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Job Title:Psychologist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-523-13-943627

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$62,758.00 to $116,282.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

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

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0180-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Time-Limited NTE 4 years

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Boston Metro Area, MA United States

WHO MAY APPLY:

Open to all U.S. Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

 Service: National Center for PTSD

 Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 943627

 

 

 

***POSITION IS LOCATED AT JAMAICA PLAIN, MA CAMPUS***

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

 

 

These vacancies are advertised at the single grade at which this position will be filled above the full performance level.

 

“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 Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed in that specific grade.  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.


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 in the Behavioral Science Division, National Center for PTSD, at the Jamaica Plain campus of the VA Boston Healthcare System.  The incumbent will conduct scientific investigations and contribute to both generation and dissemination of knowledge in support of the research and educational missions of the National Center for PTSD.  The overall objective is to advance prevention, understanding, and treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other consequences of traumatic stress.  He/she will investigate resilience factors and person-by-environment interactions related to the origins, course, and treatment of PTSD.  As part of this research program, the incumbent will investigate personality-based dimensions of response to trauma and its impact on the form of PTSD-related disability.  The research program will address the application and effectiveness of transdiagnostic treatment for veterans with PTSD.  Advanced statistical knowledge and skill will be instrumental to this research program.  All research potentially involves relevant collaboration with other staff members within the National Center for PTSD at VA Boston Healthcare System, as well as with investigators at other VA and non-VA institutions.  He/she will deliver direct clinical care to veterans with PTSD by providing assessment and therapeutic intervention, and will consult with other staff members to assist with treatment planning and care coordination for adult veterans who receive PTSD services.  The incumbent will provide training at all levels (e.g. psychology practicum students, pre-doctoral interns, post-doctoral fellows, and psychiatry residents).  He/she will comply with national and local performance measures, including timely screening and documentation requirements, and will also participate in various service, committee, and departmental meetings. 

WORK SCHEDULE:  Full-time, Monday to Friday, 8:00 to 4:30 p.m.

 

NOTE:  This position will be a four year appointment.
NOTE:  This position is a AFGE Bargaining Unit position.
NOTE:  This position is covered by locality-based comparability pay.
NOTE:  Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized.
NOTE:  Selectee may be required to work at any Boston Healthcare System campus, as needed.
NOTE:  Candidates who meet the qualification requirements within 15 calendar days following the closing date of the announcement will be considered.
NOTE:  Time-in-Grade Restriction – Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements.  The grade may have been in any occupation but must have been held in the Federal service.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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(From VA Qualification Standards)

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:

A. Citizenship: Citizen of the United States. 

B. Education:  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

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.

Additional experience:
In addition to meeting the basic requirements, applicants must possess at least 1 one year of experience as a psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-12).  This experience must be research based, such as research experience in PTSD.  Advanced statistical knowledge and skill is required.
  
Experience:  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 addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
 
1.  Knowledge of clinical research literature.
2.  Ability to provide professional advice and consultation in areas related to professional psychology and behavioral health.
3.  Knowledge of, and ability to apply, advanced professional psychological theories and techniques to the full range of patient populations.


WORK CONDITIONS:   The work environment involves everyday risks and/or discomforts which require normal safety precautions typical of each place in various hospital offices.  Applicants must be physically able to perform the duties of the position. The basis on which agencies may establish specific medical standards or physical requirements is discussed in 5 CFR 339. A physical condition or impairment may be disqualifying for employment only if there is a direct relationship between the condition and the nature of the duties of the specific position being filled. The work is primarily sedentary, although some physical effort may be required while walking, standing, climbing, and carrying light items such as manuals or briefcases. The work environment involves everyday risks or discomforts that require normal safety precautions typical of such places as hospitals, offices, training rooms, and libraries. The work area is adequately lighted, heated, and ventilated. Light lifting under 15 pounds. Light carrying less than 15 pounds. Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other.


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 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.



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 Friday, September 06, 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 (10-2850c)
   ·Resume
   ·Transcript

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).

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 943627.
  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 Friday, September 06, 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 QuestionnaireView 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:

Job Information
Phone: (774)826-1269
Email: VHABHSJOBS@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
National Center for PTSD
940 Belmont St
Brockton, MA
02301

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:

VHA-523-13-943627

Control Number:

349701900