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Job Title:Supervisory Psychologist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:KT-13-IJS-871968-R19

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

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SALARY RANGE:

$57,408.00 to $106,369.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, April 05, 2013 to Friday, April 26, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0180-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Fayetteville, AR United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 871968

Salary: To be determined by Professional Standard Board of your peers and based on your education, experience, and professional accomplishments.

You could be part of an important initiative to provide mental health care for our nations Veterans!

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki has announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will be adding approximately 1,600 mental health clinicians – to include nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers as well as nearly 300 support staff to its existing workforce.    

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs mental health professionals who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who serve our Country.  Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans.

Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA.   The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

The VA is much more than just another employer.  It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care.  Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.   The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department.  The five Core Values define "who we are," our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries.  The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence ("I CARE").

America's Veterans need you!

To find out more, go to http://www.va.gov/jobs/.

 

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply

 

PLEASE NOTE: Qualified clinical trainees, residents, fellows, interns, etc. are encouraged to apply; please follow the instructions in the How to Apply section.

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • US citizenship
  • English language proficiency
  • Background/suitability investigation
  • Physical standards - Must pass pre-employment examination

DUTIES:

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The Multi-disciplinary Supervisor (PTSD/SUD) is administratively responsible for the PTSD program at the Fayetteville VAMC and its Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC).  The Incumbent is responsible for the establishment, documentation, and implementation of short and long-range program goals. Incumbent manages the daily operations of the program and directs the patient care services of the program, develops and implements policies and procedures pertinent to all aspects of the PTSD program operations and prepares reports and statistics for facility, VISN, and national use. The incumbent is responsible for facilitating optimal team functioning through communication and ongoing working relationships with all services, administrative personnel, and support services. Clinically, Incumbent may also provide a broad range of direct clinical services in PTSD and Substance Abuse Disorder in support of veterans who are patients of Mental Health Service.

TOUR OF DUTY: Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm

SALARY: Grade and Salary are based upon education and/or experience.  The Psychologist Professional Standards Board will determine grade and salary prior to a final offer of employment.

RELOCATION EXPENSES: Relocation expenses are not available for this position.
RECRUITMENT OR RELOCATION INCENTIVE:  Recruitment or Relocation incentives are not available for this position.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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COVERAGE:  The following are requirements for appointment as a psychologist in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA).  Psychologists engage in professional and scientific work which relates to behavior, capacities, traits, interests, and emotions.   These requirements apply to all VHA psychologists in the GS-180 series, including those assigned to VA medical centers, Community-based Outpatient Clinical (CBOCs), Vet Centers, Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) offices, the VHA National Center for Organizational Development and VHA Central Office. This work may include any one or a combination of the following:  providing professional clinical services, conducting research, carrying out education and training activities, clinical consultation, supervision, and administration.

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:  Be a citizen of the United States.

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.

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.

Physical Requirements:  The candidate selected must successfully complete a pre-employment physical examination prior to appointment.

English Language Proficiency: In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), no person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English.  Psychologist must be proficient in basic written and spoken English in order to perform the duties of this position.

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.

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:  In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates:
GS-11:
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.

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. 
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Characteristics (KSAs): In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the KSAs below.
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. 
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Characteristics (KSAs): In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the KSAs below.
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:  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.

Reference: VA Handbook 5005/23, Part II, Appendix G-18: PSYCHOLOGIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD GS-180


NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the United States Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards your qualifications for this position. You 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. 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.

Veteran's 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 DD-214(s) 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. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, nonservice-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, go to http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetsinfo.asp.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Complete application packages will be reviewed to determine if the basic qualifications for this position have been met. A listing of candidates who meet the basic qualification requirements will be forwarded to the hiring facility where the credentialing and privileging screening process is completed.


BENEFITS:

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package.  This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:  http://www.va.gov/jobs/job_benefits/benefits.asp.



OTHER INFORMATION:

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

You may be required to serve a probationary period.



HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package (See "Required Documents" section below).  The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, April 26, 2013.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button 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.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application return to your member account in USAJOBS to see the status of your application, 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/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf, and
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to (478)757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission. 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 871968.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.


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).
  3. Occupational Questionnaire
  4. Copy of college transcript showing a doctoral degree in psychology from a graduate program in psychology accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).
  5. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of service. 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).
  6. If currently employed in the Federal system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Isaiah J. Stansberry
Phone: (479)443-4301x65181
Email: ISAIAH.STANSBERRY@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Fayetteville AR VAMC
Department of Veterans Affairs
Human Resources 05
Fayetteville, AR
72703
USA

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

You will receive e-mail notification as to whether or not you were included on the list of referred candidates. If you do not provide an e-mail address, your notification will be sent via U.S. Postal Service within 2-4 weeks. Important note: Applicants have the burden of producing all needed information prior to the closing of the announcement Friday, April 26, 2013.

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Job Announcement Number:

KT-13-IJS-871968-R19

Control Number:

341241000