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Job Title:  PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  JV-13-LG-971718

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
SALARY RANGE:
$40,534.00 to $154,501.00 / Per Year
OPEN PERIOD:
Friday, October 04, 2013 to Tuesday, December 31, 2013
SERIES & GRADE:
VN-0603-00
POSITION INFORMATION:
Full Time - Permanent
DUTY LOCATIONS:
1 vacancy in the following location:
Decatur, GA View Map
WHO MAY APPLY:
US Citizens and Non Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number 971718 

 

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.

  

As a VA Physician Assistant, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities 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.

 

Applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by a Professional Standards Board and Compensation Panel (for physicians and dentists) 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.

THIS POSITION CAN BE FILLED AS EITHER A NURSE PRACTITIONER OR PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT

THIS IS AN OPEN AND CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT. WE ACCEPT APPLICATIONS FOR THIS OCCUPATION ON AN ONGOING BASIS; QUALIFIED APPLICANTS WILL BE REFERRED FOR CONSIDERATION EVERY TWO WEEKS.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • US citizenship
  • English language proficiency

DUTIES:

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Incumbent works in Mental Health Service Line of the Atlanta VA Medical Center and supports the mission and vision of the Medical Center.  S/he works as a member of either the Substance Abuse Treatment Program providing care to a panel of dually-diagnosed outpatient veterans in a group setting, outpatient substance abuse/behavioral health evaluations to eligible Veterans who ae being referred to our substance abuse treatment program (SATP) and provide consultation to the medical and surgical floors for patients with substance abuse disorders.  The Domicillary to provide health and mental health services for veterans in residence.  Acute Inpatient Psychiatry providing psychiatric care to veterans who are currently hospitalized on a psychiatric unit. S/he must comprehend assessments wiht detailed evaluations of patient's psychiatric and substance abuse conditions including current conditions, past history, substance abuse history, trauma history, mental status exam, diagnosis and future plans for patients seen in a routine and crisis care.  S/he will collaborate with psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, addiction therapists, and social workers in a multidisciplinary treatment team approach.  Also the General Mental Health Program.

 

 

 

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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In order to qualify for this position you must meet the following:

Basic Requirements:  

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.)

English Language Proficiency - PAs appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).

 

  • Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-2 Physician Qualification Standard.  This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.


    EDUCATION:

     

    (1) A bachelor's degree from a PA training program which is certified by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education of the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA); OR

    (2) Graduation from a PA training program of at least 12 months duration which is certified by the ARC-PA and a bachelor's degree in a health care occupation or a health-related science; OR

     

    (3) Graduation from a PA training program of at least 12 months duration which is certified by the ARC-PA and a period of progressively responsible health care experience such as an independent duty medical corpsman, licensed practical nurse, registered nurse, medical technologist, or medical technician. The duration of approved academic training and health care experience must total at least 5 years.

     

       

    PLEASE NOTE:  Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution 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 will be asked to produce a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency.

    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 DD-214(s), SF-15 (as applicable) 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.  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, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be reviewed.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. 

    In describing your experience, please be clear and specific.  We may not make assumptions regarding your experience. 


    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. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered.  For more information please visit us at http://www.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp.

    NOTE:  Applicant's education and length of practice (experience) will be considered by a Compensation Panel in determining the salary of the applicant selected.

     

     


    OTHER INFORMATION:

    This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

    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.

     

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


    HOW TO APPLY:

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    All applicants are encouraged to apply online but may apply via Fax as outlined below. 

    Please refer to the complete "How to Apply" section in the job announcement to ensure you submit all Required Documents. INCOMPLETE APPLICATION PACKAGES WILL BE RATED INELIGIBLE.

    To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen 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.

     

    YOU MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850c IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY. You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online. Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies. Please see this guide http://www.va.gov/OHRM/joblistings/uploading-and-using-documents-online.doc for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications. Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way. Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.

     

    If you are applying for this position online or by fax, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

    If you are unable to apply online by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, December 31, 2013, please contact the point of contact listed in the announcement.

     

    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):

    Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
       ·OF-306
       ·Other (VA 10-2850)
       ·Resume
       ·SF-50
       ·Transcript

     

    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 – Occupational Questionnaire Form) 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 971718

    2.    Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

    If you are unable to apply online by 11:59 PM (EST) on TAG:Closing Date, please contact the point of contact listed in the announcement.

    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:

    HRMS-Staffing Service Line
    Phone: (404)321-6111x6300
    Email: ATL.STAFFING2@VA.GOV
    Agency Information:
    MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE LINE
    1670 CLAIRMONT ROAD
    DECATUR, GA
    30033

    WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

    After we receive your application material, your experience will be reviewed to determine if you meet the basic qualifications of the position.  Your will be notified via email when this decision has been made.


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