical Psychologist
Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  Indian Health Service
Hiring Organization:  PHS Indian Health Facility, Aberdeen Area Youth Regional Treatment Center (AAYRTC), Wakpala, SD
Job Announcement Number:  IHS-R2-GP-1086175-DE

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$82,642.00 to $107,434.00 / Per Year
Thursday, June 5, 2014 to Friday, October 10, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location(s):
Rapid City, SD View Map
Wakpala, SD View Map
Any U.S. Citizen
Public Trust - Background Investigation


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: June 11, 2014; June 18, 2014; June 25, 2014; and every five working days thereafter until the position has been 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.

To be eligible for this position under the Delegated Examining (DE) hiring plan, you must be a U.S. Citizen.

This position is also being announced under Announcement # IHS-R2-GP-1086175-ESEP/MP for those who want to be considered under Merit Promotion Plan/Excepted Service Examining Plan. If you wish to be considered under all hiring plans you must submit an application to both job opportunity announcements.


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


  • Yes
  • YES--Relocation expenses WILL BE 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


  • The selected applicant will be subject to a pre-employment background
  • investigation, which will include a fingerprint check.
  • If applicable-Selective Service registration (Males born after 12/31/59)
  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • A valid state driver’s license must be maintained. (Operate Government Vehi
  • A Current Unrestricted Professional License is required (Submit Copy).
  • Position subject to Level V or Level VI Background/Security clearance.


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This position is located at the Aberdeen Area Youth Regional Treatment Center, Wakpala, SD. The Licensed Clinical Psychologist oversees the professional duties involved in the rehabilitation of the presenting adolescents at the treatment center. The AAYRTC is an 18 bed facility and delivers residential treatment services in an integrated multi-disciplinary manner to clients who are affected by chemical dependence, dysfunctional family behaviors, cross-cultural problems and other addiction problems complicated by mental disturbances, child neglect and abuse. This position provides clinical leadership and direction to the program as well as direct psychological services to residents. This person serves as the Clinical Director for the facility.

· Has overall responsibility for the full range of clinical services for the residential services and of the full breadth and complexity of substance abuse and substance abuse/mental health problems in adolescents. Participates in and provides clinical consultation and leadership in treatment planning, interventions and reviews on a program basis and for individual patients.

· Provides direct psychological services including evaluation, diagnosis, consultation, referral, psychotherapy, crisis intervention and specialized treatment modalities for children/adolescents referred to the Aberdeen Area Youth Regional Treatment Center. Refers and coordinates substance abuse and/or mental health services with outside agencies to ensure appropriate referrals, follow-up, and continuity of care.

· Provides case, program and administrative consultation to other service providers in order to upgrade the general quality of health services and increase understanding of substance abuse and dual diagnosis. Conducts group process consultation in order to assist them in achieving program and/or tribal goals. The incumbent is responsible for ensuring that the overall mission and goals of the clinical programs are achieved by participating in the formulation of objectives, services, policies and procedures.

· Directs the program related to the effective, efficient and safe operation of the clinical programs within established policies and guidelines. Clinical programs include the following: Nursing, Intake, residential supervision, aftercare/counseling services, and Medical Records. Assists the AAYRTC CEO in meeting standards and reporting requirements imposed by accrediting agencies and regulatory groups as well as higher echelons with the Indian Health Service.

· Establishes and maintains sound working relationships with program staff and outside agency staff. Utilizes outside resources effectively. Exercises significant responsibilities in dealing with officials of other units and organizations and in advising management officials of higher rank.

· The incumbent plans work to be accomplished by subordinates and prepares schedules for completion of work; assigns work to subordinates based on priorities and capabilities of employees; evaluates work performance of subordinates; advise or counsel employees on work and administrative matters; interview candidates for positions, recommend appointment, promotion, or reassignment to such positions; hear and resolve complaints from employees; effects minor disciplinary measures, such as warnings and reprimands; identify training needs of employees; approves leave, etc.


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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

SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR: Applicants must possess and maintain a current, valid, unrestricted license as a psychologist in a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a Territory of the United States.

· 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 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-9 and above, satisfactory completion of 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.


GS-13: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level.

NOTE: Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying 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 and understanding of the Privacy Act of 1974 to maintain complete confidentiality of all administrative, medical and personnel records, and all other pertinent information. Professional experience and understanding of the requirements of this position involve master of the theories, principles, concepts, and methodologies of clinical psychology that is acquired through formal education and training that meets the requirements for the doctoral in psychology degree. Experience to provide effective direct psychological assessment and psychotherapy with a variety of mental health and substance abuse problems with individual adolescents, groups and families. Experience and understanding of the Federal law or regulations, IHS standards and the various regulatory and credentialing organizations (JCAHO, CARF, etc.) and the ability to reconcile contradicting requirements in preparing staff recommendations and/or coordinating clinical services. Experience and understanding of cognitive social learning theory for conceptual guidance to modify the pattern of alcohol and other drug abuse encountered by adolescents and their families as a result. Experience with generally accepted management or supervisory principles to carry out the administrative and supervisory responsibilities of the position.

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).

You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date: Friday, October 10, 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 & Counseling: Knowledge of diagnosis and/or treatment of physical and mental ailments, and career guidance.

If you meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, your application will be rated based on Category Rating and Selection procedures, you will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within each of these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-preference eligibles. 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) of the closing date of, Friday, October 10, 2014, to be considered.


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Additional selection(s) of candidates may be possible within 90 days from the date the certificate of eligibles was issued for this announcement.

A one-year probationary period may be required upon selection/placement.

A one-year supervisory/managerial probationary period may be required upon selection/placement.

This position is NOT covered by a Bargaining Unit.


  • Security Clearance: If you are selected for this vacancy, you must undergo a fingerprint check. Fingerprint results must be cleared prior to hire. You will receive instructions on how to obtain and submit fingerprints. After you begin your employment, your continued employment is contingent upon the outcome of a complete background investigation as determined by the sensitivity level of your position. The investigation must find that you are suitable for Federal employment in your position. If you are found not suitable, you will be terminated after you begin work. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or subject to possible criminal charges.

    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:

    • Recruitment incentive (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).

    CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: (SELECTIVE FACTOR) Applicant MUST possess and maintain a current, valid, unrestricted license as a psychologist in a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a Territory of the United States.

    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. 


    • Salary Range:$82,642.00 - $107,434.00 (Annually)
    • Promotion Potential: None
    • Is position covered by PL 101-630: YES--Print off and return Childcare Addendum for this position see under "How-to-Apply".
    • Housing Available: NO
    • Tour of Duty: Call Back, Weekends/Holidays, 40 Hours Per Week, Sunday thru Thursday - 8:00 am - 4:30 pm. (Possible overtime may be required).
    • Drug Testing Required:No
    IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free


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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 1086175. 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 complete your application package 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, Human Resources Staffing Officer,  PHONE: (605) 226-7217, E-MAIL: "The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis."

For additional questions please see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) found here: 


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:
  • 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 Transition Assistance Program (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition 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/registration.
  • Your application package MUST be complete by 11:59  pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Friday, October 10, 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 is an Equal Opportunity Employer ~ ~ ~

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