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Job Title:Supervisory Psychologist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide

Job Announcement Number:PB-HA-MH-12-768393

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:

Friday, October 19, 2012 to Monday, October 29, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0180-13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Poplar Bluff, MO United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): TAG:Vacancy 

 

Also announced as Supervisory Social Worker, PB-HA-MH-12-768608.  Open and close dates are the same as this announcement.

 

 

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?

 

Follow instructions under How to Apply and submit Required Documents.

 

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.

 

Pay is determined by a Professional Standards Board, based on candidate's qualifications and experience, and approved by the Medical Center Director. 

Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP):  The applicant(s) selected for this position will be eligible to apply for an education loan reimbursement award under the provisions of the Education Debt Reduction Program subject to availability of EDRP funding.

 

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:

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As a Supervisory Psychologist to the Mental Health Behavioral Sciences Department at the John J. Pershing VA Medical Center, Poplar Bluff, MO and its Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs), you will supervise the clinical staff of nurse practitioners, psychologists, social workers and others as assigned.  Duties include but are not limited to the following: plan, organize and direct the work of the Outpatient Clinic staff.  Assign work to subordinates.  Evaluate work performance.  Hear and resolve complaints from employees, referring group grievances and more serious unresolved complaints to higher level supervisor or manager.  Identify developmental and training needs of employees.  Effect disciplinary measures, such as reprimands, recommending other actions in more serious cases.  Develop systems as needed due to procedural changes or expansion of services.  Conduct special projects or studies to analyze, evaluate and provide recommendations on programs and issues.  Research, assemble and compile information and data, evaluate the results and recommend corrective actions where indicated.  Responsible for independent professional functioning and work with a variety of complex cases within the assigned areas.  Report to the Chief of Mental Health Behavioral Sciences Department.  Has delegated authority for the day-to-day operation of the staff supervised.  Plan, coordinate and carry out steps in fact-finding and analysis in accordance with accepted policies and applicable precedents. 

 

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with sone on call.

      

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are authorized for this position.


 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:  

    • U.S. citizenship.  
    • 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.   C itizen 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.)

       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.

       (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. 

    • GRADE DETERMINATION:

  • GS-13 REQUIREMENTS:

    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 GS-12 grade level.  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.

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.

 

  • Qualification Standard Used:  VA Handbook 5005, Part II, App G-18, Psychologist Qualification Standard, GS-180.   You can access a copy of this standard at http://vaww1.va.gov/ohrm/Directives-Handbooks/Documents/5005.doc or you may contact a local VA Human Resources Liaison Office to view the standard.

     

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


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 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.

 

If applicants are interviewed for the position, performance based interview questions will be used.   For additional information regarding performance-based interviews, please review the following website(s) on the Internet: http://www.va.gov/pbi .   In addition, candidates may be interviewed by a panel.


BENEFITS:

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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 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. 

 

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.



HOW TO APPLY:

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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: 768393.  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, October 29, 2012.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume.
  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. Copy of Transcript (required).
  5. Copy of License (required).
  6. 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).  
  7. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).
  8. All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
       ·Resume

    Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
       ·Cover Letter
       ·DD-214
       ·Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)
       ·OF-306
       ·Other (OTHER REQUIRED DOCUMENTS, VA Form 10-2850c, License, Of-306)
       ·SF-15
       ·SF-50
       ·Transcript

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Cassandra D. Brown
Phone: (913)758-6458
Email: CASSANDRA.BROWN@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Poplar Bluff VAMC
Human Resources Liaison Office
1500 N Westwood Blvd
Poplar Bluff, MO
63901

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.

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Job Announcement Number:

PB-HA-MH-12-768393

Control Number:

329030100