Indian Health Service Health Technician (Cultural) WK9942 in Wakpala, South Dakota
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. ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION: Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Indian Health Service (IHS), Northern Plains Regional, Great Plains Area, PHS Indian Health Facility, Wakpala, SD, Youth Regional Treatment Center. This position reports to the Supervisory Substance Abuse Therapist. 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.
- Utilize all available resources to provide cultural and spiritual awareness activities to all adolescents; Schedules cultural educational outings and/or experiential outings to participate or observe ceremonies.
- Promote an appreciation of the American Indian culture, traditions, and spiritualism; the incumbent is expected to possess excellent skills in cultural awareness and knowledge of traditional values. An understanding of traditional, mainstream, and bicultural factors will assist in the interactions with residents, staff members, parents, referring programs, and tribal entities.
- The work is to provide comprehensive services to American Indian adolescents requiring treatment for AOD abuse and dependency, to resolve related problems, and to establish a lifelong recovery process. Excellent skills in the use of tact and diplomacy and the use of judgment will assist in the work.
- The work is mostly sedentary with some physical activity such as in wilderness outings, obtaining materials for and preparing the Inipi, and vocational/recreational therapy on occasion. Prolonged periods of walking, standing, and climbing are sometimes required as well as the ability to lift, bend, and stoop in helping residents perform traditional activities. There may be need for occasional intervention or management of emergency situations (may require physical effort to restrain residents), and occasional lifting of objects weighing up to fifty (50) pounds. Training will be provided on non-violent crisis intervention, as this is the policy of our facility.
- Occasional Travel
- Occasional travel may be required for training and/or other work related duties.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…
Candidates eligible under Indian Preference authority; Federal employee serving on career/career-conditional appointments; reinstatement eligibles; applicants eligible for non-competitive appointment; VEOA/VRA/30% disabled veterans; CTAP/ICTAP; Schedule A eligibles; PHS Commissioned Corps Personnel.
Questions? This job is open to 4 groups.
- Selectee will be subject to a pre-employment fingerprint check.
- Selectee will be subject to a background investigation.
- Selectee will be subject to a probationary/trial period.
- ESEP appointees typically serve two year trial period.
- More than one selection may be made from this announcement.
- U.S. Citizenship is required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
- Position subject to Level V Background clearance including credit check.
- ### Qualifications
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.
GS-06:One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 grade level.
NOTE: Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for all grade levels and positions for which both education and experience are acceptable.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level.
*SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE DEFINED: *Experience and ability to provide comprehensive services to American Indian adolescents requiring treatment for AOD abuse and dependency, to resolve related problems, and to establish a lifelong recovery process. Experience includes cultural education and programming activities, cultural liaison with tribes, assisting in resident placement, and assisting with aftercare planning and follow-up services. Experience working with broad activities, with the aftercare planning and follow-up representing a broader scope, and the cultural education and programming activities focused on the adolescents and staff members. Experience includes modeling for adolescent residents, as well as teaching for adolescent residents, their families, staff members, and all other contacts. Experience and knowledge with work performed in a residential setting, to include: therapy rooms, classrooms, meeting spaces, possibly some work in a hostile setting, outdoors or wilderness locations, and on occasion, in the field, rural communities, schools, and other agencies and locations. Experience and ability to working in adverse weather conditions and severe terrain, especially in wilderness locations.
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 the requirements of the job by 11:59 pm (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date: Tuesday, July 25, 2017
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What To Expect Next
You can track the progress of your application package via your USAJOBS account. You will receive an acknowledgement from USAJOBS that your submission was successful once we have received your on-line occupational questionnaire, resume, and any supporting documentation. You will be notified of the status of your application via your USAJOBS Account after we conduct a qualification review of your complete application package. You will be contacted if further evaluation or interviews are required. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempt to conceal information may disqualify you for employment consideration. We may verify all information you provide in your resume and questionnaire responses, through reference and/or background check, and/or verification of your education. If you are selected, you will be contacted personally by the Human Resources (HR) office posting this announcement.
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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
You can review our benefits at https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/PayandBenefits
This position is covered by a Bargaining Unit.
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. CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
- Security Clearance: 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. You will receive instructions on how to obtain and submit fingerprints and background investigation documentation. 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.
- 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.
- Position may be subject to alternate work schedule, rotating shifts, call back and nights/weekends/holidays schedule. Schedule is: Tuesday thru Saturday 10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
- Position is covered by PL 101-630 and is considered a Child Care Worker position.
- Government housing is not available.
- Position has no promotion potential.
IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free
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Open & closing dates: 2017-07-11 to 2017-07-25
Salary: $36,611 to $47,598 / per year
Pay scale & grade: GS 06
Series: 0640 Health Aid And Technician
Appointment type: Multiple Appointment Types
Work schedule: Full Time
Job announcement number: IHS-17-GP-1985158-ESEP/MP
Control number: 474134300