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Job Title:Clinical Psychologist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:JV-13-JW-963610

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$59,987.00 to $111,148.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 to Tuesday, December 31, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0180-11/13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

2 vacancies in the following location:
Decatur, GA View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens)

JOB SUMMARY:

IF YOU APPLIED TO ANNOUNCEMENT JV-13-408DS-951052, YOU WILL NEED TO REAPPLY

 

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT MAY BE USED TO FILL ADDITIONAL VACANCIES
 Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 963610

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.  

The Atlanta VA Medical Center’s Vision is to be the benchmark of excellence and value in health care and benefits by providing exemplary services that are both patient and family-centered and evidence-based.  The Atlanta VA Medical Center oversees seven VA Community-Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) in Austell (Cobb County); Lawrenceville (Gwinnett County); Oakwood (Hall County); East Point (South Fulton County); Stockbridge (Henry County); Newnan (Coweta County) and Blairsville (Union County) in addition to an outpatient clinic in Decatur and an outreach clinic in Rome, Georgia.  The Atlanta VAMC has 405 authorized inpatient beds (273 hospital, 120 Community Living Center and 12 PRRTP) and is a tertiary care facility classified as a Complexity Level 1A facility. It is a teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services complete with state-of-the-art technology, education and research. Comprehensive health care is provided through emergency medicine, primary care, tertiary care, and long-term care in the areas of medicine, surgery, mental health, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics, and extended care. The Atlanta VAMC is part of the VA Southeast Network (VISN 7), which includes facilities in Georgia, Alabama, and South Carolina. The Atlanta VAMC Community Living Center serves metro Atlanta and includes extended care rehabilitation, psycho-geriatric care, and general long term care. The facility also serves as a prosthetics treatment center, fabricating and supplying mechanical devices such as artificial limbs for patients within the states of Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama.  Our major medical school affiliates are Emory University School of Medicine (EUSM) and Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM). The VAMC maintains close affiliations with many other institutions including Georgia State University, Clark Atlanta University, High Tech Institute, Medical College of Georgia, and Mercer University. We have other minor affiliations that send students to the Atlanta VAMC.  With us, you will find a challenging, yet rewarding career experience.  For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/”]

CUTOFF WILL BE EVERY TWO WEEKS. THIS IS AN OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT AND WILL REMAIN OPEN UNTIL POSITIONS ARE FILLED.

Note:  The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13.  The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-11 to GS-13.  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed.  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.

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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The Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center is recruiting for two (2) Clinical Psychologist.  The Clinical Psychologist will serve as professional staff members of the Mental Health Service.  The Clinical Psychologist duties include:

 

  • Providing a full range of psychological services within the areas of assignment to include but not limited to: Assessments, Diagnosis, Case Management, and Psychotherapy.

 

  • Performing administrative duties to include comprehensive documenting detailing adequacy, nature, and scope of services rendered and validation of responsibility.

 

  • Conducting psychological evaluations and treatment.

 

  • Conducting interviews, using rating scales, questionnaires or other measuring devices, or observing the patient, assessing the patient's emotional, functional or psychological condition.

 

  • Planning appropriate clinical treatment for individual patients.

 

  • Promoting, supervising, or providing individual and group psychotherapy.

 

  • Leading a group or conducting individual therapy sessions using a full range of therapeutic techniques and skills.

 

  • Evaluating, adjusting treatment as necessary.

 

  • May also administer a wide variety of individual tests including a variety of intelligence and personality assessment measures as needed.

 

Tour of Duty: Monday - Friday generally, but some positions may require evening and weekends.  (Management can determine work schedules.)

 

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:   

  • U.S. citizenship.  Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.   
  • 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 HVA 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

  • 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.
  • English Language Proficiency:  Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English.

 

Preferred Experience: None


 

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


GRADE DETERMINATIONS:

(1) Creditable Experience

 

(a) Current Professional Psychology Practice.  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.

  

(b)  Quality of Experience.  Experience is only creditable if it is post-doctoral degree experience as a professional psychologist directly related to the duties to be performed.  Qualifying experience must also be at a level comparable to professional psychology experience at the next lower level.

 

(c) Part-time Experience.  Part-time experience is creditable according to its relationship to a full-time work week.  For example, a psychologist employed 20 hours per week, or on a 1/2 time basis, would receive 1 full-time work week of credit for each 2 weeks of service. 

 

(2)  Post-Doctoral Degree Fellowships.  Post-doctoral degree fellowships are training programs in an advanced area of clinical practice.  Training as a fellow may substitute for creditable experience on a year-for-year basis.

 

(b) Grade Determinations.  In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates:

  

   (1) GS-11

  

   (a) Experience.  None beyond the basic requirements.

  

   (b) Assignment.  Staff psychologist at this level diagnose mental disorders, conduct psychological and/or neuropsychological assessments, treat mental disorders through a variety of modalities, and provide adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders.  They practice under the close supervision of a licensed psychologist.

  

   (2) GS-12

  

   (a) Experience.  In addition to the basic requirements at the GS-11 level, at least 1 year of experience as a professional psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level.  Individuals assigned as GS-12 psychologists may be 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.  In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

  

   (b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

     

    1. Knowledge of, and ability to apply, a wide range of professional psychological theories and assessment methods to a variety of patient populations.

      

    2. Ability to develop coherent treatment strategies.

     

    3. Ability to incorporate new clinical procedures.

     

   (c) Assignment.  At the GS-12 level, unlicensed psychologists practice under the supervision of a licensed psychologist, but with less need for consultation than at the GS-11 grade level.  They may be assigned to any program area.

   

    (3) GS-13

   

    (a) 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.

   

    (b) 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:

   

    (c) 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 a professional advice and consultation in areas related to professional psychology and behavioral health.

    

    3. Knowledge of clinical research literature.

    

    4. For supervisor assignments

    

    a. Ability to provide supervision in areas related to behavioral health and social services provision in order to accomplish the organizational goals and objectives.

    

    b. Ability to provide fair, principled and decisive leadership for a work environment that promotes shared accountability.

   

   (d) Assignments.  This is the full performance level for staff psychologists.  At this level, psychologists are licensed at the doctoral level to practice independently in the provision of psychological services consulting with peers and supervisors as appropriate.  They are assigned to any VHA program and setting, including inpatient or outpatient medicine, surgery, mental health, neurology, rehabilitation medicine, geriatrics, Vet Centers, and the VHA National Center for Organizational Development.

    

    1. Staff Psychologists diagnose mental disorders, conduct psychological and/or neuropsychological assessments, treat mental disorders through a variety of modalities and provide adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders.  Among the modalities provided are individual, family, and group psychotherapies, and other interventions such as biofeedback, psychological hypnosis, and environmental interventions.  They consult with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues.  Staff psychologists may be involved in program evaluation and/or research activities.

 

 

  


References: VA Handbook 5005 Part II, Appendix G18.  


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.

Physical Requirements: The work may require using appropriate methods or resources to physically restrain Veterans who present a danger to self or others.  The work may also require accommodating the needs of physically disabled Veterans.  Day-to Day work may require lifting (under 15lbs), light carrying (under 15lbs), emotional stability, mental stability, working closely with others, and working alone.


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 at multiple locations.

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



HOW TO APPLY:

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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, December 31, 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
   ·Other Veterans Document
   ·SF-15
   ·SF-50
   ·Transcript



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 963610.
  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 Tuesday, December 31, 2013Tuesday, December 31, 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.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

 

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

 

1. CV or Resume

2. Occupational Questionnaire

3. A copy of Licensure

4. Transcripts

5. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD-214.  Applicants claiming preference based on a 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 ), along with the appropriate supporting documents.

6. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action.

 

OPTIONAL DOCUMENTS: 

 

These documents are not required at time of application but will be required if selected for a position:

 

1. VA Form 10-2850-c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf .

 

2. Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fil/of0306.pdf ).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Corey McGee
Phone: (404)321-6111x7024
Email: COREY.MCGEE2@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Atlanta VAMC
1670 Clairmont Rd
Decatur, GA
30033

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:

JV-13-JW-963610

Control Number:

351887400