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.

Serve as a Behavioral Health Program Specialist for the Phoenix Area Office of Health Programs located in Phoenix, AZ. 

Who May Apply

  • Merit Promotion Plan (MPP) - Current and former career-conditional or status employees
  • Excepted Service (ESEP) - Indian Preference or Schedule A applicants
  • Veterans Preference - Includes Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) applicants
  • USPHS Commissioned Corps candidates

Other Position Details

  • Position covered by PL101-630, Indian Child Protection & Family Violence Prevention Act
  • Bargaining Unit position


Serve as a Behavioral Health Program Specialist - 

·          Provide consultation, prevention, education, and training in areas related to substance abuse, social work, and behavioral health

·          Participate in 638 contract negotiations and review the Behavioral Health program plans

·          Collect, analyze, and interpret Behavioral Health data to identify service delivery problems and trends

·          Provide consultative and advisory services of various practices on health delivery issues that cross professional and program boundaries in the Phoenix Area as related to aftercare services

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional overnight travel is required

Relocation Authorized

  • No