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Job Title:Psychologist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:SS-13-HMR-880461

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 23, 2013 to Monday, May 13, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0180-13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Part Time 24 hours - Excepted Service Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Sheridan, WY United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Open untill filled

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 880461 (Include # on all documents)

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/.

  

Moving Expenses are not Authorized.

Work Schedule: Part time Monday-Friday between 7:30am-4:00pm. Administrative tour.

Special Employment Consideration: Individuals eligible for the following appointments are encouraged to apply: 5 CFR 213.3102 "u", Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities ; mental retardation, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities; and Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.

 

 

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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At the GS 13 level, the following clinical activities are expected in the assignment for Mental Health Residential Domiciliary Psychologists:

Is part of a multidisciplinary team providing clinical expertise in developing treatment plans which focus on specific needs of veteran's. 

 Promoting the delivery of evidence based psychosocial and environmental interventions for reducing behavioral and psychological symptoms.

Providing screening, assessment, diagnosis and treatment of all Axis I and II disorders.

Assessing and providing treatments for symptoms of dysphoria and anxiety adjustment difficulties, and excessive use or misuse of alcohol or other drugs (for which the resident may have a lower than normal tolerance due to their medical conditions and the potential for negative interactions with prescribed medication).

Providing psychological prevention services to residents at significant risk for psychological problems.

Providing screening of cognitive deficits to address specific functional questions or to determine if a referral for a complete neuropsychological evaluation or dementia assessment is needed.

Performing capacity/competency assessments when there are questions about a resident's ability to make medical decisions, perform other specific functions, or live independently.

Assessing residents' understanding of advanced directives and other forms of consent and assisting staff in determining how to present treatment options and other such material to residents in a format they can understand.

Psychologist will case manage residents with Axis I and II disorders.

 Providing individual and group interventions to support all resident's stable Mental Health.

Providing behavioral medicine interventions to manage pain, disability, address sleep problems, facilitate weight loss, promote smoking cessation, and enhance medical compliance.

Psychologist will provide mental disorder examinations based on competent, critical, objective and unbiased information. Diagnose all mental disorders, including personality disorders, using the nomenclature in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual.

Provide an assessment of each veteran using the multi-axial system as set forth in DSM with a narrative explanation of the Axis V determination.

Some evenings and weekend tours may be required.

Other duties as assigned by Supervisor Mental Health Residential Domiciliary Program.

Promoting communication and interactions between medical team members, residents and their families to facilitate the medical treatment process..

Is responsible for timely completion of all clinical charting and documentation required by the Medical Center or healthcare system, as appropriate.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:  

*   US Citizen

*   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.

*   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.

*   You must be proficient in basic written and spoken English in order to perform the duties of this position.

 

GRADE DETERMINATIONS:

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 theGS-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. 

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. 

The pertinent qualification requirements can be found at VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G18.  For more information on these qualification standards, please visit OPM's web site at:

http://www1.va.gov/vapubs/viewPublication.asp?Pub_ID=464&FType=2.

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

References: Input applicable reference and links.   For example:   VA Handbook 5005/23, Part II, Appendix G18, Psychologist QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated January 2010, and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards 


(1)  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

(2)  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.  (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED).

 

*US Citizen

*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.

*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.

*You must be proficient in basic written and spoken English in order to perform the duties of this position.

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.

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.


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://www4.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp.



OTHER INFORMATION:

This vacancy announcement may be used to fill full time or part time positions and can be used to fill additional psychologist positions on a permanent basis. 

Upon completing any required probationary period, the position will be permanent.

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.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

1.    Complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf.

2.     Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

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/Login.aspx ) to see the status of your application after applying, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, May 13, 2013.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents are required:

•   Résumé or 2850c  http://www.vacareers.va.gov/jobs_download/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf

•   Copy of License.
•   Responses to the questionnaire.
•   Copy of your transcript if you are using education to qualify
•   Evidence of your eligibility to apply for this vacancy (please see checklist).
•   Any other documents required by the checklist.

REMINDER

RESUME - Your resume (and/or 2850c) must include the following information for each job listed:
Job title
Duties (be as detailed as possible)
Month & year start/end dates (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008)
Full-time or part-time status (include hours worked per week)

TRANSCRIPT - If you are basing your qualifications on education (or a combination of education and experience) you must submit a copy of your transcripts (official or unofficial) or an appropriate course listing with your application.

CURRENT OR PAST FEDERAL EMPLOYEE - SF-50 Reminder - Applicants with current or prior Federal work history must submit the most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action and performance appraisal.  (Not required for Sheridan VA employees)

Veterans wishing to claim vet preference, must submit a copy of their DD-214 showing honorable discharge.   If claiming 10-Point Preference, must also submit a   SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," including a letter dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs or branch of military service verifying service connection.  (Not required for Sheridan VA employees). The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) has provided the following website for veterans to gain access to their DD-214’s online: http://vetrecs.archives.gov/
For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx. 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

VAMC Human Resources
Phone: (307)675-3517
Email: SHERIDANVAJOBS@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Sheridan VAMC
PLEASE DO NOT MAIL/EMAIL APPLICATIONS
APPLY ONLINE OR FAX ONLY
Thank you, WY
82801

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:

SS-13-HMR-880461

Control Number:

342263600