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. Learn more Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Basic Requirements: The basic requirements for employment as a VHA psychologist are prescribed by Public Law 96-151 in 38 U.S.C. § 7402. U.S. Citizenship English Language Proficiency 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 of this vacancy. The term "specialty area" refers to the specific areas recognized by the accrediting body & not to specific job duties that might require special skills. 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, & school psychology. There are no job assignments in VHA requiring the skills of a school psychologist; thus, an applicant with such a degree is not eligible for appointment. For the purpose of determining eligibility for appointment as a psychologist in VHA, there is no distinction between the specialty areas (except school psychology).OR Have a doctoral degree in any area of psychology &, 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: The program must be in an APA or a CPA accredited doctoral program; &, the specialty in which the applicant is retrained must be consistent with the assignment for this vacancy. OR Have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 & 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature. Internship: Have successfully completed a professional psychology internship training program that was accredited by APA or CPA at the time the program was completed & 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 & 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 (pre1979) 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 & 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, & unrestricted license to practice psychology at the doctoral level in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or the District of Columbia. May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation & meet the criteria). Preferred Experience: The incumbent will be strong in analytical with documented experience in developing performance improvement plans and measures; documented fluency in Microsoft Excel (charts/graphs), Word, Outlook and running and/or analyzing complicated data capture reports; documented experience in managing multi-disciplinary team, multiple complex tasks and projects with minimal supervision; and ability to work with multiple services and staff in making necessary changes to programs, profiles and clinics. Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates: GS-14: Experience. At least three (3) years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-13 grade level. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities (KSAs). In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: 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 using these tools. 3. Ability to deal effectively with individuals or groups representing wildly divergent backgrounds, interests, and in 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. References: VA Handbook 5005/103, Part II, Appendix G18. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-14. Physical Requirements: Light lifting/carrying, reaching above shoulder, use of fingers/both hands and legs, walking, standing, kneeling, repeated bending 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 to 20/40 in the other, depth perception, hearing (aid permitted). See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. ["Duties include, but are not limited to: Engaging in short and long-term strategic planning to ensure effective and efficient service delivery to the Veterans we serve Overseeing and adjusting the deployment of clinical, administrative, and fiscal resources in support of the telemental health team needs Developing and implementing policies and procedures to meet program goals, and accreditation requirements while also being consistent with Medical Center, network, and VHA policies Utilizing telemental health team data to monitor outcomes and develop strategies for continuous quality improvement Develop and coordinates services offered to Veterans and their families enrolled in the telemental health program. Services include assessment, medication management, crisis intervention, educational, individual, family, and group treatment, case management and measurement-based care; Work Schedule: 8:00am-4:30pm, M-F\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nPosition Title/Functional Statement #:Behavioral Health Program Manager- Psychologist/PD000000\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nEDRP Authorized: Contact Brandilyn Wasson at: email@example.com, the EDRP Coordinator, for questions/assistance.\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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