Psychology Technician
Department Of Veterans Affairs - Waco, TX

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VacancyID: 573894 (Include on all documents).

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?

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Working with the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) offers an opportunity for a rewarding health care career serving our nation’s Veterans. Your work in this position will give you the opportunity to serve patients who have served our nation like you have.

For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/ .

KEY REQUIREMENTS

You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.

You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation.

Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.

DUTIES:
This is a TERM appointment (not-to-exceed 1 year and 1 day; may be extended up to 4 years). Term appointments are nonstatus, nonpermanent appointments of limited duration. Term employees are eligible to earn leave and generally have the same benefits as permanent employees including health and life insurance, within-grade increases and Federal Employees Retirement System and Thrift Savings Plan coverage. Term appointments may be extended without further competition.

This position is located at the Department of Veterans Affairs in the Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 1 in the Center of Excellence on Returning War Veterans. Waco, Texas.

Major duties and responsibilities include:
Conduct clinical interviews with background education in assessment of mental health disorders, preferably including course work in psychopathology.

Accurately conduct structured clinical interviews that require high levels of diagnostic precision and inter-rater reliability with doctoral-level research staff.

Manage complex interactions with clinical populations, including assessment of risk and need for clinical referrals under supervision.

Oversee technical aspects of mental health research experiments and associated staff work.

Work with research staff, principal investigators, project managers and study team on the implementation, management and analysis of study protocols concerning research on mental health issues.

Assist in management of all aspects of research projects.

Perform statistical analysis of research data.

Keep electronic files accurate and up-to-date.

Test "in house" software as it is being developed (training will be provided although prior experience preferred).

Use Microsoft Word to prepare a manuscript for the study performed.

Process and analyze data using appropriate software applications (training will be provided although prior experience preferred.)

Collect and process biological samples (training will be provided).

Perform a variety of office automation and administrative functions such as scheduling participants, typing correspondence, preparing reports, copying, printing, faxing documents, coordinating and obtaining office supplies, preparing/submitting documents for travel authorization and reimbursement, and coordinating petty cash.

Actively communicate and consult with research staff, operations management, principal investigators, project manager and study team orally and in writing as indicated.

Communicate with patients and staff in a sensitive and professional manner.

Conduct a variety of patient assessments, including clinical interviews and neuropsychological tests (training provided and experience is preferred).

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday; 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM. Although some evening hours may be required.

***RELOCATION EXPENSES AND/OR INCENTIVES ARE NOT AUTHORIZED***

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT-

GS-07: Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university with a major in an appropriate social or biological science, which included or was supplemented by 12 semester hours in psychology. (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED - If you do not submit a copy of your transcript, your application may not be processed.) AND

GS-07: One (1) year of technical work under the direction of a professional psychologist in a program of professional services, training, or research.

Work Must Involve : Experience that involved the clinical psychological assessment or diagnosis of behavior and traits of humans. Experience may have been gained in connection with a program of research or direct services in psychology that gave a practical understanding of some of the principles, methods, and techniques of psychology needed to assist professional psychologists.

NOTE: You must document that your work is under the direction of a research psychologist. At least six (6) months of your experience must be comparable in difficulty and responsibility to the GS-05 grade level in the Federal service or the one (1) year must be comparable to the second lower grade. OR

GS-07: One (1) full year of graduate education in psychology in an accredited college or university. (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED - If you do not submit a copy of your transcript, your application may not be processed.) OR

GS-07: Equivalent combination of graduate education and the experience as described in Question two (2) above to meet the total qualification requirement for this position. (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED - If you do not submit a copy of your transcript, your application may not be processed.) OR

GS-07: Superior Academic Achievement (S.A.A). To clarify, S.A.A. is based on (a) class standing, (b) grade-point average, or (c) honor society membership. Individuals who have completed all the requirements for an appropriate bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university may be rated eligible for GS-07 provided they meet one of the requirements listed below:
(a) Class Standing - In the upper third of their class based on completed college work at the time of application for the position. This is the upper third of the class in the college or university, or major subdivision (e.g., school of recreation, school of physical education). This must be documented on the transcript or by a statement from the school.
(b) Grade-point average (G.P.A.)--Applicants must have a grade-point average of:
A 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better). This is either: (1) The average of all completed college courses at the time of application for the position, OR (2) The average of all college courses completed during the last 2 years of the undergraduate curriculum. Must be stated on the official transcript or calculated by the applicant as a specific attachment to the transcript (course, grade, etc.).
A 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) in the major field, where such field is fully qualifying and directly applicable to the specialty field of the position to be filled. This is either: (1) The average of completed courses in the major field at the time of application for the position, OR (2) The average of college courses completed in the major field during the last 2 years of the undergraduate curriculum. Must be calculated by the applicant as a specific attachment to the transcript (course, grade, etc.).
Grade-point averages should be rounded to one decimal place. For example, a 2.95 should be rounded to a 3.0 and 2.94 should be rounded to 2.9.
(c) Election to membership in a national scholastic honorary society meeting the minimum requirements of the Association of College Honor Societies. This must be noted on the transcript or documented by the applicant. Membership in a freshman honor society cannot be used to meet the requirements of this provision. (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED - If you do not submit a copy of your transcript, your application may not be processed.) AND

A Quality Ranking Factor * has been requested by the facility to help determine which of the basically qualified applicants are likely to be better qualified for a position. The quality ranking factor for this position is:

Do you possess experience conducting data analyses using statistical page for the Social Sciences as well as authorship on a paper or poster as a scientific journal or conference?

Quality Ranking Factors are skills, knowledge, abilities, or other worker characteristics which could be expected to result in superior performance on the job. Quality ranking factors will not be used for screening , but may be used as ranking criteria. Applicants with higher proficiency levels may rank above those with lower proficiency levels on a quality ranking factor. AND

This position includes a Selective Placement Factor (skill, knowledge, ability or other worker characteristic basic to - and essential for - satisfactory performance of the job). Selective Placements Factors are a prerequisite to appointment and represent minimum requirements for a position. Applicants who do not meet it are ineligible for further consideration.

The selective placement factor for this position is:
Worked under the direction of a Research Investigator on a research grant by overseeing the technical aspects of conducting scientific research in the social sciences for a minimum of one year.

This position includes a Proficiency Requirement (skill, knowledge, ability or other worker characteristic basic to - and essential for - satisfactory performance of the job). Proficiency Requirements are a prerequisite to appointment and represent minimum requirements for a position. Applicants who do not meet it are ineligible for further consideration.

The proficiency requirement for this position is:
“English Proficiency”

In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), No person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. You must be proficient in basic written and spoken English in order to meet the requirements of this position. The English Language proficiency statement appears as an English Proficiency Requirement on the Assessment Questionnaire.

You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position: Narrative responses are not required.

Ability to manage and oversee staff using excellent communication skills as well as knowledge of working with participants from recruitment through to enrollment.

Knowledge of performing biological diagnostic tests.Ability to use a computer and software to perform basic analysis.

Excellent organizational skills with attention to detail.

Knowledge of common statistic analytical packages such as Statistical Product and Service Solutions and Excel.

Knowledge of office equipment, video and audio equipment and resourcefulness with maintaining unfamiliar equipment.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications .

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

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. Please refer to this checklist to ensure proper accreditation and for foreign education requirements.

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.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-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 " SF15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference ," (go to http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf ) and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx .

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Applicants will be ranked based on four quality groups, as follows:

Best qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;

Highly qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job;

Well qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the job; and

Qualified - applicants possessing experience and/or education that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors.

After the vacancy announcement closes, reviewed applications are evaluated against the questionnaire responses and placed in the appropriate quality group. Qualified veterans will be afforded preference by being placed at the top of the appropriate quality group. Qualifying veterans with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be placed at the top of the best qualified group. The best qualified group is the first to be referred to the hiring facility for further consideration and possible interview. The remaining groups may be referred based on the number of applicants available.

BENEFITS:
VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www4.va.gov/jobs/job_benefits/benefits.asp .

The Federal Government has special appointing authorities for persons with qualifying disabilities (go to http://www.opm.gov/disability/peoplewithdisabilities.asp ). For additional information on these, and other special appointing authorities, refer to this checklist or contact the hiring Human Resources Management Service at Central Texas Veterans Health Care Cente
1901 Veterans Memorial Drive
Temple, TX 76504
.

OTHER INFORMATION:
VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

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The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a government-run military veteran benefit system with Cabinet-level status. It is...