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Job Title:Clinical Psychologist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:FI-14-MAy-1168349-OC

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

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

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, July 24, 2014 to Tuesday, September 30, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0180-13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
El Paso, TX View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

US Citizens and Status Candidates

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Other

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1168349

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.


This is an opportunity to move to the Great Southwest, where shopping and museums are right in town and camping, horseback riding, biking, hiking, alpines and cross country skiing, snow tubing, Indian casinos are so close as two hours away.

El Paso is a jewel in the desert. El Paso is the 6th largest city in the state of Texas, with a population of 700,000. Nestled between the rugged Franklin Mountains and the historic Rio Grande, this dynamic community combines the advantages of a major metropolitan center with the ambience and neighborly charm of a modern western town. This is a multicultural experience as it is situated on the boarder of two nations and three states.

El Paso provides abundant cultural and entertainment opportunities, year-round sports and outdoor recreation, the lowest crime rate of any major city in the continental US, some of the best weather conditions on the planet. The sun shines 300 days a year! It has affordable housing, an extremely favorable low cost of living index, a medical school, several universities and a community college. We are a cosmopolitan community; and people from all over the world come here to live, work, do business, get an education, or retire.

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.

Current VA and/or Federal employees should apply under VIN 1173076

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Not Required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required

DUTIES:

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A Compensation and Pension (C&P) Psychologist at the El Paso VA is an integral component of the Special Exams Unit (SEU).  The Unit is responsible for the examination of conditions that are the result of a disease or injury incurred or aggravated during active military service.  Working as a C&P psychologist can be one of the most satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to those who served our country.

 

C&P psychologists provided assessment and diagnostic services to a wide variety of Veterans, including all ages and eras with the most recent being those who served during the Iraq and Afghanistan period.  The El Paso VA SEU also provides services to Active Duty Service Members currently being considered for medical discharge or retirement, through the Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES).

 

A Compensation and Pension (C&P) Psychologist functions as a full-time health examiner for referred compensation and pension examinations. As such, the incumbent performs all the duties necessary for achieving high quality mental health evaluations in a timely fashion for utilization in determinations made by the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA).

 

A C&P Psychologist will perform examinations assessing the full-range of mental disorders including PTSD.  If interested, there is the opportunity to conduct neuropsychological consultation in cases of suspected traumatic brain injury (TBI) or other neurologic conditions.  A C&P psychologist provides opinions regarding the Veteran’s mental health status as requested by the Regional Office of VBA, and performs specialty examinations and offers clinical-legal opinions as required.

 

The specific duties and responsibilities assigned to a C&P Psychologist are as follows:

  • Diagnose all mental disorders, including personality and adjustment disorders;
  • Provide assessment of each veteran using the DSM-5;
  • Determine when psychometric testing and/or neuropsychological assessment is necessary and integrate the results of such testing into the report of the examination;
  • Provide prognosis with respect to each mental disorder or condition;
  • Comment on the significance of the Veteran’s prior mental health assessments (as reported) and history, and incorporate into the report of the examination.

A C&P Psychologist is credentialed and privileged as a member of the Medical Staff, participates in monthly staff meetings, and functions as part of a team of psychologists and other medical professionals providing C&P examination services.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 4:45 pm
Functional Statement Title/#:  Clinical Psychologist


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS: 

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • 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.
  • Applicants for this position must pass a pre-employment medical examination.
  • English Language Proficiency. Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part

Grade Determinations:
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.
Experience. At least two years of post-doctoral degree experience providing the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs):

  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.

Quality of Experience: Experience is only creditable if it is post-doctoral degree experience as a professional psychologist directly related to the duties to be performed. Qualifying experience must also be at a level comparable to professional psychology experience at the next lower level.

References: VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G18, Psychologist Qualification Standard dated March 17, 2006, http://www.va.gov/ohrm/joblistings/VAQualStds.doc


PLEASE NOTE: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment.  You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/.   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: Light lifting (under 15 pounds); light carrying (under 15 pounds); straight pulling (2 hours); reaching above shoulder; walking (2 hours); standing (2 hours); repeated bending (2 hours); near vision corrected to 13" to 16"; far vision correctable in on eye to 20/20 and 20/40 in the other; and hearing (aid permitted).

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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

Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

NOTE:  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will recommend the grade and salary for new appointments.


BENEFITS:

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package.  This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.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.

This is a bargaining unit position.



HOW TO APPLY:

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All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

To apply for this position, you must complete the View 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 Tuesday, September 30, 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 Submit My Answers to submit your application package.

NOTE:  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:

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
   ·OF-306
   ·Other (VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations )
   ·Resume

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Cover Letter
   ·DD-214
   ·Other Veterans Document
   ·SF-15
   ·SF-50
   ·Transcript

VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) (required).

OF 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf) (required).

Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.

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.

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. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options.  The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 1168349.

Click the following link to view the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire

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

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Marcelina Ayala
Phone: (915)564-7963
Email: MARCELINA.AYALA@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA El Paso HCS
Department of Veterans Affairs
5001 N Piedras
El Paso, TX
79930
USA

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating.  

We will also review your application to make sure that your résumé supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when your rating is determined.

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Job Announcement Number:

FI-14-MAy-1168349-OC

Control Number:

376228800