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Job Title:Psychologist (C&P)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:509-OD-13-833771-064-LC

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

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SALARY RANGE:

$81,823.00 to $106,369.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, January 31, 2013 to Thursday, February 21, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0180-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Augusta, GA United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 833771 

Augusta Georgia is the home of the world renowned 'Masters' golf tournament and is Georgia’s second oldest and second largest city. Please visit the official Augusta website to learn more about this ever changing and exciting city: http://www.augustaga.gov/

 

OUR MISSION: 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?

 

The Augusta Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center is a two-division Medical Center that provides tertiary care in medicine, surgery, neurology, psychiatry, rehabilitation medicine, and spinal cord injury.  The Medical Center is affiliated with the Georgia Health Sciences University, Augusta, GA and as such integrates teaching, research, and advanced patient care, making it an attractive academic medical center.  This facility offers a full spectrum of comprehensive health care services, using state-of-the-art technology and innovative programs, as well as education and research benefits.

 

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

 

  • Relocation Expenses are not authorized. 
  • Salary for external applicants will be set by the Psychologist Professional Standards Board.
    (Based on the qualifications and expertise of the selected applicant)
  • Current permanent employees of the Charlie Norwood VAMC will receive first consideration when filling vacancies.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing
  • Background and-or Security Investigation
  • Licensure, Certification, and/or Registration
  • Copy of College Transcripts

DUTIES:

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Location of position:  Uptown Division, Mental Health Service Line

 

This position will be assigned to the Mental Health Service and may be assigned to any VHA program and setting, including inpatient or outpatient medicine. Job duties include, but are not limited to:

 

  • Staff Psychologists 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.  Among the modalities provided are individual, family, and group psychotherapies, and other interventions such as biofeedback, psychological hypnosis, and environmental interventions.
  • Compensation and Pension (C&P) Psychologist functions as the full time Mental Heal examiner for compensation and pension examinations.  As such, the incumbent will perform all duties necessary for high quality, timely completion of the mental health examinations assigned for initial, review, or increase C&P evaluations.  It is expected that up to six examinations will be completed in a day, with the psychologist expected to review the Claims file, medical record, and associated background materials, perform the examination of the patient as requested by the Atlanta Regional Office of VBA, and complete documentation of the examination by dictation or by typing within 24 hours. 
  • Provide opinions regarding the Veterans mental health as requested by the Atlanta Regional Office of VBA.  Incumbent will perform specialty examinations (e.g. board of two psychologists) as required.  Information from the Atlanta Regional Office of VBA on the quality and timeliness of the examinations will be considered in the incumbent's annual performance evaluation.
  • Although the position is based on the Charlie Norwood VAMC Augusta, GA campus, the incumbent may be required to perform C&P Examinations at any of the facilities within the Augusta VA region of care, as requested, as well as make home visits to conduct C&P examinations.  If available and clinically appropriate, the C&P Psychologist may carry out examinations using distance technology (e.g. telehealth).  The C&P Psychologist is expected to be clinically priviledged and able to perform any of the duties included under the general privileges of an independently functioning psychologist at this facility.

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

Candidates must meet all the requirements identified in the VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G18, Psychologist Qualification Standards http://vaww1.va.gov/ohrm/HRLibrary/Dir-Policy.htm

To qualify for appointment, all applicants for the position of Psychologist in VHA must meet the following:

 Citizenship: U.S Citizenship is required (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens). 

Physical Standards:  Must meet the physical standards established for this position. 

English Language Proficiency: Applicants appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English.

Education:  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

  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.  

Grandfathering Provision: The following is the standard grandfathering policy for all Title 38 Hybrid qualification standards. Some of these provisions may not apply to this occupation. Please carefully review the qualification standard to determine the specific education and/or licensure/certification/ registration requirements that apply to this occupation.

All persons employed in VHA in this occupation on the effective date of this qualification standard are considered to have met all qualification requirements for the title, series and grade held, including positive education and licensure/certification/registration that are part of the basic requirements of the occupation. For employees who do not meet all the basic requirements required in this standard, but who met the qualifications applicable to the position at the time they were appointed to it, the following provisions apply:

Such employees in an occupation that does not require a licensure/certification/registration, may be reassigned, promoted, or demoted within the occupation.

Such employees in an occupation that requires a licensure/certification/registration, may be

reassigned, promoted up to and including the full performance (journey) level, or demoted within the occupation, but may not be promoted beyond the journey level or placed in supervisory or managerial positions.

Such employees in an occupation that requires a licensure/certification/registration only at higher

grade levels must meet the licensure/certification/registration requirement before they can be promoted to those higher grade levels.

Employees who are appointed on a temporary basis prior to the effective date of the qualification standard may not have their temporary appointment extended or be reappointed, on a temporary or permanent basis, until they fully meet the basic requirements of the standard. 

Employees initially grandfathered into this occupation, who subsequently obtain additional education and/or licensure/certification/registration that meet all the basic requirements of this qualification standard must maintain the required credentials as a condition of employment in the occupation.  

If an employee who was retained in an occupation listed in 38 U.S.C. § 7401(3) under this provision leaves that occupation, the employee loses protected status and must meet the full VA qualification standard requirements in effect at the time of reentry to the occupation.

GRADE REQUIREMENTS:

Creditable Experience

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.

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.

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.

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.  

GRADE DETERMINATIONS:

 GS-11 is the entry level for GS-180 Psychologist series.

 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.  

In addition to meeting the basic requirements, applicants at this grade level must demonstrate the following (KSAs) knowledge, skills, and abilities.  If selected for the position KSAs need to be completed on plain paper, with a narrative description of experience, education and training as related to each skill.

You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) based on your application for this position.

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  

 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.  

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 next lower 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.  

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.  

NOTE:  The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13.  The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-11 to GS-13.  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience 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. (for vacancy up to and including full performance) 

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. (for vacancy above full performance)

 

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


EDUCATION: 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

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.

 

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. (if needed)

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 VetPro.

Candidates education, training and experience will be considered in determining the applicant best qualified for the position.

New appointees will be required to serve a probationary period of 1 year.

Veterans' 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 your DD214(s) or official document 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, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.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. You can visit the following two web sites (1) http://www.va.gov/pbi  (2) http://vaww.va.gov/ohrm/Staffing/PBI/PBI_Intr.htm to learn more about PBI, frequently asked questions and aids to prepare for an interview.


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 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. Employees must meet qualification standards and other regulatory requirements by the closing date of the announcement. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, lawful political affiliation, marital status, disability or membership or non-membership in a labor union.
 
Management retains the right to select from any appropriate recruitment methods, such as reassignment, promotion, appointment, transfer, reemployment, reinstatement, or demotion to fill this vacancy.  The decision as to which source or sources to use (singularly, in any sequence, or concurrently in any combination) will be made by management.

 

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:

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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: 833771.  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 Thursday, February 21, 2013.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

Applicants must submit:

1. CV or Resume. Resumes must include the following information: (1) Announcement number, title of position, and grade levels that you are applying for; (2) Full name, mailing address, home and work telephone numbers; (3) Country of Citizenship; (4) Education and training; (5) Work experience – include name and address of employer, job title and detailed description of duties, beginning and ending months and years for each job, average hours worked per week, and supervisor's name and telephone number.
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. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf).  This is a required form and must be submitted with your application.
4. Copy of Current Certification, Licensure, or Registration
5. Responses to Occupational Questionnaire
6. Copy of college transcript if applicable to the position for which you are applying. If selected, official transcripts are required.
7. Performance appraisals - Submit most recent from VA, other Federal or private sector employment.
8. Veterans who are outside of the VA Medical Center must submit a DD-214 documenting all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.), more than one DD-214 may be needed to show your total military service; and a Application for 10-point Veteran Preference (SF-15) form and required documentation, if you are claiming 10-point veteran preference. (available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf).  
9. Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) Required only from current or former Federal employees.   Submit most recent action showing highest grade/step held.  Former Federal employees should submit a copy of their separation personnel action. (required).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Tawn White
Phone: (706)733-0188x3563
Email: TAWN.WHITE@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Augusta VAMC
Augusta VA Medical Center
One Freedom Way
Human Resources
Augusta, GA
30904
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.

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Job Announcement Number:

509-OD-13-833771-064-LC

Control Number:

336809300