This Position Is No Longer Available

Job Title:Clinical Psychologist (Telemental Health)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:V7-13-808856-CPR-R19

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:

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 to Tuesday, January 29, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0180-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

4 vacancies in the following location:
Charleston, SC United States

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 808856

 RECRUITMENT FOR THESE POSITIONS HAS BEEN CANCELLED

You could be part of an important initiative to provide mental health care for our nations Veterans!

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki has announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will be adding approximately 1,600 mental health clinicians – to include nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers as well as nearly 300 support staff to its existing workforce.    

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

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS OPEN UNTIL THE VACANCY IS FILLED.  IT MAY BE EXTENDED OR CLOSED PRIOR TO THE CURRENT CLOSING DATE.  1ST CUTOFF DATE FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS IS 1/3/2013.

Your salary and grade will be determined by the Professional Standards Board (PSB).  The PSB is a peer review process.  The PSB will review your individual qualifications, education, professional training/internship(s) and professional experience to determine the most appropriate salary and grade based on your individual accomplishments.

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • US citizenship
  • English language proficiency
  • Background/suitability investigation
  • Physical standards - Must pass pre-employment examination

DUTIES:

The successful candidate for this position will function as a staff psychologist in the Mental Health Service Line at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center.  S/he will diagnose mental disorders, conduct psychological assessments and treat mental disorders through a variety of modalities.  Among the modalities provided are individual and group psychotherapies, with an emphasis on evidence based psychotherapies such as cognitive processing therapy and prolonged exposure therapy.You will also consult with medical center and Community Based Outpatient Clinic staff on a wide variety of patient care issues.  In addition, staff psychologists may be involved in program evaluation and/or research activities.  You will provide also services via Telemental Health to Veterans at other locations within VISN 7.  Expertise in evidence-based therapies such as Prolonged Exposure and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is preferred.

 

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday; 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

 

Relocation expenses and/or incentives have not been authorized.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

 BASIC REQUIREMENTS.   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 psychologist 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 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.

(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 REQUIREMENTS

    a.   Definitions

    (1)   Creditable Experience

    (a)   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.

    (b)   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.

    (c)   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.

    (2)   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.

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

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

Assignment. Staff psychologists at this level 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. They practice under the close supervision of a licensed psychologist.

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. Individuals assigned as GS-12 psychologists may be in the process of obtaining licensure at the independent practice level. If unlicensed, the individual must be supervised by a licensed psychologist and the experience and supervision must meet the standards for psychology licensure. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

1.     Knowledge of, and ability to apply, a wide range of professional psychological theories and assessment methods to a variety of patient populations.

2.     Ability to develop coherent treatment strategies.

3.     Ability to incorporate new clinical procedures.

Assignment. At the GS-12 level, unlicensed psychologists practice under the supervision of a licensed psychologist, but with less need for consultation than at the GS-11 grade level. They may be assigned to any program area.

GS-13

    (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.   In addition to the basic requirements, at least 1 additional year of experience as a psychologist equivalent to the at least the GS-12 grade level.   Preferred experience includes Expertise in evidence-based therapies such as Prolonged Exposure and Coginitive Behavioral Therapy.

In addition the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

    (c)   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.          For supervisory assignments

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

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

(d)   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.

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

References: VA Handbook 5005 Part II Appendix G18 dated March 17, 2006

 

 

 

 

 

 


NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the United States Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards your qualifications for this position. You 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. 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.

Veteran's 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 DD-214(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%, nonservice-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 Veteran Preference," and required documentation with your application materials.

For more information on Veterans' Preference, go to http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetsinfo.asp.

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.

 

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 compatible software, fax transmissions, delays in mail service, etc.


BENEFITS:

VA offers a comprehensive benefits package.  This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:  http://www.va.gov/jobs/job_benefits/benefits.asp.



OTHER INFORMATION:

New appointees will be required to serve a probationary period of one year.

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

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 Vet Pro.

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.   

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.

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

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.  

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



HOW TO APPLY:

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package (See "Required Documents" section below).  The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, January 29, 2013.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button 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.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application return to your member account in USAJOBS to see the status of your application, 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/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf, and
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to (478)757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission. 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 808856.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. Occupational Questionnaire (may be completed online)
  2. CV or Resume 
  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. Proof of current licensure
  5. Unofficial transcript(s) - official college transcript(s) will be required before being hired
  6. OF-306 - Declaration for Federal Employment - Available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf. (REQUIRED)
  7. Veterans should submit appropriate documentation as described previously in this vacancy announcement.
  8. If currently employed by the federal government, include a copy of your latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing highest grade/step held.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Christina P. Ramsey
Phone: (843)789-6332
Email: CHRISTINA.RAMSEY@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Charleston VAMC
Applications accepted ONLINE only
No mail No Email No Inperson
Human Resources
Charleston, SC
29401
USA

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: 333884300
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