This Position Is No Longer Available

Job Title:Psychologist (HPDP)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:FI-13-YKo-800980

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 Monday, February 04, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0180-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
El Paso, TX United States

WHO MAY APPLY:

US Citizens and Status Candidates

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 800980

APPLY ONLINE OR BY FOLLOWING THE FAXING INSTRUCTIONS LOCATED IN THE "HOW TO APPLY" SECTION

The incumbent selected will serve as the Health Behavior Coordinator (HBC) within the Health Promotion Disease Prevention (HPDP) Program at the El Paso VA Health Care System.  

This announcement is open until filled. Qualified applicants will be considered when application is received. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply early for best consideration.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served 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/.

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The El Paso VAHCS is part of VISN 18 Network, and is a standalone ambulatory care facility with over 600 employees and growing. This opportunity offers a competitive salary, excellent benefits, and liberal vacation. Working hours are from 8:00 am to 4:45 pm, Mondays through Fridays.

This is an opportunity to move to the Great Southwest, where shopping and museums are right in town and camping, horseback riding, biking, hiking, alpines and cross country skiing, snow tubing, Indian casinos are so close as two hours away.

El Paso is a jewel in the desert. El Paso is the 6th largest city in the state of Texas, with a population of 700,000. Nestled between the rugged Franklin Mountains and the historic Rio Grande, this dynamic community combines the advantages of a major metropolitan center with the ambience and neighborly charm of a modern western town. This is a multicultural experience as it is situated on the boarder of two nations and three states.

El Paso provides abundant cultural and entertainment opportunities, year-round sports and outdoor recreation, the lowest crime rate of any major city in the continental US, some of the best weather conditions on the planet. The sun shines 300 days a year! It has affordable housing, an extremely favorable low cost of living index, a medical school, several universities and a community college. We are a cosmopolitan community; and people from all over the world come here to live, work, do business, get an education, or retire. 

Several independent studies have ranked El Paso as one of the safest cities in the U.S. compared to cities of similar population size. Additionally, other studies have shown El Paso’s economy has grown since 2009, despite the national recession. Along with this economic rise, El Paso has experienced significant growth within federal government employment. The El Paso VA Health Care System is one such agency, with a growth of over 200 new employees in the last four years, making the VA medical clinic a premier employment choice. 

Relocation expenses will not be reimbursed.
PSC for travel is not authorized.
Recruitment incentive is not approved. 

The incumbent for this position may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program.  Please contact  Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.

Student Loan Repayment Program May be Authorized

Applicant's education and length of experience will be considered by a Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • English Language Proficiency required.

DUTIES:

The Health Behavior Coordinator (HBC) will serve several roles.  First, the HBC will train, mentor, and guide Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) members to support self-management and address health-related behaviors via effective health behavior coaching and the use of motivational interviewing and other empirically-based communication and health behavior change approaches. Thus, the HBC will have a significant role as a consultant and coach for PACT team members who will implement patient-centered care. Second, the HBC will work closely with the HPDP Program Manager to develop new or adapt existing VHA HPDP programs, guide implementation, and coordinate evaluation strategies to determine the efficacy of health promotion and disease prevention programs at the medical center.  In this role, the HBC will serve as co-chair of the facility HPDP Program Committee. Third, the HBC will have clinical responsibilities related health promotion interventions, such as group and individual smoking cessation and weight management counseling, and prevention-related assessment (e.g., pre-bariatric surgery psychological assessments). 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

Candidates must meet all the requirements identified in the VA Qualification Standard for Psychologist, GS-180 as set forth in VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G6, dated April 15, 2002.

Citizenship: Citizen of the United States

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. (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.

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.

Current Professional Psychology Practice:  To be creditable, the experience must be post-doctoral degree and must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with current professional psychology practice.  Creditable post-doctoral degree experience can be obtained through employment as a psychologist or through participating in a supervised post-doctoral psychology training program.  This may be evidenced by one or both of the following:

1.  Active professional practice.  Active professional practice means paid/non-paid employment as a professional psychologist.

2.  A full, current, and unrestricted license.

Quality of Experience:  Experience is only creditable if it is post-doctoral degree experience as a professional psychologist directly related to the duties to be performed.  Qualifying experience must also be at a level comparable to professional psychology experience at the next lower level.

Part-time Experience:  Part-time experience is creditable according to its relationship to a full-time workweek.  For example, a psychologist employed 20 hours per week, or on a ½ time basis, would receive 1 full-time workweek of credit for each 2 weeks of service.

Post-Doctoral Degree Fellowships:  Post-doctoral degree fellowships are training programs in an advanced area of clinical practice. Training as a fellow may substitute for creditable experience on a year-for-year basis.

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

You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAO's):

  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.

Your experience and/or education is subject to verification by investigation.  You must show this experience in your resume/application, you may be asked to provide specific examples or documentation of experience

Physical Standards: See VA Handbook 5005, Part III, Chapter 2, paragraph 7, and VA Handbook 5019, Occupational Health Services. All applicants must be physically and mentally able to perform efficiently the duties of the position. The incumbent must also be physically able to drive a vehicle.

Applicants for this position must pass a pre-employment medical examination.

English Language Proficiency:  Appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English. No person will be appointed under authority of 38 U.S.C. Chapter 73 or 74, to serve in a direct patient-care capacity who is not proficient in written and spoken English.

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.

Background Investigation: New Appointees will be subject to a background investigation to determine suitability.

VetPro: 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.

Selective Service Registration: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service system or are exempt for having to do so under Selective Service law. 

 


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  "SF15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," (go to http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf). 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 (member copy 4) or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. 

Note: Your DD-214 must be legible and must show character of service and all dates of service; more than one DD-214 may be needed to show all dates of service.  Copies of your DD-214 may be requested by calling 800-827-1000 or TDD# 800-829-4833 or online at http://www.archives.gov/veterans/evetrecs/. Please provide member copy 4 of the DD-214.

For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetsinfo.asp or http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. 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.

NOTE: Performance Based Interviewing (PBI) will be used whenever interviews are conducted during the selection process.  To find out more about PBI, visit www.va.gov/pbi.


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://www4.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/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.

You may be required to serve a probationary period of a 1 year.

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

This is a bargaining unit position

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.

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 90 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: All applicants will receive consideration regardless of race, color, age, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, membership or nonmembership in an employee organization, marital status, nondisqualifying physical handicap, or any other nonmerit reasons.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION:  This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency.  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

Special Employment Consideration: Individuals eligible for the following appointments are encouraged to apply: 5 CFR 213.3102 "u", Schedule A (http://www.opm.gov/disability/appempl.asp), Appointment of persons with disabilities ; mental retardation, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities; and Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more (http://www.fedshirevets.gov/hire/hm/shav/index.aspx).



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 (http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) and OF306 (http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.PDF) 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://www.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: T800980.  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, February 04, 2013.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume (required).
  2. Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire (required, respond either online or by faxing in a completed 1203FX form)
  3. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) (required).
  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 submitted with your application.
  5. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214.
  6. 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).
  7. If currently employed with the Federal Government, include your latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (if applicable, required - Do not Submit Award SF-50, you will be disqualified if you do). Applicants are encouraged to include copies of their last two proficiency reports.
  8. ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees; see "Transition Assistance Plan" in online questionnaire), if applicable.

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of IDMA (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.  

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Yvette Komaragiri
Phone: (915)564-7963
Email: YVETTE.KOMARAGIRI@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA El Paso HCS
Department of Veterans Affairs
5001 N Piedras
El Paso, TX
79930
USA

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After you Submit Your Application...
After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to determine if you meet the basic requirements. You will be notified when this decision is made. Qualified applicants will be referred.

What happens when your application is referred?
An AFGE agreement ensures that internal applicants must be considered before external candidates. If the Selecting Official (which is not the HR Specialist) elects to consider external candidates, he or she may contact you for an interview. The interview will be arranged and coordinated by the Selecting Official.

After interviewing is Complete…
Many factors influence how quickly a selectee can be brought on board. If the Selecting Official chooses an internal candidate, all other candidates will be notified of the outcome. Otherwise, once the Selecting Official makes their selection, a tentative offer would be made and upon acceptance the pre-appointment process would begin.

What does the pre-appointment process entail?
Before you can be appointed a number of steps must be completed. The more active you are in this process, the quicker you can be brought on board. The first part is VetPRO, the VA’s credentialing system used to verify your education, work history, license(s) and references. Next you will be asked to submit to fingerprinting when you arrive to complete your pre-employment physical. Lastly, a Professional Standards Board (PSB) will convene to determine the salary to be offered. Once these processes are complete, you will be contacted with an official start date and commitment package.


Control Number: 332823700
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