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Job Title:Supervisory Psychologist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:EC-13-KSB-758165-MHC

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$103,771.00 to $134,899.00 / Per Year


Monday, October 07, 2013 to Monday, October 14, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Denver, CO United StatesView Map


This vacancy is open to eligible employees of the Eastern Colorado Health Care System only.


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 758165

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.


Relocation expenses will not be reimbursed.






Your salary and grade will be determined by the Psychologist 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.


The Chief of the Homeless and Vocational Section has full responsibility for provision of complex housing, residential, healthcare, and vocational programs requiring advanced practice skills. The Chief is fully accountable for all aspects of the clinical care provided to veterans receiving services within this section. The Homeless and Vocational Section at VA ECHS represents a complex array of clinical, psychosocial, and housing services that include the following: the Healthcare for the Homeless Veterans (HCHV) program, the Grant & Per Diem Transitional Housing Program, HUD-VASH Permanent Housing Program, the Community Resource and Referral Center (CRRC), the Housing First Assertive Community Treatment Program, the Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (DRRTP), the Veterans Justice and Re-entry Programs, the Compensated Work Therapy Program (CWT), and the Homeless Outreach and Homeless Benefits Coordination services. Programs are located in Denver and Southern Colorado (Pueblo and Colorado Springs).

The incumbent typically allocates 85% of his/her time to administrative functions, including supervision of more than 90 employees, including subordinate supervisors. The incumbent has full responsibility for clinical practice, program management, education, human resource management and supervision, and organizational stewardship for all programs within the Homeless and Vocational Section.  The VA facility has a variety of clinical programs with a wide range of acute activities providing inpatient and outpatient services and treatment for patients in general medicine and surgery, medical specialty programs, geriatric and extended care, psychiatry, substance abuse, palliative care, hospice care, home based primary care, community care, and various other ambulatory care programs with related research, educational, and program evaluation functions. The Chief serves in a position of leadership at the local level, including membership on the Mental Health Executive Board.

The Chief utilizes a comprehensive range of clinical expertise and knowledge of therapeutic modalities in the design, implementation, and oversight of psychosocial rehabilitative services in order to end homelessness among veterans. The Homeless and Vocational Section serves as a clinically appropriate and cost effective alternative to the unwarranted utilization of hospital and nursing home care services for homeless veterans. The Chief addresses the rehabilitative needs for the broadest range of patients, and ensures that the high quality permanent, transitional, and residential homeless services remain consistent with the broad spectrum of evolving health care needs of the homeless veteran population. New and complex administrative challenges are regularly addressed by the Chief. These challenges are directly related to continuous growth in the volume and the diversity of patient care services.

The Chief assures compliance with increasingly complex procedures and statutes in licensing, clinical privileging, and continuing professional education. The Chief is responsible for ensuring that the residential and homeless programs achieve and maintain full accreditation status with accrediting bodies such as the Joint Commission and CARF. The Chief ensures that the building in which the residential programs are housed is in full compliance with all safety and security regulations. As Chief, the incumbent has both local and national level responsibility for the continued professional and scientific development of VA residential and homeless programs. The Chief establishes a research and training program within the Domiciliary that promotes advances in areas related to Domiciliary Treatment Programs (e.g. homelessness). This program develops relevant theoretical frameworks, designs appropriate assessment and treatment methods, and conducts appropriate basic and applied research. This program also serves as a training and development center that assists in creating cost-effective residential and homeless programs, conducts training of both VA and community staff and directors, and serves as a clearinghouse of knowledge.


  • 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


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 Program Management Responsibilities 


  • Develops and implements policies relating to the Section in coordination with various clinical, allied health and administrative programs located within the VA ECHCS;
  • Takes responsibility for the planning, development, implementation, monitoring, evaluating and controlling of all Section operations
  • Monitors accomplishment of established program clinical goals and objectives, periodically evaluates them, and when necessary modifies such goals and objectives.  
  • Serves as accountable officer for the Section fund control point and develops, and prepares budget estimates covering requirements for procurement of supplies, equipment, and personal services.
  • Manages in cost-conscious fashion, and finds means to substantially reduce operating costs without impairing overall operation by using innovative work methods, continuous improvements, sampling techniques and automation;
  • Maintains a budget control system that insures adequacy of funds and provides uninterrupted service to eligible and entitled beneficiaries;
  • Ensures effective integration of program efforts/activities with other VAECHCS and VISN 19 operations, community based agencies and activities;
  • Establishes, comprehends and effectively communicates program emphasis, operating policy and overall treatment philosophy to other operational entities both within VA and in community;
  • Delegates tasks appropriately to subordinate team members and ensures compliance with local and system-wide program policy manuals and directives;
  • Responsible for development of staff position descriptions and functional statements;
  • Conducts hiring including recruitment, selection and orientation working with appropriately with professional discipline leaders;
  • Coordinates closely with RN Nurse Manager and RN Assistant Nurse Manager responsible for 11 LPN staff.


Clinical Leadership            


Through the effective application of personal knowledge, skills and abilities acquired through formal education and

broad based work experience, the Mental Health Outpatient Service Program Manager provides direction, advice, 

counsel, and instruction in the provision of comprehensive psychosocial rehabilitation and long term health

maintenance services following applicable evidence-based practice guidelines, in addition the incumbent provides

clinical services as needed in:


  • Psychodiagnostic assessment (intelligence, personality, and a wide range of psychological assessment)
  • Psychoeducation
  • Individual Psychotherapy
  • Group Psychotherapy




  • Participates as member of psychology faculty of APA-accredited Pre-doctoral Internship
  • Clinical supervision of psychology interns
  • Clinical supervision   of psychology practicum students
  • Develops and participates in in-service training and career development programs for Section staff.  
  • Faculty appointment at University of Colorado School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
  • May serve as faculty at local or other system-wide education and training conferences.






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    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.




   (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.


   (c)  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 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.  This may result in termination of employment.




    (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.




   (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.   At least 1 year of professional psychologist experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, and must fully meet the KSAs for that level.  In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following professional KSAs and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*):


Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities


   (1) Ability to effectively supervise and manage subordinate employees.


  *(2) Skill in assessing qualifications and abilities of current and prospective employees.


  *(3) Ability to develop productivity standards appropriate to each service provided and each venue.


   (4) Skill in interpersonal relationships, including conflict resolution.


   (5) Ability to deal effectively with individuals or groups representing widely divergent backgrounds, interests, and points of view.


  *(6)  Skill in working collaboratively with other disciplines and supervisors.


(c)  Assignments.  For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), and range of variety, and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time.


Supervisory Psychologist.  Individuals designated as supervisory psychologists have supervisory responsibility for subordinates.  Supervisory psychologists also have line and staff authority for resource allocations within the area of responsibility and ensure the efficient operation of the organizational unit.  Examples of assignments in this category include (but are not limited to) chief of psychology, chief of a patient care service line, or department or division director. Responsibilities include supervision of staff, professional management, and administrative responsibilities that are complex in scope and that constitute a significant component of the medical center.  Decisions are made exercising wide latitude and independent judgment.


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.  Applicants must, therefore, only report 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. *** 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:  Veterans must submit a copy of Form DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Member 4 copy, which shows the characterization of service), and if applicable, an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veterans Preference and a Preference Letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs dated 1991 or later.  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 Veterans 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 (showing the characterization of service) or other proof of service to receive consideration for veterans preference.  For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit



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.


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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 .


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


Conditions of Employment:

- Applicants must be citizens of the United States.

- Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, or 16 with a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent, as of the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

- All Non-VA applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in any 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.

- Subject to suitability determination.

- Employees who occupy a Testing Designated Position are subject to random testing.

- Males born after 31 December 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see

- You may be required to serve a one-year initial probationary period.

- Within 30 days after hire, you are required to obtain Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification from the American Heart Association.  It is highly desirable that this certification is obtained prior to employment.


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.



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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. 



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 ( 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. 


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

  1. 1. Your Résumé
  2. 2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire
  3. 3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, simply reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  After applying, return to USAJOBS ( to see the status of your application, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is easier, faster, and provides more information as applications are processed. Uploaded Documents move from Received-Pending Virus Scan to Processed within 1 hour.

If you cannot apply online:

1.    Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire.

2.    Print OPM Form 1203-FX, Occupational Questionnaire to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire.

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.

Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

If you have completed the questionnaire online and need to fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

1.    Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID: 758165.  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.

Faxed Documents may take 2-3 days to appear as Processed.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, October 14, 2013.


The following documents are REQUIRED (use this as your checklist when applying):


1. VA Form 102850c, Application for Associated Health Occupations.


2. CV or résumé, which lists your name, complete address, telephone number(s), and email address.  For work experience, list job title (include series and grade if Federal), from and to dates (month and year), hours worked per week, ending salary, employer's name and complete address, supervisor's name and telephone number, and a detailed description of all duties related to the job for which you are applying.  


3. Responses to the questionnaire.  View Occupational Questionnaire 


4. If you are a veteran, you must submit a copy of Form DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (member 4, which shows the characterization of service), and, if applicable, an SF 15, Application for 10-point Veterans Preference and a Preference Letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs dated 1991 or later. 


5. If you are a current or former Federal employee, you must submit a copy of their most current SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing tenure and competitive status (block 24 and 34).


6. Copy of transcript(s) that lists the degree(s) earned and date conferred, showing you possess the required degree for this position.  Transcripts will not be accepted via mail or email from applicants or schools; transcripts must be uploaded or faxed in accordance with How to Apply Instructions.


7. Copy of your 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.


Karen Watkins
Phone: (303)399-8020
Agency Information:
VHA Eastern Colorado HCS Denver
Department of Veterans Affairs
820 Clermont Street
Suite 130
Denver, CO


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 by email when a decision is made.

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