Job Overview

Summary

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 Indian, Indian tribes and Alaska Natives.

VACANCY IDENTIFICATION NUMBER (VIN):  1181955

CHILD WELFARE SPECIALIST, GS-0101-5/7/9,
Pos. #1010058A, Bureau of Indian Affairs,
Great Plains Region, Fort Totten Agency,
Office of the Superintendent,

Fort Totten, North Dakota

GS-9:  $47,923 - $62,297  Per Annum
GS-7:  $39,179 - $50,932  Per Annum
GS-5:  $31,628 - $41,122  Per Annum


NOTE: TRAVEL AND RELOCATION EXPENSES WILL BE AUTHORIZED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FEDERAL TRAVEL REGULATIONS, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF REAL ESTATE EXPENSES UNDER THE CONTRACTOR-PROVIDED GUARANTEED HOME SALE CONTRACT. THE PAY FLEXIBILITIES OF A RECRUITMENT OR RELOCATION BONUS, OR STUDENT LOAN REPAYMENT MAY BE AUTHORIZED BY THE MANAGER.


NOTE: This position is also being advertised under Merit Promotion Announcement Number AB-14-88.  Status Applicants who wish to be considered under both Merit Promotion and Competitive Procedures must submit two complete applications.

Preference in filling vacancies in the Bureau of Indian Affairs is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act of 1934 (Title 25 USC 472). Verification Form BIA 4432 must be submitted with the application if claiming Indian preference.

FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES: Former 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.

Duties

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:  Under the general supervision of the Agency Supervisory Social Worker, the incumbent is responsible for the implementation of the Agency Child Welfare Program. Within the established Area policy and objectives, participates in the implementation of the Agency’s Child Welfare Program, including required basic programs and those additional programs possible through available resources and desirable in terms of local needs:

·   Devises, improvises, and adapts these various programs to the wide range of subject cases and needs and to meet the limitation of funds facilities and other staff support available.

·   Provides counseling services to programs participants (victims, families and others), modifying, adapting, expanding and otherwise changing counseling plans and procedures in order to meet specific needs and enable clientele to put counseling into action. 

·   Functions as the client advocate in securing total assistance package (including foster home and institutional placement) and monitors progress to insure that essential services are provided and that formalized treatment goals (social and medical) are achieved to the fullest possible extent.

·   Collaborates with aid organizations, church leaders, community social service assets, case workers, employment agencies and other social welfare and health agencies in order to provide appropriate services.

·   Works closely with and provides assistance to law enforcement agencies and judicial staffs to emphasize Child Welfare and protection. 

·   Functions as an active information and public relations resource for the community regarding child welfare and protection.

Travel Required

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

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • TRAVEL AND RELOCATION EXPENSES WILL BE AUTHORIZED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FEDERAL TRAVEL REGULATIONS, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF REAL ESTATE EXPENSES UNDER THE CONTRACTOR-PROVIDED GUARANTEED HOME SALE CONTRACT