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Job Title:CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:ZX-13-ID-896412

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

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

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, May 23, 2013 to Tuesday, December 31, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0180-13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Many vacancies in the following location(s):
Lakeland, FL View Map
Tampa, FL View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 896412

Salary: To be determined by Professional Standard Board of your peers and based on your education, experience, and professional accomplishments.

You could be part of an important initiative to provide mental health care for our nations Veterans!

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki has announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will be adding approximately 1,600 mental health clinicians – to include nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers as well as nearly 300 support staff to its existing workforce.    

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs mental health professionals who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who serve our Country.  Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans.

Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA.   The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

The VA is much more than just another employer.  It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care.  Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.   The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department.  The five Core Values define "who we are," our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries.  The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence ("I CARE").

America's Veterans need you!

To find out more, go to http://www.va.gov/jobs/.

PLEASE NOTE: Qualified clinical trainees, residents, fellows, interns, etc. are encouraged to apply; please follow the instructions in the How to Apply section.

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • US citizenship
  • English language proficiency
  • Background/suitability investigation
  • Physical standards - Must pass pre-employment examination

DUTIES:

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You will function as a Clinical Psychologist in the Mental Health & Behavioral Sciences Service (MH&BSS) of the James A. Haley VA Hospital. The James A. Haley VA Hospital is a 415-bed Level 1A medical center affiliated with the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa, Florida. The MH&BSS is a large, complex organization consisting of the following components: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders Program, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs, Inpatient Psychiatry, TBI/Polytrauma/Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Services Mental Health Services, Chronic Rehabilitation Pain Program, Mental Health Intensive Case Management, Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program, Outpatient Psychology, Inpatient Psychology, Mental Health Clinic, Mental Health Primary Care Clinic, and four Community Based Outpatient Clinics. The Psychology Section of the MH&BSS has active APA-accredited predoctoral and postdoctoral training programs that espouse the scientist-practitioner model. The Clinical Psychologist may have the opportunity to be involved in a range of these training activities. Positions are available in the following four areas:

Lakeland Community Based Outpatient Clinic Substance Abuse Specialist

The incumbent will serve in the Lakeland Community Based Outpatient Clinic as a Substance Abuse Specialist. Primary responsibilities will include substance abuse-focused assessment, individual and group therapy, and program development. This specialist position requires experience in the field of substance abuse treatment. Experience and comfort with Harm Reduction or other CBT and moderation-based approaches is required. In addition, a significant portion of the caseload will require general psychotherapy skills, and a breadth of experience assessing and treating the full gamut of mental health disorders is essential. Training and experience in evidence-based therapies is preferred. The caseload will include a significant percentage of veterans with PTSD.

Lakeland Community Based Outpatient Clinic Psychotherapist

The incumbent will serve in the Lakeland Community Based Outpatient Clinic as an Outpatient Psychotherapist. Primary responsibilities will include assessment and individual and group therapy. This is a generalist position which requires a breadth of experience assessing and treating the full gamut of mental health disorders. Training and experience in evidence-based therapies is preferred. Caseload will include a significant percentage of veterans with PTSD.

Spinal Cord Injury Section Rehabilitation Psychologist

The incumbent will serve as a Rehabilitation Psychologist within the Spinal Cord Injury Section of the Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences Service. The Spinal Cord Injury/Disorders (SCI/D) Service provides clinical care to individuals who have sustained spinal cord injuries or other causes of spinal cord dysfunction, such as multiple sclerosis, spinal stenosis, tumors, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The inpatient component is comprised of 100 beds, including 10 beds for individuals dependent on ventilators and 30 beds for individuals who reside in our SCI/D community living center. Annually, it provides acute and sustaining care to more than 1200 individuals, including the 10-bed CARF-accredited Inpatient Rehabilitation Program for individuals newly injured. The SCI/D Service also provides rehabilitation services through outpatient and home-care programs and through provision of the Annual Comprehensive Examination. Patient characteristics vary considerably from the older WWII veteran to young active duty individuals injured in Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation New Dawn.  

Primary responsibilities will include direct patient care services including psychological and cognitive evaluations, psychosocial needs assessment as part of the Annual Examination, psychotherapeutic and psychoeducational interventions, and consultation/education to allied health professionals on difficult or complex cases. It is expected that this individual will actively participate in our APA-accredited clinical psychology internship program and our 2-year, APA-accredited rehabilitation psychology postdoctoral residency program. In addition, the psychologist may have collateral research obligations and limited administrative/managerial duties.

We prefer individuals with a strong scientist-practitioner background who can contribute not only to the clinical care of individuals with SCI/D but who can also contribute to the training programs of the service and to the scientific knowledge base of rehabilitation psychology and SCI/D rehabilitation. Empirical quantitative research experience is required.

Outpatient PTSD Psychologist

The incumbent will serve on the Post Traumatic Stress Clinical Team as a Combat and Military Trauma Outpatient Specialist. Primary responsibilities will include assessment, individual and group therapy, and program development. This specialist position requires experience in the field of evidence-based interventions for trauma processing, and training in Prolonged Exposure and/or Cognitive Processing Therapy is preferred. It is expected that the incumbent will actively participate in our APA-accredited clinical psychology internship program. We prefer individuals with a strong scientist-practitioner background who can contribute not only to the clinical care of individuals with PTSD but who can also contribute to the training programs of the service and to the scientific knowledge base of PTSD. Experience serving as a mentor or supervisor in a formal pre- or post-doctoral psychology training program is preferred. Empirical quantitative research or clinical program evaluation experience is preferred.

 

Work Schedule: Monday – Friday, varying schedules from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. as necessary 

Relocation expenses and/or incentives have not been authorized.

 

ANNOUNCEMENT WILL BE OPEN UNTIL ALL VACANCIES ARE FILLED.


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.
  • License, Registration, Certification Requirements (as applicable)
  • Doctoral degree in psychology from a graduate program in psychology accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA), AND, successful completion of a professional psychology internship training program that has been accredited by APA.

GRADE DETERMINATION:

GS-11: None beyond the basic requirements listed above.

GS-12: In addition to meeting the basic requirements, you must have at least 1 year of experience as a professional psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level.

GS-13: 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. In addition to the experience requirements at the GS-12, you must have at least 1 additional year of experience as a psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level.

Reference: VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G18, PSYCHOLOGIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated March 17, 2006.

Salary to be determined by Professional Standard Board of your peers and based on your education, experience, and professional accomplishments.

DESIGNATED DRUG-TESTING POSITION: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.


NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the United States Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards your qualifications for this position. 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. 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.

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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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package.  This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:  http://www.va.gov/jobs/job_benefits/benefits.asp.



OTHER INFORMATION:

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 job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

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 Tuesday, December 31, 2013.

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 896412.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. Occupational Questionnaire 
  2. CV or Resume 
  3. VA Form 10- 2850a - Application For Associated Health Occupations -  Available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf
  4. Proof of current certification, licensure or registration 
  5. Unofficial transcript(s) - official college transcript(s) will be required before being hired
  6. OF-306 - Declaration for Federal Employment - Available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf.
  7. Veterans should submit appropriate documentation as described previously in this vacancy announcement.
  8. If currently employed by the federal government, include a copy of your latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

JAMES A HALEY HOSPITAL AND CLINICS
Phone: (813)972-7584
Fax: (478)757-3144
Agency Information:
MHBS
PLEASE DO NOT MAIL APPLICATION
APPLY ONLINE OR FAX ONLY
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Fax: (478)757-3144

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 Tuesday, December 31, 2013.

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Job Announcement Number:

ZX-13-ID-896412

Control Number:

344067100