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Job Title:Psychologist North County CBOC

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:STL-T38-13-943855

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

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SALARY RANGE:

$57,408.00 to $106,369.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, August 16, 2013 to Friday, September 06, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0180-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Saint Louis, MO United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 943855

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?

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 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/ .  

DISABLED VETERANS ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY 

Note:  The duty station is at the North County CBOC; however, the duty station may be changed to one or multiple associated VAMC locations within the metropolitan St. Louis, MO area based on the needs of the Health Care System. North County CBOC is located at 6854 Parker Rd, Florissant, MO 63033.

 

Tour of Duty - To be Determined

 

RELOCATION EXPENSES WILL NOT BE REIMBURSED

 

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-11 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.

 

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(s) on the Internet: http://www.va.gov/pbi.  In addition, candidates may be interviewed by a panel.

 

Probationary Period:  This position requires completion of a one-year probationary period.

 

Bargaining Unit Status:  Covered; FLSA - exempt  

 

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.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required

DUTIES:

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The psychologist for whom this functional statement applies is a member of the Mental Health in Primary Care Team of the Mental Health Service assigned to provide psychological services as a member of a Primary Care Teams at the North County CBOC. Incumbent provides the full range of psychological services as an integral member of the primary care team, including assessment, individual counseling, psychoeducational groups, and assisting the team in the clinical management of their patients by providing psychological expertise to the medical staff. Services provided will be a blend of face-to-face and telemental health coverage to various facilities within the VA St Louis Healthcare System.

A. Clinical Responsibilities:  (90%) 

1.  Provides a full range of psychological assessment services and diagnoses mental disorders, particularly for complex or unusually difficult patients.

2.  Provides education to patients, family members, and significant others.

3.  Provides comprehensive, evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions, including individual, family, and group psychotherapy.

4.  Provides consultation to professional staff within VA St. Louis Healthcare System and to community providers, concerning clinical assessment findings and appropriate treatment plans for patients.

5.  Develops, implements, and documents the psychotherapeutic treatment plan for patients on the Primary Care panel who require such treatment.

6.  Completes Compensation and Pension exams.

7.  Functions independently as a member of the VA St. Louis Healthcare System Medical Staff, with full clinical privileges. Assumes complete professional responsibility for his/her clinical assessment findings, patient care decisions, and documentation. 

 B. Administrative responsibilities:  (10%) 

1.     Assists the Chief of Psychology and ACOS in the design, development, and implementation of clinical programs for a team of treatment providers.

2.     Adheres to operational policies and procedures established by the Chief of Psychology and ACOS MHS.

3.     Assists the Chief of Psychology and ACOS MHS in the execution of ongoing program evaluation and data-driven quality improvement projects to monitor the effectiveness of the clinical program.

4.     Facilitates liaisons with other health care programs in order to effectively coordinate services.

5.     Complies with national and local performance measures, including timely health care screening and completion of clinical reminders for all patients.

6.     Complies with all CPRS documentation procedures, including timeliness standards for documentation and proper patient check out procedures (e.g., entering diagnostic and procedure codes).

7.     Attends and participates in administrative and informational meetings held by the Chief of Psychology, ACOS MHS (or designee) and facility Director.

8.     Attends regular Psychology Service staff meetings, Medical Staff meetings, and complies with Psychology Service peer review procedures.

 

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:  

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • 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

  • English language proficiency, both written and oral  

 

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:

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 to be employed.  (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)

 

INTERNSHIP REQUIREMENTS:

Completed a professional psychology internship training program that has been accredited by American Psychological Association (APA) or am covered by one of the following exceptions. 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.  

 

GRADE REQUIREMENTS:

GS-11 - Above basic requirements.  Applicant can conduct psychological and/or neuropsychological assessments, treat mental disorders through a variety of modalities, and provide adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders.  Will practice under the close supervision of a licensed psychologist. 

 

GS-12 - Meets the basic requirements at the GS-11 level and also possesses at least 1 year of experience as a professional psychologist equivalent to the GS-11 grade level.  Has a license to practice at the independent practice level or is in the process of obtaining licensure  to practice at the independent practice level.  Applicant can demonstrate the following KSAs: 

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.

 

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 psychologists who otherwise meet the eligibility 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. 

 

GS-13 - Meet the experience requirements at the GS-12 level, and possess at least 1 additional year of experience as a psychologist equivalent to the GS-12 grade level.  In addition can 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.

 

ASSIGNMENT - 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.  They are assigned to any VHA program and setting, including inpatient or outpatient mental health.

  

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

 

References : VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G18 (DTD 10/1/06).  This standard is available in the Human Resources Liaison Office for review.  Candidates who meet the appropriate requirements contained in the standard will be considered. 

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

The Physical requirements of this position include the following tasks which may be performed intermittently:  lifting of up to 10 lbs., sitting (4 hours), standing (2 hours), walking (2 hours), bending/stooping (1 hour), twisting (1/2 hour), simple grasping (4 hours), fine manipulation (6 hours), reaching above the shoulder (1/2 hour).  For additional information on Physical Standards please see VA Directive and Handbook 5019.  http://www.va.gov/vapubs/

 


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 (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.

Veterans' Preference:

When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference.  For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.

 

IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY, YOU MUST BE ON TERMINAL LEAVE OR SEPARATING WITHIN 30 DAYS OF THE CLOSING OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.  VERIFICATION (IN WRITING) FROM YOUR COMMANDING OFFICER MUST BE SUBMITTED WITH YOUR APPLICATION TO BE CONSIDERED.

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

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



OTHER INFORMATION:

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

 

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.



HOW TO APPLY:

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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/Account/Login) 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: 943855.  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 Friday, September 06, 2013.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume.
  2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at  http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf)
  3. Occupational Questionnaire
  4. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action.
  5. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of service.  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).  

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Jacqueline Agnew
Phone: (314)894-6620x63955
Email: JACQUELINE.AGNEW2@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA St Louis VAMC
Human Resources
05-JB
#1 Jefferson Barracks Drive
St Louis, MO
63125-4199

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:

STL-T38-13-943855

Control Number:

349640100