Psychologist
Department of Veterans Affairs - Daytona Beach, FL

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 843245

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. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans? Officially established in October 2006 the Orlando VA Medical Center is one of the Top 100 Companies in Central Florida for working families in the area. Previously integrated with the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa, FL., the Orlando VAMC system includes a 120-bed NHCU, a 60-bed Domiciliary, and a large, comprehensive satellite outpatient clinic and CBOC systems that includes facilities in Orlando (Lake Baldwin), Viera, Daytona Beach, Leesburg, Lake Nona, Clermont, Orange City and Kissimmee. Clinic activities will transfer to Orlando's first - and the nation's largest - VA hospital in late 2013. Located in the Medical City at Lake Nona, the new VA hospital will provide state-of-the-art inpatient and day clinic capabilities to benefit more than 90,000 Veteran enrollees throughout its six neighboring counties. The Orlando VAMC is associated with the University of Central Florida and other local community colleges, with active affiliations in allied health programs such as Psychology, Nursing, Pharmacy and Physical/Occupational Therapy.

Central Florida is a world-class destination, featuring Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World, Cocoa Beach, and many smaller attractions. It is home to professional and college sports ranging from the NBA to NASCAR to wakeboarding. It is also home to some of the country's top restaurants and shopping areas. Despite all that, Orlando has managed to maintain its small-town charm, with lovely neighborhoods, downtown parks, and tree-lined streets. With the Atlantic, the Gulf, National Forests, and scenic rivers and byways, it is a nature-lover's paradise. It is a wonderful place to live and work.

The Orlando VAMC is expanding faster than any other VA in the country. In addition to our 7 satellite sites, we are building a state-of-the art medical center in the new Lake Nona Medical City. We will be co-located with the new University of Central Florida College of Medicine, the Burnham Research Institute, Nemours Children's Hospital, and the National Center for Simulated Learning. Come experience Florida hospitality at its best, while working as part of the team that insures that our Veterans receive the top-quality care they deserve.
    KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • US citizenship
  • English language proficiency
  • Background/suitability investigation
  • Physical standards - Must pass pre-employment examination

DUTIES: Salary: Your salary and grade will be determined by the Professional standards Board (PSB). The PSB is a peer review process. The PSB will review your individual qualifications, education, professional training/internship(s) and professional experience to determine the most appropriate salary and grade based on your individual accomplishments.

The State of Florida has NO State Income Tax.

Assigned as a Clinical Psychologist in the Mental Health Service at the VAMC Orlando, Daytona Beach Outpatient Clinic, and Viera Outpatient Clinic, the incumbent serves as a fully qualified staff psychologist, performing the following functions:
  • Psychological Consultation, providing psychological expertise and services to patient and inter-disciplinary treatment teams as required;
  • Psychological Assessment, conducting evaluations of a patient's psychological functioning based upon available data, clinical interview, psychological tests and instruments, and other structured techniques;
  • Psycho education, providing educational and informational interventions to patients, families, care givers and treatment staff in areas of psychological functioning appropriate to needs of those being educated;
  • Individual Psychotherapy, providing individual psychotherapy to patients, families, care givers, and treatment staff as appropriate utilizing accepted forms of psychological interventions appropriate to the needs of the individual being served;
  • Group Psychotherapy, providing group psychotherapy to patients, families, care giver and treatment staff as appropriate utilizing accepted forms of psychological interventions appropriate to the needs of those being serviced.
  • Performs a variety of clinical administrative functions to include but not limited to evaluating clinical records; identifying and documenting risk management issues, and taking appropriate action. Establishes and monitors outcome measures; assists in the development of clinical business plans; assists in preparation of regulatory reviews; maintains program statistics; and prepares and delivers briefings to the facility.
  • Provides training and supervision to graduate-level psychology students, predoctoral interns, and/or trainees from associated health professions.
Work Schedule: Candidate must be willing to work weekends and irregular work hours. The candidate must be willing to be placed, detailed or temporarily assigned to other related services and/or locations, if necessary.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

1. COVERAGE. The following are requirements for appointment as a psychologist in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). Psychologists engage in professional and scientific work which may include any one or a combination of the following: providing professional clinical services, conducting research, carrying out education and training activities, clinical consultation, supervision, and administration.

2. 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. Bilingual in Spanish is helpful.

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.

Exception. The Secretary may waive the requirement of licensure for an individual psychologist for a period not to exceed 2 years from the date of employment on the condition that such a psychologist provide care only under the supervision of a psychologist who is so licensed. Non-licensed psychologists who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements may be given a temporary appointment as a graduate psychologist under the authority of 38 U.S.C. § 7405 (a) (1) (D). Failure to obtain licensure during that period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment. This may result in termination of employment.

Loss of Credential. An employee in this occupation who fails to obtain licensure within the required time frame, or who fails to maintain the required licensure/certification/registration must be removed from the occupation, which may also result in termination of employment.

For occupations which require an active credential (licensure/certification/registration) at all grade levels, at the discretion of the appointing official, an employee may be reassigned to another occupation for which he/she qualifies if a placement opportunity exists. For occupations which require an active credential (licensure/certification/registration) in assignments above the full-performance level only, at the discretion of the appointing official, an employee may remain at an appropriate lower grade level in the occupation when both of the following apply: the credential is not a requirement and a placement opportunity exists.

d. Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

e. English Language Proficiency: Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English in

accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part.

3. GRADE REQUIREMENTS

a. Definitions

Creditable Experience. In addition to meeting the basic qualification requirements above, applicants must meet the following requirements to be qualified at the grades listed. While applicants are not required to provide written responses to the knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics (KSAOs) listed below, they will be required to demonstrate that they possess them as they receive further consideration in the selection process.

(a) Current Professional Psychology Practice. To be creditable, the experience must be post-doctoral degree and must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with current professional psychology practice. Creditable post-doctoral degree experience can be obtained through employment as a psychologist or through participating in a supervised post-doctoral psychology training program. This may be evidenced by one or both of the following:

1. Active professional practice. Active professional practice means paid/non-paid employment as a professional psychologist.

2. A full, current, and unrestricted license.

(b) Quality of Experience. Experience is only creditable if it is post-doctoral degree experience as a professional psychologist directly related to the duties to be performed. Qualifying experience must also be at a level comparable to professional psychology experience at the next lower level.

(c) 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 ½ time basis, would receive 1 full-time workweek of credit for each 2 weeks of service.

(2) Post-Doctoral Degree Fellowships. Post-doctoral degree fellowships are training programs in an advanced area of clinical practice. Training as a fellow may substitute for creditable experience on a year-for-year basis.

b. Grade Determinations. In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates:

DESIGNATED DRUG-TESTING POSITION: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.

NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the United States Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards your qualifications for this position. You 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. 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.

Additional Requirements:

To qualify at the GS-11 level:

(a) Experience. None beyond the basic requirements.

(b) Assignment. Staff psychologists at this level diagnose mental disorders, conduct psychological and/or neuropsychological assessments, treat mental disorders through a variety of modalities, and provide adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders. They practice under the close supervision of a licensed psychologist.

To qualify at the GS-12 level:

(a) Experience. In addition to the basic requirements at the GS-11 level, at least 1 year of experience as a professional psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level. Individuals assigned as GS-12 psychologists may be in the process of obtaining licensure at the independent practice level. If unlicensed, the individual must be supervised by a licensed psychologist and the experience and supervision must meet the standards for psychology licensure. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

(b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of, and ability to apply, a wide range of professional psychological theories and assessment methods to a variety of patient populations.
  • Ability to develop coherent treatment strategies.
  • Ability to incorporate new clinical procedures.
  • (c) Assignment. At the GS-12 level, unlicensed psychologists practice under the supervision of a licensed psychologist, but with less need for consultation than at the GS-11 grade level. They may be assigned to any program area.

    To qualify at the GS-13 level:

    (a) 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 .

    (b) Experience. In addition to the experience requirements at the GS-12 level, at least 1 additional year of experience as a psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level. In addition the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs :

    (c) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of, and ability to apply, advanced professional psychological theories and techniques to the full range of patient populations.
  • Ability to provide professional advice and consultation in areas related to professional psychology and behavioral health.
  • Knowledge of clinical research literature.
  • (d) Assignments. This is the full performance level for staff psychologists. At this level psychologists are licensed at the doctoral level to practice independently in the provision of psychological services consulting with peers and supervisors as appropriate. They are assigned to any VHA program and setting, including inpatient or outpatient medicine, surgery, mental health, neurology, rehabilitation medicine, geriatrics, Vet Centers, and the VHA National Center for Organizational Development.

    (e) Staff Psychologists diagnose mental disorders, conduct psychological and/or neuropsychological assessments, treat mental disorders through a variety of modalities and provide adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders. Among the modalities provided are individual, family, and group psychotherapies, and other interventions such as biofeedback, psychological hypnosis, and environmental interventions. They consult with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues. Staff psychologists may be involved in program evaluation and/or research activities.

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

    Veteran's 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 DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

    Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, nonservice-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed SF 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and required documentation with your application materials.

    For more information on Veterans' Preference, go to http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetsinfo.asp .

    HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Complete application packages will be reviewed to determine if the basic qualifications for this position have been met. A listing of candidates who meet the basic qualification requirements will be forwarded to the hiring facility where the credentialing and privileging screening process is completed.

    BENEFITS: VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.va.gov/jobs/job_benefits/benefits.asp .

    OTHER INFORMATION: Basis of Rating: Applicants will be rated on the basis of the quality and extent of their total experience, education, and training in relation to the requirements of the specific position for which they are being considered. Ratings will be based on competitor's statements in their applications and on any additional evidence that may be secured through inquiries of qualifications. Recency of education, training and professional experience may be considered in the rating.

    This position is covered by the bargaining unit.

    This is a testing-designated position; as such, it is subject to the provisions of our Applicant/Employee Drug Testing Program.

    Performance Based Interviewing is utilized by our agency as part of our selection process. Please consult the PBI web site at www.va.gov/pbi for further information.

    As a condition of continued employment, applicants must meet applicable physical, licensing, security and suitability requirements for this position if selected.

    Management reserves the right to use alternative methods of selection.

    This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies throughout Corporate Orlando VAMC without re-announcing.

    It is VA Policy that eligible veterans will be given preference when qualifications of candidates are approximately equal.

    Selected external applicants may qualify for credit toward annual leave accrual, based on prior federal or military service experience.

    You will need to successfully complete a background security investigation before you can be appointed into this position.

    Applicants for this position must pass a pre-employment medical examination.

    This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

    You may be required to serve a probationary period.

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