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Job Title:Psychologist, Compensation & Pension Examiner

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VC-13-388-963462-KJM

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

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

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 to Monday, December 02, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0180-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Great Falls, MT View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Not Applicable

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 963462

 

Psychologist (Compensation and Pension Examiner), GS-0180, VA Montana Health Care System

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?

 

VA Montana Health Care System at Fort Harrison is a 43 bed, JCAHO accredited facility currently providing inpatient medical/surgical, and outpatient ambulatory medical, surgical and behavioral health care.  We also have a new 24 bed inpatient unit for Behavioral Health Services for Montana veterans.  The facility is located on 138 acres in a picturesque setting on the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains, just on the outskirts of the state’s capital city, Helena.  The area is well known for a colorful history, cultural and educational offerings and any number of amazing recreational activities. 

 

An excellent employee benefit package is offered that includes health, life and long term care insurance, the Federal Employee Retirement System and generous vacation and sick leave packages.

 

Relocation and/or recruitment incentives are not authorized for this position.

 

POSITION:  Psychologist (Compensation and Pension / Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES) Examiner), GS-0180.  One full time permanent position.  Position is with the VA Montana Health Care System (VA MT HCS).  The duty station is Great Falls, Montana at the Community Based Out-Patient Clinic (CBOC).  Hours of work:  Monday through Friday, 8 hour set tour of duty starting at 0800 and ending at 1630.  Salary will be determined by a professional standards board and will be dependent upon experience and education.   

 

This position is also being advertised as a Psychiatrist.

 

**** This is an open-continuous announcement.  Qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official every two weeks beginning Monday, October 7th. Once a selection is made, this vacancy announcement will close. ****

 

AREA OF CONSIDERATION:  All applicants who meet qualification requirements.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Not Required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • English Language Proficiency required.

DUTIES:

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Incumbent will perform Compensation & Pension examinations and Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES) examinations.  Position requires strong assessment skills, ability to follow required criteria given in Disability Benefit Questionnaire Forms (DBQ), as well as addressing general remarks from Veterans Benefits Administration.  Incumbent must acquire proficiency in forensic exams. 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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a.  Citizenship.  Citizen of the United States.  (Noncitizens 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.             

     (a)  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

     (b)  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.

c.  Licensure.  Hold a full, current and unrestricted license to practice psychology at the doctoral level in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States (e.g., Puerto Rico), or in the District of Columbia. 


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

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.

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Light lifting (under 15 lbs), light carrying (under 15 lbs), use of fingers, far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and 20/40 in the other, hearing (aid permitted), emotional stability, mental stability, working closely with others, and working alone.

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.

 

RATING FACTORS:  Your occupational questionnaire will be rating you on the following skills and abilities:

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

Note:  The rating factors are the major source of information to be used in making qualification determinations.  The rating factors are also the criteria that will be used to identify well-qualified displaced employees.  Consequently, persons who fail to complete the rating factors may not receive full credit for their experience.  Ensure your application supports the ratings.

 


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://www4.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp .



OTHER INFORMATION:

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

Pre-employment Drug Testing may be required prior to appointment to this position.  Pre-employment physical is required prior to appointment to this position.  All new employees are subject to a character and background investigation.

 

All qualified employees will receive consideration for promotion without regard to political, religious or labor organization affiliation or non-affiliation, marital status, race, color, sex, national origin, non-disqualifying physical handicap or age.  In the event of unanticipated vacancy(s) in the same position and location as this vacancy occurs within ninety (90) days of the selection, additional selections may be made from this announcement. 

 

This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  If you need (a reasonable) accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency.  The decision on granting (reasonable) accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.  If you have question regarding reasonable accommodation please call our Human Resources Office at (406) 447-7933.

 

 



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 Monday, December 02, 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):
   ·Resume

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 (VHA Form 10-2850c APPLICATION FOR ASSOCIATED HEALTH OCCUPATIONS)
   ·Other Veterans Document
   ·SF-50
   ·Transcript

 

VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at  http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) (required if selected).

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  963462

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 Monday, December 02, 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 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:

Kaimy J. Marks
Phone: (406)447-7567
Email: KAIMY.MARKS@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Montana HCS
Department of Veterans Affairs
3687 Veterans Drive
PO Box 1500
Fort Harrison, MT
59636

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:

VC-13-388-963462-KJM

Control Number:

351841900