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Job Title:Clinical Psychologist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:UT-DE3801-2013-825700

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 17, 2013 to Monday, January 28, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0180-11/13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Temporary NTE 12/31/2013

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Provo, UT United States

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens.

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 825700 

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 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.

NOTE:  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed in that specific grade.  The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

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:

NOTE: A selection may be made from one of the three following disciplines.  See the following announcement numbers:

Psychologist GS-0180-11/12/13: UT-DE3801-2013-825700

Readjustment Counseling Therapist GS-0101-11: UT-DE3803-2013-822581

Social Worker GS-0185-11: UT-DE3802-2013-822580

NOTE: This is a TEMPORARY appointment (not-to-exceed December 31, 2013). Temporary appointments are nonstatus, nonpermanent appointments of limited duration. This position is not eligible for health and life insurance, within-grade increases and Federal Employees Retirement System and Thrift Savings Plan coverage.  This temporary appointment may be extended for a total of 3 years without further competition.

DUTIES:
The incumbent will provide outreach for readjustment counseling to eligible Veterans and their family members in the Vet Center program.  Readjustment counseling includes individual and group counseling to Veterans and family members over issues of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and related psychological difficulties, marital and family issues, substance abuse, employment, military sexual trauma, homelessness, bereavement, and other issues impacting a Veteran's ability to successfully re-enter civilian society.

**Veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans with a GWOT badge or medal recipient is preferred.**

Work Schedule: Full-Time Monday-Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm

Location of Position: RCS Vet Center in Provo, Utah

NOTE: The full performance level of this vacancy is GS13. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS11-GS13. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s qualifications 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.

Relocation expenses and/or incentives are not authorized.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

BASIC REQUIREMENTS: 

  • U.S. citizenship: Applicants must be a citizen of the United States.
  • English Language Proficiency: Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English in   accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d).
  • Education: Applicants must 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. Completed study in a specialty area of psychology means completion of a full curriculum in clinical or counseling psychology or other specialty area of psychology pertinent to the position being filled, not just incidental courses in these areas as part of a program of study in a specialty area unrelated to the position for which being considered. The specialty area of the degree must be the same as that in which the applicant is to be employed.
  • Internship: Applicants must have successfully completed a professional psychology internship training program that has been accredited by APA.
  • Licensure: Applicants must 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.
  • Physical Requirements: Applicants must be able to pass a pre-employment physical.

GRADE DETERMINATIONS:

GS-11 Psychologist-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.

To qualify at the GS-11 level you must meet all of the basic requirements listed above.
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GS-12 Psychologist-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.

In addition to the basic requirements listed above, to qualify at the GS-12 level you must meet the following:

Experience: In addition to the basic requirements, to qualify at the GS-12 level applicants must have one (1) year of postdoctoral experience as a professional psychologist at or equivalent to the GS-11 level. For the clinical and counseling specialties, the experience must have been gained in a professional program concerned with health, rehabilitation, or vocational restoration.

In addition the candidate must demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA):

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.

***To receive credit for the above KSAs, the knowledge, skills and/or abilities must be documented in your resume or supplemental documents that you have uploaded for this job announcement.***
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GS-13 Psychologist-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. At full professional performance levels, work is with a wide range of patients: using, refining or developing new techniques in psychodiagnosis, assessment and evaluation, psychotherapy, behavior modification, vocational evaluation and counseling, job placement and follow-up; designing and evaluating therapeutic programs; identifying and developing community resources; and providing placement evaluations necessary for the placement of severely physically disabled individuals in productive jobs.

In addition to the basic requirements listed above, to qualify at the GS-13 level you must meet the following:

Experience: To qualify at the GS-13 level, applicants must have two (2) years postdoctoral experience as a psychologist at or equivalent to the GS-12 level.The experience must indicate the applicant‘s ability to perform the duties of a psychologist in the area of work and at the level of difficulty and responsibility of the grade for which being considered.

In addition the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

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.

***To receive credit for the above KSAs, the knowledge, skills and/or abilities must be documented in your resume or supplemental documents that you have uploaded for this job announcement.***

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

References: VA Handbook 5005/23, Part II, Appendix G18, PSYCHOLOGIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD , dated March 2006 http://www.va.gov/ohrm/joblistings/VAQualStds.doc

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must be physically and mentally able to efficiently perform the essential functions of the position without hazard to themselves or others. Depending on the essential duties of a specific position, usable vision, color vision, hearing, or speech may be required. However, in most cases, a specific physical condition or impairment will not automatically disqualify an applicant for appointment. The loss or impairment of a specific function may be compensated for by the satisfactory use of a prosthesis or mechanical aid.


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 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 Member 4 copy 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:

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.   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: 825700.  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, January 28, 2013.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume - Your résumé must include series, grade, step, starting and ending dates of employment, month and year, hours worked per week, and salary information. (PLEASE NOTE: You must indicate the number of hours per week worked for the experience listed in your resume.  Failure to do so WILL result in you being rated not-qualified for this position.
  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
  4. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of service (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 Veteran Preference (available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf).  
  5. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Deborah Essary
Phone: (801)584-1284x4411
Email: DEBORAH.ESSARY@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Salt Lake City HCS
Human Resources 05
500 Foothill Drive
Salt Lake City, UT
84148

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: 335940700
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