Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs Social Worker in Poplar, Montana
Summary This position is located with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Rocky Mountain Region, Fort Peck Agency in Poplar, MT. The position provides services aimed at Child Welfare and Family services on the reservation. Housing: Government housing available for this position. This is not a 100% remote position. You will need to report to the facility, Ft. Peck Agency, Poplar, MT. Responsibilities Develop and improve services aimed at Child Welfare and Family services on the reservation. Receive child neglect, sexual/physical abuse complaints, conduct investigations through home visits, personal interview with child and/or parent, and may be summed to testify in Tribal courts. Serve on a Child Protection team and assigned to an on-call rotation list. Provide family welfare services, and counseling to unmarried parents and families in the community. Monitor and recommend the release of funds from IIM accounts for minors, guardians, foster parents, etc. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications This is an open continuous vacancy announcement and applications will be referred when vacancies occur. This announcement is intended as a mechanism of providing consideration for the greatest number of potential candidates. Candidates with a complete application will be considered for all vacancies that occur for a 3-month period or the closing date of this announcement, whichever comes first. You will be considered for those vacancies that match your skills and or job preferences. Positions may be filled at ANY of the grade levels indicated in this announcement, with or without promotion potential as vacancies occur. Applicants should specify the lowest grade (GS-level) that they will accept. Individual Occupational Requirements Basic Requirement Degree: Social Work. Must fulfill all of the requirements for the Master's Degree in Social Work in a school accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. MASTER'S DEGREE WITH PRACTICUM: Applicants who complete all of the requirements for a Master's Degree in Social Work that included a practicum are eligible for GS-9. ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: In addition to meeting the basic entry level qualification requirements, applicants must have the following: GS-11: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level OR 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree. Examples of specialized experience demonstrates the applicant's independent experience, knowledge, and skill in a organization's Social Service Program; assisting with the development and improvement of services aimed at child welfare and family services; receiving child neglect, sexual abuse and physical abuse complaints and conducting investigations through home visitation and personal interviews with child/parents; serving on a child protection team as case manager of assigned cases; recruiting foster parents; developing, evaluating, training and recommending approval based on tribal/state standards; providing counseling to unmarried parent(s) and also providing family welfare services; and establishing a helping relationship with voluntary and involuntary clients in stressful situations. All qualification requirements must be met by the date you apply for this job announcement. Merit Promotion candidates must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the announcement closing date. Education If you are qualifying based on your education, you MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) official or unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement. If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) were taken on a pass/fail basis, your claim of superior academic achievement must be based upon class standing or membership in an honor society. One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study. If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education which shows 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: FOREIGN EDUCATION Additional Information All new hires earn the beginning salary of their pay grade (Step 1). See 2023 Salary Tables and select the pay chart for Poplar, Montana. If no specific chart is listed for this geographic location, see the "rest of U.S." chart. TELEWORK: Indian Affairs has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster. Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 85 or above; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information visit: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp . LAND MANAGEMENT WORKFORCE FLEXIBILITY ACT: If applying under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act, you must provide documentation to support your eligibility (SF-50) and performance (references and/or performance appraisal). Under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) two groups of individuals are eligible to apply under this announcement: current and/or former employees serving or who have served under time-limited competitive appointments at land management agencies. Land Management Agencies include: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, and U.S. Forest Service. Current appointees: 1) must have been hired under competitive examining procedures to a time limited appointment with a land management agency; 2) must have served under one or more time limited appointment(s) by a land management agency for a period totaling more than 24 months without a break in service of 2 or more years; AND 3) must have performed at an acceptable level during each period of service. Former appointees: 1) must have been hired under competitive examining procedures to a time limited appointment with a land management agency; 2) must have served under one or more time limited appointment(s) by a land management agency for a period totaling more than 24 months without a break in service of 2 or more years; 3) must have separated for reasons other than misconduct or performance; AND 4) must have performed at an acceptable level through the service period. Certain candidates may be eligible to apply under a special hiring authority including those for disabled individuals, Peace Corps employees, Foreign Service employees, veterans, etc. For more information, visit the following OPM websites: USAJOBS Information Center: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/; Vets Info Guide: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/. 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. Most 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.