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Job Title:Clinical Psychologist (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:JV-14-JP-995978-Reann

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$59,987.00 to $111,148.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, January 27, 2014 to Wednesday, April 02, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0180-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Decatur, GA View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Confidential

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

 Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 995978

THIS POSITION IS BEING REANNOUNCED TO OBTAIN ADDITIONAL APPLICANTS.  THIS ANNOUNCEMENT WILL BE OPENED UNTIL FILLED. 

THE FIRST CUT-OFF IS 02/14/2014, THEN EVERY 2 WEEKS THEREAFTER.

 

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.  

The Atlanta VAMC has 405 authorized inpatient beds (273 hospital, 120 Community Living Center and 12 PRRTP) and is a tertiary care facility classified as a Complexity Level 1A facility. It is a teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services complete with state-of-the-art technology, education and research. Comprehensive health care is provided through emergency medicine, primary care, tertiary care, and long-term care in the areas of medicine, surgery, mental health, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics, and extended care. The Atlanta VAMC is part of the VA Southeast Network (VISN 7), which includes facilities in Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina. The Atlanta VAMC Community Living Center serves metro Atlanta and includes extended care rehabilitation, psycho-geriatric care, and general long term care. The facility also serves as a prosthetics treatment center, fabricating and supplying mechanical devices such as artificial limbs for patients within the states of Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama.


Note:  The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-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 Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Not Required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

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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This Clinical/Pain Psychologist will serve as a professional staff member in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Section of the Geriatrics & Extended Care Service Line. The incumbent provides a full range of psychological services within the areas of assignment that include: Pain Psychology/Behavioral Medicine/Behavior Health. Other duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

· Administrative duties, including developing and implementation of clinical programs for a team of treatment providers. Also, scheduling of Veterans and related issues, returning Veterans' phone calls, Report writing, and attending organizational meetings.

· Provide a full range of diagnostic and evaluation services appropriate to the interdisciplinary pain management setting, especially in the areas of psychological evaluation of emotional and behavioral problems and suicide assessment.

· Develops, implements, and documents the psychotherapeutic treatment plan for an assigned case load of patients, including prompt completion of clinical reminders.

· Use a variety of intelligence and personality assessment measures.

· Facilitates patient and family education appropriate to the setting and the specific presenting issues.

· Plan appropriate clinical treatment for individual patients based on data gathered during assessments.

· Promote, supervise and provide individual and group psychotherapy.

· Lead a group and/or conduct individual therapy sessions using a full range of therapeutic techniques and skills.

· Provides consultation services to support team decision-making, building on physician and healthcare team interventions and improving team-patient working relationships.

· Consults with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues..

· Remains involved in program evaluation and/or research activities.

Functional Statement # 80140

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm (Management reserves the right to determine and change the work schedule)

Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Relocation and Recruitment Incentives are not authorized for this position.


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 maybe 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:  In addition to the basic requirements above, applicants must also meet the following grade requirements.

GS-11:  None beyond the basic requirements. 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.

GS-12:  In addition to the requirements at the GS-11 level, at least 1 year of experience as a professional psychologist equivalent to the GS-11 grade level. At this level,applicants must demonstrate the following 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.

GS-13:  In addition to the experience requirements at the GS-12 level, at least 1 additional year of experience as a psychologist equivalent to the GS-12 grade level. At this level, applicants must demonstrate the following 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.

 

Preferred qualifications: Experience working with pain management.


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: This position requires keen hearing and clear distinctive speech. This position requires potentially long periods of sitting (8 Hours). The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders.

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.

OTHER INFORMATION:

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 in this position 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

Bargaining Unit Status: National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE)

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.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, April 02, 2014 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:

The following documents are required for all applicants:

· Résumé / CV: For each job/position listed, you must include a job title, detailed duties, month and year for each start/end date and if full-time or part-time status with the number of hours worked each week.

· VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at: http://vaww4.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf). Must be complete AND signed.

· Responses to the questionnaire

· Copy of your current, active license

· Copy of your college transcript(s) - (Note: Official transcripts will be required only if you are selected)

 

The following documents should be submitted, if applicable: 

· SF-50: If you are a current VA employee or current Federal employee, submit a copy of your latest SF-50 that shows your grade, step, salary and tenure (not an award SF-50).

· To receive Veterans Preference, you must submit: Copy of your DD-214 that shows your type of discharge (Member 4 copy).

· Disabled Veterans & those claiming 10-Point Preference must submit: SF-15 (Application for 10-Point Veterans Preference) along with the supporting documents required by that form. Please read page 2 of the form for acceptable supporting documents. (Available at: http://www.opm.gov/Forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf)

NOTE: The information provided on these documents will be the main source for determining your qualifications and eligibility for this position. Be sure to give complete and accurate information. If you do not furnish documents or your information is incomplete, inaccurate or illegible, it may not be possible to determine your eligibility and you will not receive further consideration for this position. It is the responsibility of the applicant to submit the correct forms and documentation. Additional guidance on completing these forms is available from HRMS.


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 TAG:VacancyID.
  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 TAG:Closing Date 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 TAG:Link to Full 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:
GERIATRICS
1670 CLAIRMONT RD
DECATUR, GA
30033

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:

JV-14-JP-995978-Reann

Control Number:

360239100