BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL POSITIONS:
U.S. Citizenship Must be a citizen of the United States.
Physical Standards Applicants must meet physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to placement is required.
English Language Proficiency Must be proficient in spoken and written English.
In addition to the above basic requirements for all positions, below are the education, experience, and licensure/registration requirements for the specific positions.
PHYSICIAN (PSYCHIATRIST), VM-0602-15
Education Must have a degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine. The degree must have been obtained from one of the schools approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed. Approved schools are: (1) Schools of medicine holding regular institutional membership in the Association of American Medical Colleges for the year in which the degree was granted, or (2) Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the degree was granted, or (3) Schools (including foreign schools) accepted by the licensing body of a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico), or in the District of Columbia as qualifying for full or unrestricted licensure.
Licensure and Registration Must possess a current, full and unrestricted license to practice medicine or surgery in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia. The physician must maintain current registration in the State of licensure if this is a requirement for continuing active, current licensure.
First-Year Residency (Internship) Must have completed a first-year residency, or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which it was completed. For a VA resident, the appropriate Deans Committee and Resident Review Board may recommend appointment on the basis of the candidates acceptability for residency training. Approved residencies are: (1) Those approved by the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals, American Medical Association, in the list published for the year the residency was completed, or (2) Other residencies or their equivalents which the Professional Standards Board determines to have provided an applicant with appropriate professional training. The Board may determine that the residency requirement has been met if the candidate has completed one year of postgraduate education.
Certification - Must be board certified or board eligible in the area of Psychiatry.
Education/Experience - Must possess one of the following: (1) Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN AND have approximately 4-5 years of experience, or (2) Doctoral degree in nursing or related field AND have approximately 3-4 years of experience. Education from a school of professional nursing must be approved by the appropriate State agency and accredited by either the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). If MSN obtained in a Bridge Program, no BSN required.
Registration - Must have a current, full, active and unrestricted registration as a graduate professional nurse in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the U.S. or in the District of Columbia.
Education Must 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.
Internship Must 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 Must 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.
Experience Must have at least one year of professional psychologist experience equivalent to the GS-14 grade level, and must fully meet the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) for that level.
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*).
(1) Ability to effectively supervise and manage a large group of professional staff.
*(2) Ability to correctly assess qualifications and potential of current and prospective employees.
*(3) Ability to develop appropriate productivity standards for professional staff, often across multiple program lines.
(4) Skill in interpersonal relationships including conflict resolution and ability to work collaboratively with supervisors from other units.
*(5) Knowledge of the goals and objectives of the medical center and VISN and ability to communicate these to subordinates.
SOCIAL WORKER, GS-0185-14
Education Must have a master's degree in social work (MSW) from a school of social work fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Graduates of schools of social work that are in candidacy status do not meet this requirement until the school of social work is fully accredited. A doctoral degree in social workmay not be substituted for the master's degree in social work.
Licensure Must be licensed or certified by a state at the advanced practice level.
Experience Must have at least one year of creditable experience comparable to the GS-13 grade level. The experience must demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills in administration, demonstrating progressively more professional competency skills and judgment.
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following professional KSAs.
(1) Knowledge and skill in management/administration, which includes supervision, consultation, negotiation, and monitoring.
(2) Knowledge of legal, ethical, and professional standards applicable to social work practice.
(3) Ability to develop, maintain, and oversee social work programs in all settings. This includes identifying needs for social work assessment, evaluation, and treatment; determining priority needs for social work services; and recommending adjustments to staffing levels accordingly.
(4) Demonstrated global knowledge of social work practice in health care and mental health settings including resources, and the policies and procedures pertaining to home and community based care, acute care, ambulatory care, long term care, performance measures, and clinical guidelines.
(5) Ability to provide consultation to care line managers and other staff on social work qualification standards, social work practice, social work competency, social work productivity, and social work continuing education.
(6) Ability to provide supervision for social work licensure and practice supervision for facility social workers.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
NOTE: Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified to ensure that you meet the minimum qualifications required as described above. You will also be evaluated to the extent you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with the position. Therefore, please ensure your application package addresses the assessment questionnaire. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, you may be rated ineligible for this position.
PHYSICIAN (PSYCHIATRIST): Physician Qualification Standard, VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G2
NURSE: Nurse Qualification Standard, VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G6
PSYCHOLOGIST: Psychologist Qualification Standard, VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G18
SOCIAL WORKER: Social Worker Qualification Standard, VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G39