Job Title: Clinical Psychologist (Compensation & Pension)Job Announcement Number: DU-13-RDa-947985-MHC
Department: Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.
The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
/ Per Year
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 to
Tuesday, September 03, 2013
SERIES & GRADE:
Full Time -
Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Durham, NC United StatesView Map
WHO MAY APPLY:
US Citizens and Status Candidates
Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 947985
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?
Since 1953, VAMC Durham has been improving the health of the men and women who have so proudly served our nation. We consider it our privilege to serve your health care needs in any way we can. Services are available to more than 200,000 veterans living in a 26-county area of central and eastern North Carolina. In addition to our main facility in Durham, we offer services in three community-based outpatient clinics. These clinics are located in
· Raleigh, North Carolina
· Greenville, North Carolina
· Morehead City, North Carolina
TOUR OF DUTY: POSSIBLE EVENING & WEEKEND HOURSWith 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 candidates 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.
Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses ARE NOT authorized for this position.
- 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
- Full, current, and unrestriced licensed at the Doctoral Level
- PhD in Clinical Psychology
DUTIES:Back to top
The Compensation and Pension (C&P) Psychologist functions as the full
time mental health examiner for compensation and pension examinations. As such, the incumbent will perform all the
duties necessary for high quality, timely completion of the mental health
examinations assigned for initial, review, or increase C&P
evaluations. It is expected that up to
three examinations (i.e. face-to-face appointments with the patient) will be
completed in a day, with the psychologist expected to review the Claims file,
medical record, and associated background materials, perform the examination of
the patient, and complete documentation of the examination within two days. The
incumbent will provide opinions regarding the veterans mental health as
requested Regional Office of VBA.
Incumbent will perform specialty examinations (e.g. board of two
psychologists) as required. Information
from the Regional Office of VBA on the quality and timeliness of the
examinations will be considered in the incumbents annual performance
Although the position is
based on the Durham campus, the incumbent may be required to perform C&P
Examinations at any of the facilities within the VISN 6, as requested as well
as make home visits to conduct C&P examinations. If available and clinically appropriate, the
C&P psychologist may carry out examinations using distance technology (e.g.,
The C&P psychologist is expected
to be clinically privileged and able to perform any of the duties included
under the general privileges of an independently functioning psychologist at
this facility (See Enriching Elements).
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:Back to top
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. (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. 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.
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
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.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
(1) 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.
(2) 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, 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.
References: APPENDIX G18. PSYCHOLOGIST
QUALIFICATION STANDARD VA HANDBOOK 5005: http://vaww1.va.gov/OHRM/HRLIBRARY/dir-policy.htm
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:Back to top
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.
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:Back to top
The first area of consideration will be given to current permanent employees of the Durham VA Medical Center. The second area of consideration will be given to current permanent employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs. The third area of consideration will be given to Status Candidates (VEOA, VRA, other current Federal employees with status). HOW TO APPLY: 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 Tuesday, September 03, 2013 to receive consideration.
It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
- 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.
- Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
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.
All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
·Other Veterans Document
You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
- CV or Resume.
- VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at http://www.vacareers.va.gov/jobs_download/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) (required).
- Occupational Questionnaire
- Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of612.pdf). This is a required form and must be submitted with your application.
- 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).
- If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).
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.
To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:
- Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational QuestionnaireView Occupational Questionnaire
- Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf.
- 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.
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.