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Job Title:Clinical Psychologist- Local Recovery Coordinator

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:637-13-090-CJ-822354

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, January 10, 2013 to Thursday, January 31, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0180-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

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

WHO MAY APPLY:

US Citizens and Status Candidates

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 822354

Salary: To be determined by Professional Standard Board of your peers and based on your education, experience, and professional accomplishments.

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/.

 

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

PLEASE NOTE: Qualified clinical trainees, residents, fellows, interns, etc. are encouraged to apply; please follow the instructions in the How to Apply section.

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

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

DUTIES:

The Charles George VA Medical Center, Mental Health Service, Asheville, North Carolina, has an immediate opening for a full-time, Clinical Licensed Psychologist/Local Recovery Coordinator.   The Local Recovery Coordinator (LRC) serves to assist in implementation of policies and procedures from the National Recovery Coordinator (NRC) and to facilitate implementation of recovery oriented services in Mental Health program, which includes education of providers and Veterans and their families on recovery and evaluation of implementation efforts.  The LRC functions as a champion and advocate for the recovery model. 

The LRC also serves as a recovery ombudsman to the Mental Health Chief, program managers, and staff on recovery and implementation  of recovery oriented services.  The LRC works with Suicide Prevention Coordinator, Evidenced Based Therapies  coordinator and others as appropriate to develop a 3-5 year plan for the MHS that identifies staged implementation of recovery oriented services (e.g., use of recovery plans).  LRC is responsible for coordinating the evaluation of recovery implementation at the MHS and reporting results to the NRC.  With guidance form the NRC, the LRC will implement measures to assess recovery policy and procedure adherence, as well as assess the recovery model's embodied in the Mental Health program.  For specific information please contact Dr. Elizabeth Huddleston, Assistant Chief, Mental Health Services at 828-298-7911, ext. 5823.

 

Tour of Duty is typically from 8:00AM to 4:30PM, Monday through Friday.  Additional time and/or compressed scheduled may occasionally be required or considered depending on Veterans needs.

Relocation expenses and/or incentives are not authorized.

PCS expenses are not authorized.

Recruitment/relocation incentives are not authorized.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

FOR ALL GRADES:

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:   

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.

   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.

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 psychologist who otherwise meet the eligibility requirement 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 licensure during that period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment. 

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. 

English language proficiency:  Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English.

Physical standards: - All applicants must meet the physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to employment may be required.  

Grade determination:

GS-11:  no experience is needed beyond the basic requirements listed above.

GS-12:  In addition to the basic requirements at the GS-11 level, at least one year of experience as a professional psychologist equivalent to GS-11.  Individuals assigned as GS-12 psychologist may be in the process of obtaining licensure at the independent practice level.  If unlicensed, the individual must be supervised by a licensure;

GS-13:  In addition to the experience requirements at the GS-12 level, at least 1 additional year of experience as a psychologist equivalent to a GS-12 grade level.  Individuals assigned as a GS-13 psychologist must hold a full, current, and unrestricted licensure 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.

References: VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G18, dated March 17, 2006.

Salary to be determined by Professional Standard Board of your peers and based on your education, experience, and professional accomplishments.

DESIGNATED DRUG-TESTING POSITION: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.


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) (member copy 4) 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 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:

Complete application packages will be reviewed to determine if the basic qualifications for this position have been met. A listing of candidates who meet the basic qualification requirements will be forwarded to the hiring facility where the credentialing and privileging screening process is completed.


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.  For more information please visit us at:  http://www.va.gov/JOBS/Jjob_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.

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

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.

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 Thursday, January 31, 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 822354.
  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 
  2. CV or Resume (On your resume please make sure your resume includes where you worked, when (MM/YY), country of citizenship, and whether you were full-time or part-time.   If you were part-time be sure to state how many hours you worked).
  3.  VA Form 10- 2850c - Application For Associated Health Occupations -  Available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf
  4. Proof of current certification, licensure or registration 
  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.
  7. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD-214, Member copy 4, (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 Veterans Preference (available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf).
  8. If currently employed by the federal government, include a copy of your latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action.

 

 

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms).  Requests for reconsideration 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.

 

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.  If you feel that your training record contains information pertinent to your qualifications, then you must submit a printed copy of your training record when your application package.

 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Calvin Jager
Phone: (828)298-7911x5438
Email: CALVIN.JAGER@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Asheville VAMC
Department of Veteran Affairs
1100 Tunnel Road
Asheville, NC
28805

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

You may check the status of your application anytime by logging in to Application Manager at http://applicationmanger.gov/.

 

Please do not call the Human Resources office to check on the status of your application.

 

After you submit your application....

After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed by a Human Resources specialist to determine if you meet the requirements.  You will be notified by e-mail when the decision is made.

 

What happens when your application is referred?

If you are qualified for this position, your application package will be referred to the selecting official.  Once the Selecting official (which is not the HR Specialist) looks over the application the qualified candidates, he/she will then decide if they would like to contact you for an interview.   

 

After interviewing is complete...

Once the selecting official chooses a candidate, all other candidates will once again be notified of the outcome via e-mail.

 

What does the pre-appointment process entail?

At this point a tentative offer would be made to the selected applicant.  If you are selected for the position a number of pre-employment requirements must be met before a final commitment of employment can be made.   The more active you are in the process, the quicker you can be brought on board.  There are a number of steps in the pre-employment process.  Failure to complete the pre-employment process timely will result in withdrawal of the tentative employment offer.  Once the selected applicant completes all requirements & all requirements are verified, you will be contacted by a Human Resources Specialist to discuss an official start date.

 

If you do not provide an e-mail address, your notification will be sent via U.S. Postal Service within 2-4 weeks. Important note: Applicants have the burden of producing all needed information prior to the closing of the announcement Thursday, January 31, 2013.


Control Number: 335319800
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