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Job Title:PSYCHOLOGIST

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:AJP-13-CLN-949424-MP

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$84,970.00 to $110,459.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 to Saturday, August 31, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0180-13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Term NTE 4 years

DUTY LOCATIONS:

2 vacancies in the following location:
Location Negotiable After Selection, United States

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 949424

Salary: Applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by a Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected.  The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who serve our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans.

Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define "who we are," our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence (" I CARE").

America's Veterans need you!

To find out more, go to http://www.va.gov/jobs/.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • You must pass a pre-employment physical

DUTIES:

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NOTE : This is a TERM appointment (not-to-exceed 4 yrs). Term appointments are non-status, nonpermanent appointments of limited duration. Term employees are eligible to earn leave and generally have the same benefits as permanent employees including health and life insurance, within-grade increases and Federal Employees Retirement System and Thrift Savings Plan coverage. Term appointments may be extended without further competition.

This position is assigned to the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) National Center for Organization Development (NCOD) Office located in Cincinnati, OH. Major duties and responsibilities include:

  • Serves as the authoritative source and principal advisor in the area of organizational development psychology;
  • Works in the areas of competency modeling and assessment, organizational development and cultural transformation, report and statistical interpretation, communications strategy and planning, instructional systems design and implementation, program evaluation and training and development;
  • Develops and uses assessment tools for employee development, measuring the impact of various variables on performance and competency, early identification of managerial potential, personlity assessment and emphasis on alternatives to cognitive abilities testing;
  • Offers assessment services to the organization and to employees including expert knowledge of psychometry, vocational assessment, 360 degree assessment, 180 assessment, simulations, coaching and mentoring and the implementation of indiviual development plans;
  • Development of measurement concepts and tools including written tests, coaching and mentoring methods to assess and facilitate candidates readiness for executive leadership, methods for measuring and assessing experience, performance based recruitment and interviewing, employment references, employee attitudes, etc; and
  • Performs other duties as assigned;

Work Schedule: Full time, flexible schedule may be available. Travel may be required.

SALARY RANGE: Salary will be recommended by a Professional Standards Board and will conform to the locality pay in effect at the host facility for the individual selected.

NOTE: This position requires the completion of a Dependent Credentialing process (Vetpro). Submission of your credentials in the VetPro Credentialing System is required of all VHA licensed, registered, and certified health care providers. This system is used nationwide at all VHA healthcare facilities.

DESIGNATED DRUG-TESTING POSITION :   Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment.  Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA.  Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.

****Relocation expenses and/or incentives have not been authorized****


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY: In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), No person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. You must be proficient in basic written and spoken English in order to meet the requirements of this position.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

·          U.S. citizenship

·          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 you are to be employed and have successfully completed a professional psychology internship training program that has been accredited by APA with the following exceptions:                   

o     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

o     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 requirements.                   

·           GS-13 only - Full, current, and unrestricted license to practice psychology at the doctoral level in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States, or the District of Columbia. 

TO QUALIFY AT THE GS-13 LEVEL:

·          In addition to the basic requirements, applicants must have at least 1 year of post doctoral experience as a professional psychologist and at least 1 additional year of experience as a psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-12). Psychologist experience equivalent to the GS-12 level may have obtained while in the process of obtaining licensure at the independent practice level. If unlicensed, the individual must be supervised by a licensed psychologist and the experience and supervision must meet the standards for psychology licensure.    

Creditable Experience: To be creditable, the experience must be post-doctoral degree and must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with current professional psychology practice. Creditable post-doctoral degree experience can be obtained through employment as a psychologist or through participating in a supervised post-doctoral psychology training program. This may be evidenced by one or both of the following:

1.     Active professional practice. Active professional practice means paid/non-paid employment as a professional psychologist.

2.     A full, current, and unrestricted license.

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

References: VA Handbook 5005/31, Part II, Appendix G18, PSYCHOLOGIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD.

Salary will be recommended by a Professional Standards Board and will conform to the locality pay in effect at the host facility for the individual selected.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The work of this position is primarily sedentary, although some slight physical effort may be required.  Will require travel.


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. You 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.

Veteran's 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 DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability.  If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, nonservice-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed SF 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and required documentation with your application materials.

For more information on Veterans' Preference, go to http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetsinfo.asp.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Complete application packages will be reviewed to determine if the basic qualifications for this position have been met. A listing of candidates who meet the basic qualification requirements will be forwarded to the hiring facility where the credentialing and privileging screening process is completed.


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, 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:

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

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

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 is not a guarantee and must be requested in advance.

You may be required to serve a probationary period.



HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package (See "Required Documents" section below).  The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button 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.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application return to your member account in USAJOBS to see the status of your application, 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/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf, and

3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to (478)757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission. 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 949424.

2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents are required:

  • Completed Online Questionnaire
  • Resume
  • If you are qualifying on education substitution or a combination of education and experience, an unofficial college transcript must be submitted with your application package. (An official college transcript will be required before being hired).
  • Veterans should submit appropriate documentation as described previously in this vacancy announcement.
  • If currently employed in the VA system, include a copy of your latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

VHA Nationwide DEU
Phone: (501)918-3300
Email: CAVHS.DEU@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA HRSS VSHO
Department of Veterans Affairs
2402 Wildwood Ave Suite 301
Sherwood, AR
72120

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

You will receive e-mail notification as to whether or not you were included on the list of referred candidates.  If you do not provide an e-mail address, your notification will be sent via U.S. Postal Service within 2-4 weeks.

Important note:  Applicants have the burden of producing all needed information prior to the closing of the announcement Saturday, August 31, 2013.  If this requirement is not met and you are not referred to the hiring facility, you may contact the local HR office for Direct Hiring Authority options. 


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Job Announcement Number:

AJP-13-CLN-949424-MP

Control Number:

350294300