Psychologist (Associate Chief Of Staff - Behavioral Health)
Department of Veterans Affairs
$103,877 to $158,847
11/20/2017 to 11/19/2018
Major Duties/Responsibilities The Associate Chief of Staff (ACOS), Behavioral Health, reports to the Chief of Staff (COS) for day-to-day operation and management of clinical practice and staff in Behavioral Health. ~ Responsible for organizing and administering management of operations. ~ Work closely with COS in achieving strategic goals and performance measures within clinical area. ~ Exhibit leadership characterized by substantial and continuous responsibility and accountability for integrated programs that cross service/discipline lines, and influences organizational mission and healthcare. ~ Function as administrator, educator, and consultant, utilizing management theory, in collaboration with COS and other services. ~ Provide executive input into strategic planning, budget, mission, operational planning, and policy development for local and network efforts. ~ Utilize current trends and relevant theories in an analytical framework to design/modify, implement, and measure integrated programs and activities to achieve clinical and administrative goals of the medical center and/or network; evaluate outcomes against strategic priorities. ~ Consultant to medical center staff and greater community in behavioral health care psychology. ~ Plan, organize, direct, control, and evaluate programs and follow-up actions to facilitate delivery of care and meet required internal and external review standards. ~ Provide leadership in the development of policies and systems to devise strategies to enable the organization to successfully manage ethical issues and protect patient/family rights. ~ Aggregate data and participate in budget process to plan for current, emerging, and future resource requirements (financial, human, material, and/or informational). ~ Mentor/precept staff. ~ Participate in the development of education programs and staff development models to facilitate career progression and to increase productivity and performance. ~ Provide leadership in professional, community, and governmental bodies that shape health care policy, contributing to the development/improvement of the healthcare delivery system and improved patient outcomes. ~ Serve as Chair of facility Behavioral Health Council; provide regular updates regarding behavioral health performance metrics and initiatives to facility leadership. ~ Establish processes to support evidence-based clinical and administrative practices. ~ Responsible for knowing the reusable medical equipment (RME) - instruments, equipment, medical devices, and/or supplies located in clinical area(s). ~ Obtain, read, and follow standard operating procedures (SOPs) for all RME in clinical area(s). ~ Other duties as assigned.
Work Schedule:Monday through Friday - specific schedule will be determined upon appointment; however, subject to change, depending on the needs of the medical center/service.
Functional Statement Titles:Clinical Psychologist (Associate Chief of Staff - Behavioral Health) - GS-14; Clinical Psychologist (Associate Chief of Staff - Behavioral Health) - GS-15.
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
Physical Requirements:This position requires sitting (up to 6 hours), walking (up to 1 hour), standing (up to 1 hour), bending (up to 15 minutes), and carrying such items as books papers, and files (up to 10 lbs. for 10 minutes). Travel into the community is required to meet with community stakeholders and community partners. Near vision correctable at 13-16 in. to Jaeger 1-4, far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20, use of both eyes, hearing (aid permitted), hearing without aid, clear speech, and mental and emotional stability. Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
United States Citizenship:Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
Education:~ 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. For the purpose of meeting this requirement, the term "specialty area" refers to the specific specialty areas recognized by the accrediting body and not to specific job duties that might require special skills. Currently, APA accredits doctoral programs in the specialty areas of clinical psychology, counseling psychology, school psychology, or combinations of two or more of those areas. PCSAS accredits doctoral programs in psychological clinical science. CPA accredits doctoral programs in clinical psychology, counseling psychology, clinical neuropsychology, and school psychology. There are no job assignments in VHA that require the skills of a school psychologist; therefore, an applicant with a degree in the specialty area of school psychology is not eligible for appointment. Strictly for the purpose of determining eligibility for appointment as a psychologist in VHA, there is no distinction between the specialty areas (with the exception of school psychology). OR Have a doctoral degree in any area of psychology and, in addition, successfully complete a respecialization program (including documentation of an approved internship completed as part of the respecialization program) meeting both of the following conditions: a. the respecialization program must be completed in an APA or a CPA accredited doctoral program; and b. the specialty in which the applicant is retrained must be consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed.
NOTE:The applicant must provide an official transcript and/or certificate documenting the completion of the respecialization program, which includes completion of an APA or CPA internship. AND Internships 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.)
Licensure: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.
Board Certification:Persons hired to psychology positions in the VHA who completed an internship that was not accredited at the time the program was completed must be 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. The board certificate must be current and the applicant must abide by the certifying body's requirement for continuing education. Grade Determinations & Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities In addition to the experience noted below, the candidate must demonstrate the respective KSAs: GS-14 Psychologist (Service Chief) - Experience. At least 3 years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-13 level in Federal civilian service. 1. Ability to organize work, set priorities, delegate tasks, and meet multiple deadlines. 2. Knowledge of and ability to utilize evidence based practices and clinical practice guidelines appropriately and ability to guide staff in using these tools. 3. Ability to deal effectively with individuals or groups representing widely divergent backgrounds, interests, and points of view. 4. Skill in managing and directing the work of others to accomplish program goals and objectives. 5. Ability to translate management goals and objectives into well-coordinated and controlled work operations. 6. Ability to establish and monitor production and performance priorities and standards.7. Ability to analyze organizational and operational problems and to develop and implement solutions that result in sound operation of the program. GS-15 Senior Psychologist (Service Chief) - Experience. At least 4 years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-14 level in Federal civilian service. 1. Ability to supervise and manage a large group of professional staff effectively. 2. Skill in interpersonal relationships, including conflict resolution and ability to work collaboratively with supervisors from other units. 3. Ability to accurately apply the qualification standards, assess the potential of current and prospective employees, and promote their professional development. 4. Ability to develop appropriate productivity standards for professional staff, often across multiple program lines.5. Knowledge of the goals and objectives of the medical center and VISN and ability to communicate these to subordinates. Creditable Experience Current Professional Psychology Practice. To be creditable, psychological work experience can be obtained through paid or non-paid employment providing psychological work or through participating in a supervised postdoctoral psychology training program (i.e., fellowship or residency). Psychological work experience must have occurred after the doctoral degree was obtained and must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with current professional psychology practice. "Professional psychology practice" includes but is not limited to the following psychology-oriented job duties: providing professional clinical services, conducting research, carrying out education and training activities, carrying out program evaluation activities, clinical consultation, supervision and administration. The experience cited must indicate the ability to perform the duties of the psychologist in the area of work, and at the level of difficulty and responsibility of the grade being considered. Applicants must demonstrate abilities for the position, including these responsibilities. For all assignments above the full performance level (GS-13), the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), and range of variety, and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time.
Preferred Experience:Previous management/supervisory experience.
References:VA Handbook 5005, VA Psychologist Qualification Standard, Appendix G18. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-15. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-14 to GS-15.
IMPORTANT:A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
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. United States Citizenship Required; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. 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 or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY 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 will 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 determine 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.
Background checks and security clearance
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 11/19/2018 to receive consideration.
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. United States Citizenship Required; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. 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 or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application. Supervisory probationary period may be required.
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
NOTE: For current, permanent Pittsburgh VAHS Psychologists, you need only complete the questionnaire and submit a CV.
**PLEASE BE CERTAIN TO UPLOAD YOUR DOCUMENTS UNDER THE PROPER "DOCUMENT TYPE". Note - Application for Associated Health Occupations (VA Form 10-2850c), Copy of Completion Certification of Accredited Internship, Copy of Current Licensure, Copy of Board Certification If Internship Was Not Accredited, and ECFMG Certificate are all document type "Other".
1. Completed questionnaire (online or hard copy). (Required of ALL applicants)
2. Properly completed, signed, and currently dated (within one month of submission to vacancy announcement) VA Form 10-2850c, Application for Associated Health Occupations. Link to application - http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search. Please read ALL instructions and complete the application in its entirety. If "yes" answers provided to questions 28 through 37 on page 3 of the application, explanation(s) must be given via a separate document. (Required of ALL applicants)
3. Copy of final disposition(s)/outcome(s) on any and all malpractice issues/cases - IF any. (Required of ALL applicants IF applicable)
4. Detailed CV, to include "from" and "to" month(s) and year(s) for dates of employment. Please Note: If part-time work, please provide average hours per week worked. (Required of ALL applicants)
5. Copy of transcript(s) pertaining to education as required for this position (please see the "Qualifications" section of this announcement. Please Note: Transcript(s) may be unofficial; however, MUST show your name, the name of the institution, the degree conferred, and the date the degree was conferred. (Required of ALL applicants)
6. Copy of Completion Certification of APA or CPA Accredited Internship. (Required of ALL applicants)
7. Copy of Current Licensure. (Required of ALL applicants)
8. Copy of Board Certification - IF internship was not accredited. (Required of applicants possessing board certification)
9. Copy of final disposition(s)/outcome(s) on any and all malpractice issues/cases - IF any. (Required of applicants only with malpractice issues/cases)
10. Copy of most recent SF 50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows your status - IF current or prior permanent Federal employee. Please Note: Award SF 50s are not acceptable. (Required of ALL applicants - IF current or prior Federal employee)
11. Copy of ECFMG certification - IF foreign medical graduate. (Required of applicants who received foreign education)
12. Copy of DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty" - IF prior military. Copy MUST show character of discharge. (Required of applicants who have served in the military)
13. Copy of a dated letter from a VA Regional Office that shows percentage of disability - IF prior military and you have service-connected disability. (Required of applicants who have served in the military and have a service-connected disability)
14. Properly completed OPM's Standard Form 15, Application for 10 Point Preference - IF prior military and you have a service-connected disability. Link to form - http://www.opm.gov/Forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf. (Required of applicants who have served in the military and have a service-connected disability)
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), documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).
- Cover Letter
- Other Veterans Document
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. 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. 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.
Agency contact information
AddressPittsburgh VA Medical Center University Drive University Drive Pittsburgh PA US
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