This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Basic Requirements: 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). 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. Experience: In additional to meeting the basic requirements as stated above, you must have the following: GS-14 Level: Candidate must have at least three years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-13 grade level and are able to demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities: Ability to organize work, set priorities, delegate tasks, and meet multiple deadlines. Knowledge of and ability to utilize evidence based practices and clinical practice guidelines appropriately and ability to guide staff in using these tools. Ability to deal effectively with individuals or groups representing widely divergent backgrounds, interests, and points of view. Skill in managing and directing the work of others to accomplish program goals and objectives. Ability to translate management goals and objectives into well-coordinated and controlled work operations. Ability to establish and monitor production and performance priorities and standards. Ability to analyze organizational and operational problems and to develop and implement solutions that result in sound operation of the program. *Experience is only creditable if it is post-doctoral degree experience as a professional psychologist directly related to the duties performed. Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G18 Psychologist Qualification Standard. Physical Requirements: Position is mainly sedentary, use of fingers, both hands required, must be able to work with and see computer screen, hearing (aid permitted). Must maintain mental and emotional stability and be able to work closely with others and alone. May be exposed to silica and asbestos, etc. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-14. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-14 ["Responsibilities include operation and management of key clinical, training, research, or administrative programs to include full responsibility for management of the day to day activities of the program and its psychology staff which include but are not limited to: General Outpatient Behavioral Health Programs (BHIP); Specialty Outpatient PTSD; Residential Treatment Programming; Integrated Care Programs; CBOC services; Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) and internship programs. The incumbent is responsible for strategic planning to ensure the provision of high-quality psychology services to meet the needs of the Veterans being served and planning, developing and implementing short- and long-term goals and objectives consistent with the departments' strategic plan. The incumbent has oversight of administrative and programmatic resources and deploys those resources in support of the program needs. The incumbent develops and implements programs, policies, and procedures to meet program goals, VHA policy and external accreditation requirements, monitor outcomes using data-driven quality assurance processes, and implement strategies for improvement based on data analysis. duties will include, but are not limited to the following: Program Management Responsibilities: Operation and management of key clinical, training, research, or administrative programs to include full responsibility for managing the day to day activities of those programs (oversight/responsibility). The incumbent holds broad responsibility for developing, implementing, and managing Behavioral Health programs at the WW VAMC and associated facilities assuring compliance with VA rules and regulations. These programs deliver specialized professional services that significantly impact the health care provided to a large number of Veterans across the Walla Walla catchment area. Decisions are made exercising wide latitude and independent judgment. Provides oversight responsibility for all staff and trainees to include setting the priorities, delegating tasks, and identifying deadlines. The incumbent provides clinical and administrative guidance and direction for staff. Participates in recruitment and selection of all new staff with a significant and active role in selection of applicants for positions within Behavioral Health. Provides oversight for all psychology trainees that provide services in their programs. This includes developing experiences, designating trainee supervisors, and assigning duties at various levels of training (i.e., Intern and Postdoctoral Resident). Responsible for strategic planning to ensure the provision of high-quality services to meet the needs of the Veterans (quality and outcome). Monitor outcomes using data-driven quality assurance processes and implement strategies for improvement based on data analysis (planning and evaluation of program). Oversight of administrative and programmatic resources and deployment of those resources in support of the program need. Development and implementation of programs, policies, and procedures to meet program goals to meet VHA policy and external accreditation requirements (policies and procedures). Clinical Responsibilities: Provides a full range of psychological services. Provides consultation services for behavioral health and medical providers in outpatient, inpatient, residential, and community-based health care settings in areas such as differential diagnosis, treatment planning recommendations, recommendations regarding interventions with family or significant others, or in other clinical areas which are addressed by performance standards or clinical reminders. Provides therapeutic interventions including individual and family psychotherapy and psychoeducational services. Supervisory Responsibilities: Provides supervision of staff and professional management to include administrative responsibilities that are complex in scope and involve multiple systems of care. Specifically, the incumbent has the supervisory responsibilities noted above, represents Psychology on the Clinical Executive Board as requested, represents Psychology on the Executive Committee of the Behavioral Health Service, interacts with HR in matters of Psychology Service hiring and disciplinary action, and otherwise has primary responsibility for all aspects of administration both within the Psychology Service and in the relationship of the Service to the WW VAMC. In that capacity, decisions are made exercising wide latitude and independent judgment. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 0800 - 1630 Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized EDRP Authorized: Please contact the EDRP Coordinator, Stacy Hermann @ V20CompensationTeam@va.gov. Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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