This Position Is No Longer Available

Job Title:Psychologist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VJ-13-RKA-785557-MHC

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, December 03, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0180-13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Walla Walla, WA United States

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 785557

THIS POSITION IS LOCATED IN OUR HOME BASED PRIMARY CARE SECTION. 

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. 

 

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served 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").

The Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center supports Psychosocial and Substance Abuse Residential Rehabilitation and Outpatient services to veterans throughout Southeastern Washington, Southwestern Idaho, and Northeastern Oregon.   If you would like more information regarding the facility please go to the following website:   http://www.wallawalla.va.gov/

Walla Walla is a pleasant town of 40,000 near the beautiful Blue Mountain range of SE Washington State.   Excellent public schools and two 4-year colleges are an asset.   Our Main Street has been ranked as one of the best small town main streets in the U.S.    Sunset Magazine has proclaimed Walla Walla as one of the 10 best small towns in the U.S. and as a tourist destination because of the internationally acclaimed wine industry. 

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.  

Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required

DUTIES:

The VA Home-Based Primary Care (HBPC) program provides comprehensive, interdisciplinary primary outreach services in the homes of veterans with complex and chronic, disabling disease.  In addition to primary care interventions, HBPC provides palliative care, rehabilitation, disease management, and care coordination services.  HBPC targets veterans in advanced stages of chronic disease, particularly those at high risk of recurrent hospitalization or nursing home placement.  Outcome measures have demonstrated HBPC to be effective in managing chronic disease and reducing inpatient days and total cost of care.  HBPC teams typically include representatives from such disciplines as medicine, nursing, pharmacy, social work, rehabilitation and dietetics. 

The Psychologist independently provides clinical psychotherapy and psychological assessment to eligible veterans.  Their health care and psychological problems and needs are complex and require a high degree of clinical intervention.  The incumbent is required to interact with the patient, family, significant others, community agencies and other VA staff.  Incumbent should exhibit excellent customer services skills toward both patients and coworkers.  Incumbent should remain positive even during times of high levels of stress. Must be able to work collegially with all other professions and demonstrate tolerance of those with difference of opinions and/or attitudes.  Knowledge of gerontology, dementia, and neuropsychological screening is essential.

 Because providing services in a Home Based Primary Care program involves a substantial number of home visits, extensive travel in the Eastern Washington region is a major part of this position.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:  

  • U.S. citizenship.
  • Proficient in spoken and written English.
  • Possess a full, current and unrestricted license to practice psychology in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (i.e., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia?
  • 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 you successfully completed a professional psychology internship training program that has been accredited by APA?
  • Possess 2 years of post doctoral experience appropriate to the specialty area of the position?  

 

Applicants will be evaluated based upon the application materials submitted and the demonstration of the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities described below:

 

1. Knowledge of, and ability to appy, 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. Knoledge of clinical research literature.

 

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

References : Input applicable reference and links.   For example:   VA Handbook 5005/23, Part II, Appendix G-18, PSYCHOLOGIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD , dated February 2009,  and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/GS0100/0180.htm ( or you may use the following generic citation) VA Handbook 5005 at http://www.va.gov/ohrm/joblistings/VAQualStds.doc (also available in the local Human Resources Office) and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/GS0100/0180.htm


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.

Veterans' Preference:

When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference.  For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Applicants must be phusically and mentally able to efficiently perform the essential functins of the position without hazard to themselves or othere.  Depending on the essential duties of a specific position, usable vision, color vision, hearing, or speech may be required.  However, in most cases, a specific physical condition or impairement will not automatically disqualify an applicant for appointment.  The loss of imparment of a specific function may be compensated for the saftisfactory use of a prosthesis or mechanical aide.  Reasonable accommodation may also be considerd in determining an applicant's ability to perform the duties of a position.

 

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 cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.  FAILURE TO SUBMIT ALL REQUIRED APPLICATION FORMS WILL RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION.


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, thrift savings plan, 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.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/index.asp .



OTHER INFORMATION:

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



HOW TO APPLY:

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 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.

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. 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/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf.
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144.  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:

  1. Complete this cover page  http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID: 785557.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, December 03, 2012.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. Resume.
  2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at  http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) (Required).
  3. Occupational Questionnaire (Required)
  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 currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (Required).

 

FAILURE TO SUBMIT ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION WILL RESULT IN NOT BEING CONSIDERED FOR THIS POSITION.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Ronald K. Alexander
Phone: (509)525-5200x26792
Email: RONALD.ALEXANDER@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Walla Walla VAMC
Department of Veteran Affairs
VA Medical Center
77 Wainwright Drive HR Department
Walla Walla, WA
99362

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After we receive your complete application package (including any 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: 331027900
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