1. Overview
  2. Duties
  3. Qualifications & Evaluations
  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Psychologist (Compensation & Pension Examinations)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:T38H-14-02-KG 1093295

SALARY RANGE:

$82,642.00 to $107,434.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, April 10, 2014 to Friday, April 10, 2015

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0180-13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

2 vacancies in the following location:
Clarksburg, WV View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Not Applicable

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1093295   (Please include on all documents.) 

This position is located in Behavioral Health & Rehabilitation Services.

This is an open-continuous announcement, selections may be made any time during the open period and may be closed at any time during the announcement period.

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

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?

Clarksburg, approximate population of 18,000 citizens, is located at the center of West Virginia's 1-79 High Tech Corridor. The High Tech Corridor is anchored on the north by Morgantown, which is the home of West Virginia University, a Carnegie Foundation Research Institution and training academy for Cisco Systems, Inc., and Oracle. Morgantown was recently rated the best small city in America bybizjournals.com. Other regional high technology operations include the National Energy Technology Laboratory, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, NASA IV and V Center, and Department of Defense Biometrics Fusion Center. Additional educational opportunities are available through Fairmont State University, Salem International University, Alderson-Broaddus College and West Virginia Wesleyan College. In addition to exceptional professional challenges, Clarksburg offers an unsurpassed quality of life, which includes low cost of living, short commutes, and outstanding recreational opportunities. For additional information, please visit http://www.clarksburg.com/

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

 

Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

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.
  • VetPro Credentialing & Privileging.

DUTIES:

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Major Duties/Responsibilities

The Psychologist will serve as a professional staff member of the Behaviorial Health and Rehabilitative Medicine Service at the Louis A. Johnson VAMC located in Clarksburg, WV.

The Psychologist wil profide a full range of psychological assessment services and diagnoses mental disorders, particularly for complex or unusually difficult patients.  He/she will provide education to patients, family members, and significant others.  He/she will provide comprehensive, evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions, including individual, family, and group psychotherapy.  He/she provides consultation to professional staff within the facility and to community providers, concerning clinical assessment findings and appropriate treatment plans for patients.  Develops, implements, and documents the psychotherapeutic treatment plan for an assigned case load of patient, including prompt completion of clinical reminders.  He/she will function independently as a member of the medical staff, with full clinical privileges.  Assumes complete professional responsibility for his/her clinical assessment findings, patient care decisions, and documentation.  May be involved in program evaluation and/or research activities.  He/she will perform Compensation and Pension Exams (C&P).  Provide therapy to a cultural and socioeconomical diverse group.  Other related duties as assigned.

 

Tour of Duty: Monday through Friday, 8:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.; however, subject to change, depending on the needs of the service/medical center and may involve evening, weekend and on call duties.


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:

 

~ Citizenship.  Citizen of the United States.  (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)

~ 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.

~ Physical Requirements.  See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

~ English Language Proficiency:  Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part.

 

Experience

In addition to the experience requirements at the GS-12 level, at least 1 additional year of experience as a psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level.  In addition the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

 

~ Demonstrated 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.

 

Assignments

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, rehabilitation medicine, geriatrics, Vet Centers, and the VHA National Center for Organizational Development.

 

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

References :  VA Handbook 5005 at http://www.va.gov/ohrm/joblistings/VAQualStds.doc (also available in the local Human Resources Office)


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

 

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.

 

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 their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference.  For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.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.


BENEFITS:

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Education loan reimbursement, under the provisions of the Education Debt Reduction Program, may be offered.

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:

Successful completion of a one year probationary period required.

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

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 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.



HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you MUST provide a complete application (See "Required Documents" section below for a listing of ALL required documents).

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://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 Vacancy ID: 1093295.  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, April 10, 2015.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you MUST provide a COMPLETE Application Package which includes the following (failure to provide a complete application packet will result in you not being considered for referral to the selecting official):

1.  Completed online questionnaire.  This is a requirement and must be completed.

2.  Properly completed, signed, and dated VA Form 10-2850c, Application For Associated Health Occupations.  Link to application - http://vaww4.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf    This is a required form and must be submitted with your application packet.

3.  Detailed curriculum vitae/resume.    This is required and must be submitted with your application packet. 

4.  Copy of unofficial transcript(s) - official college transcript(s) will be required before being hiredTranscript MUST include your name, name of college/university, degree conferred, and date degree conferred.    This is required and must be submitted with your application packet. 

5.  Copy of full, current, and unrestricted license to practice psychology at the doctoral level in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (i.e., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia.    This is required and must be submitted with your application packet.  

6.  Properly completed, signed, and dated Office of Personnel Management Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment.  Link to form - http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf     This is a required form and must be submitted with your application packet. 

7.  Copy of most recent SF 50, Notification of Personnel Action, that shows your status - if current or former Federal civilian employeeThis is required and must be submitted with your application packet, if applicable. 

8.  Copy of DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty" - if prior militaryCopy MUST show character of discharge.    This is required and must be submitted with your application packet, if applicable.

9.  Copy of letter from a VA Regional Office that shows percentage of disability - if prior military and you have service-connected disability.    This is required and must be submitted with your application packet, if applicable.

10.  Properly completed OPM's Standard Form 15, Application for 10 Point Preference - if prior military and you have a service-connected disability.  Link to form - http://www.opm.gov/Forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf    This is a required form and must be submitted with your application packet, if applicable.

 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Keith Galyon
Phone: (304)623-3461x3097
Email: KEITH.GALYON@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Clarksburg VAMC
Online Applications Accepted ONLY
Clarksburg, WV
26301

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:

T38H-14-02-KG 1093295

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366752600