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Job Title:Clinical Psychologist (Compensation & Pension Examinations)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:CD-13-SRJ-910675

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$68,809.00 to $106,369.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, June 20, 2013 to Thursday, July 11, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0180-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Excelsior Springs, MO United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

 Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 910675

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.  

This position is with the Kansas City VA Medical Center Compensation and Pension (C&P) Evaluation Unit.  This position will be physically located at one of our satellite clinics in Excelsior Springs, MO.  The C&P Unit performs disability evaluations for the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA).  VBA adjudicates claims that are filed by veterans for service connected disabilities.  This position will provide mental health evaluations in accordance with VBA guidelines to assist in the process for adjudicating disability claims for mental health and  Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)-related diagnoses.

Permanent VA employees will receive first consideration when filling this position vacancy. 

 

Appointment is contingent upon applicant meeting the qualifications and the determination of the Professional Standards Board.

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-12 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.

Panel interviews may be conducted.  If applicants are interviewed for the position, performance based interview questions will be used.  For additional information regarding performance-based interviews, please review the following website at http://www.va.gov/pbi

 

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.
Relocation Expenses: Relocation incentives and travel expenses are NOT authorized for this position.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must pass pre-employment medical examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Must be a U.S. citizen.

DUTIES:

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Serves as a staff Clinical Psychologist in Health Administration, Management and Revenue (HAMR) Service Line assigned primarily to the Compensation and Pension (C&P) clinic to perform examinations focused on mental health and PTSD service related diagnoses.

 

Has primary responsibility for providing psychological assessments for Compensation and Pension related claims.  This primarily involves the assessment of mental health or PTSD related diagnoses.  Based on the needs of the hospital, additional services may also involve counseling/psychotherapy and other types of evaluations.  He/she may also serve as consultant to other medical units, psychologists, psychiatrists, neurologists, nurses, social workers, etc. in the area of behavioral and mental health.

 

Participates in the professional activities of the Medical Center at the direction or approval of the Chief of HAMR.  These activities may include, but are not necessarily limited to:  administrative committees, peer review and quality assurance/improvement activities of his/her own work and that of other staff, continuing education, training, research, and treatment/program evaluation.


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).   
  • Education.  Applicants must 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.
  • Internship.  Applicants must have successfully completed a professional psychology internship training program that has been accredited by the 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.  Applicants must hold a full, current, unrestricted license to practice psychology at the doctoral level in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the U.S. (e.g., Puerto Rico) or the District of Columbia.
  • English Language Proficiency.  Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English.

 

 In addition to the Basic Requirements above, applicants must have at least 2 years of post-doctoral experience as a psychologist (equivalent to the next lower level) requiring the use of the knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics (KSAOs) associated with current professional psychology practice.  In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

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.
 

PREFERRED EXPERIENCE:  Knowledge of disability evaluations for mental health conditions.

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

 

GRADE DETERMINATIONS:
Appointment is contingent upon the candidate meeting the qualifications and the determination of the Professional Standards Board. 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-12 to GS-13. At this level the 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.

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.

 

References:  VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G18, Psychologist Qualification Standard, dated February 2009 http://vaww1.va.gov/ohrm/Directives-Handbooks/Documents/5005.pdf This reference is also available in the local Human Resources Office. At this level the 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


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.  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.

Physical Requirements:  Work is typically sedentary with some requirement to walk short distances to assist or accompany patients.

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.


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.   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.



OTHER INFORMATION:

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

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



HOW TO APPLY:

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HOW TO APPLY: All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, July 11, 2013 to receive consideration.
  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.  

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link 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.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

1.   CV or Resume. 

2.   Transcripts.

3.    VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) 

4.    Occupational Questionnaire

5.    Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at  http://vaww.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf  This is a required form and must be submitted with your application.

6.    If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Form 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).

7.    If   currently employed in the federal system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action.

Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.


Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:
You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

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.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):
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 910675.
  1. 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 Thursday, July 11, 2013Thursday, July 11, 2013 to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:
Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
  1. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf.  
  2. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Susan Jordan
Phone: (816)861-4700x56947
Email: SUSAN.JORDAN4@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Kansas City VAMC
Human Resources Office
4801 Linwood Blvd
Kansas City, MO
64128

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:

CD-13-SRJ-910675

Control Number:

345880800