This Position Is No Longer Available

Job Title:Psychologist, Social Worker or Registered Nurse (Multi Discipline)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:MEM-13-025-786241-MT

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:

Tuesday, December 04, 2012 to Tuesday, December 18, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0180/0185/0610-03/13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Memphis, TN United States

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 786241 (Include on all documents) 

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. 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 and leadership positions 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 professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.

 

 

About the Memphis VA Medical Center:  The VAMC in Memphis, TN consists of one main campus located at 1030 Jefferson Avenue, which includes a 60-bed Spinal Cord Injury Unit, and ten community based outpatient clinics (CBOC).  It is a tertiary care facility classified as a Clinical Referral Level I Facility and one of the most complex medical centers in the VA system.  It is a teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology, as well as extensive education and research programs.  Comprehensive primary, secondary, and tertiary health care is provided in areas of medicine, general cardiovascular and neurological surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, spinal cord injury, neurology, oncology, dentistry, and geriatrics.  Specialized outpatient services are provided through general, specialty, and subspecialty outpatient clinics including a women's health center.  Services are available to more than 206,000 Veterans living in a 53-county tri-state area (Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi).

 

 

For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/.  

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • English language proficiency required.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • Background/suitability investigation required.
  • Valid licensure required.

DUTIES:

NOTE: THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS BEING USED TO FILL ONE OF THE FOLLOWING POSITIONS:  CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST, GS-180; SENIOR SOCIAL WORKER, GS-185; or REGISTERED NURSE, VN-610. 

 

THE SALARY RANGE LISTED ON THE FRONT PAGE OF THE IS FOR THE PSYCHOLOGIST, GS 13.

SALARY RANGE FOR REGISTERED NURSE:  $48,691 - $88,638

SALARY RANGE FOR SOCIAL WORKER:  $68,809 - $89,450

 

NOTE:  A RECRUITMENT/RELOCATION INCENTIVE UP TO 10% AND ANNUAL LEAVE INCENTIVE MAY BE AUTHORIZED FOR A HIGHLY QUALIFIED CANDIDATE.  A TWO YEAR SERVICE AGREEMENT IS REQUIRED. (PSYCHOLOGIST ONLY)

 

PCS (PERMANANENT CHANGE OF STATION) EXPENSES HAVE BEEN AUTHORIZED (PSYCHOLOGIST ONLY)

 

THESE INCENTIVES/EXPENSES APPLY TO THE PSYCHOLOGIST POSITION ONLY.  IF SELECTED FOR A NURSE OR SOCIAL WORKER, YOU WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE FOR THESE INCENTIVES/EXPENSES.

 

(SEE THE INCENTIVES/EXPENSES SECTION FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION)

 

 The incumbent, as the Psychosocial Rehabilitation Recovery Center (PRRC) program manager, provides leadership, coordination, oversight and integration to ensure for the smooth and effective provision of recovery and rehabilitation services.  The incumbent also serves as a major advocate and consultant for the psychiatric rehabilitation recovery model to the Chief of Mental Health Services, Mental Health service line, providers, executive management, Veterans and their families and the community. 

 

Additional duties as the PRRC manager include:  a wide range of rehabilitation and recovery services for Veterans with Serious Mental Illness (SMI); collaboration and advocacy for Veterans with SMI and their family members; and education and training of staff, in conjunction with other VA professionals, to promote the transition from maintenance models of treatment of the contemporary recovery rehabilitation model.

 

The incumbent will also serve as the Local Recovery Coordinator (LRC).  Duties include:  assist in implementing policies and procedures from the National Recovery Coordinator (NRC); facilitate implementation of recovery orientated services in Mental Health programs, which includes education of providers and Veterans and their families on recovery and evaluation of implementation efforts. 

 

The incumbent is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the PRRC as the supervisor and program manager for administrative and clinical management of the PRRC program.  He/she provides administrative and clinical supervision to various disciplines and levels of training in support of programs focused on recovery model services. 

 

Tour of Duty:  Full Time, 80 hours a pay period

 

 

 

 

 

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

Grade and salary determination will be based on the individual's qualifications and will be recommended by a Professional Standards Board.

 

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST:

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 psychologists in VHA must meet the following:

      a. Citizenship:  Citizen of the United States.  (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with the Psychologist Qualification Standard.

 

      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.

 

      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.

 

      e. Physical Requirements:  Applicant must meet the physical standards established for this position.

 

      f. English Language Proficiency:  Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(s) and 7407(d).

 

GRADE DETERMINATION - PSYCHOLOGIST

 

In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates:

 

GS-13:

            (a)  Experience:  At least 1 year of experience as a psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level.  In addition the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

 

      (b)  Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

 

1. Knowledge of, and ability to apply, 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.Knowledge of clinical research literature.

 

4. Ability to provide supervision in areas related to behavioral health and social services provision in order to accomplish the organizational goals and objectives.

 

5.Ability to provide fair, principled and decisive leadership for a work environment that promotes shared accountability.

 

      (c)  Assignments:  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 Psychologists: 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 medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues.  Staff psychologists may be involved in program evaluation and/or research activities.

 

SENIOR SOCIAL WORKER:

 

The basic requirements for employment as a VHA social worker is prescribed by statute in 38 U.S.C. 7402(b) (9), as amended by section 205 of Public Law 106-419, enacted November 1, 2000. To qualify for appointment as a social worker in VHA, all applicants must:

 

      a.  Citizenship.  Citizen of the United States.

b. Education.  Have a master's degree in Social Work (MSW) from a school of Social Work fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).  A doctoral degree in Social Work may not be substituted for the master's degree in Social Work.

c. Licensure.  Licensed or certified by a state to independently practice social work at the advanced practice level (LICENSED CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER).   

 

d. Physical Requirements. Applicants must be physically and mentally able to efficiently perform the essential functions of the position without hazard to themselves or others.  (VA Directive and Handbook 5019).

 

e. English Language Proficiency.  Social Workers must be proficient in spoken and written English. 

 

 

GRADE DETERMINATION – SENIOR SOCIAL WORKER

 

GS-12:

             (a)  Experience, Education and Licensure.  Senior Social Workers have experience that demonstrates possession of advanced practice skills and judgment.  At least two years should be in an area of specialized social work practice.  Senior social workers must be licensed or certified by a state at the advanced practice level which included an ASWB advanced generalist or clinical examination, unless they are grandfathered by the state in which they are licensed to practice at the advanced practice level (except for licenses issued in California, which administers its own clinical examination for advanced practice).  Senior social workers may have certification or other post-masters training from a nationally recognized professional organization or university that includes a defined curriculum/course of study and internship or equivalent supervised professional experience in a specialty (see paragraph 3a(c).  In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the professional KSAs in subparagraph (b) below.

(b)  Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

 

 1.  Advanced knowledge of and mastery of theories and modalities used in the specialized treatment of complex physical or mental illness.  Ability to incorporate complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment of veteran patients, including making psychosocial and psychiatric diagnoses within approved clinical privileges or scope of practice.  Ability to determine priority for services and provide specialized treatment services.

 2.  Advanced and expert skill in a range of specialized interventions and treatment modalities used in specialty treatment programs or with special patient populations. 

 3.  Advanced knowledge and expert skill in developing and implementing methods for measuring effectiveness of social work practice and services in the specialty area, utilizing outcome evaluations to improve treatment services.  Ability to coordinate the delivery of specialized psychosocial services and programs.  Ability to design system changes based on empirical findings.

 4.  Ability to provide subject matter consultation to colleagues and students on the psychosocial treatment of patients treated in the specialty area, rendering professional opinions based on experience and expertise and role modeling effective social work practice skills.  Ability to teach and mentor staff and students in the specialty area of practice and to provide supervision for licensure or for specialty certifications.

 5.  Ability to expand clinical knowledge in the profession, demonstrating innovation in the creation of new models of psychosocial assessment or intervention to identify and address specialized clinical needs.  Ability to write policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines pertaining to the specialty population or specialty treatment program.

 REGISTERED NURSE:

Basic Qualification Requirements: 

 

      a.  Citizenship - Applicant must be a citizen of the United States.

b.    Education/Experience -- Applicant must be a graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State agency, and accredited by one of the following accredited bodies at the time the program was completed by the applicant:  the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), an accrediting arm of the National League for Nursing. OR The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE, an accrediting arm of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).  Registration - Applicant must have a current, full, active and unrestricted registration as a graduate professional nurse in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the U.S. or in the District of Columbia.

c.     Physical Standards - Applicant must meet the physical standards established for this position.

d.    English Language Proficiency - Applicant must be proficient in spoken and written English.

 

Qualifying Experience/Education

Master of Science in Nursing with Psychiatric/Mental Health specialty is required.  In addition, National Certification in Psychiatric/Mental Health Advanced Practice Nursing and licensure as an Advanced Practice Nurse is required as a condition of employment.  The incumbent is a citizen of the U.S. Graduate of a state-approved, National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). 

The Psychosocial Rehabilitation Recovery Center (PRRC) Manager and Local Recovery Coordinator (LRC) is a Master's prepared advanced practice nurse with a Psychiatric/Mental Health specialty and National Certification from AACN or AANP. 

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY 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. ***

Veterans' 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 your DD214(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.

 

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non-service-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 Veterans Preference" and required documentation with your application materials.

For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx. 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Candidates education, training and experience will be considered in determining the applicant best qualified for the position.

 

Interviews:  Management may interview candidates for this position and may elect to use the Performance Based Interviewing (PBI) process.  If PBI is used, questions will be job-related, reasonably consistent and fair to all candidates.  You can visit the following two web sites (1) http://www.va.gov/pbi  (2) http://vaww.va.gov/ohrm/Staffing/PBI/PBI_Intr.htm to learn more about PBI, frequently asked questions and aids to prepare for an interview.  Additionally, printed reference material is available at each Human Resources Office.

 

Applicant’s Responsibility:  It is the applicant's responsibility to submit documentation to support his/her application for this position.  Applicant is responsible for ensuring that all experience, education, formal training, award recognition, etc. are documented in the application package.  Experience may include voluntary or other non-paid experience in the appropriate field.  If you feel that your training record contains information pertinent to your qualifications, then you must submit a printed copy of your training record with your application package.  Your training record will become a part of the specific vacancy file and will not be filed in Official Personnel Folder.

 

This announcement is not intended to cover all aspects of the duties, responsibilities or qualifications of this position.Request for copies, return of forms or transfer of consideration to another announcement will not be honored.

 

Employees must meet qualification standards and other regulatory requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

 

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, lawful political affiliation, marital status, disability or membership or non-membership in a labor union.

 

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms). Requests for reconsideration of ratings will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, delays in mail service, etc.

 

Only send documentation as requested/required by this announcement and that directly supports your qualifications for this position. 

 

Reasonable Accommodation:  This Agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, you must notify the agency.  This decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


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://www4.va.gov/jobs/job_benefits/benefits.asp.

 

 

Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP):  Recently appointed or converted (6 months or less) employees who are selected for this position as a Psychologist may be considered for an award up to $48,000 under the provisions of the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP). Your supervisor must recommend you for this program, and your application must be submitted and approved within six months of your initial appointment to an eligible position within the Department of Veterans Affairs.

 



OTHER INFORMATION:

The following are examples of Incentives/Expenses that the VAMC may authorize:    

 

Relocation Incentives may be paid to an employee who:  must relocate to a different geographic area (permanently or temporarily) to accept a covered position in an agency when the position is likely to be difficult; and the employee was in the Federal Government immediately before the relocation.

 

Recruitment Incentives may be paid to an employee newly appointed to the Federal Service.  "Newly appointed" refers to the first appointment as an employee of the Federal Government, an appointment following a break in service of a least 90 days from a previous appointment as an employee of the Federal Government, or, in certain cases, an appointment following a break in service of less than 90 days from a previous appointment as an employee of the Federal Government.

 

Permanent Change of Station (PCS) Relocation Expenses are paid for new appointees travelling to first post of duty or an employee transferring in the interest of the Government from one agency or duty station to another for permanent duty, and the new duty station is at least 50 miles from the old duty station.

 

Annual Leave Incentive is granted for prior non-federal service credit for annual leave purposes.  This incentive is for employees newly appointed or employees reappointed following a break in service of at least 90 calendar days from the date of his or her last period of Federal civilian employment.

 

Note:  Any incentive and/or expense that may be authorized by the VAMC Memphis will be located on the first page of the vacancy announcement.

 

 

 

Drug Testing Designated Positions:  In accordance with Executive Order 12564, Federal employees hired in a drug testing designated position will be subject to random testing for illegal drug use during employment.

 

Vet Pro Credentialing: Individuals selected for positions that have patient care responsibilities are subject to undergoing an electronic credentialing process called VetPro. As part of this process, it will be necessary for you to submit complete information concerning your professional education, training, experience, licensure and certifications using VetPro. The candidate selected will be provided with further information on how to use VetPro.

 

 

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.



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 (IF SELECTED).   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: 786241.  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 Tuesday, December 18, 2012.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

To apply for this position, 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 - IF SELECTED)
  3. Online Questionnaire (REQUIRED) 
  4. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214.   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).
  5. SF-50(s), Notification of Personnel Action (required for current Federal Employees)
  6. Copy of pertinent transcript(s) (REQUIRED)
  7. Copy of current, full and unrestricted license (REQUIRED)
  8. Most recent performance appraisal (optional)

 

 

 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Stephanie McDuffie
Phone: (901)523-8990x5928
Email: STEPHANIE.MCDUFFIE@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Memphis VAMC
Veterans Affairs Medical Center
HR Managment Service 1030 Jefferson Ave
Memphis, TN
38104

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: 331774400
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