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Job Title:Psychologist (Compensation and Pension)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-603-RY-880002-S

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:

Friday, April 19, 2013 to Friday, June 14, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0180-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Louisville, KY United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

US Citizens and Status Candidates

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 880002

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.

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With openings in multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. Not only is the VA 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 offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.

The Robley Rex Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) improves the health of our veterans by providing a continuum of care through an integrated health care delivery system. We are a tertiary care facility classified as a level 1c facility affiliated with the University of Louisville, as such integrates teaching, research, and advanced patient care, making it an attractive academic medical center. The facility offers a full spectrum of comprehensive health care services, using state-of-the-art technology and innovative programs, as well as education and research benefits to Veterans residing in 40 counties in central and western Kentucky and in southern Indiana.

In recognition of continued efforts to improve patient care, the medical center was awarded the Robert W. Carey 2007 Performance Achievement Award, 2008 Performance Excellence Award, 2009 Trophy Award and 2010 Circle of Excellence Award, and the 2009 Kentucky Center for Performance Excellence Achievement Award.

                            How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

                            For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

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.

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

WORK SCHEDULE: Monday -  Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Position Description Title/PD#: Functional Statement

Relocation Expenses: Relocation Expenses (are not) authorized for this position.

Appraised Value Offer Program (AVO): Appraised Value Offer Program (AVO, formerly GHBO) (are not) authorized for this position.

      ***Relocation AND/OR Recruitment INCENTIVE(s) MAY BE authorized for an exceptionally well qualified applicant.***

The incumbent for this position may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program. Please contact Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

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

DUTIES:

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 The Psychologist is expected to perform duties under supervision of the Supervisory Psychologist in Compensation and Pension (C&P) and provide assigned psychological services at C&P clinic located at the main VA hospital building on Zorn Avenue.  At the full performance level, GS-13 , the psychologist has a doctoral degree from an APA-Approved program and an APA-internship in psychology, and is either licensed at the independent practice level, or is license eligible and will obtain the license within 2 years of hire.  At least 2 years post doctoral experience in the area of general psychological practice and in psychological assessment and evaluation is required at the full performance level, GS-13.  The Psychologist is expected to have specific training and expertise in the area of assessment, evaluation, and mental health diagnosis.  Specific experience in the area of disability evaluation or work with disabled veterans is desirable.  The Psychologist will adhere to service standards regarding matters of timeliness, accuracy, and compliance with procedures and quantity of work produced.

This position does not involve direct patient care activities using psychotherapy, although experience in doing psychotherapy will aid you in managing any behavioral problems that arise during, or as part of, the evaluation process.

Physical Requirements: Typically, employees sit comfortably to do the work. Light lifting (under 15 pounds), Light carrying (15 pounds),Reaching above shoulders, use of fingers, both hands required, walking (1 hour), both leg required (prosthesis allowed), both eyes required (glasses allowed), hearing (aid permitted), working closely with others, possess good social skills, emotional/mental stabillity, ability to distinguish basic colors and shades of colors.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Doctoral degree in Neuropsychology/Psychology (Must provide copy of college transcripts)
  • Completion of Professional Neuro/Pscyhology internship accredited by APA.
  • Must hold 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. (Must provide proof of licensure):  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 licensureduring that period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment.  This may result in termination of employment.

     

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

In addition to the basic requirements described above, applicants must meet the following experience requirements:  1 year of specialized experience as a psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level.  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.); and/or (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.

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

(1) 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.

(2) 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. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

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.

(3) 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. In addition the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

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.

4. For supervisory assignments

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.

Assignments. This is the full performance level for staff psychologists. 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.

References:  VA Handbook 5005/23, Part II, Appendix G18, PSYCHOLOGIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated March 2006, and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/GS0100/0180.htm


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.

Unofficial transcripts are required whenever qualifying based on education. Education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. A transcript or course listing must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.  Applications submitted without this information may not be considered.

Original transcripts will not be returned.  

*** You can receive credit for education received outside the United States if it is comparable to an accredited educational institution in the United States at the time of application. If 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 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.

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 are responsible for ensuring your complete application is submitted by the closing date of the announcement.


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.



OTHER INFORMATION:

This job opportunity may be used to fill additional vacancies.

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

Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

Vet-Pro (VA electronic credentialing system): Upon selection, you will be provided with information on how to use Vet-Pro. Vet-Pro was implemented on July 1, 2005. As part of the VA's pre-appointment process, it is necessary for you to submit complete information concerning your professional education, training, experience, licensure, certificate, or registration using Vet-Pro. Vet-Pro credentialing must be successfully completed prior to entering on duty.



HOW TO APPLY:

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When applying for this position, to be found qualified, 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, June 14, 2013 to receive consideration.

HOW TO APPLY: All applicants are encouraged to apply online. (Note: Mailed/emailed applications will NOT be accepted.)

  1. 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.
  2. Click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

NOTE: To change or update your application, simply re-apply through My USAJOBS, before the closing date. 

It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

To verify your application is complete or to check the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account ( https://my.usajobs.gov/Login.aspx ), select Application Status and click on the more information link under the application status 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.

If you cannot apply online:You will need to complete the Occupational Questionnaire (View Occupational Questionnaire) by submitting your answers on the 1203FX form ( http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf ) and faxing the completed form with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144. The 1203FX form will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

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.  

Occupational questionnaires must be submitted within seven days of the closing date of the announcement. Employees may fax the occupational questionnaire to the processing center as identified above or may submit to the HR Office.

*** Having trouble applying for VA Vacancies? – an applicant guide "VA Guide to: Applying for VA Vacancies" is now available: http://www.va.gov/ohrm/JobListings/VA-Guide-to-the-Application-Process-04-12-2012.docx  ***



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

Faxing Supporting Documents:

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

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 880002.
  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, June 14, 2013 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload: Complete the following cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using 880002. You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

What to expect next:

After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents [listed below]), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements. You will be notified when this decision is made.

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

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

  • If currently employed in the VA system, include most recent SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action that is not an award. (required)

Failure to submit the required documents will result in a determination of ineligible. You will not be contacted for additional information.

Optional Documentation: you may submit (this documentation is not required to process your application package; however if selected will be required at a later date) 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Shannon Vandal
Phone: (502)287-4056
Email: SHANNON.VANDAL@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Louisville VAMC
HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT SERVICE
800 ZORN AVENUE
MAIL CODE #05
Louisville, KY
40206
USA

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:

VHA-603-RY-880002-S

Control Number:

342160300