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Job Title:Clinical Psychologist (CRRC)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VS-14-SJJ-1167828-MHC

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$61,126.00 to $113,259.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 to Wednesday, July 30, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0180-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Portland, OR View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Other

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1167828

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?

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/.

MAY BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE EMPLOYEE DEBT REDUCTION PROGRAM (EDRP)

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.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Not Required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Must possess a doctoral degree in Psychology

DUTIES:

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The Community Resource and Referral Center (CRRC) Psychologist position is located in downtown Portland. The CRRC is co-located with a Homeless Patient Aligned Care Team (HPACT), which is staffed by a medical doctor, RN, and a LPN. He/She has advanced knowledge of psychological diagnosis, intervention, and behavioral health that qualifies him/her to provide advice and consultation to CRRC social work staff as well as the medical staff at the HPACT. The primary job functions of psychologists at this level include the provision of direct psychological patient care, consultation services on difficult or complex cases, and education of staff and trainee supervision and provision of group offerings. However, some psychologists functioning at this level also have research obligations, associated with a university faculty appointment, collateral supervisory responsibilities, and limited administrative/managerial duties. In addition to work at the CRRC, the iincumbent may be assigned to one of the following teams within the Mental Health and Neurosciences Division: PTSD Clinical Team, GM Psychiatry, Mental Health Clinic, SATP, and/or any other team or function deemed appropriate by the Chief of Psychology and Clinical Director Mental Health and Neurosciences Division.

Work Schedule: M-F 7:30 am - 5:00 pm with every other Friday off.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:  

  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Possess a doctoral degree in Psychology from a graduate program in Psychology accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).
  • 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.
  • Possess a full, current, and unrestricted license to practice (independently) Psychology at the doctoral level in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (e.g., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia. 
  • Proficient in spoken and written English.

GRADE DETERMINATIONS: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates:

GS-11 Experience: None beyond the basic requirements. Assignment: 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. He/She practices under close supervision of a license psychologist.

GS-12 Experience: In addition to the basic requirements at the GS-11 level, at least 1 year of experience as a professional psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level. He/She must be able to demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (not required for applying):

  • Knowledge of, and ability to apply, a wide range of professional psychological theories and assessment methods to a variety of patient populations.
  • Ability to develop coherent treatment strategies.
  • Ability to incorporate new clinical procedures.

GS-13 Experience (Preferred): 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. He/She must be able to demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (not required for applying):

  • Knowledge of, and ability to apply, advanced professional psychological theories and techniques to the full range of patient populations.
  • Ability to provide professional advice and consultation in areas related to professional psychology and behavioral health.
  • Knowledge of clinical research literature.

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

References: VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G18, PSYCHOLOGIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated March 2006, and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/GS0100/0185.htm.


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. Applicants must, therefore, only report 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. ***

  • Possess a doctoral degree in psychology from a graduate program in psychology accredited by  the American Psychological Association (APA).
  • 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.
  • Physical Requirements: The work of the position is primarily sedentary; however, some walking, standing, bending, stooping and carrying of small items such as files may be required.
    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 Member-4 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 on 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.


    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://www4.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp.

    OTHER INFORMATION:

    • This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
    • This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
    • Public transit subsidy benefits are available and carpooling assistance is provided; however, single occupancy parking is limited on main Portland campus.
    • The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.
    • This position may be eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), depending on the availability of funding. The applicatn selected for this position may be eligible for qualifying educational loan(s) reimbursement award under the provision of the EDRP. The final decision is contingent on the availability of EDRP funds since the overall program funding process is centralized and meeting all EDRP eligibility and qualifications standards. Contact Maria Gallegos at 503.220.8262 x57321 for more information.


    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://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/Login.aspx) 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: 1167828. 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 Wednesday, July 30, 2014.



    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

    You must provide a complete application package which includes (failure to submit all applicable REQUIRED documents will result in disqualification):

    1. CV or Resume (REQUIRED).
    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. OF 306 Declaration for Federal Employement (Available at http://archive.opm.gov/Forms/pdf_fill/OF306.pdf Rev Oct 2011) (REQUIRED)
    4. Occupational Questionnaire (REQUIRED).
    5. Copy of your full, current, and unrestricted license to practice Psychology at the doctoral level (REQUIRED).
    6. Doctoral degree in Psychology (unofficial) transcripts (REQUIRED).
    7. If currently employed in the Federal system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. The SF-50 must indicate proof of status and should identify your position, title, series, grade, step, tenure and type of service (Competitive or Excepted). No "Award" SF-50s. Notify your HR if you do not know how to obtain your latest SF-50 (REQUIRED).
    8. 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) (REQUIRED) and the certification from the Dept. of VA disclosing the service-connected disability(ies) rating (REQUIRED).

    AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

    Sarah J. Johnson
    Phone: (503)273-5236
    Fax: (478)757-3144
    Email: SARAH.JOHNSON1@VA.GOV
    Agency Information:
    VHA Portland VAMC
    Department of Veteran Affairs
    3710 SW US Veterans Hospital Rd
    P4HRMS
    Portland, OR
    97239 Fax: (478)757-3144

    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:

    VS-14-SJJ-1167828-MHC

    Control Number:

    375592400