This Position Is No Longer Available

Job Title:Staff Psychologist - Home Based Primary Care (HBPC)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-659-12-RG-783231

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$57,408.00 to $106,369.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, November 09, 2012 to Friday, November 23, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0180-11/13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Kernersville, NC United States

WHO MAY APPLY:

US Citizens and Status Candidates

JOB SUMMARY:

VHA-659-12-RG-783231  (Include on all documents submitted)

Our Mission:  To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.

 

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

 

VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.   For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/ .

 

This position is tele-work job at this time, but may be shifted to a clinic-based job when office space becomes available in the new Kernersville facility.

 

Special Employment Consideration: Individuals eligible for the following appointments are encouraged to apply: 5 CFR 213.3102 "u", Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities ; mental retardation, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities; and Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.

 

 

FACT: Ninety percent of applicants fail to submit additional required documentation with resume or application and are found ineligible (see "HOW TO APPLY" section of this announcement); therefore, it is imperative that you read the complete announcement. Failure to do so is likely to result in LOSS OF FURTHER CONSIDERATION.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Must pass pre-employment physical examination.
  • English language proficiency required.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • Background/suitability investigation required.
  • Doctoral degree in Psychology

DUTIES:

1.    This position is tele-work job at this time, but may be shifted to a clinic-based job when office space becomes available in the new Kernersville facility.

2.    Travel to other Salisbury VA Medical Center sites (i.e., Winston-Salem, Charlotte, Hickory) may be required.

3.    Salary to be determined by a Professional Standards Board and is commensurate with the candidate's qualifications and experience.

4.    Relocation/Recruitment incentives not authorized.

5.    Guaranteed Home Buyout is not authorized.

6.    Tour of Duty:  Full-Time (Monday-Friday  8:00 a.m. -  4:30 p.m.)

 

Staff Psychologists diagnose mental disorders, conduct psychological and/or neuropsychological assessments, treat mental disorders through a variety of modalities and provide adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders.   Among the modalities provided are individual, family, and group psychotherapies, and other interventions such as biofeedback, psychological hypnosis, and environmental interventions.   They consult with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues.  Staff psychologists may be involved in program evaluation and/or research activities. The incumbent reports to the Supervisory Psychologist, which in turn is under the direct supervision of the ACOS, Mental Health and Behavioral Science Service (MH&BS), which in turn is under the direct supervision of the Chief of Staff.  Staff psychologists function in accordance with the policies, principals, professional ethics and techniques of accepted Psychology practice to include the American Psychological Association, professional licensing code, and state law.   Additional guides are available in the form of Veterans Administration directives; program guides, bulletins and circulars; Center Memoranda; Medical Staff By-Laws; applicable Labor-Management Bargaining Agreements; and external accreditation agencies utilized by the VA Medical Center (JCAHO, CARF, etc.). Incumbent is expected to independently make use of guides in a creative flexible manner and must use sound judgment in selecting techniques or introducing new practices and methods, adapting these as necessary to fit the needs of the patient population with which he/she serves.

  

Clinical Responsibilities

At the GS-11 level, the following clinical activities are expected in the assignment:

  • Ability to diagnose mental disorders, conduct psychological and/or neuropsychological assessments
  • Ability to treat mental disorders through a variety of modalities, and provide adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders.
  • Practice is under the close supervision of a licensed psychologist.

 

At the GS-12 level, the following clinical activities are expected in the assignment:

  • Provides a full range of psycho-diagnostic services including assessment and using the most appropriate psychotherapeutic techniques in providing quality care.
  • Performs evaluations for (enter specific patient population).
  • Provides a full range of therapeutic interventions including: (List setting and interventions provided).
  • If unlicensed, the individual must be supervised by a licensed psychologist and the experience and supervision must meet the standards for psychology licensure.

 

At the GS-13 level, the following clinical activities are expected in the assignment for Staff Psychologists:

  • Provides a full range of psycho-diagnostic services including assessment and using the most appropriate psychotherapeutic techniques in providing quality care.
  • Performs evaluations for (enter specific patient population).
  • Provides a full range of therapeutic interventions including: (List setting and interventions provided).
  • Consults with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues.
  • Staff psychologists may be involved in program evaluation and/or research activities.

 

Administration: 

  • Participates fully in peer review, assessing the quality of professional psychology standards provided in the organization.
  • Responsible for identification of patient problems requiring consultation with other multi-disciplinary medical center staff and making appropriate referrals.
  • Assures that appropriate referrals to specialty programs, including community resources, are accomplished.   This may include ordering the following consults:   Mental Health Programs, (i.e., Substance Abuse, PTSD, Mental Health Intensive Case Management, Compensated Work Therapy, Homeless, and Day Treatment) Vocational Rehabilitation and Long-Term Care.
  • Fully accountable for practice, including entering patient visits, measuring outcomes to interventions, and meeting productivity standards.

 

ENRICHING ELEMENTS  

  • Academic/Teaching/Training:
  • Provides clinical supervision to various disciplines and levels of training including but not limited to pre-doctoral interns and post-doctoral residents.   
  • Involved in Psychology Training Program and Training Committee.
  • Provides leadership guidance and consultation to staffs of units to which assigned.
  • Is involved in the training of medical students, medical and psychiatric residents, nursing students, fellows and other graduate or post-graduate trainees, as appropriate.
  • Serves as a consultant to other medical center staff and trainees and assist in their formulation of the psychological characteristics and appropriate treatment expectations regarding their patients.

         

Research/Program Evaluation

  • Oversees the establishment of program monitors and outcome measurements within programs assigned using a data-driven quality assurance processes
  • Is responsible for timely completion of all clinical charting and documentation required by the Medical Center or healthcare system, as appropriate.

 

  • Other Significant Responsibilities
  • Serves on Medical Center or Healthcare System, VISN, and/or National VA committees or task forces. (Specify)

 

Among other related duties, as deem appropriate.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

QUALIFICATION: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G18, Psychologist Qualification Standard.

 1.   Basic Requirements:  

      a. Citizenship:   Citizen of the United States.  

      b. Education:

      (1)   Have a doctoral degree in psychology from a graduate program in psychology accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).   The specialty area of the degree must be consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed.

AND

     (2)   Have successfully completed a professional psychology internship training program that has been accredited by APA.   Exceptions : (1) new VHA psychology internship programs that are in the process of applying for APA accreditation are acceptable in fulfillment of the internship requirement, provided that such programs were sanctioned by the VHA Central Office Program Director for Psychology and the VHA Central Office of Academic Affiliations at the time that the individual was an intern and (2) VHA facilities who offered full one-year pre-doctoral internships prior to PL 96-151 (pre-1979) are considered to be acceptable in fulfillment of the internship requirement.

     c. Licensure: Hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to practice psychology at the doctoral level in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (e.g., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia.

     d. English Language Proficiency:   Must be proficient in spoken and written English.

2 .   Grade Requirements:

GS-11

      (a)  Experience.  None beyond the basic requirements.

      (b)  Assignment.   Staff psychologists at this level diagnose mental disorders, conduct psychological and/or neuropsychological assessments, treat mental disorders through a variety of modalities, and provide adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders.   They practice under the close supervision of a licensed psychologist.

GS-12

      (a)  Experience.   In addition to the basic requirements at the GS-11 level, at least 1 year of experience as a professional psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level.  Individuals assigned

as GS-12 psychologists may be in the process of obtaining licensure at the independent practice level.   If unlicensed, the individual must be supervised by a licensed psychologist and the experience and

supervision must meet the standards for psychology licensure.   In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

      (b)  Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

      1.   Knowledge of, and ability to apply, a wide range of professional psychological theories and assessment methods to a variety of patient populations.

      2.   Ability to develop coherent treatment strategies.

      3.   Ability to incorporate new clinical procedures.

      (c)  Assignment.  At the GS-12 level, unlicensed psychologists practice under the supervision of a licensed psychologist, but with less need for consultation than at the GS-11 grade level.   They may be assigned to any program area.

GS-13

     (a)  Licensure.  Hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to practice psychology at the doctoral level in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (e.g., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia.

     (b)  Experience.   In addition to the experience requirements at the GS-12 level, at least 1 additional year of experience as a psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level.   In addition the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

     (c)  Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

     1.   Knowledge of, and ability to apply, advanced professional psychological theories and techniques to the full range of patient populations.

     2.   Ability to provide professional advice and consultation in areas related to professional psychology and behavioral health.

     3.   Knowledge of clinical research literature.

     4.  For supervisory assignments:

     a.   Ability to provide supervision in areas related to behavioral health and social services provision in order to accomplish the organizational goals and objectives.

     b.   Ability to provide fair, principled and decisive leadership for a work environment that promotes shared accountability.

    (d)  Assignments.   This is the full performance level for staff psychologists.   At this level psychologists are licensed at the doctoral level to practice independently in the provision of psychological services consulting with peers and supervisors as appropriate.  They are assigned to any VHA program and setting, including inpatient or outpatient medicine, surgery, mental health, neurology, rehabilitation medicine, geriatrics, Vet Centers, and the VHA National Center for Organizational Development.

    Staff Psychologists diagnose mental disorders, conduct psychological and/or neuropsychological assessments, treat mental disorders through a variety of modalities and provide adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders.   Among the modalities provided are individual, family, and group psychotherapies, and other interventions such as biofeedback, psychological hypnosis, and environmental interventions.   They consult with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues.   Staff psychologists may be involved in program evaluation and/or research activities.

 

 


APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. *** If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. ***

U.S. Citizenship

Doctoral Degree in Psychology 

Hold a full, current and unrestricted license at the doctoral level 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to site specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.


BENEFITS:

 

Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life.  For more information please visit us at http://www4.va.gov/jobs/job_benefits/benefits.asp.



OTHER INFORMATION:

 

This position will be filled on a full-time permanent basis.

 

Upon completing any required probationary period, the position will be permanent.

 

Incumbent may be subject to a manager/supervisor probationary period.

 

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

 

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: 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. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related 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.

 

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

 



HOW TO APPLY:

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, November 23, 2012.

 



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

 Vacancy ID:  783231  (Include on all documents submitted)

 

VA Guide to Applying for VA Vacancies

http://www.va.gov/ohrm/JobListings/VA-Guide-to-the-Application-Process-04-12-2012.docx

 

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

 

YOU MUST INCLUDE A COMPLETED/SIGNED VA FORM 10-2850c IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY.   You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online.  Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies. 

 

Please see this guide (http://www4.va.gov/OHRM/joblistings/uploading-and-using-documents-online.doc) for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications.  Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way.  Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.

 

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
   ·OF-306
   ·Other (10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations)
   ·Resume

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Cover Letter
   ·DD-214
   ·Other Veterans Document
   ·SF-15
   ·SF-50
   ·Transcript

 

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS.

Check your account ( https://my.usajobs.gov/Login.aspx ) to see the status of your application after applying, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

 

If you cannot apply online:

1.  Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire: http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf .

2.  Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to:

                      (478)757-3144   

        3. Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

        4.  Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

 

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

Complete this cover page  http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID #: 783231.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.

1.  Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.


Required Documents

 

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1.  CV or Resume.

2.  VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at  http://www.vacareers.va.gov/jobs_download/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) (required).  Recommend that you complete the form, print completed form, sign/date and scan and/or fax.  NOTE:  This form DOES NOT RETAIN DATA.

3.  Occupational Questionnaire - completed - you must answer all questions.

4.  Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf).  This is a required form and must be submitted with your application.

5.  If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 (required).   Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf).  

6.  If you are a current and/or past Federal government employee, include a copy of your latest SF-50(s).

7.  Unofficial copy of college transcript(s), official copy will be required if selected.

8.  Copy of current psychologist license(s).

 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Rozita L. Gore
Phone: (704)638-9000x4852
Email: ROZITA.GORE@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Salisbury VAMC
Human Resources Management Service
PLEASE DO NOT MAIL/EMAIL APPLICATIONS
APPLY ONLINE OR FAX ONLY
Salisbury, NC
28144

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements.  You will be notified when this decision is made.

Control Number: 330754500
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