Job title: Behavioral Health Director
Company: Federal government of the United States
Expected salary: $98496 – 128043 per year
Location: Pine Ridge, SD
Behavioral Health Director Job Details:
This position is located in the Pine Ridge Indian Health Center in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. The Supervisory Licensed Professional Counselor-MH serves as the subject matter expert for the Division of Behavioral Health at Pine Ridge Service Unit. The purpose of the position is to provide clinical and administrative direction, organization and performance oversight of Behavioral Health administrative and clinical functions and oversight of staff for the Pine Ridge Service Unit and Kyle Clinic.
- Accepting applications
Open & closing dates
07/24/2023 to 07/23/2024
$98,496 – $128,043 per year
Pay scale & grade
1 vacancy in the following location:
Yes—as determined by the agency policy.
Occasional travel – You may be expected to travel for this position.
Relocation expenses reimbursed
Job family (Series)
Position sensitivity and risk
Trust determination process
This job is open to
Clarification from the agency
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.
- Behavioral Health Director assists the CEO, Clinical Director, as well as the Area Division of Behavioral Health with ongoing assessment of community behavioral health needs, the planning and implementing of a community oriented behavioral health program; Ensuring integration of best practice behavioral health concepts within Behavioral Health program and within service unit wide clinical services of Pine Ridge Service Unit.
- Performs individual, marital/couples, family, and group psychotherapies for children, adolescents, and adults with a wide variety of acute and chronic mental health problems including depression, suicide ideation/attempts, bereavement, psychotic episodes, family conflicts, substance abuse or dependence, and trauma resulting from violence or abuses of emotional, physical, or sexual nature.
- Supervises Behavioral Health staff and Behavioral Health supervisors – provides for the overall training, development and supervision of Behavioral Health Department staff. Plans and assigns work to Behavioral Health staff based on PRSU priorities and capabilities of employees. Evaluates Behavioral Health staff work performance.
- Coordinates service provisions to patients and consults with professional colleagues as needed to promote optimal patient care. Utilizes knowledge of a wide variety of theories used in counseling and psychotherapy. Provides referral, intake, diagnostic, treatment, crisis intervention, and consultation services for mental health patients.
Conditions of Employment
Selectee may be subject to a probationary 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.
A one-year supervisory/managerial probationary period may be required upon selection/placement.
Measles and Rubella immunization required for selectees born after 1957 and seasonal influenza immunization is required for all staff working in Indian Health Service health care facilities.
COVID-19 vaccination is required for all selectees prior to entrance on duty.
Position subject to call back, stand by, rotating shifts and nights/weekends/holidays.
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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.
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.
In addition, to the Basic Requirements, you must also meet the Minimum Qualifications stated below-
GS-13: 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: have direct experience in supervising, monitoring, and directing the operations of a Behavioral Health Clinic and performing clinician duties such as diagnostic treatment, referral, crisis intervention, and consultation services for psychiatric patients in a hospital setting.
SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR:
Do you possess a current, unrestricted U.S. State License as a Licensed Professional Counselor – Mental Health or equivalent?
You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.
There are no education requirements.
Per IHS policy (SGM 21-04) IHS selectees to positions located in Federally operated hospitals, health centers, and clinics must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before entry on duty or have IHS approve a medical or religious exemption. If an exemption is approved then wearing a face mask and regular testing for COVID-19 will be required. Your Human Resources Specialist will provide a list of documents acceptable as vaccination proof and instructions on how to submit your vaccination documentation or how to request a medical or religious exemption, if needed.
This position is eligible for workplace flexibilities which may include remote work or telework options, and/or flexible work scheduling. These flexibilities may be requested in accordance with the HHS Workplace Flexibilities policy. .
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.
Recruitment or relocation incentives may be authorized. At least a 6 month service agreement will be required.
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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A career with the U.S. government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. .
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