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Job Title:  Local Recovery Coordinator (Psychologist)
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  VHA-518-13-865589-CL

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$89,449.00 to $116,282.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 to Thursday, April 25, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Bedford, MA United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 865589

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.

As a VA physician, 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. 


NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's qualifications and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate. 

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.


  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • English Language Proficiency required.


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The Local Recovery Coordinator (Psychologist) executes position responsibiilitites  that demonstrate leadership, experience, and creative approaches to management of complex client care. The Local Recovery Coordinator (LRC) is a Psychologist who serves as the Mental Health Administrator on the off-tours. The LRC is responsible for assisting the Mental Health Manager in ensuring that the nursing needs of patients are met. The LRC functions as role model, clinical expert and resource and provides leadership to an interdisciplinary team.


Administrative responsibilities will include (80% of the time):

·         Responsibility for assigned mental health programs supervising program managers and working with the service line managers on all aspects of the administration of programs.

·         Responsible for champion and advocate for the recovery model of services by meeting with service line managers and process improvement committee to discuss efforts to incorporate the recovery model within mental health services.

·         Functions as the ombudsman to Mental Health Managers and to staff,, providing information and feedback between the local mental health services and central offices.

·         Develops 3-5 year plan for the facility that indentifies staged implementation of recover oriented services.

·         Coordinates on-going evaluation of recovery implementation, using scientific program evaluation methods to document progress, to summarize outcome results and report those results.

·         Provides annual report on implementation progress to the regions recovery coordinator.

·         Serves as a mental health liaison to the local consumer council.

Clinical Responsibilities (10% of the time):

·         Provides a full range of recovery-oriented clinical services including assessment, individual and group interventions, and psychoeducation.

·         Consults with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues.

Academic/teaching/training/research (10% of the time):

·         Develop a facility recovery education plan for providers, veterans and their families.

·         Involved in training program and training committee, including regular attendance at meeting and active participation in ongoing supervision and policy-making.

·         May be involved in research that is related to recovery-oriented services.


WORK SCHEDULE: Based on the needs of the service.  


Physical Demands:  Work is generally sedentary.  Typically, the Psychologist sits comfortably to do the work, however, there may be some walking, standing, bending, carrying of light items such as papers, books, small pieces of equipment supplies, and driving of an automobile.  No special physical demands are required to perform the work.


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·         U.S. Citizenship

·        EDUCATION - Degree of doctor in psychology from APA Accredited graduate program in an area of training consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed AND Successfully completed a professional psychology internship training program.

·        LICENSURE AND REGISTRATION - Current, full and unrestricted license to practice psychology at the doctoral level in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia.

·         ENGLISH PROFICIENCY – Physicians, including residents, appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38  U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d)


Preferred Experience:

·         Knowledge of, and ability to apply, advanced professional rehabilitate and recovery theories and recovery-oriented 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 as it applies to psychosocial rehabilitation techniques and theories.

·         Knowledge of basic supervision and administration strategies, and common quality assurance processes.

·         Ability to provide supervision in areas related to behavioral health and rehabilitation services provision in order to accomplish the organizational goals and objectives.

·         Ability to provide fair, principled and decisive leadership for a work environment that promotes shared patient-centered, recovery-oriented care and professional accountability.



Reference: VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G-2 PHYSICIAN QUALIFICATION STANDARD 


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: 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


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. 


Equal employment opportunity: All applicants will receive consideration regardless of race, color, age, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, marital status, no disqualifying physical handicap, or any other non-merit reasons.


Reasonable accommodation:  This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency.  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.


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 (


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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 10-2850 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 ( ) 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 ( 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:

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 using the following Vacancy ID: 865589.  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, April 25, 2013.


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:


1.    CV or Resume.

2.    VA Form 10-2850 - Application for Physicians, Dentists, Podiatrists, Optometrists, and Chiropractors (Available at ) (required).

3.    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

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


VAMC Bedford Staffing Desk
Phone: (781)687-3882
Agency Information:
VHA Bedford VAMC
200 Springs Road bldg 1
Bedford, MA


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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