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Job Title:  Social Services Representative, GS-0187-6/7
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs
Job Announcement Number:  CRPA 145/14

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$35,256.00 to $50,932.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 to Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Mescalero, NM View Map
Indian Preference Eligible's / Current Status Employees or Former Employees with Reinstatement Eligibility
Public Trust - Background Investigation


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.

Vacancy ID: 1174897


Social Services Representative

GS-0187-6/7, Posn. #1010071,

Southwest Region,

Mescalero Agency,

Branch of Social Services,

Mescalero, New Mexico


GS-06: $35,256 - $45,828 Per Annum

GS-07: $39,179 - $50,932 Per Annum



  • Government housing is not available. 
  • If the position is filled at a lower grade level, subsequent promotion to the next grade level will be processed without further 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.


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). Consideration will be given to non-Indian applicants (Status or Reinstatement eligibles) in the absence of a qualified Indian Preference eligible.


  • Occasional Travel
  • At times the work requires some physical exertion in driving to isolated homes and communities with few amenities, accommodations or services.


  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses will be paid in accordance with appropriate Federal Travel Regulations. They Pay flexibilities of the Recruitment Bonus, Relocation Bonus and Student Loan Repayment may be authorized by the Manager.




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  • Accepts applications, gather information, records pertinent supporting data in the case record.
  • Make determination of eligibility in the programs of General Assistance, Miscellaneous Assistance and Individual Indian Monies management.
  • Counsel with clients on budgeting, alcoholism and other problems effecting financial need.
  • Make referrals to Bureau and State programs of Child Welfare Assistance, Family and Community Services and other social welfare and rehabilitation programs.
  • Required to be on-call periodically for Child Protective Services Referral when needed.
  • Assist with conducting home visits for case workers in respect to child welfare, transporting clients and conducting home visits for general assistance program and supervised IIM accounts.  


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EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:  (OPM Operating Manual and Individual Occupational Requirements for GS-0187: Social Services Series).  


Individual Occupational Requirements



Graduate Education:  Major study--social sciences.  One full academic year of graduate study is qualifying for GS-7.  Graduate education is not creditable for positions above the GS-7 level. 




Equivalent combinations of education and experience are also qualifying for grade levels for which both education and experience are acceptable. 






For the GS-6 grade level:  1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 grade level in the normal line of progression.


SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:  is experience in a program of direct social welfare services that required the application of program policy and operations knowledge in providing social welfare services and/or assisting social workers.


For the GS-7 grade level:  1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-6 grade level in the normal line of progression.


SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:  is experience in a program of direct social welfare services that required the application of program policy and operations knowledge in providing social welfare services and/or assisting social workers.



SUITABILITY, CLEARANCE & REQUIREMENTS:  A background security investigation will be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant’s successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.


MOTOR VEHICLE OPERATION:  Regularly operate government vehicles or equipment to perform the duties of the position.


TELEWORK INDICATOR:  The Bureau of Indian Affairs has determined that the duty of this position is not suitable for telework under any circumstances. 


As part of the application process, you are required to respond to a series of questions designed to assess your possession of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Knowledge of tribal and state standards utilized to determine eligibility for financial assistance.
  • Knowledge in dealing with child abuse/neglect and crisis and family counseling.
  • Skill in communicating effectively concerning program issues with individuals and groups.
  • Skill in gathering, analyzing, and evaluating information for generating reports to determine client needs.

We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your resume, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.


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The Bureau of Indian Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:



CTAP & ICTAP APPLICANTS: Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) participants who are well qualified may apply for this position. To be eligible for consideration under CTAP, an applicant must provide written notification that they will be losing their current federal position. To be eligible for consideration under ICTAP, an applicant must provide proof that they have lost their federal position within the last year. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. For more information regarding CTAP & ICTAP, please visit


NOTICE TO MALE APPLICANTS: Section 1622 of the Defense Authorization Act of 1986, prohibits any male born after December 31, 1959, from being appointed to a position in an executive agency if he has knowingly and willfully failed to register with the Selective Service System. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, will be required to complete a certification document to confirm their Selective Service registration status, if selected for appointment.



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To Apply Online:

  • Click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register
  • Answer the Questionnaire and click on SUBMIT my answers
  • UPLOAD all required documents and other supporting documents
  • To return to a previously saved or incomplete application go to

We strongly encourage you to apply online. However, if you cannot apply online, you may FAX your assessment questionnaire, resume and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144 by following the steps below.


To apply by Fax:

  • Print a copy of the OPM Form 1203-FX
  • Answer the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
  • When faxing a completed OPM Form 1203-FX, this will serve as your fax cover and must be placed on TOP of your application and other supporting documents. No other fax page is required. Simply make sure all six pages of the completed OPM Form 1203-FX are on top of all other documents being faxed


Combination Online/Fax:

  • Log into or create your Application Manager account at
  • ANSWER the Questionnaire and click on SUBMIT my answers
  • Include the Vacancy Identification Number 1174897, SSN, and full name to ensure that your documents are associated with the rest of your application
  • Fax your United States Government Application Cover Page, application, and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144

Please note that it is the applicant's responsibility to verify that all information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., questionnaire responses, resume, and any supporting documents) are complete and accurate.


All electronic submissions and/or faxes must be completed by 11:59 PM EST; Tuesday, August 12, 2014.


NOTE: Submission of a resume alone is not a complete application. This position requires the submission of additional forms as described under the REQUIRED DOCUMENTS section. Failure to provide the required information and/or documentation may result in your application not being considered for employment.



The following forms must be submitted in order to have a complete application:

  1. Resume/Application- Must contain the following:
    - Work experience, include the following:
    • Position Title;
    • Dates - from (mm/yy) to (mm/yy);
    • Hours Worked Per Week;
    • Current Supervisor's Name, Address, and Telephone number,
    - Education
    - References - List Three people who are not related to you and are not current or previous supervisors.
  2. Form BIA 4432, Verification of Indian Preference for Employment, is required for claiming Indian Preference. No other form will be accepted.
  3. Form DD-214, if claiming 5 pt. veteran's preference or Standard Form 15 with required proof of entitlement, if claiming 10 pt. veteran's preference.
  4. College Transcript is required for verification/documentation of qualifying education. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; however, official transcripts will be required before entrance on duty.
  5. Assessment Questionnaire, listed in announcement. Failure to respond to the questionnaire will result in loss of consideration.
  6. Copy of most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, current or former Federal employees.
  7. GSA Form 3607, Motor Vehicle Operator's License and Driving Report, available at (Optional during the application process; however, selectee will be required to submit as part of the pre-appointment process.)

NOTE: Persons submitting incomplete application will be given credit only for the information they provide. The applicant is responsible for submitting all required documentation in support of their application in order to receive full credit for their Indian preference, veteran preference, experience, training, and/or education. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL NOT BE SOLICITED FROM THIS OFFICE.




Agnes Teller
Phone: (505)563-5122
Agency Information:
BIA Center for Recruitment Albuquerque
1011 Indian School Road NW Suite 136
Albuquerque, NM


Once the online questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email notifying you that your submission was successful. After a review of your application is made, you will be notified regarding your rating and referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted.


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