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Job Title:Clinical Psychologist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:FZ-13-DDM-786688-MHC

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

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SALARY RANGE:

$59,681.00 to $110,580.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 to Wednesday, December 12, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0180-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

2 vacancies in the following location:
Cleveland, OH United States

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 786688 (Please include on all documents)

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

The Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center is a 673-bed tertiary healthcare facility which provides care to over 100,000 veterans in northern Ohio.  We provide care through our main medical facility at the Wade Park campus, 13 community based outpatient clinics, and 3 vet centers. The medical center has been recognized for more programs of excellence than any other Veterans Affairs Medical Center.   These programs of excellence include: Open Heart Surgery, Care of the Seriously Mentally Ill, Geriatric Evaluation and Management, Substance Abuse Care, Spinal Cord Injury Care, Medical Care of the Homeless, Domiciliary Care of the Homeless, Functional Electrical Stimulation, Advance Platform Technology, Primary Care Education, and Patient-Centered Specialty Care Education.  We are a teaching hospital providing a full range of patient care services to Veterans with state-of-the art technology as well as medical education and research. Our main campus in Cleveland, OH has a full service ER for both general acute care and psychiatric care and a comprehensive reference clinical laboratory. With us, you will find a challenging, yet rewarding career experience.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a US citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • Occupational physical may be required.
  • English language proficiency.

DUTIES:

The Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center is recruiting for two Clinical Health Psychologists to work in Psychology Service. The Staff Psychologist duties include:

  • Providing a full range of psychological assessments and diagnostic services utilizing standardized assessment instruments and structured interviews.
  • Generating psychological reports based on assessments.
  • Serving as an authoritative source of information in the use and interpretation of tests to make differential diagnoses of patient problems.
  • Providing expert consultation to other disciplines or units with regards to assessment and evaluation procedures.
  • Providing a full range of patient care psychotherapy interventions, including individual and group therapy, as well as specialized interventions such as behavior management consultations and systems or environmental interventions. When appropriate, uses newly proven or experimental techniques.
  • Developing and implementing psychotherapy interventions and the clinical evaluation of outcomes for these interventions.
  • Engaging in and documenting psychosocial assessments and treatment plans on new patients assigned.
  • Coordinating treatment or care with other services based on patients' clinical needs and making referrals during treatment when clinically indicated.
  • Providing individual and group consultation and education to therapists on the team in accordance with the therapeutic mission of the Center.
  • Providing specific objectives and appropriate responses toward a patient and clarifying environmental factors that would stimulate patient self-reliance, reduce anxiety, or achieve more socially adaptable behavior patterns.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

Basic Requirements:

  • Must currently possess 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.
  • Must 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.
  • Must currently 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. NOTE: (VHA may waive the requirement for an individual psychologist for a period not to exceed 2 years from the date of employment on the condition that such a psychologist provide care only under the supervision of a psychologist who is licensed. Non-licensed psychologists who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements may be given a temporary appointment as a graduate psychologist. Failure to obtain licensure during the two year period will result in termination of employment.)

Grade Requirements:

  • GS-11: None beyond basic requirements.
  • GS-12 Specialized Experience: In addition to the basic requirements, at least 1 year of experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service. An example of 1 year of experience at the GS-11 level would be working as a staff psychologist diagnosing mental disorders, conducting psychological and/or neuropsychological assessments, treating mental disorders through a variety of modalities, and providing adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders. Also, the individual will be in the process of obtaining licensure at the independent practice level.
  • GS-13 Specialized Experience: You must have one year of experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service, and 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. An example of 1 year of experience at the GS-12 level would be working as an unlicensed staff psychologist practicing under the supervision of a licensed psychologist, but with less need for consultation than at the GS-11 grade level and may be assigned to any program area.  

Applicant's education and length of experience will be considered by a professional standards board in determining grade and salary of the applicant selected.

When describing your experience please include your title, duties performed, and dates of employment. 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 (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.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application will be reviewed to determine your qualifications. Please be sure your resume and supporting documentation clearly reflect your expertise related to the following competencies:

  • Knowledge of, and ability to apply, advanced professional psychological theories and techniques to the full range of patient populations.
  • Ability to provide professional advice and consultation in areas related to professional psychology and behavioral health.
  • Knowledge of clinical research literature.


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.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/index.asp.

OTHER INFORMATION:

Performance Based Interviewing (PBI) is utilized by our agency as part of our selection process. Please consult the PBI website at www.va.gov/pbi for further information.

HOW TO APPLY:

All applications must be submitted by: Wednesday, December 12, 2012

To begin click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register, answer a few questions, and submit all required documents. To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at http://www.usajobs.opm.gov/ and click on Application Status. Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue.  If you would like to fax additional documentation you must use the official fax coversheet found here to (478) 757-3144.

We strongly encourage you to apply online. If you cannot apply online, you may FAX your resume, questionnaire, and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144. You must print a copy of OPM Form 1203-FX, document your responses to the questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire and fax all documentation, utilizing the 1203-FX form as your fax coversheet, to (478) 757-3144.  Also please include the Vacancy Identification Number 786688



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

  • Curriculum vitae or Resume showing relevant experience, license, and/or certification. When listing previous employment please include month and year.
  • Copy of your transcript (optional).
  • If you are a veteran of the United States military please include a copy of your DD-214 and VA disability letter if applicable.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Danyelle Mcclendon
Phone: (216)791-2300x2137
Fax: (478)757-3144
Email: DANYELLE.MCCLENDON@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Cleveland VAMC
Department of Veteran Affairs 05W
10701 East Blvd
Cleveland, OH
44106 Fax: (478)757-3144

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed. You will be disqualified if your résumé does not reflect experience and education as outlined in the qualifications section. You will be notified when a qualification determination is made.

Areas of Consideration – Applicants will be considered based on the following 3 areas of consideration.

  • First Area of Consideration (facility employees) – Current, permanent Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) employees.
  • Second Area of Consideration (other VA employees) – Current, permanent Department of Veterans Affairs Employees (VA employees who are located somewhere other than Louis Stokes Cleveland VAMC).
  • Third Area of Consideration (external candidates) – All other US Citizens.

If you are selected, a professional standards board (PSB) will determine your salary and grade.  The PSB will make this determination by taking your education and length of experience into consideration.  


Control Number: 331573900
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