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Job Title:Psychologist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-523-13-886784

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$89,449.00 to $116,282.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, May 06, 2013 to Friday, May 24, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0180-13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Term NTE 4 years

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Boston Metro Area, MA United States

WHO MAY APPLY:

Open to all U.S. Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Service:   National Center for PTSD

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 886784 

***POSITION IS LOCATED AT THE JAMAICA PLAIN, MA CAMPUS***

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 and leadership positions 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. 

Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

 

Who May Apply:
• U.S. Citizens

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 National Center for PTSD, Behavioral Sciences Psychologist position is located, at the Jamaica Plain campus of the VA Boston Healthcare System. The incumbent will conduct scientific investigations and contribute to both generation and dissemination of knowledge in support of the research and educational missions of the National Center for PTSD. The overall objective is to advance understanding, evaluation, prevention, and treatment of PTSD, its associated co-occurring conditions and the broad range of consequences from deployment-related and traumatic stress.  The incumbent also will provide training on research and clinical topics, including supervision of research and clinical activities by students and trainees, and will deliver clinical services for the benefit of veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and associated co-occurring conditions. Incumbent will investigate issues important to the assessment, prevention, and treatment of the long-term psychological effects of trauma froma life course developmental perspective. Areas of interest will include trauma, PTSD, aging, late-onset stress, and quantitative research methods. Research skills will include secondary data analysis of large longitudinal datasets,treatment outcome research, conceptualization and psychometric assessment ofclinical constructs, and development and validation of evidence-basedinterventions. The incumbent's research will focus on aging issues specific toVeterans with PTSD and related conditions, potentially involving relevant collaboration with other staff members within the National Center for PTSD, at the Boston VA as well as with investigators at other VA and non-VA institutions. The incumbent will provide training at many levels, potentially involving psychology practicum students, research technicians, predoctoral interns, post doctoral fellows, psychiatry residents, and other VA health care providers. The incumbent will deliver direct clinical care to veterans with PTSD by providing assessment and therapeutic intervention, and will consult with other staff members to assist with treatment planning and care coordination for adult veterans who receive PTSD services. Incumbent will comply with national and local employee education requirements and performance measures, including mandated training deadlines and requirements for timely screening and documentation. The incumbent will participate in various service, committee, departmental, and National Center meetings.  

WORK SCHEDULE:   Full time  -  Monday through Friday  8:00am to 4:30pm

FUNCTIONAL STATEMENT # 904470

NOTE: This position will be a Four year Term Appointment

NOTE: This position is an AFGE Bargaining Unit position.

NOTE: This position is covered by locality-based comparability pay.

NOTE: Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized.

NOTE: Selectee may be required to work at any Boston Healthcare System campus, as needed.

NOTE: Candidates who meet the qualification requirements within 15 calendar days following the closing date of the announcement will be considered.

NOTE: Incomplete applications will not be considered.

NOTE: Time-in-Grade Restriction - Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements. The grade may have been in any occupation but must have been held in the Federal service.

NOTE: Salary will be commensurate with experience.

 

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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(From VA Qualification Standards) 

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: 

A. Citizenship: Citizen of the United States. 

B. 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. 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.

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. 

Additional experience :

In addition to meeting the basic requirements, applicants must possess at least 1 one year of experience as a psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-12). This experience must be research based, such as research experience in PTSD, aging and late-onset stress. Strong quantitative research methods are required.

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 clinical research literature.

2.  Ability to provide professional advice and consultation in areas related to professional psychology and behavioral health.

3.  Knowledge of, and ability to apply, advanced professional psychological theories and techniques to the full range of patient populations. 

WORK CONDITIONS:   The work environment involves every day risks and/or discomforts which require normal safety precautions typical of each place in various hospital offices. Applicants must be physically able to perform the duties of the position. The basis on which agencies may establish specific medical standards or physical requirements is discussed in 5 CFR 339. A physical condition or impairment may be disqualifying for employment only if there is a direct relationship between the condition and the nature of the duties of the specific position being filled. The work is primarily sedentary, although some physical effort may be required while walking, standing, climbing, and carrying light items such as manuals or briefcases. The work environment involves every day risks or discomforts that require normal safety precautions typical of such places as hospitals, offices, training rooms, and libraries. The work area is adequately lighted, heated, and ventilated. Light lifting under 15 pounds. Light carrying less than 15 pounds. Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other.

Physical Requirements:  Mostly sedentary, requiring standing, ambulation and bending. 

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

References : VA Handbook 5005 at http://www.va.gov/ohrm/joblistings/VAQualStds.doc (also available in the local Human Resources Office) and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/GS0100/0185.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. Applicants must, therefore, only report 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.  

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.

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.


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.

 

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



OTHER INFORMATION:

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

 



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.

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/Account/Login) to see the status of your application after applying, 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/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf.
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. 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: 886784.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, May 24, 2013.



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) (required).
  3. Occupational Questionnaire
  4. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf).  This is a required form and must be submitted with your application.
  5. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 (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).  
  6. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Job Information
Phone: (774)826-1269
Email: VHABHSJOBS@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
National Center for PTSD
940 Belmont St
Brockton, MA
02301

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-523-13-886784

Control Number:

343017100