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Job Title:Psychologist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:610-13-224-962385-MHC

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 $106,853.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, October 03, 2013 to Tuesday, December 31, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0180-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Few vacancies in the following location(s):
Fort Wayne, IN View Map
Marion, IN View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Current Federal Employees in the Excepted Service and Unitied States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

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. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

VA Northern Indiana Health Care Systems is larger than just a single facility.  It is a fully-integrated medical care facility with a dual campus and Community Based Outpatient Clinics, (CBOCs), in Goshen, South Bend, Peru and Muncie, Indiana and combined VA mission. The combined mission of the VANINHCS means military retirees, and eligible veterans receive health care at these facilities.

This position is located within the Mental Health Service at the Northern Indiana Health Care Systems.

Fort Wayne, Allen County, IN, is within a 250-mile radius of 17 percent of the total United States population and within a day's drive of half of the nation's population; it is nearly equidistant from the cities of Chicago, Columbus, Detroit and Indianapolis, in the four states of  Illinois,Ohio, Indiana and Michigan respectively. With easy access to diverse residential, cultural and recreational opportunities, as well as outstanding school districts.

The other campus is located in scenic Marion, Grant County, IN, is complete with two world-class higher education institutions, Taylor University and Indiana Wesleyan University, plus a well-established community college, Ivy Tech Community College in the area.   The county has a lot to boast about. Its proximity to major US highways and state roads makes it accessible from other major cities such as Chicago, Detroit, and Louisville.

Join the VANIHCS's team of energetic, career-minded professionals!

For additional information about VA Northern Indiana Health Care System, Fort Wayne, Indiana and Marion, Indiana please visit the following links:

http://www.northernindiana.va.gov/
http://www.visitfortwayne.com/
http://showmegrantcounty.com/

VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/.

Note:  The full performance level of this vacancy is 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  or Recruitment Expenses: Relocation or recruitment expenses ARE NOT authorized for this position.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Pre-employment Physical examination
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing
  • Background and/or Security Investigation
  • Application materials must be received by 11:59PM EST on the closing date
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English

DUTIES:

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The psychologist has responsibility for providing a full range of clinical/counseling psychological services to patients of the Medical Center in the area(s) assigned to him or her by the Chief of Mental Health Services. Specific duties may include the following functions:
• Psychological assessment and consultation.
• Psychological treatment including individual and group psychotherapy.
• Research.
• Collaboration between the following entities in and out of the VA to include but not limited to Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF), Substance Use Disorder (SUD), Mental Health Clinic, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), psychosocial Rehabilitation, Psychiatric Compensation and Pension, other VA Northern Indiana Health Care System (VANIHCS) and Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) and their programs.
• Education and training.
• Recovery based principles and practices will be learned and used whenever possible.
• Appropriate evidenced based treatment will be learned and used as appropriate.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:  
 
The basic requirements for employment as a VHA psychologist are prescribed by:  Public Law 96-151 codified in Title 38, U.S.C. § 7402.  To qualify for appointment, all applicants for the position of psychologist in VHA must meet the following:
 
      a.  Citizenship.  Citizen of the United States.  (Non-citizens 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
 
      (1)  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
      (2)  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, Commonwealth of the United States (e.g., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia. 
      (d)  English Language Proficiency:  Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part.
 
 GRADE REQUIREMENTS
 
      a.  Definitions
     (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 workweek.  For example, a psychologist employed 20 hours per week, or on a ½ time basis, would receive 1 full-time workweek 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 psychologists 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 professional advice and consultation in areas related to professional psychology and behavioral health.
      3.  Knowledge of clinical research literature.
      4.  For supervisory 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.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:
In addition to meeting the Basic Educational Requirements and License requirements, applicants must possess at least one year specialized experience at the next lower grade, GS-12 or its equivalent. Qualifying specialized experience is described as experience making psychological assessments, and presenting diagnostic and treatment recommendations regarding children and adolescents to the professional team which includes physicians, social workers, and nursing staff.
 
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G18, Psychologist Qualification Standard, GS-180.  For the full text, see the Handbook on file in Human Resources Management Service.  Also, OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific positions at:  http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/GS0100/0185.htm

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: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

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.

Selective Service Requirement:  Selective Service Requirement: All male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with the selective service system or exempt from Selective Service. Please visit https://www.sss.gov/ for more information.

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



OTHER INFORMATION:

• This appointment is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
• Additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement up to 90 days after closing.
• This vacancy announcement does not preclude filling this position by other means.
This is an open continuous announcement.  We accept applications for this occupation on an ongoing basis; qualified applicants will be considered as vacancies become available.

•Deliberate attempts to falsify your application information, such as copying portions of this job announcement into your resume, may result in you being removed from consideration for this position.
•Applicants selected from this announcement may be required to serve a one-year probationary period.
•This position may be filled at the GS-11, GS-12 or GS-13 grade level.
•If selected at a grade below the target grade of the position, you may be non competitively promoted to the next higher grade when all statutory and regulatory requirements have been met, performance is satisfactory and promotion is recommended by the supervisor. Promotion is not guaranteed.



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
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):

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·DD-214
   ·OF-306
   ·Other (VA Form 10-2850c)
   ·Other Veterans Document
   ·Resume
   ·SF-15
   ·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).

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.

Optional Form (OF - 306) NOTICE:  You must submit an OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employmnet (Available at: http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf) (required).

REMINDER: 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.
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 962382.
  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, 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:

Korpo Degbeh
Phone: (800)360-8387x71217
Email: KORPO.DEGBEH@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Northern Indiana HCS
1700 East 38th Street
Marion, IN
46953

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:

610-13-224-962385-MHC

Control Number:

352878900