Neuropsychologist
Department of Veterans Affairs - Helena, MT

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 821648

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?

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

THIS POSITION HAS BEEN RE-ANNOUNCED. THOSE THAT HAVE APPLIED TO VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT VC-13-CAA-704688-MHC AND VC-12-CAA-704698-MHC MUST RE-APPLY TO BE CONSIDERED. THIS POSITION HAS ALSO BEEN ANNOUNCED AS A PSYCHOLOGIST, VACANCY MAY BE FILLED FROM EITHER ANNOUNCEMENT.

POSITION

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Neuropsychologist,

GS-0180, Behavioral Health Unit.

This position is located in Behavioral Health Service at the VA Montana Health Care System, Fort Harrison, MT.

Hours of work:
Monday - Friday.

NOTE:
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-11 to GS-13.

The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed.

The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

AREA OF CONSIDERATION

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All applicants who meet qualification requirements.

Recruitment incentive, relocation incentive, or Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP) may be authorized.

This is an open continuous announcement. We accept applications for this occupation on an ongoing basis; qualified applicants will be considered as vacancies become available. Unless this office is notified otherwise, applications will remain on file and in consideration for open positions until December 31, 2013.

Special Employment Consideration:
VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

U. S. Citizenship

Must pass pre-employment examination

English Language Proficiency required

Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required

Background and-or Security Investigation required

Doctoral Degree in Psychology accredited by Psychological Association

DUTIES:
The Clinical Neuropsychologist serves in the Behavioral Health Service as an independent practitioner (healthcare provider) of clinical neuropsychology and psychology with specialized knowledge in the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and/or rehabilitation of patients across the lifespan with neurological, medical, neurodevelopmental and psychiatric conditions, as well as other cognitive and learning disorders.The clinical neuropsychologist uses psychological, neurological, cognitive, behavioral, and physiological principles, techniques and tests to evaluate patients' neurocognitive, behavioral, and emotional strengths and weaknesses and their relationship to normal and abnormal central nervous system functioning.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
a. Citizenship.

Citizen of the United States.

b. Education.

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.

AND

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

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c. Licensure and Certification. 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

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d. English Language Proficiency. Must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).

GRADE DETERMINATIONS:
GS-11: Entry Level - Must meet basic requirements

GS-12: In addition to the basic requirements at the GS-11 level, at least 1 year experience as a professional neuropsychologist equivalent to the next lower grad level. Must be in the process of obtaining licensure at the independent practice level.

GS-13: Must hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to practice neuropsychology at the doctoral level at the independent practice level; and in addition to the experience at the GS-12 level, at least 1 additional year of experience as a neuropsychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level.

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

References : VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G18, Psychologist

QUALIFICATION STANDARD

, dated March 17, 2006

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE:
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. Applicants must, therefore, only report attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants 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 accordingly. *** 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. ***

Veterans' Preference:
When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit

http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx

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HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.

BENEFITS:
Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at

http://www4.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp

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The following Web addresses are provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.

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Flexible Spending Accounts -

The Federal Flexible Spending Accounts Program (FSAFeds) allows you to pay for certain health and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars. For additional information visit:

https://www.fsafeds.com/fsafeds/index.asp

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Health Insurance -

The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program offers over 100 optional plans. For additional information visit:

http://www.opm.gov/insure/health/index.asp

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Leave -

Most Federal employees earn both annual and sick leave. For additional information visit:

http://www.opm.gov/oca/leave/index.asp

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Life Insurance -

The Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance Program (FEGLI) offers: Basic Life Insurance plus three types of optional insurance, for additional information visit:

http://www.opm.gov/insure/life/index.asp

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Long Term Care Insurance -

The Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) provides long term care insurance for Federal employees and their parents, parents-in-law, step parents, spouses, and adult children. For additional information visit:

http://www.ltcfeds.com/

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Retirement Program -

Almost all new employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). FERS is a three-tiered retirement plan. The three tiers are: Social Security Benefits, Basic Benefit Plan, Thrift Savings Plan. For additional information visit:

http://www.opm.gov/retire/index.asp

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

Pre-employment Drug Testing may be required prior to appointment to this position.

Pre-employment physical is required prior to appointment to this position.

All new employees are subject to a character and background investigation.

All qualified employees will receive consideration for promotion without regard to political, religious or labor organization affiliation or non-affiliation, marital status, race, color, sex, national origin, non-disqualifying physical handicap or age.

In the event of unanticipated vacancy(s) in the same position and location as this vacancy occurs within ninety (90) days of the selection, additional selections may be made from this announcement.

Recruitment incentive, relocation incentive, or Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP) may be authorized.

This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.

If you need (a reasonable) accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency.

The decision on granting (reasonable) accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

If you have question regarding reasonable accommodation please call our Human Resources Office at (406) 447-7933.

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE

:

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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement).

Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Applicants 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 accordingly.

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