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Job Title:PSYCHOLOGIST

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Job Announcement Number:LAG-PHS-1036871-LKS-072

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$52,344.00 to $87,408.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 to Friday, February 28, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

CC-0180-12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
El Paso, TX View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

These positions will ONLY be open to US Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps Officers

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Other

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

NOTE: This position is in the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps and you will be referred as a Commissioned Corps personnel and not as a candidate to a permanent GS career or career-conditional appointment. This USPHS position is being filled at the rank of Lieutenant Commander (O-4).

AREA OF CONSIDERATION: ONLY USPHS OFFICERS WILL BE CONSIDERED FOR THESE POSITIONS BASED ON THE APPLICANT'S YEARS OF EXPERIENCE AND THE NEEDS OF THE LOCATION.

Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

This is a key position within the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). ICE utilizes the government's second largest cadre of law enforcement officers to ensure our nation's economic, transportation and infrastructure security. ICE enforces immigration and customs laws. Our talented and courageous workforce identifies criminal activities and eliminates vulnerabilities that pose a threat to our nation's borders.

ICE is the primary investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security. With more than 19,000 employees in 400 offices around the world, ICE is a key component of the DHS layered defense approach to protecting our nation. For additional information about ICE and career opportunities go to http://www.ice.gov/.

The ICE Health Services Corps (IHSC) exists within the organizational structure of the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) under the supervision of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The United States Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps Officers, civil service staff and contractors comprise the healthcare professionals working together to provide quality healthcare services.

***These Positions are open for Commissioned Corps officers only***

 

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Occasional Travel
  • Optional

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • Yes
  • must meet travel regulations

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Maintain current license and meet continuing State edu requirements
  • Maintain CPR/BLS certifications
  • Competencies
  • Complete Application Package (see How to Apply Tab)
  • Relevant Experience (see Qualifications and Evaluations Tab)
  • Ability to pass background investigation

DUTIES:

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DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

1. Interpretation and translation activities within the scope of the employees’ duties.

2. Assess these employees’ language abilities to ensure their competency to perform language services for particular duties; and describe plans for enhancing employees’ language abilities.

3. Provides psychological assessment and evaluation of detainees.

4. Provides appropriate referral to outside treatment facilities for those cases of extremely severe mental disturbance.

5. Provides referral, identification, and evaluation for those identified as having a significant mental illness using Mental Health Review Form (IHSC-883).

6. Provides on site counseling, psychotherapy, behavioral analysis, substance abuse education, and therapy as required.

7. Possesses a high level of skill in assessing, recognizing, and treating problems of adjustment, and maladaptive behavior or other conditions which interfere with successful treatment; referring such detainees to the appropriate mental health facility for intensive mental health care.

8. Determines the need for and provide direct mental health services to detainees with identified mental health and substance abuse problems utilizing psycho educational and treatment modalities as appropriate in the treatment of mental disorders.

9. Will assist the Clinical Director/designees in providing orientation and guidance to medical staff on Detoxification of Chemically Dependent detainees and actions to take if a detainee is suspected of being chemically dependent on drugs or alcohol upon intake or during custody.

10. Reports status to a physician or psychiatrist if the expected outcome of drug therapy is not being achieved.

11. Utilizes the multi-disciplinary approach in the treatment planning process for detainees identified with mental health problems.

12. Provides consultation to medical, ICE, contract staff regarding issues that include, but are not limited to risk assessment for violence, housing recommendations for handling difficult, demanding, and mentally ill detainees.

13. Serves as a mental health and substance abuse consultant to other health professionals at the facility.

14. Provides education and training to ICE and medical staff in the area of mental health to include, but not limited to, suicide prevention, hunger strike, abuse and neglect and victims of torture.

15. Facilitates contacts between the detainee patient and his/her social support systems.

16. Establishes and maintains liaison with other health services professionals and mental health organizations.

17. Assists in preparation towards accreditation/compliance.

18. Assists the local performance improvement coordinator in completion of clinical performance improvement activities/risk identification and management directly related to mental health.

19. Participates in the local performance improvement committee.

20. Provide radiological services; these services will be primarily to conduct tuberculosis surveillance i.e. digital single view chest x-rays.

21. Performs other collateral duties as assigned.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

  1. Have a Doctoral Degree in Psychology from a graduate program in psychology accredited by the American Psychological Association.
  2. Hold a full, current and unrestricted licensed by a State or Territory at the Doctoral level for the independent practice of Psychology.
  3. Meet requirements for inclusion in the National Registry of Psychologist Providers if graduated after 1 January 1982
  4. Meet requirements for Health Service Psychologist or Health Service Provider under appropriate State or Territorial statue, if Doctoral degree was received prior to 1 January 1992 .
  5. Knowledge of specific functions of Psychology to include but not limited to: observation. description, testing, evaluation, interpretation, diagnosis, and treatment.
  6. 2 years of supervised experience in Clinical, Counseling, or Health Psychology.
  7. Flexible and able to adapt to sudden changes in schedules and work requirements.

COMPETENCIES:  

1. Maintains clinical professional skills/licensure

2. It is the responsibility of the Psychologist to adhere to National/Local Policies and Procedures as stated in the ICE Health Services Corps (IHSC) Policies and Procedures Manual as well as other Accrediting Agencies.

3. Maintains CPR/BLS certification.

4. Cultural Competency.

5. Good Oral/Written Communication Skills.

 


PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

  1. The work may require physical exertion such as lifting objects greater than 30 pounds.
  2. Required to perform CPR standing or kneeling.
  3. Must be able to assist patients in and out of wheelchairs.
  4. The work may necessitate some physical characteristics that will be required when responding to an emergency situation, such as running short distance, prolonged standing and working in an austere environment.
  5. Needs to be able to walk up and downstairs, to include during emergency.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Applications will be evaluated against the required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities as listed in this announcement.


BENEFITS:

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Pay and benefits for PHS officers are managed through the Division of Commissioned Corps Personnel and Readiness and are comparable to the pay and allowances authorized for members of the Armed Forces. Specific information can be found in the Department of Defense Financial Management Regulation, 7000.14-R at http://comptroller.defense.gov/fmr/07a/index.html.

 



OTHER INFORMATION:

It is the responsibility of the Psychologist to adhere to policies and procedures as stated in the ICE Health Service Corps (IHSC) Policies and Procedures Manual.

MISSION: The ICE Health Service Corps protects America by providing health care and public health services in support of immigration and customs law enforcement. This is accomplished through maintaining a committed, effective and efficient workforce who provides evidenced based appropriate health care in a cost effective manner.

DHS SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:

1. DHS

2. ICE

3. ERO

HHS SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:

1. Health and Human Services (HHS)

2. USPHS

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:

Daily clinical supervision provided by the Clinical Director with oversight of Mental Health Care by the Chief of Mental Health.  May be required to serve a probationary period.



HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

Your complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, February 28, 2014 to receive consideration.

  • 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.
  • 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:

  • You must submit your resume which shows relevant experience, education, and training. Work experience should include job title, duties, employer's name, daytime telephone number and address, starting and ending dates, hours worked per week, and indicate if we may contact your current supervisor.
  • You must submit copies of proof of licensures, degrees, certificates and all other required documentation identified in this announcement.
  • You must submit your three (3) most recent Commissioned Officer Effectiveness Report (COER). 

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 1036871.
  2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot complete your Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. Your complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, February 28, 2014 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 all six pages of 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.

Applications and supporting documentation will not be accepted by mail or email. If you need further assistance, contact the Human Resources Office representative listed on this announcement at least one day prior to Friday, February 28, 2014 for further instructions. You must submit all required information by Friday, February 28, 2014. If materials are not received, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible. A valid email address is required in order to notify you of the outcome of your application.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

IHSC Recruiting
Phone: (202)732-4600
Email: IHSCRECRUITING@ICE.DHS.GOV
Agency Information:
ICE Laguna Service Center
500 12th St SW
Washington, DC
20024
USA

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

If you meet all eligibility requirements, your application package will be sent to the hiring manager for further consideration.

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Job Announcement Number:

LAG-PHS-1036871-LKS-072

Control Number:

360012500