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Job Title:Psychologist (Internal Behavioral Health Consultant)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:DK-14-YB-1169945-BU

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, July 23, 2014 to Wednesday, August 13, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0180-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

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

WHO MAY APPLY:

US Citizens and Status Candidates

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Public Trust - Background Investigation

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1169945 

ORDER OF CONSIDERATION:

1. CURRENT PERMANENT EMPLOYEES OF THE FACILITY FOR WHICH THE POSITION IS BEING ADVERTISED  2. VA NATIONWIDE APPLICANTS  3. OTHER FEDERAL APPLICANTS  4. ALL OTHER CANDIDATES

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?

This position is located within the Medical Home Port Department of the PRIMARY CARE DIRECTORATE at the CAPT James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (FHCC) in North Chicago, IL. The FHCC is a first-of-its-kind partnership between the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), and Department of Navy (DoN)/Department of Defense (DoD).  It is larger than just a single facility, but rather it is a fully-integrated medical care facility with a single combined VA and Navy mission. The combined mission of the FHCC means active duty military and their family members, military retirees, and eligible veterans receive health care at this facility. 

Join the FHCC's team of energetic, career-minded professionals!

For additional information, click on http://www.lovell.fhcc.va.gov/index.asp.

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.

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.

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

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Not Required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a US citizen to apply for this job.
  • You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period.
  • You will be required to pass a pre-employment physical examination.
  • English Language Proficiency required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

DUTIES:

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The Internal Behavioral Health Consultant (IBHC) Psychologist provides consultative behavioral health care for all enrollees in the Patient Centered Medical Home Port (MHP) using evidence-based interventions and clinical practice guidelines where appropriate for treating behavioral health problems (e.g. chronic pain, obesity, sleep problems). Identifies, treats, manages, and follows up with behavioral or psychosocial difficulties experienced by patients in the Medical Home Port Clinic. Provides timely and succinct feedback to Primary Care Managers (PCM) regarding consultation findings and recommendations. The incumbent applies knowledge and experience in the relationship between medical and psychological aspects of health and disease while engaging in behavioral health care consultation with enrollees and PCMs. Formulates diagnostic and treatment recommendations and presents findings to treatment teams. Determines the appropriateness of the patient receiving treatment in the primary care setting and assists with implementation of treatment plans.

The IBHC Psychologist develops and participates in group medical appointments including Shared Medical Appointments (SMA) and Drop-In Group Medical Appointments (DIGMA) as requested by the PCM.  Provides and teaches curriculum content for classes that promote education and skill-building to enhance enrollee population, psychological, and physical health. Provides for unscheduled ("walk-in") acute consultative appointments in a timely manner for enrollees when referred by the physician or PCM. Teaches MHP staff members about behavioral health care topics to ensure each team member is at their highest scope of practice. Responsible for assisting in the professional continuing education and development of other staff members as appropriate including: students (i.e. psychology residents, medical residents, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, etc.) peers, colleagues, paraprofessionals, and other health professionals.

Tour of Duty: Monday thru Friday, 7:00 am-3:30 pm, with ability to flex to 7:30 am-4:00 pm with sufficient notice.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:  

a. Citizenship.   Be a citizen of the United States.  

b. 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.

c. 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.

d. Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

e. English Language Proficiency. Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English.

GRADE REQUIREMENTS:

Creditable Experience - Current Professional Psychology Practice. To be creditable, the experience must be post-doctoral degree and must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with current professional psychology practice. Creditable post-doctoral degree experience can be obtained through employment as a psychologist or through participating in a supervised post-doctoral psychology training program. This may be evidenced by one or both of the following:

1. Active professional practice. Active professional practice means paid/non-paid employment as a professional psychologist.

2. A full, current, and unrestricted license.

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

GS-12

(a) 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.  In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

(b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

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

2. Ability to develop coherent treatment strategies.

3. Ability to incorporate new clinical procedures.

GS-13

(a) 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:

(b) 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.

QUALITY RANKING FACTOR:  Training, experience or expertise in consultative behavioral health care as a Psychologist.

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

Resume Format: Please include information such as: the vacancy announcement number, position title and grade; how to contact you; descriptions of jobs held, including the name and address of employer, job title, description of duties, 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 any degree earned; and other information, such as possession of licenses, certificates, etc. Descriptions of duties must be sufficiently detailed to document the level of the experience. Although not mandatory, if the position is (was) with the Federal government, either military or civilian,you should state the series and grade or pay grade (rank) and the date of last promotion.

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

 


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.

Physical Requirements:  Ability to bend, stoop, raise arms above shoulders and perform other activities of the position without restrictions; Light lifting and carrying under 15 pounds, works closely with others and alone at times. Utilizes a computer and keyboard to complete clinical charting.

Working Conditions:  Work is normally performed in a typical office environment, minimal or no exposure to environmental hazards. There are the usual and customary risks related to working with a patient population characterized by a wide range of mental health and substance use disorder challenges.

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.


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 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.



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. 

 



HOW TO APPLY:

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All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 to receive consideration.

  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.

It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.




REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

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

  • Résumé - please see Qualifications section for required format.
  • Completed VA Form 10-2850c, Application for Associated Health Occupations: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf
  • Responses to the online occupational questionnaire.  View Occupational Questionnaire
  • Copy of your transcript(s) including degree received and date conferred.
  • Copy of full, current, and unrestricted license to practice psychology at the doctoral level.
  • Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment: http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf
  • If you are a current FHCC employee: You must submit a copy of your 2013 Performance Appraisal or submit a written statement as to why you are unable to do so.
  • If a Veteran or current Federal employee: Please see checklist for additional required supporting documents.

Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application
INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS: You will not be contacted for additional information and you will receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms).
We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software or fax transmissions,etc.
Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:
You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):
1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page
http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 1169945.
2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.
If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on  Wednesday, August 13, 2014 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:
1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire  View Occupational Questionnaire

2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Yolonda Barris
Phone: (224)610-3124
Email: YOLONDA.BARRIS@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VA Federal Healthcare Center
3001 Green Bay Road
Building 135
North Chicago , IL
60064

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:

DK-14-YB-1169945-BU

Control Number:

375928600