1. Overview
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  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Psychologist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-519-13-NR882937slf

SALARY RANGE:

$81,823.00 to $106,369.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, April 25, 2013 to Thursday, April 24, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0180-13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

3 vacancies in the following location(s):
Big Spring, TX View Map
Odessa, TX View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Other

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 882937

Salary: Applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by a Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected.  The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

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?

 PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE ANNOUNCEMENT CAREFULLY BEFORE APPLYING ONLINE!! APPLY ONLINE OR BY FOLLOWING THE FAXING INSTRUCTIONS LOCATED IN THE “HOW TO APPLY” SECTION.  YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE MUST BE COMPLETE TO INCLUDE ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION (SEE “REQUIRED DOCUMENTS” SECTION) TO RECEIVE FULL CONSIDERATION FOR THIS POSITION. 

 HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED SECTION:

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of (IFM) ineligible due to missing forms. Requests for reconsideration of ratings will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package (including licensure if required). We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, incomplete uploads or fax transmissions

America's Veterans need you! To find out more, go to http://www.va.gov/jobs/.

 

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Not Required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • You must pass a pre-employment physical
  • Position Description Title/PD#: Functional Statement #000000

DUTIES:

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Applications will be reviewed every 10 calendar days.

This announcement is not intended to cover all the duties, responsibilities or

qualifications of these positions. These positions open are psychologists under the

Chief of Staff Service, at the George H. O'Brien Jr. VA Medical

Center for The West Texas VA Health Care System (WTVAHCS), Big Spring,TX.

 

The Medicine & Specialty Care Service for Big Spring, TX.,

currently has a Psychologist position to provide in depth evaluation and

documentation of veterans, active duty personnel and those seperating from

military service for determination of benefits to the Veterans Benefit Administration.

 

Mental Health Service has a Psychologist for Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation

Treatment Program. giving direct psychological patient care, participation in admission screening,

treatment planning and consultation services on difficult or complex cases.

 

Mental Health Service has a Psychologist for Mental Health Primary Care/Community

Living Center. Duties include assessments over the broad spectrum of patients assigned to

Mental Health Service, and provide evaluation for the Mental Helath Compensaton and Pension Unit.

 

Mental Health Service has a Home Behavior Health Psychologist, and serves as the lead clinical

consultant to WTVAHCS staff on behavior coaching. Maintains awareness of and provides consultation

on the evidence basis for behavior health interventions, to promotoed health and prevent disease and

effective coaching methods by facility staff.

 

The incumbent for this position may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program if

Funding is Available.  Please contact Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the

Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.
Recruitment/Relocation Incentive Maybe authorized for this position. Please note:

This is not moving expenses. If incentive is approved, it comes with a 2 year service agreement

and is not paid out until incumbent is employed with facility.

 

Please notate on your application the position you are interested in applying for.

 

 Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm, or as defined by supervisor.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY: In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), No person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. You must be proficient in basic written and spoken English in order to meet the requirements of this position.

Education

 (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.

 

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. 


 

Staff Psychologists 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.  Among the

modalities provided are individual, family, and group psychotherapies, and other

interventions such as biofeedback, psychological hypnosis, and environmental

interventions.  They consult with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care

issues.  Staff psychologists may be involved in program evaluation and/or research

activities.


 

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

Psychology Qualification Standards VA Handbook 5005/15 Part II Appendix G18 Dated March 17, 2006 and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/GS0100/0180.htm

Applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by a Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected.  The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

 

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.

A valid Drivers license is required for the Home Based Primary Care Psychologist.


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. 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.

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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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, 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 .

OTHER INFORMATION:

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

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 is not a guarantee and must be requested in advance.

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, April 24, 2014.

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 882937.

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



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents are required:

  • Completed Online Questionnaire
  • Resume
  • Form 306, Declaration of Federal Employment
  • If you are qualifying on education substitution or a combination of education and experience, an unofficial college transcript must be submitted with your application package. (An official college transcript will be required before being hired).
  • Veterans should submit appropriate documentation as described previously in this vacancy announcement.
  • If currently employed in the VA system, include a copy of your latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Silvia Fitzgibbons
Phone: (432)263-7361x4820
Email: SILVIA.FITZGIBBONS@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA West Texas VA HCS Big Spring
Department of Veterans Affairs
300 Veterans Blvd
Big Spring, TX
79720
USA

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, April 24, 2014.  If this requirement is not met and you are not referred to the hiring facility, you may contact the local HR office for Direct Hiring Authority options. 


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Job Announcement Number:

VHA-519-13-NR882937slf

Control Number:

343136500