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Job Title:  Psychologist-Associate Director for Research, Geriatric Research,Education,&Clinical Center (GRECC)
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  RQ-14-SW-1135248

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

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$98,967.00 to $125,695.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 to Monday, September 08, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy - North Little Rock, AR   View Map
United States Citizens


Final salary determination is made by professional standards board recommendation, HR Technical review and Medical Center Director approval.



Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1135248 (Include on all documents)

Duty Location/Campus:  Geratric Research, Education & Clinical Center (GRECC), North Little Rock Campus, Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System.  Tour of Duty:  M-F 8:00 am - 4:30 pm 

The GRECC at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS) in Little Rock, Arkansas is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Associate Director of GRECC for Research.  This position is responsible for leading and providing strategic direction for GRECC research relevant to nutrition, exercise, and rehabilitation in older adults.  Other responsibilities include: mentoring junior investigators; serving on leadership groups; and developing and strengthening research collaborations.  Candidates have a doctoral degree in psychology from a graduate program in psychology accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).  The applicant should be qualified for appointment at the Associate to Professor Level in the Clinical Investigator track at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).  The ideal candidate will have a research focus in the area of aging.  The position represents a tremedous opportunity to lead the research program of the GRECC.  The successful candidate is encouraged to take an active leadership role in local, VISN, and national projects in any field related to geriatrics within the VA.

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?  Every job at the VA impacts the Veterans that we serve. You can be part of that team, helping to make sure that our Veterans receive the top-quality care they deserve. VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.



  • Not Required


  • Yes
  • Relocation/Recruitment incentive may be authorized


  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Current Licensure in psychology
  • Research training, experience, and publications


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-Managing his/her individual research program and collaborating with the GRECC Director on the GRECC's overall research program and direction.  The GRECC has both regional and national impact on the delivery of care to geriatric patients. With the great diversity of research approaches, techniques and goals, this managerial positions is a complex and demanding task.

-Executes and completes scientific investigations that have been approved and funded, collaborating with other health services and clinical researchers (locally, VISN-wide and nation-wide) on health services and clinical research design and methodology, evaluation techniques, implementation, qualitative and quantitative data-collection procedures, statistical analyses, interpretation of results and writing articles and reports for publication in peer-reviewed journals. 

-Develops and administers GRECC policies and procedures related to research and provides leadership in implementation.  Identifies new funding opportunities relevant to the GRECC's research foci and leads evaluation of research projects using appropriate research methods.

-Facilitates research collaboration, follows the progress of other GRECC research programs, and provides GRECC investigators with guidance when applicable.  Consults on other GRECC research projects aimed at developing more effective treatments for veterans with physical/functional disabilities and/or cognitive problems, translating research knowledge into clinical practice, and understanding the complexities of dealing with frail older adults.

-Assists/collaborates with GRECC projects and activities in the areas of program evaluation and research methodology; designs evaluations for training programs; reviews proposals; and particpates in program research-capacity building, and fosters the career development of junior investigators.

-Takes an active leadership role in local, VISN, and national projects within the VA.



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U.S. Citizenship.

·    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.

·    Successful completion of 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 psychologists who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements 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.  This may result in termination of employment.



-Completed postdoctoral research fellowship at an established center of research excellence at a University or VA hospital.

-Extensive research and dissemination experieinces in the area of health services or clinical research as documented by previous research investigations, peer evaluations, presentations, and publications; proficient in finding application processess as demonstrated by prior grant support. 

-Ability to design, implement, and conduct research studies designed to measure effectiveness of interventions focused on older adults while maintaining compliance with all applicable local, regional, and national regulatory requirements.

-Knowledge of peer-review processes in general and how to prepare successful funding proposals that meet guidelines of funding agencies; knowledge of the processes involved in formulating a research study, from conceptualizaton of the research problem through the analytic, interpretation, and reporting phases.

-Knowledge of educational and communciation principles so that he/she may skillfully inform and consult with others about gerontology research, research methodology, and analytical techniques.

-Qualify for apointment at the Associate to Professor level within the appropriate Department at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences; also possess strong leadership and communication skills, and the ability to work in a collaborative team environment.




References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G18, PSYCHOLOGIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated March 17, 2006 and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions.   VA Handbook 5005 is available in the local Human Resources Office and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at


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:  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. ***


( X ) BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION: Must receive favorable adjudication




DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE: The VA has established a Drug-Free Federal Workplace Policy.  All 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 the VA for a period of six months.  This policy extends to random testing for the use of illegal drugs by employees who occupy testing designated positions defined as sensitive in Section 7(d) of Executive Order 12564.


ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY: Proficiency in the English language is required for direct patient care positions.  (P.L. 95-201)


Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions will affect your rating or consideration for employment

Veterans' Preference:

Veterans' preference does not apply to Merit Promotion; however, if you are a Veteran applying under a special hiring authority for veterans, you must submit evidence of eligibility, such as:  a copy of your DD-214(s) (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty);  Standard Form 15 (Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference version dated December 2004), if applicable; and the proof requested on the form, such as a Civil Service Preference letter stating your percentage of disability, if applicable.

DD Form 214:  Veterans can now request a copy of their DD-214 online at the following National Personnel Records Center website, This site also provides instructions and addresses for requesting service records, medical records, proof of military service, correcting records, and replacing medals or awards. Veterans may also request a copy of their DD-214 by calling 800-827-1000 or TDD# 800-829-4833.

For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit


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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, 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


Applications will be forwarded to selecting official periodically.  If a selection is made, announcement will be closed sooner than closing date on application.


The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 90 or more before any veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at

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.

PBI Interviews:  Any interviews that may be conducted will utilize the Performance Based Interviewing process (PBIs). For more information on the performance based interview process, see

Filling Additional Vacancies:  If additional vacancies for this position occur within 90 days, this announcement may be used without reannouncement.


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package as described in the "How to Apply" section.

In addition to the Application Package you must complete the Occupational Questionnaire.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, September 08, 2014.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button 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.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link: After applying, return to Application Manager or your member account in USAJOBS to see the status of your application, 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


3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to (478)-757-3144. Your 1203FX must serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

1. Complete this cover page using the following  Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1135248

2. Fax your documents to (478)-757-3144.


3. Make sure you keep your confirmation of documents faxed/received. 

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, September 08, 2014.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button 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.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link: After applying, return to Application Manager or your member account in USAJOBS to see the status of your application, including any messages that may have been sent to you.


 Required Documents (see REQUIRED DOCUMENTS section below): 

All of the following documents are required for ALL APPLICANTS:

 ·       VA Form 10-2850c, Application for Associated Health Occupations

·       OF 306, Declaration for Federal Employment, required and must be submitted.

·       Resume/CV.

·      Copy of Transcript

     -    SF-50 with current grade, salary and position title (if currently employed in the VA system or

          former Federal Employee), is required.

·        Responses to the questionnaire and to the KSA's 

-    Copy of unrestricted license



Veterans' Preference documentation ( as applicable)

·       Veterans must provide a legible copy of DD 214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc).  NOTE:  More than one DD-214 may be needed to show all dates of service.  Your veterans preference will be based on the documents you submit.

·       SF 15, complete and signed, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference.

·       VA award letter of disability indicating certification of entitlement. 

Use this checklist to make sure you've submitted everything, you will not be contacted for additional information.



Sharon Wooding
Phone: (501)257-1618
Agency Information:
VHA Central Arkansas HCS Little Rock
HRMS - 05
2200 Fort Roots Drive
North Little Rock, AR


After your completed application package has been received by USA Staffing, your qualifications will be reviewed.  We will also review your application to make sure that your resume supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, you may be disqualified. Based on this review you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified electronically of your application status.

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