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Job Title:STAFF PSYCHOLOGIST

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:YB-13-LCo-855209

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$61,245.00 to $113,478.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, April 08, 2013 to Wednesday, July 31, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0180-11/13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Many vacancies in the following location(s):
Sewell, NJ United StatesView Map
Fort Dix, NJ United StatesView Map
Horsham, PA United StatesView Map
Philadelphia Metro Area, PA United States
Camden, NJ United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

ALL US CITIZENS

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 855209 

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?

 

This is an open continuous announcement.  We accept applications for this occupation on an ongoing basis; qualified applicants will be considered as vacancies become available.  Applications will remain on file for one year from the date the application was signed.

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.

 

NOTE:  The full performance level of this vacancy is 13  The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of 11 to 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.

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

 

Staff Psychologist GS-0180-13 Functional Statement

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U. S. Citizenship & must pass pre-employment examination
  • Doctoral degree in Psychology required
  • One-year professional psychology internship required
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required

DUTIES:

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At the GS 11 level, the following clinical activities are expected in the assignment:

- Ability to diagnose mental disorders and conduct psychological and/or neuropsychological assessments

-Ability to treat mental disorders through a variety of modalities, and provide adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders with particular attention to pain.

-Practice is under the close supervision of a licensed psychologist.

           

At the GS 12 level, the following clinical activities are expected in the assignment:

 - Provides a full range of psychodiagnostic services including assessment and uses the    most appropriate psychotherapeutic techniques in providing quality care with particular attention to patients with co-morbid medical problems and pain.

 - Performs evaluations for veterans with a variety of psychological and neuropsychological diagnoses.

- Provides a full range of therapeutic interventions including: individual, group and family psychotherapy and caregiver stress support with particular attention to patients with co-morbid medical problems and pain.

-If unlicensed, the individual must be supervised by a licensed psychologist and the experience and supervision must meet the standards for psychology licensure.

 

At the GS 13 level, the following clinical activities are expected in the assignment:

- Provides a full range of psychodiagnostic services including assessment and uses the most appropriate psychotherapeutic techniques in providing quality care with particular attention to patients with co-morbid medical problems and pain.

- Performs evaluations for patients with a variety of psychological and neuropsychological disorders.

- Provides a full range of therapeutic interventions including: individual, group and family psychotherapy, and caregiver stress support with particular attention to patients with co-morbid medical problems and pain.

 

The psychologist also:

- Conducts Compensation and Pension Exams as directed by the Chief of Psychology. Examinations are completed in accordance with quality standards established by external review organization (DEMO) and in terms of time frames established for programs nationally.

- Provides supervision of trainees conducting direct clinical care.

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

- Remains involved in program evaluation and/or research activities.

- Provides administrative duties including:

- Scheduling of veterans and related issues.

- Report writing.

- Attending organizational meetings.

 

Work Schedule: Full-time and Part-time positions available; various shifts, including evening and weekend hours


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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FOR ALL GRADES:

 

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:

 

Citizenship:  Citizen 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: 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.

 

 

GRADE DETERMINATIONS:

GS-11:   no experience is needed beyond the basic requirements listed above;

GS-12,  In addition to the basic requirements at the GS-11 level, at least one year of experience as a professional psychologist equivalent to GS-11.  Individuals assigned as GS-12 psychologist 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;

GS-13, In additional to the experience requirements at the GS-12 level, at least 1 additional year of experience as a psychologist equivalent to GS-12 grade level.   Individuals assigned as a GS-13 psychologist must hold a full, current, and unrestricted licensure 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 licensure requirement may be waived for a period of not to exceed 2 years from the date of employment on the condition that the psychologist provide care only under the supervision of a psychologist who is 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 a termination of employment.

 

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:  If boarded at a lower grade level, there is non-competitive promotion potential to higher-grade level(s), contingent upon meeting qualifications and legal/regulatory requirements, demonstration of ability to perform at the higher level, as well as sufficient work at the higher level to support the grade of the position. 

 

Licensure: Current, full and unrestricted license to practice nursing/medicine in a State, Territory or Commonwealth of the United States or in the District of Columbia.

 

Physical Standards/Requirements:    See VA Handbook 5005, Part III, Chapter 2, paragraph 7, and VA Handbook 5019, Occupational Health Services. All applicants must be physically and mentally able to perform efficiently the duties of the position.  

 

English Language Proficiency:  Applicant must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d). No person will be appointed under authority of 38 U.S.C. Chapter 73 or 74, to serve in a direct patient-care capacity that is not proficient in written and spoken English.


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.


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.

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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: 855209.  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 Wednesday, July 31, 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. 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).  
  5. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Lisa Corcoran
Phone: (215)823-5800x3424
Email: LISA.CORCORAN@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Philadelphia VAMC
Department of Veterans Affairs
3900 Woodland Avenue
Philadelphia, PA
19104-

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:

YB-13-LCo-855209

Control Number:

341146000