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Job Title:Psychologist (Telehealth)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:WC-14-AIC-982959

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$72,805.00 to $112,546.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, October 24, 2013 to Thursday, November 07, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0180-12/13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Miami, FL View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

 Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 982959

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.  
Note:  The full performance level of this vacancy is grade 13.  The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of grade 12 to grade 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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Assigned to the Mental Health & Behavioral Sciences/Psychology Service, this licensed psychologist delivers psychological services using virtual linkages to patients separated by time and distance, in both individual and group settings, or in person.  He/she provides psychotherapeutic and clinical services, including Evidence Based Psychotherapies, to others in remote locations using telemental health equipment and procedures; treats mental disorders through a variety of modalities, both by telemental health and in person, and provides adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders.  The incumbent diagnoses mental disorders and conducts psychological and cognitive function assessments, both by telemental health and in person; performs assessments and evaluations for psychodiagnosis, treatment planning and functional evaluations, both by telemental health and in person.  Tour of duty includes week-ends, as assigned by Supervisor. 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:   

A. Education: Have a doctoral degree in psychology from a graduate program in psychology accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). (MUST SUBMIT UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS).

B. Internship: Have successfully completed a professional psychology internship training from that has been accredited by the APA.

C. Licensure: Hold a fulll, current, and unrestricted license to practice psychology at the doctoral level in a Sttate, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (e.g. Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia. (MUST SUBMIT COPY OF LICENSE)

EXPERIENCE:

Specialized Experience:

GS-12: One (1) year of experience as a professional psychologist equivalent to the GS-11 level in Federal Service.

GS-13: Two (2) years of experience as a professional psychologist, one of which must be equivalent to the GS-12 level in Federal Service.

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, dated March 17, 2006. U.S. This standard is available for review or you may access this standard through the internet at the following address: http://vaww1.va.gov/OHRM/Directives-Handbooks/Documents/5005.pdf

You will be rated on the following knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics (KSAOs) based on your application for the position:

KSA 1 – Ability to develop coherent treatment strategies for patients with psychiatric problems, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), with strategies including telemental health services.

KSA 2 – Ability to provide advice and consultation in areas related to professional psychology and psychiatric problems including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), as well as to patients with psychological problems secondary to medical diagnoses.  Consultations provided through telehealth, as needed and appropriate.

KSA 3 – Ability to provide appropriate psychological services to people in remote locations, in both individual and group settings, through telehealth processes.

KSA 4 – Knowledge of, and ability to apply, advanced professional psychological theories and techniques to the full range of patient populations, particularly psychiatric patients, chronic mentally ill, and individuals with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), including techniques which involved telemental health services.

KSA 5 – Ability to provide clinical services, including evidence-based psychotherapies, psychological assessment, and psychoeducation in both individual and group settings, both by telemental health services and in person.

 


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:  Light Lifting (15 lbs); Light Carrying (15-44 lbs); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Near vision correctable at 13” to 16” to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far Vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; depth perception; ability to distinguish basic colors; ability to distinguish shades of colors; Hearing (without aid).

 

Other Requirements:  mental and emotional stability.

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.

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave:  Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee.  


OTHER INFORMATION:

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

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, highlighted in pink.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, November 07, 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:

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS. APPLICANTS MUST SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS WITH THEIR APPLICATIONS.

1.    Résumé

 

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

 

3.    Responses to the questionnaire.


4. Copy of unofficial school transcripts showing completion of a doctoral degree in Psychology from a graduate program accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).  TRANSCRIPTS MUST INDICATE DEGREE AWARDED AND DATE DEGREE WAS AWARDED.

 

5. Copy of license from a State to practice psychology. 

 

6. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf). This is a required form and must be submitted with your application.

 

7. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 (required). Applicants claiming preference based on 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), and service-connected letter.

 

8. If currently employed in the Veterans Administration (VA) system, include latest SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action).

 

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 982959.
  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 Thursday, November 07, 2013Thursday, November 07, 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:

Miami VA HR Help Desk
Phone: (305)575-7000x3155
Email: VHAMIAHRHELPDESK@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Miami HCS
Human Resources Management Service
1201 NW 16th Street
Miami, FL
33125

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:

WC-14-AIC-982959

Control Number:

353951200