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Job Title:Psychologist (GM Psychiatry)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VS-13-SJJ-928693-MHC

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

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SALARY RANGE:

$86,260.00 to $112,136.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, August 01, 2013 to Thursday, August 15, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0180-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
West Linn, OR United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 928693

Competitive salary commensurate with education and experience as determined by the Professional Standards Board.

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. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

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/.

RECRUITMENT/RELOCATION INCENTIVE ARE AUTHORIZED

MAY BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE EMPLOYEE DEBT REDUCTION PROGRAM (EDRP)

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Must possess a doctoral degree in psychology

DUTIES:

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The Psychologist is with the GM Psychiatry team (an integrated Mental Health/Primary Care team) in the West Linn clinic and applies advanced professional psychological diagnostic methods and evidence-based intervention strategies to a full range of patient problems in his/her work setting. Incumbent has advanced knowledge of psychological diagnosis, intervention, and behavioral health that qualifies him/her to provide advice and consultation to professionals representing a variety of disciplines. The primary job functions of psychologists at this level include the provision of direct psychological patient care consultation services on difficult or complex cases, and education of staff and trainee supervision. The incumbent works within a Primary Care team to provide close collaboration and coordination of the Veterans and mental health needs. Job functions may also include research obligations, associated with a university faculty appointment, collateral supervisory responsibilities, and limited administrative/managerial duties. In addition to the primary duties, he/she may be assigned to work with one of the following teams within the Mental Health and Neurosciences Division: GM Psychiatry, Mental Health Clinic, PCT, PRRC, SATP, and/or any other team or function deemed appropriate by the Chief of Psychology and Clinical Director of Mental Health and Neurosciences Division. Some clinical responsibilities include: providing a full range of psychological assessment services and diagnoses mental disorders for complex or unusually difficult patients; providing education to patients, family members, and significant others; providing comprehensive, evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions, including individual, family, and group psychotherapy. He/She may have the opportunity to deliver some care using tele-video technologies. Some administrative responsibilities include: Assisting the program director or coordinator in the design, development, and implementation of clinical programs for a team of treatment providers; complying with national and local performance measures, including timely health care screening and completion of clinical reminders for all patients; adhering to operational policies and procedures for the treatment team, established by the affiliated PCL Manager and/or Service Line Director. He/She provides clinical supervision and instruction for psychology interns. He/She also examines, reviews and integrates dates and literature in a specific area of psychology in order to produce a written report which summarizes or expands the knowledge base of scientific psychology when applicable.

WORK SCHEDULE: M-F 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Selected candidate may be asked to work extended hours as needed (before or after regular tour during the week or Saturday morning).


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:  

  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Possess a doctoral degree in Psychology from a graduate program in Psychology accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).
  • 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.
  • Possess a full, current, and unrestricted license to practice (independently) Psychology at the doctoral level in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (e.g., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia. 
  • Proficient in spoken and written English.

GRADE DETERMINATIONS: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates:

GS-11 Experience: None beyond the basic requirements. Assignment: Staff psychologists at this level diagnose mental disorders, conduct psychological and/or neuropsychological assessments, treat mental disorders through a variety of modalities, and provide adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders. He/She practices under close supervision of a license psychologist.

GS-12 Experience: In addition to the basic requirements at the GS-11 level, at least 1 year of experience as a professional psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level. He/She must be able to demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (not required for applying):

  • Knowledge of, and ability to apply, a wide range of professional psychological theories and assessment methods to a variety of patient populations.
  • Ability to develop coherent treatment strategies.
  • Ability to incorporate new clinical procedures.

GS-13 Experience (Preffered): 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. He/She must be able to demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (not required for applying):

  • Knowledge of, and ability to apply, advanced professional psychological theories and techniques to the full range of patient populations.
  • Ability to provide professional advice and consultation in areas related to professional psychology and behavioral health.
  • Knowledge of clinical research literature.

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

References: VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G18, PSYCHOLOGIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated March 2006, and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/GS0100/0185.htm.


APPLICANTS 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. Applicants must, therefore, only report 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. ***

  • Possess a doctoral degree in psychology from a graduate program in psychology accredited by  the American Psychological Association (APA).
  • 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.
  • Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply:

    VEOA (Veterans Employment Opportunities Act): Veterans who are preference eligibles or who have been separated from the Armed Forces under honorable conditions after 3 or more years of continuous active service.

    VRA (Veterans Recruitment Act): VRA eligibility applies to the following categories: Disabled Veterans, Veterans who served on active duty in the Armed Forces during a war declared by Congress, or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized, Veterans who, while serving on active duty in the Armed Forces, participated in a military operation for which the Armed Forces Service Medal (AFSM) was awarded and Veterans separated from active duty within the past 3 years.

    Schedule A: Schedule A special hiring authority covers applicants with mental and physical disabilities. In order to be considered under this special hiring authority applicants need to provide proof of disability and job readiness certification. The proof of disability and job readiness certification can be provided by the following: 1) a statement or letter on a physician’s/medical professional’s letterhead; 2) statement, record or letter from a Federal Government agency that issues or provides disability benefits; 3) statement, record or letter from a State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency counselor; or 4) certification from a private Vocational Rehabilitation or other Counselor that issues or provides disability benefits. More information regarding this special hiring authority can be found at www.opm.gov/disability/aboutus.asp.

     

    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. You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.


    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://www4.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp.

    OTHER INFORMATION:

    • Selected Psychologist who is not licensed at the time of appointment must become licensed within 2 years of his/her appointment as a Psychologist. He/She will be appointed temporarily until the license has been verified and approved by our Medical Professional Service (MPS). Failure to obtain licensure during that period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment. This may result in termination of employment.
    • This position will be filled on a full-time basis. Upon completing any required probationary period, the position will be permanent.
    • This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
    • Although the duty station is shown in this announcement, it may be necessary to utilize the selected person's services at a different location within the Portland VA Medical Center commuting area if conditions require it in the future.
    • Under Executive Order 11935, only United States citizens and nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island) may compete for civil service jobs. Agencies are permitted to hire noncitizens only in very limited circumstances where there are no qualified citizens available for the position. 
    • If you are a male born after December 31, 1959, and are at least 18 years of age, civil service employment law (5 U.S.C. 3328) requires that you must register with the Selective Service System, unless you meet certain exemptions.
    • A security clearance and a favorable suitability determination are required. Misconduct in prior employment, criminal, dishonest or disgraceful conduct, habitual use of intoxicating beverages, abuse of narcotics, drugs or other controlled substances, or reasonable doubt of loyalty to the United States are examples of reasons an offer of employment may be denied.
    • Public transit subsidy benefits are available. Carpooling assistance is provided. However, single occupancy parking is limited on main Portland campus.
    • Recruitment/Relocation will be authorized.
    • This position may be eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), depending on the availability of funding. The applicant selected for this position may be eligible for qualifying educational loan(s) reimbursement award under the provision of the EDRP. The final decision is contingent on the availability of EDRP funds since the overall program funding process is centralized and meeting all EDRP eligibility and qualifications standards. Kasiakan Watt is the EDRP Coordinator for the PVAMC and the Alternate EDRP Coordinator is David Frank. They may be contacted in Human Resources (P4HRMS) or by phone (503) 220-8262 x57366 or x57321.
    • A drug test may be required for an applicant who is tentatively selected.
    • A pre-employment physical examination will be required for an applicant who is tentatively selected.
    • Employee selected must serve a one (1) year probationary period as contained in 5 USC 315, unless she/he has already served the required period.
    • Applicants appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 USC 7402(d) and 7407(d).
    • This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.
    • The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.

    • It is the policy of the Department of Veterans Affairs that all Federal wage and salary payments are paid to employees by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer (DD/EFT).



    HOW TO APPLY:

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    PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL YOUR APPLICATION MATERIALS TO THE CONTACT LISTED! YOU MUST APPLY ONLINE OR BY FAX AS OUTLINED BELOW!

    To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen 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.

    YOU MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850c IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY. You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online. Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies. Please see this guide (http://www4.va.gov/OHRM/joblistings/uploading-and-using-documents-online.doc) for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications. Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way. Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.

    Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS. Check your account (https://my.usajobs.gov/Login.aspx) to see the status of your application after applying, 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/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf.
    3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144. Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
    4. 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: 928693. You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
    2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

    The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, August 15, 2013.



    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

    You (current PVAMC employee or not) must provide a complete application package which includes (failure to submit all applicable REQUIRED documents will result in disqualification):

    1. CV or Resume (REQUIRED).
    2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) (REQUIRED).
    3. OF 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at http://archive.opm.gov/Forms/pdf_fill/OF306.pdf (REQUIRED).

    4. Occupational Questionnaire (REQUIRED).
    5. Copy of full, current, and unrestricted independent license (REQUIRED).
    6. Doctoral degree in Psychology transcripts (REQUIRED).
    7. If currently employed in the Federal system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. The SF-50 must indicate proof of status and should identify your position, title, series, grade, step, tenure and type of service (Competitive or Excepted). No "Award" SF-50s. Notify your HR if you do not know how to obtain your latest SF-50 (REQUIRED).
    8. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 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) (REQUIRED) and the certification from the Dept. of VA disclosing the service-connected disability(ies) rating (REQUIRED).

    9. If claiming disability under Schedule A, include proof of disability and job readiness certification provided by the following: 1) a statement or letter on a physician's/medical professional's letterhead; 2) statement, record or letter from a Federal Government agency that issues or provides disability benefits; 3) statement, record or letter from a State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency counselor; or 4) certification from a private Vocational Rehabilitation or other counselor that issues or provides disability benefits (REQUIRED).

    AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

    Sarah J. Johnson
    Phone: (503)273-5236
    Fax: (478)757-3144
    Email: SARAH.JOHNSON1@VA.GOV
    Agency Information:
    VHA Portland VAMC
    Department of Veteran Affairs
    3710 SW US Veterans Hospital Rd
    P4HRMS
    Portland, OR
    97239 Fax: (478)757-3144

    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:

    VS-13-SJJ-928693-MHC

    Control Number:

    348406800