This Position Is No Longer Available

Job Title:Clinical Psychologist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide

Job Announcement Number:RV-13-JRK-786746-R19

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:

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 to Friday, December 14, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0180-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

2 vacancies in the following location:
Pensacola, FL United States

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 786746

Salary: To be determined by Professional Standard Board.

Tour of Duty:  8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Mon-Fri

***This announcement has been amended to include a recruitment/relocation incentive***

You could be part of an important initiative to provide mental health care for our nations Veterans!

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki has announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will be adding approximately 1,600 mental health clinicians – to include nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers as well as nearly 300 support staff to its existing workforce.    

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs mental health professionals 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/.

PLEASE NOTE: Qualified clinical trainees, residents, fellows, interns, etc. are encouraged to apply; please follow the instructions in the How to Apply section.

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

A recruitment/relocation incentive is negotiable up to $25,000 for a highly qualified applicant.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • US citizenship
  • English language proficiency
  • Background/suitability investigation
  • Physical standards - Must pass pre-employment examination

DUTIES:

The incumbent is to perform Compensation and Pension (C&P) evaluations for veterans requesting service-connection for disabilities related to PTSD and/or other mental disorders based on requirements listed in the 2507 received from the Veterans Affairs Regional Office (VARO).  Incumbent performs the required examination or provides the requested opinion necessary to make a decision on a veterans' claim for service-connected disability.  Incumbent is required to perform a clinical interview and determine diagnoses based on DSM-IV criteria.  He/She may also be requested to conduct competency evaluations and psychological testing.  The psychologist will perform the examination using established guidelines published by the Veterans Benefit Administraiton (VBA) and Compensation and Pension Evaluation Project (CPEP).  These examinations are for use by the regional office for rating purposes only and there is no treatment involved.  All examination findings are to be dictated, reviewed, completed and released in a timely manner in accordance with medical center policy.  Some examinations will require review of claims folder or the VA computerized patient record system (CPRS).  Psychologist will use CPRS to notify other VA examiners or enter orders.

 

Eligible recent post-docs and other new graduates are encouraged to apply.  Psychology Service, VA Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System, has an outstanding team of providers.  Psychology Service is also fully integrated into the leadership of the health care system, and provides administrative oversight into psychological/neuropsychological/vocational services, as well as EAP and all system research administration.  We are a dynamic and visionary team of professionals committed to excellence in treatment and prevention activities.

 

As a VA professional Clinical Psychologist, 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.

 

PENSACOLA:

 

The Pensacola Bay Area is an activity-packed destination featuring culture, outdoor adventure, fine museums, attractions and miles of beaches.  Whether you're an art enthusiast, birdwatcher, golfer, food critic or a shopaholic, you'll find your niche in the Pensacola Bay Area.  (www.visitpensacola.com).

 

A recruitment/relocation incentive is negotiable up to $25,000 for a highly qualified applicant.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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. A degree in the Health Psychology/Behavioral Medicine is preferred.

    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. 

 

GS-11:  Experience.  None beyond the basic requirements.

 

GS-12:  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. 

 

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

 

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

References: Qualification Requirements Used:   VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G18.  This standard is available for review in the local HR Office.  For the full text, see the Handbook on file in Human Resources Management Service


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.  Applicants must, therefore, only report 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. ***

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. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

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:

Complete application packages will be reviewed to determine if the basic qualifications for this position have been met. A listing of candidates who meet the basic qualification requirements will be forwarded to the hiring facility where the credentialing and privileging screening process is completed.


BENEFITS:

The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The following Web addresses are provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.

 

Flexible Spending Accounts - The Federal Flexible Spending Accounts Program (FSAFeds) allows you to pay for certain health and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars. For additional information visit: https://www.fsafeds.com/fsafeds/index.asp

 

Health Insurance - The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program offers over 100 optional plans. For additional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/insure/health/index.asp

 

Leave - Most Federal employees earn both annual and sick leave. For additional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/oca/leave/index.asp

Life Insurance - The Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance Program (FEGLI) offers: Basic Life Insurance plus three types of optional insurance, for additional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/insure/life/index.asp

 

Long Term Care Insurance - The Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) provides long term care insurance for Federal employees and their parents, parents-in-law, stepparents, spouses, and adult children. For additional information visit: http://www.ltcfeds.com/

 

Retirement Program - Almost all new employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). FERS is a three-tiered retirement plan. The three tiers are: Social Security Benefits, Basic Benefit Plan, Thrift Savings Plan. For addtional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/retire/index.asp

This link provides and overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees. http://www.usajobs.gov/EI/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.

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

VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service.



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 Friday, December 14, 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 786746.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

ON-STATION APPLICANTS (Individuals who are currently employed at VAGCVHCS):

1.  Current 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 – and MUST be signed and dated). 

3.  The completed OPM 1203fx form (answers to questionnaire) - required if unable to apply on line.

4.  SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required – it must show your current position held, grade, series, and tenure).

5.  OF-306 - Declaration for Federal Employment http://www4.va.gov/vaforms/va/pdf/OF306.pdf).  This is a required form and must be completed, signed and dated.

6.  You MUST submit a copy of your transcripts which shows the degree conferred and date (required).

7.  Copy of your license, which shows your current expiration date.

 

OFF-STATION APPLICANTS (all others/status eligibles):

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 – and MUST be signed and dated).

3.  The completed OPM 1203fx form (answers to questionnaire) - required if unable to apply on line.

4.  OF-306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf).  This is a required form and must be completed, signed and dated.

5.   You MUST submit a copy of your transcripts which shows the degree conferred and date (required).

6.   You MUST submit a copy of your license, which shows your current expiration date (required).

7.   If claiming veteran's preference you must include the following documents:

a.  All copies of your DD Forms 214, member 4 copy (required).  

b.  Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, should also complete and submit a signed SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf), required if claiming.

c.  A copy of your disability rating letter (required if claiming).

8.    If you are a current or former federal employee you must include most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action that shows current position held, grade, series, and tenure.

9. A spouse of a current Service member claiming preference must submit a copy of the marriage license and the Service member’s PCS orders specifying: the effective date of the PCS, the duty location, and a statement authorizing the dependent/spouse to accompany the Service member to the duty station.  Note:  This appointment is only covered within 2 years of the date on the PCS orders.  This must be submitted with the recruitment package to be considered eligible for this position.

 

Incomplete applications will not be considered.  We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, etc.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Joyce R. King
Phone: (228)523-5005
Email: JOYCE.KING3@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Biloxi VAMC
Department of Veterans Affairs
400 Veterans Avenue
Human Resources 05A
Biloxi, MS
39531
USA

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

You will receive e-mail notification as to whether or not you were included on the list of referred candidates. .

Control Number: 331175800
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