Department of Veterans Affairs (FL): Staff Psychologist – Neuropsychology (2)

Department of Veterans Affairs (FL): Staff Psychologist – Neuropsychology (2)

Department Of Veterans Affairs

Job Title: Staff Psychologist (Neuropsychology)

Department: Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:GF-14-LRS-1072701

SALARY RANGE:

$57,982.00 to $107,434.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 to Friday, March 28, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0180-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time – Excepted Service Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL: 13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

2 vacancies in the following location(s):
Gainesville, FL
Jacksonville, FL 

WHO MAY APPLY:

US Citizens and Status Candidates

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Public Trust – Background Investigation

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1072701 (Include # on all documents). There are two (2) vacancies for a Neuro-Psychologist in the Gainesville and Jacksonville locations.

Please read the announcement in its entirety before beginning the application process to ensure you submit all the required documents. All documents requiring signature must be signed and dated prior to submission in order to be considered complete.

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.  

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.

The applicant (s) selected for this position may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP) based on availability of funds. EDRP repays education loans for health care professions in certain hard to fill occupation. Eligible loans for reimbursement are only those which lead to a degree directly related to the position. Eligibility determination will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Occasional Travel
  • Local Travel 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
  • Must be a US Citizen

DUTIES:

In addition to skill in a full range of psychological services, the Staff Psychologist (Neuropsychologist) will be responsible for neuropsychological assessment, designing and conducting cognitive retraining activities and other neuropsychology interventions for patients referred throughout the healthcare system. Other duties will include:

· Providing consultation services to a variety of clinicians. The psychologist selected for this position will deliver neuropsychological and cognitive rehabilitation services as appropriate.

· Documenting specific training in neuropsychological assessment and continuing education activities regarding the same. Applicants should possess excellent time management skills. They should possess excellent communication and negotiation skills to address the demands of the position.

· Using a personal computer because the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System has implemented a completely computerized medical record. In particular, applicants should be proficient in using a word processing program and in using Windows. Applicants should be proficient in writing psychological reports, chart notes, and treatment summaries.

· Prioritizing work appropriately and seeking consultation as needed to deal with difficult cases. Applicants should be able to demonstrate leadership abilities within a respectful, interdisciplinary team format and should be self-motivating to seek out and complete work assignments. Applicants should become familiar with VA and Psychology Service policies and procedures and should be able to follow protocol while maintaining necessary flexibility to overcome any barriers to providing services to veterans.

· Exhibiting excellent customer service skills toward both patients and coworkers. Applicants should remain positive even during times of high levels of stress. Applicants should be able to work collaboratively with all other professions and should demonstrate tolerance of those with difference opinions and/or attitudes. 

Hours of Duty: Monday through Friday from 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.


 

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

BASIC REQUIREMENTS. The basic requirements for employment as a VHA psychologist are prescribed by: Public Law 96-151 codified in Title 38, U.S.C. § 7402. To qualify for appointment, all applicants for the position of psychologist in VHA must meet the following:

    a. Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)

    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.

 

QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates must be citizens of the United States.

 

Basic Requirements – Education: (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED) Applicants must possess a doctoral degree in clinical or counseling psychology from a college or university whose curriculum in Psychology is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and must have completed an internship in professional psychology at an institution whose curriculum is accredited by the APA. For the full performance level, must have completed at least two years of supervised postdoctoral experience and must be licensed for independent practice as a psychologist in a US state.

Specialized Experience: To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level. Experience must have been gained in a professional program with specialized training in health psychology or health behavior. In addition to the basic requirements above for the full performance level, applicants must have two or more years of clinical experience comparable to what one would get in a VA setting, either by post-doctoral employment or two years of employment as a Psychologist.

 

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

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES TO BE ADDRESSED :

1. Knowledge of and ability to apply advanced professional psychological theories and techniques to the full range of patient populations.

2. Ability to apply psychological principles, theories, methods and techniques in the delivery of professional advice and consultation in areas related to professional psychology and behavioral health. In particular, incumbent should have specialized training and experience in Neuropsychological assessment in general and Dementia in particular.

3. Knowledge of clinical research literature in Neuropsychology in general and Dementia in particular.

4. Ability to carry out education and training in psychological principles, theories, methods and techniques.

5. Skill in working with multidisciplinary treatment teams as needed.

6. Ability to communicate with people from a wide variety of backgrounds and with varying levels of understanding. Should demonstrate excellent customer service skills toward both patients and co-workers.

 

References: Input applicable reference and links. For example: VA Handbook 5005/23, Part II, Appendix G18, Psychologist Qualification Standard, dated February 2009, and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/GS0100/0185.htm (or you may use the following generic citation) VA Handbook 5005 available in the local Human Resources Office and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/GS0100/0185.htm.

 

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.

 

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.


BENEFITS:

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 athttp://www.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.


HOW TO APPLY:

HOW TO APPLY: 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 Friday, March 28, 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:

You must provide a complete signed Application Package which includes:

 1. CV or Resume. (Required). Resume must include the vacancy announcement number, position title, 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 and year) of employment, and average hours worked per week.

 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) (Pages 3 & 4 MUST be Signed and Dated).

 3. Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire. (Required)

 4. Clear Copy of Transcripts. (Required) (Must show degree confer)

 5. Copy of current license if applying for the full performance level. (Required at the GS-13 level)

 6. Optional Form 306 – Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf). 

 7. If currently employed in the Federal system, include latest SF-50 – Notification of Personnel Action, showing current grade, step and salary. (Required) (Award SF-50s Will Not be accepted).

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.


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 1072701.
  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 Friday, March 28, 2014Friday, March 28, 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:

HRMS Front Desk
Phone: (352)548-6000×6009
Email: NFSGHRMSSTAFFING@VA.GOV

Agency Information:
Mental Health Service Line
1601 SW Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
32608

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.