This Position Is No Longer Available

Job Title:Clinical Psychologist (Compensation and Pension (C&P) Evaluations)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:AG-12-TPe-808378-R19

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$57,408.00 to $106,369.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, December 13, 2012 to Tuesday, January 08, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0180-01

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Temple, TX United States

WHO MAY APPLY:

US Citizens and Status Candidates

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 808378 

Applications will ONLY be accepted online or by fax, 1-478-757-3144.

 

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?

 

Central Texas Veterans Health Care System (CTVHCS) is one of the largest integrated health care systems in the Department of Veterans Affairs and includes facilities in Temple, Waco, and Austin, TX.  Community-Based Outpatient Clinics are located in Brownwood, Cedar Park, Palestine, and Bryan-College Station.  NO STATE TAXES!!! 

Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

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:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 808378(Please include on all documents)

Applications will ONLY be accepted online or by fax, 1-478-757-3144.

Central Texas Veterans Health Care System (CTVHCS) is one of the largest integrated health care systems in the Department of Veterans Affairs and includes facilities in Temple, Waco, and Austin, TX.  Community-Based Outpatient Clinics are located in Brownwood, Cedar Park, Palestine, and Bryan-College Station.  NO STATE TAXES!!! 

 

IF PATIENT NEEDS ARISE, THE INCUMBENT OF THE ABOVE POSITION MAY BE REASSIGNED WITHIN THE CENTRAL TEXAS VETERANS HEALTH CARE SYSTEM.

 

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT ESTABLISHES AN OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT UNTIL THE POSITION IS FILLED.  THE FIRST LIST OF ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS WILL BE PULLED FOR REFERRAL ON JANUARY 8, 2013 AND THEN BI-WEEKLY AFTER THAT UNTIL THE POSITION IS FILLED.  DURING THAT TIME PERIOD IF YOU UPDATE EXISTING INFORMATION YOU MUST ALERT THE POINT OF CONTACT OF THIS VACANCY VIA EMAIL OF THE CHANGE.  FAILURE TO DO SO WILL BE AT NO FAULT OF THE FACILITY AND YOUR UPDATED INFORMATION WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

 

This is a bargaining unit position.

Tour of Duty: Normally Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., although some evening hours and week-ends may be required.

 

Duties:  

The incumbent will be assigned the following areas within Mental Health and Behavioral Medicine, Psychology Service:

 

      ·      Compensation and Pension (C&P):  Conducts compensation and pension evaluations for veterans and active duty military members in the process of discharging from the service seeking disability compensation due to mental health problems.  Develops reports and diagnostic impressions for these veterans and assesses occupational and social impairment.  This position is just for C&P evaluations and provides no other direct patient care.

 

The incumbent will be responsible for providing direct patient care, and will have program planning and evaluation duties.  The incumbent will participate as a member of a multi-disciplinary primary care/mental health clinical team providing a full range of psychological services and will provide individual and group psychotherapy to veterans with complex mental health problems, especially in regard to adaptation and rehabilitation. The incumbent may provide couples, family and/or group psychotherapy promoting healthy adaptation and will administer/score or evaluates psycho diagnostic tests, including neuropsychological screening. The incumbent may provide evidence-based treatment to patients; evidence-base treatment includes but is not limited to Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) or Prolonged Exposure (PE).  The incumbent will contribute to the gathering of assessment information and the development of a detailed treatment plan for veterans and will participate as a member of medical center hospital committees as directed.  The incumbent will provide clinical supervision and instruction for psychology trainees (practicum/interns/fellows) as assigned. The incumbent will serve as an advisor, consultant and/or resource person to the staff within the medical center.  The incumbent will maintain appropriate records and follow-up data on patients who are their responsibility and will serve as a member of the planning group for evaluating the effectiveness of the treatment program and modifying it to better serve the needs of the patient.  The incumbent will comply with national and local performance measures, including timely health care screening and completion of clinical reminders for all patients.  The incumbent will comply with all CPRS documentation procedures, including timeliness standards for documentation and proper patient check out procedures (e.g., entering diagnostic and procedure codes).  The incumbent will attend and participate in administrative and informational meetings as held by Central Texas Veterans Health Care system (CTVHCS) and Mental Health and Behavior Medicine (MH&BM) management such as Psychology Service staff meetings, Medical Staff meetings, MH&BM staff meetings and will comply with Psychology Service peer review procedures. The incumbent will provide clinical supervision and instruction for psychology interns as assigned.  If needed, the incumbent may complete Compensation and Pension (C&P) Evaluations. 

 

***RELOCATION EXPENSES OR RECRUITMENT INCENTIVES OR EDRP (EDUCATION DEBT REDUCTION PROGRAM) MAY BE AUTHORIZED

Application(s) selected for this position could be eligible to apply for an education loan reimbursement award under the provisions of the Education Debt Reduction Program, based on the availability of funds. Or applications selected for this position could be eligible for relocation or recruitment incentives. 

Please note only one incentive can be applied for and this does not guarantee approval for any of the incentives. 



QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:  

1.  Citizenship:   Citizen of the United States.            

 

2.  Education: 

     (a)   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. 

     (b)   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.  

 

3.  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 a graduate psychologist under the authority of 38 U.S.C. § 7405 (a) (1) (D). Failure to obtain licensure during the 2 year period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment. This may result in termination of employment.  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."

 

4.  Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

 

5.  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: Grades and salaries will be determined by the Professional Standards Board (PSB).

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: 

GS-11:   Experience.   None beyond the basic requirements.

 

GS-12:   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.

 

GS-13 :

(1)   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.

(2)   Experience.   In addition to the experience requirements at the GS-12 level, at least 1 additional year of experience as a psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level.  

 

 

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

 

References : VA Handbook 5005 available in the local Human Resources Office. 

NOTE:  The full performance level of this vacancy is 13 .  The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of 11 to 13.  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed.  The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

 

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

References : VA Handbook 5005 at http://www.va.gov/ohrm/joblistings/VAQualStds.doc (also available in the local Human Resources Office) and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/GS0100/0185.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: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.  http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html

 

 

FOREIGN EDUCATION: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.

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:

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.

 

Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles:  If you have never worked for the Federal government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible.  Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility can be found at: http://www.opm.gov/Reduction_In_Force/employee_resources/ctap/index.asp.  To be considered qualified under CTAP/ICTAP, you must be placed in the Qualified category for this position, as described above.  In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed in the "Required Documents" section of this announcement.


 

 



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: 808378.  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, January 08, 2013.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume (required).
  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. Occupational Questionnaire (required).
  4. Internship document - Can be a certificate of completion or letter from intership programs stating you have completed the program with the dates you attended (required).
  5. Transcripts (required).
  6. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of service (if applicable).   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 in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action (if applicable).  

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Tammy Peterman
Phone: (254)743-0401
Fax: (478)757-3144
Email: TAMMY.PETERMAN@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Central Texas HCS Temple
DO NOT EMAIL OR MAIL APPLICATIONS
APPLY ONLINE OR BY FAX ONLY , TX
00000 Fax: (478)757-3144

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: 333695400
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