Indian Health Service Clinical Psychologist GS-0180-13 (NTE 13 Months) (Delegated Exam) in Riverside, California

Indian Health Service
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Riverside, CA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Term NTE 13 months

Opened Friday 9/30/2016 (20 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 10/21/2016 (1 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Become a part of an innovative, dynamic, nationwide organization of dedicated health care providers working to meet the individual health care needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Indian Health Service (IHS) employees are considerate in our care, creative in our approach, enthusiastic about our work and compassionate with our patients.

Our lifestyle is adventurous, community oriented and focused on service and problem solving as part of a professional interdisciplinary team. Join us in improving the health outcomes of 2.2 million American Indians and Alaska Natives.

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 position is being announced concurrently under Announcement Number IHS-16-PI-1788909-ESEP/MP for those who want to be considered under the Merit Promotion Plan or Excepted Service Examining Plan. If you wish to be considered under all hiring plans (internal or external) you must submit an application to both job opportunity announcements.

Serve as a Clinical Psychologist (Youth Rehabilitation and Aftercare Counselor) for the Sherman Indian School Clinic, located in Riverside, CA.

Who May Apply

  • Any U.S. Citizen

Other Position Details

  • Position is for 13 months; however, the position may be extended for up to four years
  • Position covered by PL101-630, Indian Child Protection & Family Violence Prevention Act
  • Bargaining Unit position

Serve as a Youth Rehabilitation and Aftercare Counselor -

  • Provide a full range of clinical psychological services including evaluation, diagnosis, referral, psychotherapy, crisis intervention and specialized treatment modalities for alcohol, substance abuse, and attempted suicides of adolescents in a High School setting
  • Administer and interpret psychological tests including intelligence, projective organicity, & Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI)
  • Provide crisis intervention services to students with suicidal behavior who are unable to cope with problems
  • Consult with schools, courts, state social services, and other referral organizations to assess problems or issues
  • Apply the Indian Child Welfare Act laws in protecting the best interests of Indian Children
Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Some travel for training and/or job related duties
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses are 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.
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Position is subject to a background investigation
  • A fingerprint check is required as a part of the pre-employment process
  • Selective Service registration required for males born after 12/31/59
  • U.S. Citizenship is required

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.

For positions requiring positive education requirements, or if you are using education to meet all or part of the qualification 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.

In order to be considered, applicants must meet all four of the following requirements:

1. Education - Doctoral degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) directly related to full professional work in Clinical Psychology from an accredited institution.

2. Licensure - Current, unrestricted U.S. license to practice as a Clinical Psychologist.

3. Experience - One year of specialized experience (obtained post-licensure) equivalent to the GS-12 level providing intensive therapeutic services, evaluations, and aftercare for alcohol and drug use disorders of High School students. Additional examples may include:

  • Providing psychoeducational services, prevention, treatment and aftercare for students
  • Treating and preventing substance abuse, addiction, attempted suicides, and juvenile delinquency
  • Supervising clinical trainees by evaluating clinical services and identifying developmental and training needs
  • Demonstrating a working knowledge of the Indian Child Welfare Act

4. SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR (Screen-Out): License and Certification - You must have certification, training, and/or coursework to supervise student/residents; AND be a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC); AND be board certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology OR other relevant national board.

You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date: Friday, October 21, 2016

Security Clearance

Q - Nonsensitive

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

The questionnaire will assess your qualifications for the job, and will be used to identify the best qualified applicants to be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews. We will notify you of the outcome after each of these steps has been completed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. We expect to make a final job offer within 40 days after the deadline for applications.

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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Other Information

Additional selection(s) of candidates may be possible within 90 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 annual leave is earned.

A recruitment incentive of up to 10% may be authorized.


  • 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.
  • Immunization against Measles and Rubella required.
  • A one-year probationary period may be required upon selection/placement.
  • May work alternative work schedule to provide continuity of service.
  • May drive U.S. Government vehicle and must have a current, unrestricted driver's license.
  • Must have a viable bank account at a financial institution for electronic direct deposit of salary payment.

IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free

Salary Range: $94,264.00 to $122,549.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0180-13/13

Promotion Potential: 13

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 452242000

Job Announcement Number: IHS-16-PI-1815749-DE