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Job Title:Marriage and Family Therapist (Homeless Program)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:MRN-HA-13-879325

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$47,448.00 to $74,628.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, April 29, 2013 to Friday, May 17, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0101-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Marion, IL United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 879325

OUR MISSION: 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.

VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.  For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/ .  

NOTE:  The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11.  The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-09 to GS-11.  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.

 

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.  The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are NOT authorized for this position.

AREA OF CONSIDERATION:  All U.S. Citizens

PLEASE NOTE: In Section 25 of the Occupational Questionnaire, you may notice that the numbering restarts with number one. When entering your responses on the 1203-FX form please continue to enter your responses on the next available number within this section. The numbers on the 1203-FX will not match the Occupational Questionnaire once it restarts with number one. Submission of a resume' or a 1203FX form alone IS NOT a complete application. This position requires the completion of additional forms and/or supplemental materials as described under Required Documents section. Please carefully review the complete job announcement and the "How to Apply" instructions. Failure to provide the required information and/or materials will result in your application not being considered for employment.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • U.S Citizenship

DUTIES:

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The Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) in this position will provide Case Management and Mental Health services to Veterans at the Marion, Illinois VA Medical Center and the surrounding Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs), that are currently homeless or in jeopardy of becoming homeless.  Additionally, the incumbent assists with the VA Veteran Justice Outreach (VJO) initiative with the goal of avoiding the unnecessary criminalization of mental illness and extended incarceration among Veterans.  This is accomplished by ensuring the eligible justice-involved Veterans have timely access to VHA mental health and substance abuse services when clinically indicated and other VA services and benefits as appropriate.  The Marriage and Family Therapist coordinates care including serving as an advocate on behalf of the Veterans to ensure comprehensive service delivery and providing clinical assessment and treatment including individual, group or family therapy, crisis intervention, advocacy, coordination of linkages to other VA or community service providers/agencies as needed by the Veteran.  This is accomplished with other interdisciplinary treatment teams as appropriate.

Work Schedule:  Monday - Friday 8:00am-4:30pm

This position may require early mornings, evenings and/or weekends and holidays.  Participation on the On Call rotation schedule to accommodate patient care needs during weekends, holidays, evenings and nights is necessary.

Position is located in Behavioral Medicine Service.

This vacancy may be filled by MRN-HA-13-878577 (Social Worker), MRN-HA-13-879128 (Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor) or MRN-HA-13-879325 (Marriage & Family Therapist).


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.
  • Licensure.  Persons hired or reassigned to MFT positions in the GS-101 series in VHA must hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to independently practice marriage and family therapy in a State.
  • Education.  Hold a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from a program approved by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) or have graduated from a nationally accredited program conferring a comparable mental health degree as specified in the qualification standards of those disciplines (Social Work, Psychiatric Nursing, Psychology, and Psychiatry).  All additional course work taken to be accepted for MFT licensure must come from a nationally accredited program in one of the above areas.  NOTE:  A doctoral degree in marriage and family therapy from a COAMFTE approved program is considered to be a comparable mental health degree. 
  • Creditable Experience:  Knowledge of Current Professional Marriage and Family Therapy Practices.  To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills and abilities associated with current professional marriage and family therapy practice.  The experience must be post-master’s degree or above.  Experience satisfying this requirement must be active professional practice, which is paid/non-paid employment as a professional MFT, as defined by the appropriate state licensing board.

    Quality of Experience:  Experience is only creditable if it is obtained following graduation with a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy or comparable degree in mental health (Social Work, Psychiatric Nursing, Psychology, and Psychiatry) from an accredited training program and includes work as a professional MFT directly related to the position to be filled.  Qualifying experience must also be at a level comparable to marriage and family therapy experience at the next lower grade level. 

    Specialized Experience:  Completion of a minimum of 1 year of post-master’s degree experience in the field of health care marriage and family therapy work (VA or non-VA experience) and licensure in a state at the independent practice level.

    Substituting Education for Experience at the GS-11:  Requires a doctoral degree in marriage and family therapy or comparable degree in mental health from an accredited training program.  You must submit a transcript to receive credit for this education.

IN ADDITION TO THE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, the GS-11 full performance level requires completion of a minimum of 1 year of post-master’s degree experience in the field of health care marriage and family therapy work (VA or non-VA experience) and licensure in a state at the independent practice level.  In addition, the candidate must be licensed to practice at the independent practice level OR a doctoral degree in marriage and family therapy or comparable degree in mental health from an accredited training program (see note in paragraph 2b) may be substituted for the required 1 year of professional marriage and family therapy experience in a clinical setting.  In addition, the candidate must be licensed to practice at the independent practice level AND must demonstrate the KSAs below.
GS-9:
1.  Basic knowledge of human development throughout the lifespan, including interventions based on research and theory, family and system interaction formal diagnostic criteria, risk assessment, evidence-based practice and assessment tools.
2.  Ability to assess, with supervision, the psychosocial functioning and needs of patients and their family members, and the knowledge to formulate, implement, and re-evaluate a treatment plan through continuous assessment identifying the patient's problems, strengths, readiness to change, external influences and current events surrounding the origins and maintenance of the presenting issue, and interactional patterns within the client system.  This includes the utilization of testing measures where appropriate.
3.  Ability to provide counseling and/or psychotherapy services to individuals, groups, couples and families in a culturally competent manner that facilitates change through restructuring and reorganizing of the client system with supervision.
4.  Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, colleagues, and other professionals, with supervisory guidance as needed.  This includes the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with people from varied backgrounds, and to communicate the MFT perspective in interdisciplinary staff meetings while respecting the roles and responsibilities of other professionals.
5.  Basic knowledge and understanding of existing relevant statutes, case law, ethical codes, and regulations affecting professional practice of marriage and family therapy.  This includes the ability, under close supervision, to assist clients in making informed decisions relevant to treatment, including limits of confidentiality.
6.  Ability to organize work, set personal priorities and meet multiple deadlines as assigned by the supervisor.
7.  Ability to use computer software applications for drafting documents, data management, maintaining accurate, timely and thorough clinical documentation, and tracking quality improvements.
GS-11:
1.  Knowledge of human development throughout the lifespan, interventions based on research and theory, family and system interaction, formal diagnostic criteria, risk assessment, evidence-based practice and assessment tools.
2.  Ability to independently assess the psychosocial functioning and needs of patients and their family members, and the knowledge to formulate, implement, and re-evaluate a treatment plan through continuous assessment identifying the patient's problems, strengths, readiness to change, external influences and current events surrounding the origins and maintenance of the presenting issue, and interactional patterns within the client system.  This includes the utilization of testing measures where appropriate.
3.  Ability to provide counseling and/or psychotherapy services to individuals, groups, couples and families in a culturally competent manner that facilitates change through restructuring and reorganizing of the client system.
4.  Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, colleagues, and other professionals in collaboration throughout treatment regarding clinical, ethical and legal issues and concerns.  This includes the ability to represent and educate others regarding the MFT perspective in interdisciplinary staff meetings while respecting the roles and responsibilities of other professionals working with the client.
5.  Knowledge and understanding of existing relevant statutes, case law, ethical codes, and regulations affecting professional practice of marriage and family therapy.  This includes the ability to assist clients in making informed decisions relevant to treatment to include limits of confidentiality.
6.  Ability to provide orientation, training and consultation to new MFTs including clinical oversight of MFT graduate students, and/or provide supervision to pre-licensure MFTs.
7.  Skill in the use of computer software applications for drafting documents, data management, maintaining accurate, timely and thorough clinical documentation, and tracking quality improvements.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC.  WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

Preferred Qualifications:  A Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor with at least two (2) years’ experience providing addiction/mental health therapy.

References: VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G44, MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPIST QUALIFCATION STANDARD, dated September 28, 2010. VA Handbook 5005 at http://www.va.gov/ohrm/joblistings/VAQualStds.doc  (also available in the local Human Resources Office).


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.

Physical Requirements:  Light Lifting (15 lbs and under); Light Carrying (15 lbs and under); Straight Pulling (up to 1 hour); Pushing (1 – 2 hours); Walking (up to 2 hours); Standing (up to 2 hours); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/50 and to 20/100 in the other; Hearing (aid permitted).

The Marion VA Medical Center may provide reasonable accommodation for the known physical or mental limitations of qualified applicants and employees with permanent disabilities and allow them to fully participate in the application process, perform essential job functions, and enjoy equal benefits and privileges of employment, in accordance with all applicable laws, regulations, and VA policies, unless to do so would cause undue hardship to the department.

Veterans' 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 your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form.  For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.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.  If applicants are interviewed for the position, performance based interview questions will be used.  For additional information regarding performance-based interviews, please review the following website on the Internet:  http://www.va.gov/pbi.  In addition, candidates may be interviewed by a panel.


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.

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.



OTHER INFORMATION:

This position will be filled on a full-time permanent basis.  Upon completing any required probationary period, the position will be permanent. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.



HOW TO APPLY:

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All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, May 17, 2013Friday, May 17, 2013 to receive consideration.
  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.  

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
   ·Other (VA Form 10-2850c, Application for Associated Health Occupations)
   ·Resume

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Cover Letter
   ·DD-214
   ·OF-306
   ·Other Veterans Document
   ·SF-15
   ·SF-50
   ·Transcript


VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) (required).

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:


You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):
  1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 879325.
  2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.
If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, May 17, 2013Friday, May 17, 2013 to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:
  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf.  
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Audrey West
Phone: (618)997-5311x54093
Email: AUDREY.WEST@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Marion IL VAMC
Human Resources Liaison Office
2401 West Main St
Marion, IL
62959

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:

MRN-HA-13-879325

Control Number:

342092100