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Job Title:CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST GS 13 TERM NTE 2 YEARS

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-689-EWLTTS-1043413

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$63,904.00 to $118,407.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, February 03, 2014 to Friday, February 14, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0180-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Term NTE 2 YEARS

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Norwich, CT View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

US CITIZENS

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Public Trust - Background Investigation

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):  1043413

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?

 These vacancies are advertised at the range of grades covered by the VA qualifications standard.

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/

NOTE:  The full performance level of this vacancy is a GS 13.  The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS 11 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

 

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

TOUR OF DUTY: 8:00am to 4:30pm

POSITION LOCATED AT THE NOWICH, CT   VET CENTER

CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST: Functional Statement GS-0180-

****THIS POSITION IS BEING ANNOUNCED AS A MULTI-DISCIPLINE FOR ONE VACANCY: CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER, READJUSTMENT COUNSELOR, AND CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST***


 

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Occasional Travel
  • OUTREACH ACTIVITIES

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
  • License
  • VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations

DUTIES:

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The Norwich VET Center Psychologist is responsible providing professional clinical services to eligible veterans and family members. The incumbent is under the direct administrative supervision of the Team Leader.and is expected provide clinical services under the accepted APA guidelines for Psychologists. The work is comprised of providing clinical services consistent with accepted standards of ethical and professional mental health treatment. The incumbent also provides professional family therapy, crisis intervention, outreach and community education ,services as needed.

The professional Psychologist will be able to function with a minimum of clinical oversight and is expected to make autonomous decisions regarding clinical issues. The psychologist is responsible for providing all psychological services to clients presenting with complex clinical problems and family members of clients. The psychologist has full professional responsibility for the psychological treatment of the complex clinical cases and is responsible for the assessment and treatment of complex cases, to include veteran's families and PTSD as it relates to family issues. The Psychologist is expected to consult with fellow team members and other mental health professionals on a regular basis regarding individual mental health cases. The psychologist will provide clinical supervision to other clinicians on the team, as necessary, if instructed by Team Leader or RMO.

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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QUALIFICATIONS: 

  

FOR ALL GRADES:

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:

 

Citizenship: Citizen of the United States

 

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.

 

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.

 

Exception: The Secretary may waive the requirement of licensure for an individual psychologist for a period not to exceed 2 years from the date of employment on the condition that such a psychologist provide care only under the supervision of a psychologist who is so licensed. Non-licensed psychologist who otherwise meet the eligibility requirement may be given a temporary appointment as a graduate psychologist under the authority of 38 U.S.C. 7405 (a)(1)(D). Failure to obtain licensure during that period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment.

 

Loss of Credential: An employee in this occupation who fails to obtain licensure/certification/registration within the required time frame, or who fails to maintain the required licensure/certification/registration must be removed from the occupation, which may also result in termination of employment.

 

English language proficiency: Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English.

 

Physical standards: - All applicants must meet the physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to employment may be required.

 

Grade determination:

GS-11: no experience is needed beyond the basic requirements listed above.

 

GS-12: In addition to the basic requirements at the GS-11 level, at least one year of experience as a professional psychologist equivalent to GS-11. Individuals assigned as GS-12 psychologist may be in the process of obtaining licensure at the independent practice level. If unlicensed, the individual must be supervised by a licensure;

 

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 a GS-12 grade level. Individuals assigned as a GS-13 psychologist must hold a full, current, and unrestricted licensure 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.

 

Inaddition the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

1. Knowledgeof, and ability to apply, advanced professional psychological theories and techniquesto the full range of patient populations.

2. Demonstratesadvanced knowledge and skill base in behavioral medicine/. Has prior experiencein Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and demonstrates knowledge of the clinicalliterature related to these specialties.

3. ProvidesReadjustment counseling for veterans and their family members who served in awar zones including assessment and treatment for PTSD.

4.Demonstrates advanced knowledge and skills related to working as part of aninterdisciplinary team of providers

5. Theability to provide individual, group and family psychotherapy.

6.Determine appropriate referrals to VAMC and other community agencies .

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

 

References: Input applicable VA Handbook 5005 reference and link to appropriate VA Qualification Standard.http://vaww1.va.gov/ohrm/T38Hybrid/QualStandards.htm

 

DESIGNATED DRUG-TESTING POSITION: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received


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:The Psychologist position will require light lifting and light carrying under 15 pounds, some walking and standing most of the work is performed by working alone. Applicants must be physically and mentally able to meet job duties. Applicants must be physically and mentally able to perform the duties of the position.

Veteran's 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 DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

 

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, nonservice-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed SF 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, go to http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetsinfo.asp

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.
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.


Interviews: Management may interview candidates for this position and may elect to use the Performance Based Interviewing (PBI) process. If PBI is used, questions will be job-related, reasonably consistent and fair to all candidates. You can visit http://www.va.gov/pbi to learn more about PBI, frequently asked questions and aids to prepare for an interview. Additionally, printed reference material is available at each Human Resources Office.


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

 

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms). Requests for reconsideration of ratings will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, delays in mail service, etc.

Vet Pro Credentialing: Individuals selected for positions that have patient care responsibilities are subject to undergo and electronic credentialing process called Vet Pro. As part of this process, it will be necessary for you to submit complete information concerning your professional education, training, experience, licensure, and certifications using Vet Pro. The candidate selected will be provided with further information on how to use Vet Pro.



HOW TO APPLY:

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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 1043413.  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.

 

 



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

All Applicants 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

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).  (DD214, must show discharge)

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

Other  supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:

·         Transcript copy of transcripts if qualifying on education

·         Other Veterans Document

·         Cover Letter

·         Other

This  form will be required upon selection, but can be submitted at time of application.

·         Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf). 


 

 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Timothy T. Smith
Phone: (203)932-5711x2795
Email: TIMOTHY.SMITH297BD0@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Connecticut HCS
950 Campbell Avenue
West Haven, CT
06516

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-689-EWLTTS-1043413

Control Number:

360751900