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Job Title:Psychologist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:JK-13-SEO-925823

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, July 11, 2013 to Thursday, August 22, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0180-13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Murfreesboro, TN View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Not Applicable

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):   925823

 

OPEN UNTIL FILLED

1ST CUTOFF: Thursday, July 25, 2013

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 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.

 

PLEASE READ THIS ANNOUNCEMENT CAREFULLY AND IN ITS ENTIRETY TO ENSURE THAT ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS (SEE CHECKLIST) ARE SUBMITTED WITH YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE.

 

FAILURE TO SUBMIT A COMPLETE APPLICATON PACKAGE WILL RESULT IN LOSS OF CONSIDERATIONAPPLICANTS MUST MEET ALL QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS AS STATED IN THIS ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE CLOSING DATE TO RECEIVE CONSIDERATION FOR THIS POSITION.

 

Relocation expenses and/or incentives are not authorized.

 

Murfreesboro offers affordable living with picturesque seasons and an abundance of recreational and entertainment activities. Murfreesboro is home to several historical landmarks including Cannonsburgh Village and Stones River National Battle Field. It is also located close to Nashville, better known as 'Music City USA,' the capital of Tennessee, and home of the Tennessee Titans NFL and Nashville Predators NHL teams. Tennessee does not have a state income tax.

 

The position is located in Mental Health in the Community Based Outpatient Clinics Section.

 

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Not Required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship Required; Must be proficient in spoken and written English
  • Full, current, and unrestricted license to practice psychology
  • Pre-employment physical examination required
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required
  • Must possess a valid driver's license and have a good driving record

DUTIES:

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Incumbent will perform as the Chief, Mental Health in the Community Based Outpatient Clinics Section (MH in CBOCs).  He/she will provide approximately 95 percent program management services to include:  oversight of administrative and programmatic resources and responsibilities for a program that delivers outpatient treatment and related services and interventions including medication management, assessment, case management, psychotherapy, and education for Veterans with a full range of mental health treatment needs.  Incumbent will be responsible for directing the activities of multidisciplinary clinical teams comprised of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, advance practice nurses, addiction therapists, counselors, and program clerks.  Duties include directing, administering, and managing all aspects of the MH in CBOCs section, including comprehensive planning, developing, and implementing programs, policies, and procedures; determining program needs; overseeing short and long range program goals, initiatives, and direction; ensuring CBOC compliance with policies and procedures of the MHCL, Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (TVHS), Veterans Integrated Systems Network (VISN), and Federal rules and regulations; ensuring that the CBOCs comply with current performance measures; maintaining high standards through the review and judicious application of evidenced based practices, practice guidelines, and best practices methodology; developing quality management and performance improvement practices, and reporting the results to the Chief, MHCL; and overseeing the completion of any evaluation reports.   Incumbent will provide care as a credentialed and privileged Licensed Independent Practitioner who will establish and maintain therapeutic relationships and exercise professional judgment to provide treatment for Veterans, and will provide approximately 5 percent direct patient care to include direct services to selected patients and/or selected treatment programs; diagnostic interviews, assessments, psychotherapy, and case management to Veterans; provide behavioral expertise, education, and multidisciplinary consultation with primary care staff at all CBOCs in the management of mental health clients; assess the need for referral for additional services of mental health clients; coordinate with providers within MHCL and TVHS when other care such as psychiatric or palliative care is involved; mediation as requested by local, regional, state and Federal agencies and elected representatives; and review and translate research into practical interventions for improved patient outcomes. Incumbent will designate section priorities and objectives and work independent of immediate supervision.

 

Work Schedule: Based on the needs of the service.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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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. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)

 

b. 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.

 

c.  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.

 

Specialized Experience:  GS-13  - 1 year of experience as a psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level, GS-12

 

Loss of Credential.  An employee in this occupation who fails to obtain licensure/certification/registration within the required time frame, or who fails to maintain the required licensure/certification/registration must be removed from the occupation, which may also result in termination of employment.

 

Physical Demands: Work is generally sedentary.  Typically, the Psychologist sits comfortably to do the work.  However, there may be some walking, standing, bending, carrying of light items such as papers, books, small pieces of equipment and supplies, or driving an automobile.  No special physical demands are required to perform the work. 

 

Work Environment: Work environment involves everyday risks or discomforts of a medical center/hospital environment that require normal safety precautions typical of places such as offices, meeting and training rooms, or libraries.  The workspace is adequately lighted, heated and ventilated.

 

English Language Proficiency:  Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part.

 

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. [If applicable]

 

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.

 

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


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.)  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.

FOREIGN EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:  To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specialized in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.

Conditions of Employment: (Failure to comply may be grounds for withdrawal of an offer of employment or dismissal after appointment)

  • Applicants must be citizens of the United States, and be at least 16 years of age as of the closing date.
  • Applicants tentatively selected for certain designated positions may be subject to a random drug screening for illegal drug use. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment.
  • New Appointees will be subject to a background investigation to determine suitability.
  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt for having to do so under Selective Service law.
  • Applicants must not be listed on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Inspector General Sanctions database.
  • Applicants selected for positions through this announcement may be subject to a one year probationary period.
  • 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407 (d) require that persons appointed to direct patient-care positions must possess the required basic proficiency in spoken and written English. 

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. 

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. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, delays in mail service, etc.

 

Only send documentation as requested/required by this announcement and that directly supports your qualifications for this position.


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 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) onThursday, August 22, 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.

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.pdfand provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 925823
  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, August 22, 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.


      REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

       

      The following documents are required:

      • CV and/or Resume
      • Application for Associated Health Occupations VA 10-2850c
      • Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306). (Oct 2011 Version must be submitted - Previous editions obsolete and unusable) (Current TVHS employees ARE NOT REQUIRED to submit this form). Applicants who are not current TVHS employees will be rated ineligible if this form is not submitted. Additionally, applicants who fail to provide a complete and detailed explanation in response to any question (9-15) in which your answer is "Yes" will also be rated ineligible for consideration.
      • Questionnaire
      • Copy of your transcripts
      • Copy of your Psychologist license
      • Any other documents required by the checklist

      AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

      Pamela Hays
      Phone: (615)225-3726
      Email: PAMELA.HAYS@VA.GOV
      Agency Information:
      Mental Health Care Line
      3400 Lebanon Pike
      Murfreesboro, TN
      37129

      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:

      JK-13-SEO-925823

      Control Number:

      347477700