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Job Title:Clinical Staff Psychologist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:637-13-299-CJ-929439

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:

Thursday, July 25, 2013 to Wednesday, August 14, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

VM-0180-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Franklin, NC United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

US Citizens and Status Candidates

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 929439

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 Charles George VA Medical, Asheville, North Carolina, has an immediate opening for a staff psychologist.  This position will be located at our Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) located in Franklin, NC.

 

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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The Asheville VAMC is seeking a full-time Clinical Psychologist for their Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) located in Franklin, NC. This position is located under Mental Health Services under the clinical supervision of the Assistant Chief in Mental Health Services and the Lead Primary Care Physician at the Franklin CBOC.  The Psychologist will provide mental health care for Veterans and their families.  The Psychologist works as a member of an interdisciplinary Mental Health team, and may provide consultation or brief services for the collocated Primary Care Service at the Franklin CBOC.  The Psychologist will be responsible for providing Veteran care and for meeting quality, efficiency, satisfaction, and other standards.  The Clinical Psychologist effectively uses the following clinical modalities as delineated in their privileges, which may include but are not limited to: evidenced-based therapies (e.g., Prolonged Exposure, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, etc.), supportive therapies, couples/family therapy, group therapy, psychological assessment/evaluation and recommendations, and crisis intervention when needed.

*Experience and/or training certification in evidence-based treatments for treating combat and non-combat Veterans is preferred.*

Work Schedule:  Tour of duty: Monday through Friday 0800-1630 are usual hours, but extended hours may be needed for crisis intervention or other Veteran needs.

 

Relocation expenses and/or incentives have not been authorized.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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FOR ALL GRADES:

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:  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:   

Citizenship:  Citizen of the United States

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.  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 so licensed.  Non-licensed psychologist who otherwise meet the eligibility requirement 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. 

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. 

English language proficiency:  Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English.

Physical standards: - All applicants must meet the physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to employment may be required.  

Grade determination:

GS-11:  no experience is needed beyond the basic requirements listed above.

GS-12:  In addition to the basic requirements at the GS-11 level, at least one year of experience as a professional psychologist equivalent to GS-11.  Individuals assigned as GS-12 psychologist may be in the process of obtaining licensure at the independent practice level.  If unlicensed, the individual must be supervised by a licensure;

GS-13:  In addition to the experience requirements at the GS-12 level, at least 1 additional year of experience as a psychologist equivalent to a GS-12 grade level.  Individuals assigned as a GS-13 psychologist must hold a full, current, and unrestricted licensure 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 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.

 

References: VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G18, dated March 17, 2006.

 

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]


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 Wednesday, August 14, 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 929439.
  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- 2850c - 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. OF-306 - Declaration for Federal Employment - Available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf.
  6. Veterans should submit appropriate documentation as described previously in this vacancy announcement.
  7. If currently employed by the federal government, include a copy of your latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Calvin Jager
Phone: (828)298-7911x5438
Email: CALVIN.JAGER@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Asheville VAMC
Department of Veteran Affairs
1100 Tunnel Road
Asheville, NC
28805

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 Wednesday, August 14, 2013.

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Job Announcement Number:

637-13-299-CJ-929439

Control Number:

347911100