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Job Title:Psychologist Telemental Health

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:KK-14-RRJ-1027044

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$68,809.00 to $106,369.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 to Wednesday, February 12, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0180-12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Lexington, KY View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Public Trust - Background Investigation

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1027044 

PLEASE READ THIS ANNOUNCEMENT CAREFULLY AND IN ITS ENTIRETY TO ENSURE THAT ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS ARE SUBMITTED WITH YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE.

FAILURE TO SUBMIT A COMPLETE APPLICATON PACKAGE WILL RESULT IN LOSS OF CONSIDERATION

 Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1027044

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?

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

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 actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-12 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

 

“VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Tele-work eligibility will be discussed during the interview process or this is a proposed telework position when that level of flexibility is achieved in the VA system.”

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Not Required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U. S. Citizenship
  • 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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The EBP for PTSD TMH Provider will focus on the delivery of CPT and/or PE to Veterans through telemental health modalities. This is a full-time position. Specific duties include:

  1. Providing screening, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, and concomitant conditions, with a primary focus on the delivery of Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT; either using group or individual modalities) and/or Prolonged Exposure (PE), both time-limited, evidence-based approaches to the treatment of PTSD;
  2. Providing CPT and/or PE through the use of telemental health modalities; evidence-based psychotherapies for other mental health conditions may be provided on a limited basis as a secondary role;
  3. Applying advanced theories and techniques to a wide range of patients with PTSD;
  4. Providing professional consultation in areas related to evidence-based treatments for PTSD;
  5. Coordinating treatment planning and delivery of services that best meet the needs of patients diagnosed with PTSD and are based on scientific research on optimal treatment;
  6. Promoting communication/interactions between team members, patients, and their families to facilitate the treatment process;
  7. Training and supervision of clinical staff /trainees, as appropriate;
  8. Participation in program evaluation efforts in conjunction with Office of Mental Health Services, the medical center, and Office of Telehealth Services as appropriate

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

***RELOCATION EXPENSES AND/OR INCENTIVES ARE NOT AUTHORIZED***

 

 

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

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

GRADE DETERMINATIONS: The candidate selected for this position maybe employed at any of the three grade levels GS-180-12/13, with promotion potential to the GS-0180-13 level. The Psychologist Board will set the pay/grade level of the position after review of the selected candidate experience and education.

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:

Physical Standards/Requirements: See VA Handbook 5005, Part III, Chapter 2, paragraph 7, and VA Handbook 5019, Occupational Health Services. All applicants must be physically and mentally able to perform efficiently the duties of the position.

English Language Proficiency: Applicant must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d). No person will be appointed under authority of 38 U.S.C. Chapter 73 or 74, to serve in a direct patient-care capacity that is not proficient in written and spoken English.

GS-12: 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:

1. Knowledge of, and ability to apply advanced professional psychologoical theories and techniques to the full range of patient populations.

2. Ability to provide professional advice and consultation in areas realtaed to professional psychology and behavioral health.

3. Knowledge of clinical research literature.

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.

GS-13: 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. 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:

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.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous experience providing direct clinical care to adults with PTSD and experience providing evidence-based interventions for mental health problems
  • Trained to competency in CPT or PE, or is willing to complete competency-based training in one or both of these therapies.
  • Experience with or ability to deliver CPT or PE through telemental health modalities
  • Knowledge of common medical and mental health conditions associated with PTSD is preferred.


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.  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.

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.

 

When candidates for Hybrid positions identified in 38 U.S.C. 7401(3), are determined to be approximately equally qualified for a particular opening, hiring preference will be given to veterans and preference eligibles as defined in 5 U.S.C. 2108. 

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.


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.

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

 



OTHER INFORMATION:

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

 

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.   VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service.  This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.



HOW TO APPLY:

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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://www4.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.

 

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  Check your account (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login) to see the status of your application after applying, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

 

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire: http://www.opm.gov./forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf.
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page  http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID: 1027044.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.
  3. The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, February 12, 2014.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume.
  2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at  http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) (required).
  3. Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
  4. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of service (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).  
  5. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action indicating current position, grade and step (required).
  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.  Not required for Lexington VAMC Employees.
  7. 7.   Unofficial copy of college transcript (required) IF used to qualify.
  8. 8. Any related licensures or certifications as required by the position.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Lisa Ashley
Phone: (859)233-4511x3385
Email: LISA.ASHLEY2@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Lexington VAMC
Department of Veteran Affairs
VAMC Human Resources 05 LD
1101 Veterans Drive
Lexington, KY
40502-2236
USA

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:

KK-14-RRJ-1027044

Control Number:

358905700