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Job Title:Clinical Psychologist (Recovery Coordinator)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-14-MEW-1039678

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$63,386.00 to $117,447.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, January 31, 2014 to Monday, February 17, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0180-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Manchester, NH View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Other

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:


 Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1039678

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.  


As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. 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/

 

Patient Centered care is our approach to delivering healthcare to our Veterans. This philosophy gives patients and their families the chance to work closely with their healthcare providers to create more personalized care plans. Patient-centered care also considers the Veterans’ personal preferences and values, family situations, cultural traditions, and lifestyles; it keeps them informed and engaged throughout their treatment. The Veteran and family members become key members of the healthcare team and are active participants in making healthcare decisions.


Note:  The full performance level of this vacancy is GS13.  The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS11 to GS13.  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
  • Complete VA form 10-2850c (Application for Associated Health Occupations)

DUTIES:

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The Local Recovery Coordinator (LRC) is located in the Mental Health Care Line and serves to assist in implementation of policies and procedures from the National Recovery Coordinator (NRC) and to facilitate implementation of recovery oriented services in Mental Health programs, which includes education of providers and veterans and their families on recovery and evaluation of implementation efforts.   The LRC functions as a champion and advocate for the recovery model. LRC also serves as a recovery ombudsman to the MH Service Line Manager, program managers, and staff on recovery and implementation of recovery oriented services.

In conjunction with the Mental Service Line Manager, the LRC develops a 3-5 year plan for the facility that identifies staged implementation of recovery oriented services (e.g., use of recovery plans). LRC is responsible for coordinating the evaluation of recovery implementation at the facility and reporting results to the NRC. With guidance from the NRC, the LRC will implement measures to assess recovery policy and procedure adherence, as well as assess the extent that the recovery model is embodied in the MH programs. 

The LRC provides day to day supervision of Peer Specialists and assigns them tasks.  Provides input regarding performance appraisals and other personnel actions.

The LRC develops a facility recovery education plan for providers and veterans and their families.   He/she serves as consultant to MH programs and recovering veterans in development of peer support groups, consumer counseling, and consumer operated services, as per local needs and resources. When available, community resources should be utilized.

The Local Recovery Coordinator:

·    Advises MH Service Line Manager on filling peer specialist positions.

 

·    Assists with VA regional or local recovery oriented trainings, meetings, or conferences as needed.

·    Serves as a MH Liaison to the facility Consumer Council.

·    Provides an annual report on implementation progress to the VISN RC and the NRC; other reports will also be prepared as requested.

·    Meets quarterly via conference call with other VISN LRCs to coordinate a network response to recovery implementation and implementation of CO policies and procedures related to recovery.

·    Participates in facility MH leadership meetings and policy planning groups.         

LRCs are also expected to spend a percentage of their time (but no more than 25%) engaged in direct clinical services providing recovery oriented care to seriously mentally ill veterans.

 

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

    • U.S. citizenship.    
    • Have a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from a graduate program in Psychology accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).
    • Have successfully completed a professional psychology internship training program that has been accredited by the APA.
    • Be licensed to practice psychology at the doctorate level.
    • English language proficiency - Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English..

    Preferred Experience:  2 years minimum within a VA setting with mental health patients.  Supervisory experience preferred.

    IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

    GRADE DETERMINATIONS:
    See VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G18. It is anticipated that the full performance level for this position will be GS-13, but will be dependent upon review of the Professional Standards Board.

    GS-11:

    • Experience: None beyond the basic requirements
    • 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.

    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.
    • 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 year of experience as a psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level.
    • Assignment: This is the full performance level for staff psychologists. At this level psychologists are licensed at the doctoral level to practice independently in the provision of psychological services consulting with peers and supervisors as appropriate. They are assigned to any VHA program and setting, including inpatient or outpatient medicine, surgery, mental health, neurology, rehabilitative medicine, geriatrics, Vet Centers, and the VHA National Center for Organizational Development.
    • Staff Psychologists 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. Among the modalities provided are individual, family, and group psychotherapies, and other interventions such as biofeedbak, psychological hypnosis, and environment interventions. They consult with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues. Staff psychologists may be involved in program evaluation and/or research studies.

    References: http://vaww.va.gov/OHRM/Directives-Handbooks/Documents/5005.pdf


    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: Position primarily sedentary in nature.  Light lifting and carrying not to exceed 15 lbs.,  Use of fingers; Both hands required; Occassional walking and standing. Near vision correctable at 13” to 16” Hearing (aid permitted).

    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:

    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.

    The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, February 17, 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:

    Required Documents:

    All applicants are required to submit the following documents:

    Resume
    VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) (completed application required in order to be considered for this vacancy). - upload under "Other"
    Applicants may also submit the following supporting documents types, which may not be required for all applicants:

    * Cover Letter

    * DD-214

    * Other

    * Other Veterans Document

    *SF-15

    *SF-50 (current employees)

    * Transcript

     

    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.


    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 1039678.
    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 Monday, February 17, 2014Monday, February 17, 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 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:

    Mary Walker
    Phone: (603)624-4366x6606
    Email: MARY.WALKER4@VA.GOV
    Agency Information:
    VHA Manchester VAMC
    Department of Veteran Affairs
    VAMC Manchester
    718 Smyth Road
    Manchester, NH
    03104

    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:

    VHA-14-MEW-1039678

    Control Number:

    360335500