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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Clinical Psychologist (Psychology Training Director) in Tucson, Arizona

Clinical Psychologist (Psychology Training Director)

Department of Veterans Affairs

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Southern Arizona VA Health Care System
Overview
  • ##### Open & closing dates

11/08/2019 to 11/28/2019

  • ##### Service

Excepted

  • ##### Pay scale & grade

GS 13

  • ##### Salary

$89,478 to $116,319 per year

  • ##### Appointment type

Permanent

  • ##### Work schedule

Full-Time

Location

1 vacancy in the following location:

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Tucson, AZ

Relocation expenses reimbursed

No

Telework eligible

No

- Duties
Summary

The Director of Psychology Training (TD) has broad program management responsibilities for all Psychology Training Programs across the SAVAHCS. These duties include the day-to-day operation and management of the organized, accredited, and VACO-OAA sponsored training programs at the Doctoral Internship and Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Residency levels. Additionally, is responsible for the WOC Psychology Practicum Program.The Psychology Training Programs are embedded in the nature of SAVAHCS.

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Responsibilities

**Recruitment/Relocation Incentives ARE authorized for highly qualified candidates.

Additional Information about the position:** The Psychology Doctoral Internship program currently includes 4 interns (all 4 are VACO OAA funded). The Internship Program positions are located at the SAVAHCS. The Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Residency program currently includes 1 resident (VACO OAA funded). The Residency Program currently consists of 1 position, with an emphasis on trauma treatment. The Psychology Practicum Program currently includes externs (all WOC) at the SAVAHCS. In summary, the TD is currently responsible for 5 paid trainees and up to 2 WOC trainees covering 3 distinct levels of training with the possibilities of expansion as needed.

  • Develops background information and prepares final drafts for the Station's response to an Request for Proposal (RFP) that the medical center decides to pursue for additional trainee positions.
  • Coordinates with other Training Programs within mental health service and beyond regarding space, training opportunities, peer mentorship, and supervisor development.
  • Oversees the administrative and programmatic resources of the Psychology Training Programs, and organizes, directs, administers and manages all aspects of the program including comprehensive strategic planning, development and implementing of policies and procedures.
  • Determines the resources needed to maintain and/or expand the program.
  • Identifies for action by the Lead Psychologist, the clinical rotations and the qualified supervising psychologists needed for primary clinical experiences.
  • Works with the Training Committee and the supervising psychologists to evaluate the quality and quantity of training, and outlines program initiatives and direction for recommendation to the Lead Psychologist within the limitations of available staff and budget.
  • Provides feedback to Lead Psychologist regarding supervision proficiency of staff psychologists.
  • Coordinates the assignment of interns and residents to clinical training rotations/sites and appropriate supervising psychologists with program managers in the various patient care service lines where the clinical rotations are located.
  • Maintains the independence of the training programs as required by accreditation and professional standards.
  • Oversees the national recruitment and selection process of doctoral interns and postdoctoral residents.
  • Adheres to the guidelines of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC), and any requirements set by the VA Central Office (VACO) Officer of Academic Affiliation (OAA).
  • Conforms to the principles and guidelines of the APA Commission on Accreditation (APA CoA).
  • Directs program evaluation within the training programs (i.e., implementing program evaluation assessments such as mid rotation and end of rotation evaluations from the trainees, didactic presentation evaluation, seminar series evaluations, overall program evaluations are both formative and summative in nature, etc.; incorporating feedback from trainees, supervisors, graduates of the programs, and other sources; revising existing goals. and methods; and continuously works to improve the overall quality of the training programs)
  • Develops program self-studies and coordinates site visits needed to maintain national accreditation.
  • Provides a full range of psychodiagnostics and assessment services including the use of psychological testing as appropriate.
  • Offers a variety of psychological interventions, to include clinical skills in evidenced-based treatments appropriate for the nature of the referral problem.
  • Plans and oversees the completion of a personal research and program evaluation program, designed to provide information regarding relevant assessment, treatment, or other intervention approaches with patients seeking services at any of the health care settings within the SAVAHCS, with a special emphasis on their areas of clinical focus, and education and training within psychology.
  • Serves on Medical Center, VISN, and/or National VA committees or task forces as assigned, especially as related to education and training of practicing psychologists, and/or as related to provision of neuropsychological services.
  • Completes assigned Performance Improvement/Quality Management activities at the program, service line, and medical center level.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Incentives: Recruitment/Relocation Incentives ARE authorized for highly qualified candidates. EDRP: This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan reimbursement program. Please Contact the EDRP Coordinator, Michael Lindquist at X6077 for program details. Your eligibility for the program requires you to submit your application within four months of appointment and is subject to availability of funding.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

None

  • #### Job family (Series)

0180 Psychology

- Requirements
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
  • May be required to complete pre-placement physical exam
Qualifications

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 11/28/2019. 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 (written and spoken) - 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 re-specialization program (including documentation of an approved internship completed as part of the 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 the applicant is retrained must be consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed. OR Have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED) - Internships - (a) 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 (b) 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 (c) 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 (d) 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. OR 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 - 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. (1) 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. - Creditable Experience: 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. (2) Quality of Experience. Experience is only creditable if it is post-doctoral experience as a professional psychologist directly related to the duties to be performed. Qualifying experience must also be at a level comparable to or exceeding professional psychology experience at the next lower level. (3) Part-time Experience. Part-time experience is creditable according to its relationship to a full-time workweek. For example, a psychologist employed 20 hours per week, or on a half time basis, would receive one full-time workweek of credit for each two weeks of service. (4) 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.

Grade Determinations:

GS-13: (Full Performance Level): Including meeting the basic requirements, you must have at least 2 years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-12 level and have full licensure.

Preferred Experience: Experience directing or managing a training program for Psychologist or similar occupation.

References: References: VA Handbook 5005/103, Appendix G18, Part II, Psychologist Qualification Standard, GS-0180, February 7, 2018. VA Handbook 5005 available at www.va.gov. Salary to be determined by Professional Standard Board of your peers and based on your education, experience, and professional accomplishments.

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13.

Physical Requirements: Light lifting(under 15lbs);Light carrying (15-44lbs); Hearing(aid permitted); Emotional and Mental stability; Glasses permitted; Ability to hear whispered voice.

Education

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.

Additional information

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

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 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.

Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Not Required

Drug test required

Yes

Position sensitivity and risk

Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process

Suitability/Fitness

- Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • VA Form 10-2850C, Application for Associated Health Occupations
  • Resume
  • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
  • Transcript

(The SF-50 is not a required form, please disregard)

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.

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
  • VA Form 10-2850C, Application for Associated Health Occupations
  • Copy of Psychologist Licensure (REQUIRED IF APPLYING FOR GS-13 GRADE LEVEL)
  • Performance Appraisal
  • Resume
  • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
  • Transcript

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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- 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 11/28/2019 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10644300.

  1. 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.
  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 USA JOBS 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 USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

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.

Agency contact information
Steve Sirmons
Phone

5207921450 X4389

Email

Steve.Sirmons@va.gov

Address

Tucson VA Medical Center 3601 South Sixth Avenue Tucson, AZ 85723 US

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