This Position Is No Longer Available

Job Title:Psychologist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:NOL-13-788720-WBM-682-38

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

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SALARY RANGE:

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

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, November 29, 2012 to Wednesday, December 19, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0180-13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
New Orleans Metro Area, LA United States

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizen

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number:788720

The functional statement for this position is available for review in Human Resources Management.  This position is assigned to Mental Health Service.

TOUR OF DUTY: Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Subject to background/suitability investigation

DUTIES:

Functions as the Coordinator for care of Veterans at suicide risk and an advisor to the Mental Health Chief, facility leadership, program managers, and staff concerning suicide prevention strategies for individual patients and for the facility and Veteran community as a whole. Providing screening, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of depression and anxiety-related disorders, as well as other Axis I conditions, with an emphasis on the application of time limited, evidence-based approaches. Assess and provide treatments for sub clinical symptoms of anxiety, adjustment difficulties, and excessive use or misuse of alcohol or other drugs (for which the patient may have a lower than normal tolerance due to their medical conditions and the potential for negative interactions with prescribed medication. Tracks all suicide attempts and patients with serious suicide ideation at each facility through use of the Suicide Parasuicide Reporting Template.   Assures that all veterans on the facility tracking list are being closely monitored by the appropriate provider on a regular basis.   Disseminating, organizing and, where possible, conducting evidence-based and promising emerging interventions.   Maintains awareness of suicide treatment options and makes recommendations to the patient's provider when new options become available. Obtains any relevant HIPPA clearances to allow transmittal of facility data on suicide attempts and individuals at risk to the VISN 16 MIRECC for trending and quality assurance purposes; and transmitting the data following cyber security requirements as applicable for this sensitive data..


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G18 and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standards for Professional and Scientific Position in conjunction with the Individual Occupational Requirements. 

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 psychologist in VHA must meet the following:

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.

Grade Requirements

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.

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 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. Ability to apply psychological principles, theories, methods and techniques in the delivery of professional service in health and rehabilitation service setting.  

2. Ability to develop scientific principles or theories concerning the relationship of behavior to factors of environment, experience or physiology; or to seek and develop practical applications of research findings.

3. Ability to furnish professional advise, opinion or assistance to solutions of problems, on feasibility and evaluation of projects, programs, research plans, data or techniques in connection with services, research, training and administration.  

4. Ability to carry out education and training in psychological principles, theories, methods, and techniques. 

(d) Assignment.  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.

1. Staff Psychologist 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 health care system staff of a wide variety of patient care issues.  Staff psychologists may be involved in program evaluation and/or research activities.


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.

Preferred: Successful applicant must have at least 3 years experience post-licensure and preferably 1 year of work with crisis management and/or suicidal patients.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY: Psychologist must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part. 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Pre-employment Physical Required

PROBATIONARY PERIOD: This position requires completion of 1-yr probationary period, if not already served.

DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE: The VA has established a Drug-Free Federal Workplace Policy.  All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment.  Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with the VA for a period of six months.  This policy extends to random testing for the use of illegal drugs by employees who occupy testing designated positions defined as sensitive in Section 7(d) of Executive Order 12564. This is a testing designated position.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

You will be evaluated on the detailed information submitted in your resume that reflects your knowledge, skills, and ability neccessary to meet the qualification of this position.


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 the traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life.  For more information please visit us at the http://www.va.gov/jobs/job_benefits/benefits.asp



OTHER INFORMATION:

PBI Interviews: Any interviews that may be conducted will utilize the Performance Based Interviewing process (PBIs).  For more information on the performance based interview process, see www.va.gov/pbi

 

Eligibles: Agency Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP).   Federal Employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and copy of their most recent SF50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location.   Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.

 

Equal Employment Opportunity:  The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization or other non-merit factors.

 

Reasonable Accommodation:  Federal agencies provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  If you need accommodation for any part of the application process, contact the hiring agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.



HOW TO APPLY:

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.  Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is easier, faster, and provides more information as applications are processed.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Wednesday, December 19, 2012

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page https://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following 788720 
  2. Fax your documents to (478) 757-3144.
  3. Evidence of Veterans Preference:  If you are entitled to veterans’ preference, you must submit your DD Form 214 or an SF-15, Application for 10-point Veterans’ Preference with appropriate supporting documentation.

Note:  To return to a previously saved or incomplete application, simply reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  After applying, return to USAJOBS https://my.usajobs.gov/Login.aspx to see the status of your application, including any messages that may have been sent to you. 

Applying Via Fax: 

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
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.

After we receive your completed application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating.  We also review your application to make sure that your resume supports the answers given in the questionnaire.  If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly.  Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified when your rating is determined.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

  1. Resume or 10-2850c, Application for Associated Health Occupations. (Your resume must contain dates of employment (MM/YY) and hours worked per week.  Failure to provide all requested information may prevent us from giving you credit for experience).
  2. Response to the questionnaire.
  3. Copy of your transcript.
  4. Copy of your Licensure/Certification.
  5. Latest SF-50 (current and former federal employees), if applicable.
  6. Member 4 copy of your DD-214, SF-15 if claiming 10pt preference and VA disability award letter (for Veterans), if applicable.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Angela Atkins
Phone: (504)558-1419
Email: ANGELA.ATKINS2@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA New Orleans HCS
Department of Veteran Affairs
Southeast LA Veteran HC Sys 1555 Poydras
Suite 1300
New Orleans, LA
70112

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your eligibility. The qualified candidates will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration and interview.

Control Number: 331451600
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