This Position Is No Longer Available

Job Title:Psychologist, Designated Learning Officer

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-565-13-SQ790834-KH

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$99,638.00 to $129,526.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, November 26, 2012 to Monday, December 17, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0180-14

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Fayetteville, NC United States

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 790834 

Due to technical difficulties that prohibited some applicants from completing the application process, this announcement closing date has been extended to Monday, December 17, 2012.

NOTE:  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed in that specific grade.  The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

RECRUITMENT/RELOCATION INCENTIVE IS NOT AUTHORIZED
PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION (PCS) EXPENSE REIMBURSEMENT IS NOT AUTHORIZED
APPRAISED VALUE OFFER (AVO) IS NOT AUTHORIZED

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

How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

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.

VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.  For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/.

Fayetteville is a progressive metropolitan city with a diverse friendly population located in S.E. NC along the I-95 corridor.  It is 1.5 hrs from superb beaches, 3-4 hrs from mountains/skiing resorts, and 1 hr from the capitol city of Raleigh. Fayetteville Reg'l Airport and I-95 offer many travel choices.  There are numerous parks, lakes, cultural activities, festivals, restaurants, award-winning golf courses, and many entertainment venues including sporting events, concerts, theaters and museums including the multi-million dollar Airborne & Special Operations Museum honoring our military neighbors in Ft Bragg.  Fayetteville boasts of superb affordable housing and an excellent public and private educational system. From revitalization projects in the downtown historic district to developing housing and recreation areas along the Cape Fear River, both public and private enterprises are committed to making Fayetteville the All-American City for which it has won awards.

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 Fayetteville VA Medical Center is seeking an outstanding psychologist to serve as the Designated Learning Officer (DLO). The Designated Learning Officer/ Chief, Education Service Line is a senior level position and has full delegated authority and responsibility for the Education Service Line. The Medical Center DLO reports to the Chief of Staff (COS). Candidates with training and successful experience in the practice of industrial/organizational psychology are preferred.

The DLO works collaboratively with staff at all levels and has overall responsibility for developing, planning, organizing, directing, coordinating, controlling, reviewing, evaluating, and improving education, training, and developmental activities for the VA Medical Center of Fayetteville, North Carolina which administers a variety of medical care and treatment for a large geographic area. In this role, the Medical Center DLO coordinates education for more than 1270 employees.

The DLO's managerial duties and responsibilities involve final decisions which have a direct and substantial effect on all facets of medical center education which includes: continuing medical education that is outside ACGME, staff education, career development, tuition support and reimbursement, student and trainee programs and veteran education. These include but are not limited to, decisions affecting the nature, scope and quality of, and emphasis in, the medical center's education programs and activities.

Preferred qualifications for the successful candidate include a minimum of seven years of professional psychology practice in progressively more responsible leadership assignments in clinical, administrative, educational and/or research areas; demonstrated skills in providing clinical interface with academic affiliates and other key stakeholders, documented ability to coordinate a broad continuum of programs, management experience with strong administrative and interpersonal skills, and demonstrated commitment to an interdisciplinary approach to care delivery. Prior clinical and administrative experience with the VA is desirable. The successful candidate must also demonstrate excellent leadership and communication skills, an ability to work collaboratively with all of the medical center's customers and stake holders, an ability to build and work effectively within teams, and a visionary commitment to the VA's mission to ensure that the Fayetteville VA Medical Center will be able to effectively change and continue to grow in order to best fulfill that mission now and into the future.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:  
a.  Citizenship.
  Citizen of the United States.  (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)
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.
Exception.  The Secretary may waive the requirement of licensure 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 so licensed.  Non-licensed psychologists who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements may be given a temporary appointment as a graduate psychologist under the authority of 38 U.S.C. § 7405 (a) (1) (D).  Failure to obtain licensureduring that period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment.  This may result in termination of employment.
(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.
For occupations which require an active credential (licensure/certification/registration) at all grade levels, at the discretion of the appointing official, an employee may be reassigned to another occupation for which he/she qualifies if a placement opportunity exists.  For occupations which require an active credential (licensure/certification/registration) in assignments above the full-performance level only, at the discretion of the appointing official, an employee may remain at an appropriate lower grade level in the occupation when both of the following apply:  the credential is not a requirement and a placement opportunity exists.”
(e)  Grandfathering Provision.  The following is the standard grandfathering policy for all Title 38 Hybrid qualification standards.  Some of these provisions may not apply to this occupation.  Please carefully review the qualification standard to determine the specific education and/or licensure/certification/ registration requirements that apply to this occupation.
All persons employed in VHA in this occupation on the effective date of this qualification standard are considered to have met all qualification requirements for the title, series and grade held, including positive education and licensure/certification/registration that are part of the basic requirements of the occupation.  For employees who do not meet all the basic requirements required in this standard, but who met the qualifications applicable to the position at the time they were appointed to it, the following provisions apply:
Such employees in an occupation that requires a licensure/certification/registration, may be
reassigned, promoted up to and including the full performance (journey) level, or demoted within the occupation, but may not be promoted beyond the journey level or placed in supervisory or managerial positions.
Such employees in an occupation that requires a licensure/certification/registration only at higher
grade levels must meet the licensure/certification/registration requirement before they can be promoted to those higher grade levels.
Employees who are appointed on a temporary basis prior to the effective date of the qualification standard may not have their temporary appointment extended or be reappointed, on a temporary or permanent basis, until they fully meet the basic requirements of the standard.
Employees initially grandfathered into this occupation, who subsequently obtain additional education and/or licensure/certification/registration that meet all the basic requirements of this qualification standard must maintain the required credentials as a condition of employment in the occupation.
If an employee who was retained in an occupation listed in 38 U.S.C. § 7401(3) under this provision leaves that occupation, the employee loses protected status and must meet the full VA qualification standard requirements in effect at the time of reentry to the occupation.
(f)  Physical Requirements.  See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
(g)  English Language Proficiency:  Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part.

GRADE DETERMINATIONS:
GS-14
(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.   At least 1 year of professional psychologist experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, and must fully meet the KSAs for that level.  In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following professional KSAs and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*):
(1) Knowledge of, and ability to apply, appropriate scientific methods in the design and execution of basic and applied research.
*(2) Ability to coordinate work across multiple settings.
*(3) Ability to convey scientific concepts and methodological principles to individuals with diverse levels of technical expertise.

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

References :  VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G18, Psychologist Qualification Standard, dated March 2006, 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.

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.


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.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.



OTHER INFORMATION:

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

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave:  Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee.  VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service.  This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.



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/Account/Login) 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: 790834.  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 17, 2012.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or 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. OF 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.PDF) (required).
  4. Occupational Questionnaire
  5. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of service (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).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Keith Hernandez
Phone: (910)488-2120x7055
Fax: (910)822-7937
Email: KEITH.HERNANDEZ@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Fayetteville NC VAMC
Department of Veterans Affairs
2300 Ramsey Street Bldg 6
Fayetteville, NC
28301 Fax: (910)822-7937

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: 331658900
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