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Job Title:Clinical Psychologist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:JV-12-205DS-857018

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$71,901.00 to $111,148.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, March 11, 2013 to Tuesday, April 30, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0180-12/13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

2 vacancies in the following location:
Decatur, GA United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Non Citizens maybe appointed when it is not possible to recruit a qualifed U.S. Citizen

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 857018 (Include # on all documents)

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.

Special Employment Consideration: Individuals eligible for the following appointments are encouraged to apply: 5 CFR 213.3102 "u", Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities ; mental retardation, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities; and Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.

 

 

 

1ST CUT-OFF EVERY 2 WEEKS, ANNOUNCEMENT WILL REMAIN OPEN UNTIL POSITIONS ARE FILLED.

 

 

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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The incumbent will serve as a professional staff member of the General Mental Health Program at the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The incumbent provides a full range of psychological services within the areas of assignment to include but limited to: Psycho diagnostics, Case Management, and Psychotherapy. Administrative duties include comprehensive documentation that details adequacy, nature, and scope of services rendered and validation of responsibility. You will provide psychological evaluation and behavioral treatment.

The incumbent administers a wide variety of group and individual tests. Uses a variety of intelligence and personality assessment measures. Conducts interviews, uses rating scales, questionnaires or other measurement devices, or observes the patient to assess emotional, functional or psychological condition. Base on data gathered during the assessment, plans an appropriate clinical treatment for individual patients. Promotes, supervises or provides individual and group psychotherapy. Leads a group or conducts individual therapy sessions using a full range of therapeutic techniques and skills.   Uses the following therapeutic or clinical modalities: Eclectic, Supportive, Behavior Modification, Biofeedback, Hypnosis, Couples, Family, Sexual Disfunction, Evaluation and Disposition. The incumbent will evaluate/adjusts treatment as necessary.

 

Multiple locations:  Decatur, and surrounding CBOCs (Satellite Clinics) in the metro Atlanta area.

 

 

WORK SCHEDULE: Monday-Friday (To be determine by management)

 

****RELOCATION/ RECRUITMENT NOT AUTHORIZED****

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

All applicants must be a U.S. Citizen. 

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.

Qualifying Education: 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 Equivalent with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. ***

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.


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 work week.  For example, a psychologist employed 20 hours per week, or on a ½ time basis, would receive 1 full-time work week 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.

 

GS-12: Individuals assigned as GS-12 psychologists may be in the process of obtaining licenser 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.

GS-13:  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, 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: 

Your occupational questionnaire will be rating you on the following skills and abilities.

 

 GS-12 KSAOs

Knowledge of, and ability to apply, a wide range of professional psychological theories and assessment methods to a variety of patient populations.

Ability to develop coherent treatment strategies.

Ability to incorporate new clinical procedures.

GS-13 KSA0s

Knowledge of, and ability to apply, advanced professional psychological theories and techniques to the full range of patient populations.

Ability to provide professional advice and consultation in areas related to professional psychology and behavioral health.

Knowledge of clinical research literature.

 

 

 

  

 


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:

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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://www4.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp .



OTHER INFORMATION:

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

 

PAY AND GRADE FOR THIS  POSITION WILL BE DETERMINED BY A PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS BOARD AND IS CUMMENSURATE WITH EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE.

 

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/Login.aspx ) 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: 857018.  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 Tuesday, April 30, 2013.



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. A copy of Licensure. (required).
  5. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf). 
  6. 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).  
  7. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

HRMS Service Line
Phone: (404)321-6111x6300
Email: ATL.STAFFING@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Atlanta VAMC
1670 Clairmont Road
Decatur, GA
30034

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.

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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Job Announcement Number:

JV-12-205DS-857018

Control Number:

339529600