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Job Title:Psychologist (Primary Care Mental Health Integration)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VA-619-13-919089-146-JS

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:

Monday, July 01, 2013 to Thursday, July 11, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0180-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Montgomery, AL United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Non U.S. citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified United States citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 919089

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.  


 

The Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System (CAVHCS) is a consolidated health care system that includes VA Medical Centers in Montgomery and Tuskegee Alabama as well as Community Based Outpatient Clinics in Dothan, Ft. Rucker and Monroeville, Alabama and Columbus, Georgia. Primary Duty Station for this position is Montgomery Alabama. The selected Psychologist will be required to travel and work at other CAVHCS sites.

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. 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/ .

Note:  The full performance level of this vacancy is 13.  The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of 11 to 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.

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 are not authorized for this position.

Recruitment / Relocation Incentive are not authorized for this position.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required

DUTIES:

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This position is aligned under Psychology Service and assigned to Primary Care / Mental Health Integration Team.   The purpose of this position is to ensure the integration of behavioral mental health services in the Primary Care setting. Veterans seen in this clinical setting present with a variety of health conditions, adjustment conditions and mental disorders (such as depression, anxiety disorders, military related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, military sexual trauma, substance use disorders, traumatic brain injuries)and/or other co-morbid mental disorders. The selected Psychologist ensures on-going access to a full continuum of evidenced based psychological services including screenings, psychological assessments, consultation, individual and group intervention and psychoeducation and other services proven effective in the primary care setting. Ensures appropriate clinical case assignments, tracking, timely completion of treatment plans, clinical case review and other program management tasks required to ensure care management is consistent with local, Veterans Integrated System Network, National Veterans Health Administration directives and standards of care. You will work effectively within a matrix management structure to ensure efficient program management, coordination of care and collaboration across disciplines, program teams, teams, services, service lines, etc. 

Work Schedule: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday

Functional Statement Number: 619-064-FS 

 


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.
  • 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 predoctoral internships prior to PL 96-151 (pre-1979 are considered to be acceptable in fulfillment of the internship requirement.  (Copy of unofficial college transcript required)
  • 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 licensed.  Non-licensed psychologists who otherwise meet the eligible requirements may be given a temporary appointment as a graduate psychologist under the authority of 38 U.S.C. § 7405(a)(1)(D).  Failure to obtain licensure during that period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment.  This may result in termination of employment.
  • In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d), no person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in spoken and written English.  
  • Must meet physical requirements as outlined in the 'PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS' section of this announcement. 

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

 

GRADE DETERMINATIONS:

GS-11 None beyond basic requirements.   Staff psychologists at this level practice under the close supervision of a licensed psychologist.

GS-12 In addition to basic requirements at the GS-11 level, at least 1 year of experience as a professional psychologist equivalent to next lower grade level in Federal service is required.  In addition, candidates must demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Characteristics (KSAOs):  (1) Knowledge of, and ability to apply, a wide range of professional psychological theories and assessment methods to a variety of patient populations; (2) Ability to develop coherent treatment strategies; (3) Ability to incorporate new clinical procedures.  At the GS-12 level, unlicensed psychologist 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 Must 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 level, at least 1 additional year of experience as a psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level in Federal service.  In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAOs:  (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.  This is the full performance level for staff psychologists.  At this level, psychologists are licensed at the doctoral level to practice independently in the provision of psychological services consulting with peers and supervisors as appropriate.

 

References:  VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G18, PSYCHOLOGIST QUALIFICATION STANDARDS dated March 17, 2006. http://www.va.gov/ohrm/joblistings/VAQualStds.doc .


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:  Light lifting, under 15 pounds.  Use of fingers.  Both hands required.  Walking (up to 2 hours).  Standing (up to 3 hours)  Both eyes required.  Ability to distinguish basic colors.  Ability to distinguish shades of colors.  Hearing (aid permitted).  Repetitive use of computer.

 

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 job-related experience non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service.  This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which annual leave is earned.


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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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:

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
   ·Other (VA Form 2850c, Copy of unofficial transcripts)
   ·Resume

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Cover Letter
   ·DD-214
   ·OF-306
   ·Other Veterans Document
   ·SF-15
   ·SF-50

VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) . Required, must be signed and dated.

OF 306 - Declaration for Federal Employees (Available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of306.pdf ).  This form is not required if you are a current CAVHCS employee.  If submitting, form must be signed and dated.

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):

  1. 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 919089.
  2. 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:
  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf.  
  3. 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:

Janice Stakely
Phone: (334)272-4670x4649
Fax: (334)273-7793
Email: JANICE.STAKELY@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Central Alabama HCS Tuskegee
2400 Hospital Road
Human Resources
Tuskegee, AL
36083-5001 Fax: (334)273-7793

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:

VA-619-13-919089-146-JS

Control Number:

346679000