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Job Title:Psychologist (REACH)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:RT-13-JTS-873958-MHC

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

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

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, April 09, 2013 to Thursday, June 13, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0180-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Oklahoma City, OK United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All groups of qualified individuals

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 873958

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/.

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

POSITION IS ANNOUNCED OPEN UNTIL FILLED:First consideration may be given to those who apply early.

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • US citizenship
  • English language proficiency
  • Background/suitability investigation
  • Physical standards - Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Doctoral degree in Psychology from APA-accredited graduate program

DUTIES:

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The incumbent will have primary responsibility for providing or augmenting basic psychological services for the REACH (Reaching out to Educate and Assist Caring, Healthy families) program, a component of the Family Mental Health Program. The program provides a wide range of psycho-diagnostic services including basic assessment of basic cognitive functioning, current emotional status and/or personality structure. The program also provides the most appropriate psychotherapeutic techniques to deliver high quality care. The incumbent may obtain a faculty appointment at the OU Health Sciences Center. Incumbent duties will include but not limited to:

• Therapeutic interventions to include couples, family, martial, group and individual therapy
• Provide independent psychological services at all levels of complexity
• Provide clinical supervision, leadership, consultation
• Consults with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues
• Program evaluation and limited research activities
• Assists in preparation of grant proposals in response to RFP's as assigned
• Develops, implements and/or monitors various quality assurance programs
• Other duties may include participating in meetings, training of pre-doctoral psychology interns and postdoctoral psychology fellows. 
Job functions of psychologists at the GS-11 level diagnose mental disorders, conduct psychological and/or other 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.
The primary job functions of psychologists at the GS-12 level include the provision of direct psychological patient care, consultation services on difficult or complex cases, and education of staff. At the GS-13 level, the above functions are at a greater level of complexity and independent responsibility, and responsibilities may include development of specialized treatment tracks and performance improvement activities, as well as supervision and training of pre-doctoral psychology interns and postdoctoral psychology fellows.

Work Schedule: Altered Tour (10:00 am - 630pm) on 2-3 days/week to provide Family MH Program/Reach services in the evening. 8:00am to 4:30pm 

Relocation expenses and/or incentives have not been authorized. 

Subject to availability of funds, selected candidate may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP)

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

  • U.S. citizenship
  • English language proficiency (written and spoken)
  • Physical standards - All applicants must meet the physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to employment may be required.
  • License, Registration, Certification Requirements (as applicable)
  • 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.
  • Experience:  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.


References: VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G18, 5005 QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated March 17,2006.

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

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

 (1)  GS-11. None beyond the basic requirements.

 (2)  GS-12.  Candidates must possess at least 1 year of experience as a professional psychologist equivalent to the GS-11 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:
 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.
(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.  Candidates must possess, at least 1 additional year of experience as a psychologist equivalent to the GS-12 grade level.  In addition the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:  
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.
 Additionally, candidates must possess the following supervisory knowledge, skills and abilities.
 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.

DESIGNATED DRUG-TESTING POSITION: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received. [If applicable]

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Position requires walking, near vision correctable at 13" to 15" to Jaeger 1 to 4, Specific visual requirement (Reading typewritten material without strain). Candidates must be able to hear without aid and hear a conversational voice, also be ableto work closely with others.  Emotional and mental stability is required.


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.

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.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

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 Thursday, June 13, 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 873958.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. Occupational Questionnaire 
  2. CV or Resume 
  3. VA Form 10- 2850a - Application For Associated Health Occupations -  Available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf
  4. Proof of current certification, licensure or registration 
  5. Unofficial transcript(s) - official college transcript(s) will be required before being hired
  6. OF-306 - Declaration for Federal Employment - Available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf.
  7. Veterans should submit appropriate documentation as described previously in this vacancy announcement.
  8. If currently employed by the federal government, include a copy of your latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Janie T. Smith
Phone: (405)456-5127
Email: JANIE.SMITH@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Oklahoma City VAMC
Department of Veteran Affairs
921 NE 13th Street
Human Resources 05
Oklahoma City, OK
73104

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 Thursday, June 13, 2013.

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Job Announcement Number:

RT-13-JTS-873958-MHC

Control Number:

341466900