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Job Title:PSYCHOLOGIST

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:JB-0200-1045526-LO

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$63,538.00 to $117,729.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, February 05, 2014 to Friday, February 14, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0180-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service NTE NTE 5 years

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Chicago, IL View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

US Citizens and Status Candidates

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Other

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

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?

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1045526

AREA OF CONSIDERATION: 1.  CURRENT PERMANENT EMPLOYEES OF THE AGENCY FOR WHICH THE POSITION IS BEING ADVERTISED 2.  ALL OTHER CANDIDATES.

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.

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 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.

The Jesse Brown VA Medical Center (http://www.chicago.va.gov/) is a 200-bed inpatient facility, providing a full range of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology as well as education, research and academic affiliations with the University of Illinois – Chicago and Northwestern University. The main campus resides on 13 acres in the Illinois Medical District, approximately three miles from downtown Chicago. JBVAMC also operates four Community Based Outpatient Clinics located in the Lakeside (downtown) area and Auburn Gresham (south side) community of Chicago, in Chicago Heights, Ill.; and the Adam Benjamin, Jr. VA Outpatient Clinic in Crown Point, IN, which serves the four counties of Northwestern Indiana.
The medical center is a part of VA Great Lakes Healthcare System (Network 12), which includes facilities in Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The Health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not coverd by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Not Required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Doctoral degree in Psychology

DUTIES:

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This position is for a full-time (40 hours per week, 1.0 FTEE) Clinical Psychologist assigned to the Mental Health Service Line at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois.  Note that this is a Temporary Position, Not to Exceed 5 years. The incumbent works in Outpatient Mental Health, and spends approximately 20 hours per week in the PTSD Clinic and 20 hours per week in the Mental Health Clinic. Clinic duties include psychotherapy, psychological testing, interdisciplinary team consultation and collaboration on patient care.  The psychologist functions as a case manager (with full case management responsibilities), a therapist and a member of a team.  Typical assignments involve diagnosis and treatment.  The ability to conduct diagnostic interviewing and psychological testing, including objective measures, projective measures and intellectual measures is expected.  Treatment modalities include individual, group and marital/family therapy.  Skill in assessing for suicidality and homicidality, and skill in providing effective interventions to patients in crisis, is required.  There is a high rate of addiction and serious mental illness, including Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia and PTSD, Axis II, and special difficulties in social adjustment (e.g. unemployment,  homelessness).  The ability to provide  individual, group and marital/family interventions to veterans with active Dual Diagnosis is required. The VA emphasizes Evidence Based Therapy, including Prolonged Exposure, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Social Skills Training.  The person selected has successfully completed or will complete competency-based training in one or more of the following VA Evidence Based Therapies: Prolonged Exposure, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Thearapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.  The incumbent also might function as Military Sexual Trauma Coordinator, a role that entails answering consults, coordinating the delivery of services, ensuring that MST veterans receive appropriate care, and providing staff education.  The Jesse Brown VA has primary affiliations with the University of Illinois College of Medicine and Northwestern University Medical School, and has an American Psychological Association Accredited Internship Progarm and a Psychology Externship Program.  The psychologist is required to have the ability to provide psychotherapy and testing supervision and to provide educational seminars to trainees in psychology and other disciplines.  The incumbent is expected to possess organizational skills and strong interpersonal and communication skills essential for working effectively in a team environment.  The incumbent performs almost all duties in this position independently, receiving only general direction as to the overall nature of the activity desired from the Chief of Psychology and general direction in those areas required by VA regulations.   The incumbent performs other related duties as assigned by the supervisor. As part of the clinic team, the incumbent shares the responsibility for providing consultative services to other services and departments of the facility and to private, state and other institutions. 

WORK SCHEDULE:  Full-Time, Monday-Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm. May include occasional evening and/or weekends.

RELOCATION EXPENSE:  Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  The work of the psychologist is largely office based and in a sedentary setting. No manual labor is required above ordinary situations. Incumbent must be capable of using a computer given that all clinical charting is electronic.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:  Normal safety precautions while working in an office/clinic type environment, which is well lighted, clean and does not present hazards to personal safety. There may be occasional risk of physical harm, which requires special precautions and training.   The incumbent may be exposed to infectious diseases and medical/psychiatric emergencies.   While not anticipated, the incumbent could be required to assume an irregular tour of duty, which could include on-call coverage, evening, or weekend hours, in response to clinical needs.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS   

CITIZENSHIP:  Applicants must be a United States Citizen.

ENGLISH:  Applicants must be proficient in basic written and spoken English.

EDUCATION:  Applicants must possess a Doctoral Degree in Psychology from a graduate program in Psychology accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) in the specialty area of the degree must coincide with the position.  (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED)

AND  

They must 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:  Applicants must hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to practice psychology at the doctoral level in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States, or the District of Columbia.

GRADE DETERMINATIONS:

To qualify at the GS11 grade level, you must meet 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.

To qualify at the GS12 grade level, in addition to meeting all the basic requirements listed above you must have at least 1 full year of experience as a professional psychologist.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: In addition can demonstrate the following KSAs:

KSA 1:  Knowledge of, and ability to apply a wide range of professional psychological theories and assessment methods to a variety of patient populations

KSA 2:  Ability to develop coherent treatment strategies.

KSA 3:  Ability to incorporate new clinical procedures.

To qualify at the GS13 grade level, in addition to meeting the basic requirements, you must have the experience requirements at the GS12 level, at least 1 additional year of experience as a professional psychologist at the GS-12 grade level.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: In addition can demonstrate the following KSAs:

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

KSA 2:  Knowledge of clinical research literature.

KSA 3:  Ability to provide professional advice and consultation in areas related to professional psychology and behavioral health.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

References: VA Handbook 5005 at http://www.va.gov/ohrm/joblistings/VAQualStds.doc.

If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.

 


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 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.   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.


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.  VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's 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.  Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.



OTHER INFORMATION:

Placement Policy:   The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion.  The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement.  Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

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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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://www.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: 1045526.  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.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, February 14, 2014.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

To be considered for this position you must provide a complete application package which includes:

· CV or Resume - include: contact information; descriptions of jobs, including name and address of employer, job title, beginning and ending date (month/year) of employment, average hours worked per week, and supervisor's name and phone number; education, including name and location of college, dates attended, and type and date of degree earned; and other information, such as licenses, certificates, etc. Descriptions of duties must sufficiently detail the level of the experience. If the position is (was) with the Federal government, either military or civilian, state series and grade or pay grade (rank) and date of last promotion.

· VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at   http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf ) (required).

· Transcripts (required)

· Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire (required)

· 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.

· If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 (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 ).  

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

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE:   The selecting official for this position is not allowed access to your electronic OPF which is why it is required for you to submit a thorough and complete resume to include all of your relevant work information (i.e. starting and ending dates of employment, hours worked, duties, etc).  The resume you provide through this application process is forwarded to the selecting official.  It is highly recommended that you use the resume builder in USA JOBS as it contains all of the information we need to determine whether or not you are qualified for this position.  Failure to provide a resume and all the documents requested in the announcement may render you not qualified for the position you are applying for.    

* 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 or fax transmissions, etc.

Only send documentation as requested/required by this announcement and that directly supports your qualifications for this position.

NOTICE: Eligible Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position . To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. ICTAP eligible must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Bobby Wright
Phone: (312)569-6864x
Email: BOBBY.WRIGHT3@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA VISN 12
VISN 12 Great Lakes Human Resources
Honey Creek Three
135 S 84th St Room 175
Milwaukee, WI
53214

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:

JB-0200-1045526-LO

Control Number:

360988200