Job Overview

Summary

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1049793

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/

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.


The incumbent for this position may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program.  Please contact Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.

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

The payment of recruitment/relocation incentives is not authorized.

 

Applications that are received by 11:59 PM (EST) on 7 March 2014, will be considered first.  If no selection is made from the first group of applications, applications that are received on or after March 7th, will be reviewed and referred for consideration until position is filled.

 

WORK SCHEDULE: M-F, 8:00 AM- 4:30 PM. You may be required to provide service evenings and weekends as needed.

 

 

 

 

Duties

DUTIES:

 

Serves as a Geropsychologist at the Kerrville Division of the South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS). You will offer treatment in the form of individual therapy, group therapy, and psychological assessment, as well as provide consultation to other members of the team.


Administrative Duties:
• Has limited clinical program management responsibilities, which may include the operation and management of mental health programs within the STVHCS. May be asked to serve as first line/direct supervisor for a few lower graded employees.
• Responsibility for and oversight of the administrative and programmatic resources of various clinical programs that are specialized/complex and significantly impact the delivery of health care service to veterans in the STVHCS.
• Coordinates programming within the psychology program with managers of other programs in mental health as well as with discipline supervisors of affected staff assigned to these programs.
• May assist in managing the work of mental health programs and their staff, ensuring that work is assigned in a systematic way and meets facility and VA guidelines/standards.
• Serves as the representative for Psychology Service on various Psychology Service, Mental Health Service Line, System, or higher lever administrative committees or work groups.


Clinical Duties:
• Provide a full range of neuropsychological diagnostic services including the use of neuropsychological and psychological testing for patients within the STVHCS in areas of special interest/expertise.
• Performs neuropsychological screening and psychological evaluations for individuals with mental health and medical disorders for purposes of diagnostic clarification and treatment planning recommendations. These evaluations employ a comprehensive diagnostic interview, review of available records, collateral contact when available, as well as objective, and psychological tests when indicated.
• Provides a range of psychological therapeutic interventions for individuals with mental health and medical disorders using empirically supported modalities when indicated.
• Consults with and serves as a resource for other profession personnel concerning the need for, evaluation of, and development of psychological services in STVHCS.
• May assist in the selection, training, and supervision of staff at lower grades within assigned program area, Psychology Service or STVHCS.

 

The Kerrville Campus is located approximately one-hour from the San Antonio metropolitan-area and the South Texas Veterans Health Care System headquarters at Audie L. Murphy Hospital in the South Texas Medical Center. The facility provides services in-house to over 6,600 Veterans and completes over 83,000 outpatient visits per year. The facility offers Primary Care, a variety of Specialty services, a Community Living Center for Nursing Home Residents, Hospice & Palliative Care, and a Short-Stay Rehabilitation unit.

Nestled on the banks of the Guadalupe River, Kerrville is a vibrant community that is the capital of the Texas Hill Country. Its friendly people and majestic scenery make Kerrville a natural place to live, work and play. We boast a community rich in culture and heritage. Our community has continued to thrive since its foundation in 1889. Kerrville is home to a multitude of popular events and attractions that draw visitors from all corners of the globe. A few of our world class events and attractions include the Official Texas State Arts and Crafts Fair, Kerrville Folk Festival, Museum of Western Art, James Avery Headquarters, and Schreiner University. Kerrville is best known for its beautiful parks such as Kerrville-Schreiner Park, Louise Hays Park and Flat Rock Park that line the Guadalupe River which runs directly through the City and is treasured by those who live in and visit Kerrville.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No