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Company: Indian Health Service
Location: Shiprock
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:


This is located in the Iina' Counseling Services, Mental Health Department within the Clinical Services Division, Northern Navajo Medical Center in Shiprock, NM. The outpatient Iina' Counseling services program provides services to the surrounding community. Incumbent reports to Clinical Director.


Provides a full range of psychological services including evaluations, diagnosis, referral, psychotherapy, and specialized treatment modalities for mental health problems of children, adolescents, adults and families. Administers psychological tests to all patients, including intellectual/cognitive functioning tests, achievement tests, and personality projective tests, with knowledge about applying sensitivity to cultural norms, minority groups, and the Native American populations served. Provides psychotherapy services using a variety of psychotherapeutic approaches that may include, but are not restricted to individuals, groups, and families with orientations and techniques that may include psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral therapy, biofeedback, and hypnosis. Provides consultation to other department and hospital staff about mental health related matters. Consults with schools, courts, state social services, centers for handicapped adults, and other organizations to assess problems, survey resources, and explore alternative solutions to mental health issues. Conducts case reviews regularly with other staff and outside agencies. Provides comprehensive and skilled psychological evaluations and treatment services to individuals, couples, groups, and/or families receiving services for mental illness, emotional distress, behavioral dysfunction, personality disorders, and problems secondary to organic illness. Directs the development, assessment, coordination and delivery of mental health and alcohol/substance abuse services to patients at (1) in the ER, medically admitted inpatients and on an outpatient basis; (2) at the satellite clinics on an outpatient as well as community outreach basis. Provides leadership in developing coordinated community wide services. Studies the nature of mental health and substance abuse problems specific to Native American people and evaluates the methods used in the treatment of these problems. Generates reports on mental health issues and activities as necessary for statistical, administrative or planning purposes. Trains and orientates new employees, and is available for assistance in learning the new system, computer programs, and policies and procedures. Supervises, directs, and coordinates the work unit, and provides administrative and clinical direction.


Conditions of Employment

Must pass pre-employment examination.

Selectee may be subject to a probationary/trial period

ESEP appointees typically serve a two year trial period

U.S. Citizenship is required

Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959 This is a designated position covered by Public Law 101-630, requiring contact or control over Indian children. Due to this requirement, the agency must ensure that persons hired for these positions have not been found guilty of or pleaded nolo contendere or guilty to certain crimes. Measles and Rubella immunization required for selectees born after 1957. Seasonal Influenza immunization is required for civilian health care facility staff working in Indian Health Service health care facilities. The selected individual is required to obtain and maintain medical staff clinical privileges, including any licensure requirements. If privileges are not obtained or maintained during employment, the employee will be subject to adverse actions, up to and including removal from Federal service. Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit You will need to set up direct deposit so we can pay you. Background Investigation: If you are selected for this vacancy, you must undergo a pre-employment fingerprint check and background investigation. Fingerprint results and background investigation documentation must be cleared prior to hire. 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. You may be subject to a credit check as a part of the background investigation process. Fingerprinting, as part of the background investigation process, may be delayed due to COVID-19. All other background investigation procedures will apply. Be advised that your continued employment will require you to complete a fingerprint check within 60 days after notification of return to full operations and successfully obtaining a favorable background investigation.


To qualify for this position, your resume must state sufficient experience and/or education, to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are applying. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer and part time experience. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week. BASIC REQUIREMENT(S):

Individual Occupational Requirement

Degree: major or equivalent in psychology for all specializations except clinical psychology. This specializations has 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. In addition to the Basic Requirements, you must also meet the Minimum Qualifications stated below. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Your resume must demonstrate at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector performing the following type of work and/or tasks: being responsible for overall planning, organizing, improving and implementing behavioral, health issues; providing administrative, supervision for Iina' Counseling Services staff and clinical supervision for appropriate staff to assure compliance with accrediting bodies; providing psychological care and consultation services, to patients in the area while establishing behavioral health standards of care and as a senior clinician; providing a wide range of psychological testing, evaluation and clinical services; providing leadership in the development of policies and procedures, related to outpatient psychiatric services. GS-14: 1 year equivalent to at least next lower grade level; AND; satisfactory completion of Ph.D or equivalent directly related to full professional work in clinical psychology. Selective Placement Factor: Prescriptive Authority - Possess an active, current, unrestricted, state license with prescriptive authority. Time In Grade

Federal employees in the competitive service are also subject to the 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 all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.


For positions requiring positive education requirements, you MUST submit a copy of your transcripts or an itemized list of college courses which includes equivalent information from the transcript (course title, semester/quarter hours, and grade/degree earned) in your resume. When there is a positive education requirement, or you are using education to qualify as a substitution for experience, transcripts (unofficial) are required at the time of application to verify that you meet the educational requirement or substitution.

Only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education may be credited. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:

Additional Information

Additional selection(s) of candidates may be possible within 240 days from the date the certificate of eligibles was issued for this announcement. Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. IHS may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their directly related previous non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. A one-year supervisory/managerial probationary period may be required upon selection/placement. Confidential Financial Disclosure Form required. Recruitment or relocation incentives may be authorized. At least a 1 year service agreement will be required. This position meets the criteria specified in pillar number one of the five pillars of the PHS Commissioned Corps. PHS Commissioned Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps MUST apply online under the merit promotion announcement indicated above in order to receive consideration. For more information on PHS Commissioned Corps, visit the website at: The Indian Health Service (IHS), National Health Service Corps (NHSC), and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) have student loan repayment programs for qualifying health disciplines. This is a competitive process separate from the hiring process. Opportunities for LRP are based on agency hiring priorities and availability of funds. For additional information please visit:

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Keywords: Indian Health Service, Rio Rancho , Supervisor, Other , Shiprock, New Mexico

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