School Social Worker:


Chemawa Indian School
Salem, OR

School Social Worker, CY-0185-04

Full time, School Year

SALARY RANGE$30.09 TO $39.12, Per Hour

Chemawa Indian School, Salem, OR



ISSUE DATE:04/08/2021

CLOSING DATE:04/23/2021

3:30 pm, Pacific Timezone

School Social Worker:

The Bureau of Indian Education’s mission is to provide quality education opportunities from early childhood through life in accordance with the tribes’ needs for cultural and economic well-being and in keeping with the wide diversity of Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages as distinct cultural and governmental entities.


STATEMENT OF DUTIES: Incumbent will create and maintain a safe, positive learning environment to ensure the holistic development of each student and staff member through cultural, social, spiritual, physical and academic experience. Incumbent will support the Bureau of Indian Education’s mission, which is to provide high quality education opportunities from early childhood through life while considering a tribe’s need for cultural and economic well-being. In performing this mission, the BIE takes into account the spiritual, mental, physical, and cultural aspects of school-aged children within their family and tribal community. To meet its trust responsibility to Indian Tribes, BIE works to strengthen education opportunities for American Indian students to be successful and competitive globally; to enhance student participation in their tribal communities; and support tribes in nation-building, in development of the next generation of tribal leaders.

The School Social Worker will perform social work as related to the education of students to be served by the school or school system. Incumbent will contact parents as needed to promote the physical, social and psychological well-being of students. The School Social Worker will provide or arrange family counseling as needed to promote student emotional stability. Incumbent will arrange services from other agencies for the family and student as the family situation requires. He/She will act as liaison between the schools and family to promote an understanding of school policies and relationships and how the two can work together to educate the student involved.

Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act of 1934 (Title 25, USC, Section 472). Verification Form BIA-4432 must be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference. Indian preference eligible that are not currently employed in the Federal Service will be appointed under the Excepted Service Appointment Authority (Schedule A). Consideration will be given to Non-Indian applicants in the absence of qualified Indian Preference eligible.

Within the scope of Indian preference, all candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, sex, age, religion, sexual orientation, national origin or other non-merit factors.

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify this agency. The decision in granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.
SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Refer to BIE Job Category Standards for additional qualification requirements and substitutions for education. Applicants must meet the qualification requirements contained in the BIE Job Category Standard.

Education: Bachelor’s Degree*
Experience: 1 Year
*Appropriate State Certification or a Bachelor’s Degree in social work, whichever is higher. Emergency and provisional certificates may be accepted under the condition they are issued by the state certification authority.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: A valid State Driver’s license is a prerequisite, as the position requires operation of a motor vehicle in performance of work. The work requires transporting students or conducting other assigned official business throughout the geographic area of the Education Line Office, or school compound. A valid State Driver’s license must be maintained as a condition of employment; failure to do so may result in removal from the position.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Good distant vision in one eye and ability to read without strain printed material the size of typewritten characters are required, glasses permitted. Ability to hear the conversational voice, with or without a hearing aid, is required, except that some positions may be suitable for persons who are blind or deaf. In most instances, an amputation of arm, hand leg or foot will not disqualify an applicant for appointment, although it may be necessary that this condition be compensated by use of satisfactory prosthesis. In addition, applicants must possess emotional and mental stability. The position requires normal physical activity with the work, field travel, and attendance at meetings and conferences from the duty station.

BASIS OF RATING: Once the announcement has closed, all applicants for this position will be rated based upon the extent and quality of their experience, training and/or education as reflected on their resume. The judgement of qualification will be based on materials submitted, therefore, it is the applicants’ advantage to give complete thorough and complete information in a neat and orderly fashion.

You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.
Applicant is subject to a favorable background investigation. This is a Non-Critical Moderate Risk Position subject to a favorable adjudicated background investigation.
Subject to a probationary period for equivalent to two (2) academic semesters, which may be extended.
A pre-employment physical examination will be required.
The incumbent is required to drive a motor vehicle to conduct business at field locations. You MUST submit a current GSA Form 3607, Motor Vehicle Operator’s License and Driving Record for full consideration. Incumbent must possess a valid state driver’s license.
All male applicants born after December 31, 1959, will be required to complete the certification document to confirm their selective service status.
Government Housing is NOT available.
Relocation expenses WILL NOT be paid.

NOTE: Persons submitting incomplete applications will be given credit only for the information they provide. It is the applicant’s responsibility to submit all required documentation in support of their application in order to receive full credit for their Indian Preference, education, training and/or experience. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL NOT BE SOLICITED BY THIS OFFICE.

HOW TO APPLY: To apply for this position, submit a complete Application Package:

Applicants must submit a resume or any other written format of the applicant’s choice. Your resume MUST CONTAIN the following:
Vacancy Announcement Number
Job Title
Duties and Accomplishments
Employer’s name and address
Supervisors name and phone number
Starting and ending date (month and year)
Hours per week
Complete names and telephone numbers of 3 professional/employer references (must be within the past 5 years). List people who are not related to you and who know your qualifications and fitness for the kind of job for which you are applying.
Copy of Official College Transcript can be accepted for verification/documentation. (If selected, applicant must provide Official College Transcripts.) (REQUIRED)
Copy of Valid State Driver’s License (REQUIRED)
Form GSA 3607, Motor Vehicle Operator’s License and Driving Record, available at: , (USE NONFILLABLE PDF VERSION). Optional during the application process; however, selectee will be required to submit as part of the pre-appointment process (REQUIRED)

Other supporting documents:
Form BIA 4432, available at Verification of Indian Preference for Employment (PDF), Verification of Indian Preference for employment, is required for claiming Indian Preference. The form must be completed by the appropriate official with the federally recognized tribe where the applicant is enrolled as a member. No other form will be accepted.
OF-306, Declaration of Federal Employment can be located at (will be required upon selection)
Indian Child Protection Requirement Form, must contain original signature and date (will be required upon selection). This position is covered by P.L. 101-647, Indian Children Protection Requirements, and persons convicted of crimes enumerated in the law are not eligible for the position. (2019 version)
Copy of Official College Transcripts can be submitted as verification of post-secondary education. (If selected, applicant must provide Official College Transcripts for final verification and pay setting.)
Form GSA 3607, Motor Vehicle Operator’s License and Driving Record, available at:, (USE NONFILLABLE PDF VERSION). Optional during the application process; however, selectee will be required to submit as part of the pre-appointment process.
Copy of most recent SF-50, Notification of personnel Action, for current or former Federal employees to indicate prior Federal service and/or highest previous rate.
DD214 (member copy 4) for consideration of service credit for leave purposes.
Applicant’s qualifications will be evaluated solely on the information submitted by them in their applications.
Applications become part of the official record and will not be duplicated or returned.
This office will accept telefaxed applications.
Applications mailed using Government postage and/or envelopes are in violation of OPM and postal regulations and not be considered.
E-mailed applications/resumes will NOT be accepted.
Applications and all accompanying documents must be received by 04/23/2021 – 3:30 pm, Pacific.
Chemawa Indian School, 3700 Chemawa Rd. NE, Salem, Oregon 97305

(503) 399-5870

Sarah Thies, (503) 399-5721 extension 1224, Sarah Thies; Business Technician/Personnel (503) 399-5721 extension 1224

For VERIFICATION of our receipt of your application-resume, please contact: Sarah Thies, (503) 399-5721 extension 1224, Sarah Thies; Business Technician/Personnel (503) 399-5721 extension 1224

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