This Position Is No Longer Available

Job Title:Clinical Psychologist (South CBOC)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:MEM-13-021-783684-MT

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$81,823.00 to $106,369.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, November 09, 2012 to Monday, November 26, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0180-13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Memphis, TN United States

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 783684 (Include on all documents)

Salary: To be determined by Professional Standard Board of your peers and based on your education and experience.

 NOTE:  A RECRUITMENT/RELOCATION INCENTIVE UP TO 10% AND ANNUAL LEAVE INCENTIVE MAY BE AUTHORIZED FOR A HIGHLY QUALIFIED CANDIDATE.  A TWO SERVICE AGREEMENT IS REQUIRED.

 

PCS (PERMANANENT CHANGE OF STATION) EXPENSES HAVE BEEN AUTHORIZED

 

 

(SEE THE INCENTIVES/EXPENSES SECTION FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION)

 

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who serve our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans.

Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your country's service.

 

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

 

The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

 

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department.  The five Core Values define "who we are," our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence (" I CARE").

America's Veterans need you!

To find out more, go to http://www.va.gov/jobs/

 

About the Memphis VA Medical Center:  The VAMC in Memphis, TN consists of one main campus located at 1030 Jefferson Avenue, which includes a 60-bed Spinal Cord Injury Unit, and ten community based outpatient clinics (CBOC).  It is a tertiary care facility classified as a Clinical Referral Level I Facility and one of the most complex medical centers in the VA system.  It is a teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology, as well as extensive education and research programs.  Comprehensive primary, secondary, and tertiary health care is provided in areas of medicine, general cardiovascular and neurological surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, spinal cord injury, neurology, oncology, dentistry, and geriatrics.  Specialized outpatient services are provided through general, specialty, and subspecialty outpatient clinics including a women's health center.  Services are available to more than 206,000 Veterans living in a 53-county tri-state area (Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi).

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • You must pass a pre-employment physical.
  • You must meet the basic requirements of the position.
  • You must submit all supporting documentation to be considered.

DUTIES:

 

THE FULL PERFORMANCE LEVEL OF CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST IS GS 13.  ENTRY GRADE LEVEL OF THE SELECTEE WILL BE DETERMINED BY A PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS BOARD (PSB). 

 

THE SALARY RANGE LISTED REPRESENTS THE FULL PERFORMANCE LEVEL RATE RANGE ONLY.

 

NOTE:  CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY POSITIONS IN THE COMMUNITY BASED OUTPATIENT CLINICS REQUIRE FULL LICENSURE.

 

 

This clinical psychologist position at the Community-Based Outpatient Clinic located in South Memphis at 1056 E. Raines Road, Memphis, TN 38116 is needed to be filled immediately.  The clinic is located about one mile from Graceland (Elvis Presley’s Mansion).  The South Memphis Veterans Affairs clinic consists of primary and specialty outpatient services to Veterans only.  The mental health staff at this clinic includes two psychologists, one mental health clinical social worker, and one mental health program support.   

 

The clinical psychologist’s primary job function is direct psychological patient care, consultation services on difficult or complex cases, and primary care mental health integration services.

 

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.  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 staff psychologist holds a state license to practice psychology and has at least one year pre-doctoral work experience and one year postdoctoral work experience as a psychologist in the VHA or a comparable professional setting.  The psychologist applies advanced professional psychological diagnostic methods and evidence-based intervention strategies to a full range of patient problems in his/her work setting.  The psychologist has advanced knowledge of psychological diagnosis, intervention, and behavioral health that qualifies him/her to provide advice and consultation to professionals representing a variety of disciplines.  The primary job functions of psychologists at this level include the provision of direct psychological patient care, consultation services on difficult or complex cases, and education of staff and trainee supervision.  However, some psychologists functioning at this level also have research obligations, associated with a university faculty appointment, collateral supervisory responsibilities, and limited administrative/managerial duties.

 

In addition to providing direct patient care, this psychologist does have clinical supervisory responsibilities and limited administrative duties as well.

 

 

 

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday during approved day tour shifts (i.e. 8:00 am - 4:30 pm); however, working hours may be adjusted to provide for extended clinic hours to support the Department of Veterans Affairs mission to provide the best care possible to our Veteran population (i.e. 9:00 am - 5:00 pm).

 

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

The basic requirements for employment as a VHA psychologist are prescribed by:  Public Law 96-151 codified in Title 38, U.S.C. 7402.  To qualify for appointment, all applicants for the position of psychologists in VHA must meet the following:

      a. Citizenship:  Citizen of the United States.  (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with the Psychologist Qualification Standard.

 

      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. Loss of Credential:  An employee in this occupation who fails to obtain licensure/certification/registration within the required time frame, or who fails to maintain the required licensure/certification/registration must be removed from the occupation, which may also result in termination of employment.

 

      e. Physical Requirements:  Applicant must meet the physical standards established for this position.

 

      f. English Language Proficiency:  Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(s) and 7407(d).

 

GRADE DETERMINATION - CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST

 

GS-13:

 

This is the full performance level of this this position.  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.  In addition to meeting the basic requirements, candidates must demonstrate at least 1 year of post-doctoral experience which demonstrates possession comparable to professional psychology practice skills.  In addition, evidence of the following KSAS's must be clearly documented in your work history:

 

      

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.

 

    

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

 

 


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. You 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.

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.

Veteran's Preference:

When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, nonservice-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed SF 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and required documentation with your application materials.

 

For more information on Veterans' Preference, go to http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetsinfo.asp.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Candidates education, training and experience will be considered in determining the applicant best qualified for the position.

 

Interviews:  Management may interview candidates for this position and may elect to use the Performance Based Interviewing (PBI) process.  If PBI is used, questions will be job-related, reasonably consistent and fair to all candidates.  You can visit the following two web sites (1) http://www.va.gov/pbi  (2) http://vaww.va.gov/ohrm/Staffing/PBI/PBI_Intr.htm to learn more about PBI, frequently asked questions and aids to prepare for an interview.  Additionally, printed reference material is available at each Human Resources Office.

 

Applicant’s Responsibility:  It is the applicant's responsibility to submit documentation to support his/her application for this position.  Applicant is responsible for ensuring that all experience, education, formal training, award recognition, etc. are documented in the application package.  Experience may include voluntary or other non-paid experience in the appropriate field.  If you feel that your training record contains information pertinent to your qualifications, then you must submit a printed copy of your training record with your application package.  Your training record will become a part of the specific vacancy file and will not be filed in Official Personnel Folder.

 

This announcement is not intended to cover all aspects of the duties, responsibilities or qualifications of this position.Request for copies, return of forms or transfer of consideration to another announcement will not be honored.

 

Employees must meet qualification standards and other regulatory requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

 

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, lawful political affiliation, marital status, disability or membership or non-membership in a labor union.

 

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms). Requests for reconsideration of ratings will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, delays in mail service, etc.

 

Only send documentation as requested/required by this announcement and that directly supports your qualifications for this position. 

 

Reasonable Accommodation:  This Agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, you must notify the agency.  This decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


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://www.va.gov/jobs/job_benefits/benefits.asp.

 

 

 

 



OTHER INFORMATION:

 

 

The following are examples of Incentives/Expenses that the VAMC may authorize:    

 

Relocation Incentives may be paid to an employee who:  must relocate to a different geographic area (permanently or temporarily) to accept a covered position in an agency when the position is likely to be difficult; and the employee was in the Federal Government immediately before the relocation.

 

Recruitment Incentives may be paid to an employee newly appointed to the Federal Service.  "Newly appointed" refers to the first appointment as an employee of the Federal Government, an appointment following a break in service of a least 90 days from a previous appointment as an employee of the Federal Government, or, in certain cases, an appointment following a break in service of less than 90 days from a previous appointment as an employee of the Federal Government.

 

Permanent Change of Station (PCS) Relocation Expenses are paid for new appointees travelling to first post of duty or an employee transferring in the interest of the Government from one agency or duty station to another for permanent duty, and the new duty station is at least 50 miles from the old duty station.

 

Annual Leave Incentive is granted for prior non-federal service credit for annual leave purposes.  This incentive is for employees newly appointed or employees reappointed following a break in service of at least 90 calendar days from the date of his or her last period of Federal civilian employment.

 

Note:  Any incentive and/or expense that may be authorized by the VAMC Memphis will be located on the first page of the vacancy announcement.

 

 

Drug Testing Designated Positions:  In accordance with Executive Order 12564, Federal employees hired in a drug testing designated position will be subject to random testing for illegal drug use during employment.

 

Vet Pro Credentialing: Individuals selected for positions that have patient care responsibilities are subject to undergoing an electronic credentialing process called VetPro. As part of this process, it will be necessary for you to submit complete information concerning your professional education, training, experience, licensure and certifications using VetPro. The candidate selected will be provided with further information on how to use VetPro.

 

Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP):  Recently appointed or converted (6 months or less) employees who are selected for this position may be considered for an award up to $48,000 under the provisions of the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP). Your supervisor must recommend you for this program, and your application must be submitted and approved within six months of your initial appointment to an eligible position within the Department of Veterans Affairs.

 

 

This position will be filled on a full-time permanent basis. Upon completing any required probationary period, the position will be permanent.

 

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

 

More than one vacancy may be filled from this announcement.



HOW TO APPLY:

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package (See "Required Documents" section below).

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, November 26, 2012.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button 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.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application return to your member account in USAJOBS to see the status of your application, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

If you cannot apply online:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire,

2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf, and

3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to (478)757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

1. Complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID 783684.

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



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents are required:

  • Completed Online Questionnaire (required)
  • CV or Resume (required)
  • VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at http://vaww4.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf(required-if selected)
  • Proof of current, full and unrestricted certification or licensure (required)
  • Unofficial college transcript (an official college transcript will be required before being hired). (required)
  • SF-50(s), Notification of Personnel Action (required for current permanent Federal Employees)
  • Veterans should submit appropriate documentation as described previously in this vacancy announcement. 
  • Most recent performance appraisal (optional)

 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Stephanie McDuffie
Phone: (901)523-8990x5928
Email: STEPHANIE.MCDUFFIE@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Memphis VAMC
Veterans Affairs Medical Center
HR Managment Service 1030 Jefferson Ave
Memphis, TN
38104

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

You will receive e-mail notification as to whether or not you were included on the list of referred candidates.  If you do not provide an e-mail address, your notification will be sent via U.S. Postal Service within 2-4 weeks.

 


Control Number: 330842400
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