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The incumbent provides individual and group counseling/therapy to inmates with drug abuse problems within the BOP’s treatment framework. He/she is also responsible for the education of prison staff about drug abuse, drug abuse treatment and the local prison program.
The incumbent administers eligibility and psycho-social assessments as the basis for individual treatment planning. The incumbent is responsible for providing residential and/or non-residential treatment to offenders who volunteer for treatment and are diagnosed with a drug use disorder.
Along with all other correctional institution employees, incumbent is charged with responsibility for maintaining security of the institution. The staff correctional responsibilities precede all others required by this position and are performed on a regular and recurring basis.
Occasional travel - Travel may be required for training and/or work related issues.
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Conditions of Employment
- U.S. Citizenship is Required.
- See Special Conditions of Employment Section.
The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP eligibility, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and score 85 or better on established ranking criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at: Click Here
To be considered for the position, you must meet the following:
A. Degree: that included at least 24 semester hours of course work in the behavioral or social sciences.
B. Combination of education and experience - that included at least 24 semester hours of course work in the behavioral or social sciences, and that provided applicants with knowledge of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a 4-year degree as shown in A above.
Evaluation of Education - Courses, such as sociology, correctional administration, criminal justice, government/political science, psychology, social work, counseling, and other related social or behavioral science courses may be used to satisfy the 24-semester-hour requirement.
Evaluation of Experience- Experience must have been gained in (1) casework in a correctional institution or in another criminal justice setting; (2) counseling in any setting, provided it required diagnostic or treatment planning skills to achieve specific social or occupational goals; or (3) work treating persons in need of social rehabilitation.
NOTE:ALL applicants MUST submit legible transcripts as verification of educational requirement. Transcripts must include identifying information to include School Name, Student Name, Degree and Date Awarded (if applicable). All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, Click Here. Transcripts MUST be received by the Consolidated Staffing Unit by the closing date of the vacancy announcement. (If you are selected for this position, you will be required to provide an OFFICIAL transcript prior to your first day on duty.)
For information regarding foreign education requirements, please see Foreign Diploma and Credit Recognition at the U.S. Department of Education website: Recognition of Foreign Qualifications
In addition to meeting the above Basic Requirements above, all applicants must have the following:
GL-09: Two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree.
GS-11: Three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.
Graduate Education must have been in corrections or a related field, such as criminal justice, sociology, psychology, counseling, social work, or other course work related to the position.
GL-09 and GS-11:You must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade level in federal service. To be creditable, this experience must have equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to successfully perform the duties of the position, and must typically be in or related to the position to be filled.
Some examples of this qualifying experience are:
- Experience in developing and providing multi-session presentations or lectures to groups.
- Experience in preparing reports which required analyzing data from multiple sources.
- Experience in providing group and individual substance abuse treatment services in a correctional population.
- Experience developing discharge reports and follow-up treatment for inmates who are releasing to the community.
- Experience performing comprehensive evaluations on substance abusers.
- Experience conducting assessments and testing instruments as needed or recommended by the Drug Abuse Treatment Coordinator.
- Experience utilizing cognitive behavioral treatment techniques.
- Experience in developing substance abuse treatment plans for offenders or individuals in a drug treatment program.
Combination of Education and Experience:
GL-09 and GS-11: Combinations of successfully completed graduate level education and specialized experience may be used to meet total experience requirements. Only graduate level education in excess of the amount required for the next lower grade may be combined with experience. This experience must have equipped you with the qualifications to perform the major duties of this position as described above.
Applicants applying for this position,* MUST*also possess one of the following Selective Factors. In th