Open & closing dates
Opening and closing dates
02/18/2020 to 12/31/2020
Pay scale & grade
$75,077 to $139,112 per year
2 vacancies in the following location:
This job is open to
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.
Clarification from the agency
This vacancy is open to all U.S. Citizens. If you are a current, permanent employee of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Please apply to CAZM-10725261-20-KSB.
The incumbent is assigned to perform disability and other specialized psychological examinations within the Special Exams Unit of the El Paso VAHCS. Physical locations include the El Paso VAHCS main facility or the Individual Disability Examination Services (IDES) program facility located on Fort Bliss. The Psychologist is expected to perform his/her duties under the supervision of the Psychology Program Manager, and provide assigned psychological services at his/her assigned location.
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Relocation Incentives may be authorized for a highly-qualified candidate.
This position will be open until December 31, 2020. Applicants will be referred every two weeks to the selecting official until all positions have been filled. First Cut-Off date is 3/3/2020 .
Assesses and evaluates claims of veterans seeking disability compensation for mental disorders, or other evaluations as assigned, such as Federal Occupational evaluations, Traumatic Brain Injury residual examinations, and/or pre-surgical evaluations for organ transplant applicants. Assessment tools may include using interview techniques, psychological/cognitive testing, and review of historical mental health data. Provides written reports documenting assessment findings and conceptualizations, submits reports per the specified timelines in required format. Incumbent will be familiar with the requirements of the examination assigned, and address each referral question as completely as possible given the timelines and other constraints inherent within the evaluation process. Uses appropriate language for any specialized referrals, such as
Consults with VA or DOD service providers/services regarding the cognitive functioning and psychological status of veterans seeking compensation. Participates as consulting expert in psychological evaluation and diagnosis for VA or DOD personnel and medical center management.
Provides crisis evaluations and immediate referral for examinees presenting with psychiatric emergencies, such as psychosis or homicidal or suicidal thoughts, as appropriate.
Clinically supervises students who are assigned to practicum or internship placements at the facility as appropriate. Trains students, patients and/or facility staff as opportunities arise, regarding either specialized assessment or any area of specialty. May hold teaching appointments at an accredited university teaching students at the undergraduate or graduate level.
Engages in a personal continuing education program to enhance and improve professional skills and to keep abreast of developing knowledge in the field of psychology. Maintains State licensure and for hospital credentials and privileges.
Maintains current knowledge of procedures, policies, directives, pertinent to his/her practice of psychology within the medical center or clinics. Interacts with individuals at all levels in the VA, DOD, and the private sector. These contacts may be on a personal, one-to-one basis or in conferences held to exchange information and negotiate mutually satisfactory solutions to important clinical or professional issues.
Develops long and short-range professional goals as they may relate to the practice of psychology and maintains current continuing education credits required for licensure. Provides service as a member of a team by assisting in the development of treatment plans for patient care activities involved with the care and treatment of patients. Will be an active member of clinic meetings with clinical staff.
Works in a cooperative, collaborative, professional and productive manner with psychology staff and staff from other disciplines in a variety of contexts to advance the goals of El Paso VAHCS and meet the goals of the C&P and IDES programs. Functions professionally and appropriately in multidisciplinary settings under a high volume, highproductivity driven section of the medical center.
As assigned, reviews, investigates, and prepares written correspondence to respond to inquiries from a veteran, family member, congressional office, senator's office, central office, etc.
Participates actively in peer review process and oversees the establishment of program monitors and outcome measures within the C&P and IDES programs using data-driven quality assurance process. Actively participates in opportunities to support quality improvement efforts, such root cause analysis and other quality improvement activities.
Participates in Medical Center, DOD, Department of Veterans Affairs, or VISN committees as a member or as a chair, when assigned by supervisor. Participates in Medical Center wide boards, DoD Commander's evaluation .boards, investigations, or special projects as assigned by medical center and IDES management. Makes professional level presentations to the VA medical center staff, DoD, community, universities, or professional organizations.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:45pm
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Conditions Of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
- Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
- You may be required to serve a probationary period
- Subject to a background/security investigation
- Must be proficient in written and spoken English
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 12/31/2020.
- United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
- English Language Proficiency Requirement - Per VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, Section A, Paragraph 3j: No person will be appointed under authority of 38 U.S.C., chapter 73 or 74, to serve in a direct patient-care capacity in VHA who is not proficient in written and spoken English.
- Education Requirement - You must have a doctoral degree in psychology from a graduate program in psychology accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA), the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS), or the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) at the time the program was completed. The specialty area of the degree must be consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed. OR, have a doctoral degree in any area of psychology and, in addition, successfully completed a re-specialization program meeting both of the following conditions: a) the re-specialization program must be completed in an APA or a CPA accredited doctoral program; and b) the specialty in which you were retrained is consistent with the assignment you are am applying for; OR, have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature.
- Internship Requirement - You must have successfully completed a professional psychology internship training program that was accredited by APA or CPA at the time the program was completed and that is consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed; OR, 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 Office of Academic Affiliations at the time that the individual was an intern; OR, VHA facilities that offered full-time, one-year pre-doctoral internships prior to PL 96-151 (pre-1979) are considered to be acceptable in fulfillment of the internship requirement; OR, Applicants who completed an internship that was not accredited by APA or CPA at the time the program was completed may be considered eligible for hire only if they are currently board certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology in a specialty area that is consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed. (NOTE: Once board certified, the employee is required to maintain board certification). NOTE: Applicants who have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature may fulfill this internship requirement by having the equivalent of a one-year supervised internship experience in a site specifically acceptable to the candidate's doctoral program. If the internship experience is not noted on the applicant's official transcript, the applicant must provide a statement from the doctoral program verifying that the equivalent of a one-year supervised internship experience was completed in a site acceptable to the doctoral program.
- Licensure: Candidates must hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to practice psychology at the doctoral level in a State, Territory or Commonwealth of the United States, or the District of Columbia. Exception: Non-licensed applicants who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements may be given a temporary appointment as a "graduate psychologist" at the GS-11 or GS-12 grade under the authority of 38 U.S.C. 7405 (c)(2)(B) for a period not to exceed two years from the date of employment on the condition that such a psychologist provide care only under the supervision of a psychologist who is licensed. Failure to obtain licensure during that period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment.
- Experience performing mental health assessments including personality assessment
- Experience writing documenting comprehensive psychological evaluations
- Experience in using DSM-5 in providing mental health differential diagnosis
- Experience with treatment of mental health populations
- Training and experience in evidence-based therapies for mental disorders
- GS-13 Staff Psychologist (Full Performance Level): Experience. At least 2 years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-12 level. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
- 1. Knowledge of, and ability to apply, professional psychological treatments 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.
*Experience is only creditable if it is post-doctoral degree experience as a professional psychologist directly related to the duties performed. Post-Doctoral Degree Fellowships. Postdoctoral fellowships or residencies are training programs in an advanced area of clinical practice. Training as a fellow or resident is considered to be creditable experience on a year-for-year basis.
References: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G18 Psychologist Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13.
Physical Requirements: Light Lifting/Carrying under 15 pounds; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking/standing (up to 6 hours); repeated bending (15 minutes); Climbing, legs only (1 hour); ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and 20/40 in the other; both eyes required for depth perception; ability to distinguish basic colors and shade of colors, hearing (aid permitted); mental and emotional stability.
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
NOTE: If your school has changed names, or is no longer in existence, you must provide this information in your application.
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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
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.
Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.
If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
How You Will Be Evaluated
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., 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 review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be placed. For internal selectees eligible for promotion, the board will recommend grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search
. REQUIRED (failure to submit will result in non-referral for the position)
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist
to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), etc.
- Cover Letter
- DD-214/ Statement of Service
- Disability Letter (Schedule A)
- Disability Letter (VA)
- VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Professionals
- Performance Appraisal
- Professional Certification
- SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and 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 Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from
schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
How to Apply
All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 12/31/2020 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10725262.
- To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
- 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.
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NOTE: Participation in the seasonal influenza program is a condition of employment and a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). HCP are individuals who, during the influenza season, work in VHA locations where patients receive care or who come into contact with VA patients as part of their duties. VHA locations include, but are not limited to, VA hospitals and associated clinics, community living centers (CLCs), community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), domiciliary units, Vet centers and VA-leased facilities. HCP include all VA licensed and unlicensed, clinical and administrative, paid and unpaid, full- and part-time employees, intermittent employees, fee basis employees, VA contractors, students, researchers, volunteers, and trainees who work at these facilities. HCPs that are unable to receive or otherwise decline a flu shot will be expected to wear a face mask throughout the influenza season.
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