This Position Is No Longer Available
  1. Overview
  2. Duties
  3. Qualifications & Evaluations
  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Geropsychologist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:BL-VHA-13-032-CLP-835894

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$58,519.00 to $108,428.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, February 01, 2013 to Friday, May 24, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0180-11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Butler, PA United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 835894

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.

 

This position will remain open until filled.  Applicants will be referred for consideration as they submit their complete application.  Once a suitable candidate is selected the announcement will be closed.  

 

***NOTE: THIS POSITION REQUIRES POST DOCTORAL TRAINING IN GEROPSYCHOLOGY TO QUALIFY***

 

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 GS-11, 12, or 13.  The professional standards board will review the selected candidate's qualification 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.

 

The applicant selected for this position may be eligible to apply the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP). Please contact Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the EDRP Coordinator for additional information.

 

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.

VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.  For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/ .  

 

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:

Back to top

The Geropsychologist at VA Butler Healthcare is primarily responsible for mental health care for the two 30-bed units of the Community Living Center. Regular consultation with nursing staff, nurse managers, recreation therapy staff, social work, dietary, medicine, and psychiatry is a core part of this position.

 

One unit is a secure unit housed in a new building where each veteran has their own room. Veterans on this unit have a variety of needs including dementia care, schizophrenia, PTSD, and Parkinson's disease. Co-morbid mood and anxiety disorders, including adjustment to long-term care are commonly encountered. The secure unit has in place a mood and behavior tracking system for monitoring the well being of veterans with dementia who present with mood and behavioral disturbances, in addition to tracking any changes in veteran's without dementia. There is an ongoing opportunity to develop and administer brief educational programs to nursing staff about a wide variety of topics such as management of disruptive behaviors related to dementia, depression, anxiety, etc. The other 30-bed unit is a mixture of short-term rehabilitation, intensive rehabilitation, and skilled care. This unit will soon be moving to a new building currently under construction. The geropsychologist's role on this unit is similar to other in terms of consultation, also adding great opportunity for brief assessments and interventions for veteran's receiving care for a variety of illnesses.

 

Hospice care is provided on both units and in consultation with the facility's Palliative Care Coordinator. There is a great opportunity to work with multidisciplinary staff in hospice rounds, palliative care and hospice team meetings, and in staff education regarding end of life issues.

 

There is also an opportunity to provide outpatient geriatric neuropsychological assessment, if that is congruent with the incumbent's experience and training.

 

A description of duties is on file in Human Resources.

 

Work schedule will be primarily Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with some evenings required.

 

Relocation expenses will not be reimbursed.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

Back to top

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:  

 

a.  Citizenship: Must be a Citizen of the United States.  

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.

                        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.

           

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.

 

d.  English Language Proficiency:  Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2 section D, paragraph 5a, this part.

 

***NOTE:  THIS POSITION REQUIRES POST DOCTORAL TRAINING IN GEROPSYCHOLOGY TO QUALIFY***

 

GRADE REQUIREMENTS

 

a.  Definitions

 

     (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.

                    (c)  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.

 

           (2)  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.

 

b.  Grade Determinations.  In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates:

 

     (1)  GS-11

 

           (a)  Experience.  None beyond the basic requirements.

                      (b)  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.

 

     (2)  GS-12

 

                       (a)  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:

          

             (b)  Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

 

                                    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.

 

                       (c)  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.

 

       (3)  GS-13

 

                       (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.  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:

            (c)  Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

 

                                 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.

 

                       (d)  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.

 

                                   1.  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.  They consult with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues.  Staff psychologists may be involved in program evaluation and/or research activities.

 

STANDARDS USED: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G18, available for review in Human Resources.

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: This position requires a pre-placement physical examination.

 

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.  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: 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.


BENEFITS:

Back to top
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.  

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:

Back to top

Applicants have 3 options to Apply – detailed instructions below:

 

1. Online

2. Fax

3. Mail or hand deliver

 

All applicants must provide a complete Application Package which includes: 

 

1. CV or Resume (required). 

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  (current Butler VA employees do not have to submit).

4.  Copy of your Psychologist License (required).

5.  Copy of your transcripts (unofficial) from the institution from which you received your Doctoral  degree in psychology (required). (current Butler VA employees do not have to submit).

6. Evidence that you completed a professional psychology internship training program accredited by APA (required).

7. Evidence of post doctoral traIning in geropsychology (required).

8. Online Questionnaire  Online Questionnaire (Required for online and faxed applications). 

9. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action. (required).

10. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 (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).

11. If applying under Schedule A for a disability, include Proof of Disability Letter stating that you have a severe disability (required).

 

Option #1  Online:

 

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. Upload all required documents.

 

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  Check your account ( https://my.usajobs.gov/Login.aspx ) to see the status of your application after applying, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

 

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

 

1.     Complete this cover page  http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf  using the following  835894.  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.

 

Option #2  Fax:

 

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 required 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.

 

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, May 24, 2013

 

Option #3  Mail or Hand Deliver:

 

APPLICANTS MAY ALSO SUBMIT A COMPLETE APPLICATION PACKET (please see required documents section) TO ROOM 229E OR VIA THE US POSTAL SERVICE TO THE FOLLOWING ADDRESS:

 

Human Resources (31)

Attn: Connie Pakutz

325 New Castle Road

Butler, Pa  16001

 

Note: When using this option the complete Application Package must be received by COB (4:30pm) Friday, May 24, 2013 



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

PLEASE READ - IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR UPLOADING REQUIRED DOCUMENTS: Forms can be filled out electronically from the links provided and saved to your personal computer OR a hard copy can be filled out to be scanned and saved to your computer to be uploaded to your "My Account" site on USAJobs.  All other required supporting documents such as license, transcripts, etc. can be scanned and uploaded to your "My Account" as well.  Once these forms are saved to your "My Account" in USAJobs, they can be used over and over again when applying for jobs.  When you are applying for a job, please upload the forms to the appropriate "Document Type" from the drop down menu. If there is not a category for your "Document Type" place it in the "Miscellaneous" portion.  Documents should be scanned separately and not as one large single document, i.e. 10-2850c as one document, transcripts, OF-306, etc.

 

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms). Requests for reconsideration of ratings will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, etc. Only send documentation as requested/required by this announcement and that directly supports your qualifications for this position.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Connie L. Pakutz
Phone: (724)477-5051
Fax: (478)757-3144
Email: CONNIE.PAKUTZ@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Butler HCS
PLEASE DO NOT MAIL APPLICATIONS
APPLY ONLINE OR FAX ONLY
Thank You
Butler, PA
16001 Fax: (478)757-3144

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.

Back to top
Dock
Print Preview

Job Announcement Number:

BL-VHA-13-032-CLP-835894

Control Number:

336987000