Psychologist (Supervisor Psychotherapy Programs)
Department of Veterans Affairs - Manchester, NH

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN)

912284

This vacancy may be filled by a Psychologist or a Social Worker

OUR MISSION:
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?

Manchester is an ideal place to live. Whatever you are looking for is within reach: the beautiful White Mountains and Lakes Region are to are to the north, the Atlantic Ocean and fine Seacoast lift to the east, beautiful contry-side throughout the state, and a host of activities, culture, and dining experiences are all right here. Whatever your reason, Manchester is an attractive place to work, live and visit.

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 and leadership positions 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. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to

http://www.vacareers.va.gov/

Patient Centered Care is our approach to delivering healthcare to our Veterans. This philosophy gives patients and their families the chance to work closely with their healthcare providers to create more personalized care plans. Patient Centered care also considers the Veterans' personal preferences and values, family situations, cultural traditions, and lifestyles; it keeps them informed and engaged throughout their treatment. The Veteran and family members become key members of the healthcare team and are active participants in making healthcare decisions.

NOTE:
The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed in that specific grade. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

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.

Relocation Expenses:
Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

A recruitment or relocation incentive has not been authorized for this position

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KEY REQUIREMENTS

Must be a U.S. Citizen

Must be proficient in written and spoken English

Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required

Background and-or Security Investigation required

Must pass pre-employment examination

DUTIES:
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 mental health.

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.

The incumbent is a Psychologist who is responsible for
supervising both psychologist and social workers who provide psychotherapy
within the Manchester Mental Health service line. This incumbent has
significant personnel management responsibilities.

The incumbent also provides some direct

clinical services in the Mental Health Clinic such as:
risk assessments, psychosocial assessments,
and psychotherapy treatment.

The amount
of clinical services will be determined and assigned by the Mental Health
Service Line Manager and are provided in both individual and group
settings.

As the supervisor, the incumbent assists in planning,
establishing, and implementing policies and procedures; developing individual
or group goals and objectives as well as monitoring, operating, evaluating,
coordinating and overseeing the psychotherapy staff of the assigned
programs.

The incumbent will assure the
staff whom they supervise are aware of, adhere to all current directives of
VHA, and meet current JC standards, State licensure standards, and VA-OIG
expectations.

The incumbent will conduct
ongoing intensive reviews and appraisals to ensure the accomplishment of
objectives and adherence to standards set by governing bodies.

Effective and inspiring leadership is the most important
function of the Manchester Mental Health Service Psychotherapy Supervisor, who
is responsible for modeling compassionate and concerned care for the Veterans
who come to our door, and for communicating that expectation to Mental Health
Service Line staff.

The Supervisor is responsible for the quality of psychiatric
services delivered to Veterans, for programmatic development and change, and
for operating within budgetary constraints of the facility. The Supervisor is
also responsible for leading and helping to develop and sustain a viable,
vibrant and powerful shared vision for the Manchester Mental Health Service
Line. S/he is responsible for maintaining high morale and motivation within the
Service.

This includes providing necessary up-to-date education for the
mental health staff. This task entails developing the capacity to create the
kind of Service the staff truly desire, by nurturing the ability as a group to
habitually see the whole or system, and by nurturing the ability in staff to
develop new and innovative patterns of thinking to increase productivity, gain
flexibility and adaptively for the Service.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

Have a Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from a graduate program in Psychology accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).

Have successfully completed a professional psychology internship training program that has been accredited by APA.

Be licensed to practice psychology at the doctorate level.

English language proficiency.

GS-13:
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.

Experience:
Have at least one (1) year of professional experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-12).

Preferred Experience: SUPERVISORY EXPERIENCE STRONGLY PREFERRED.

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

GRADE DETERMINATIONS:
See VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G18

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It is anticipated that the full performance level for this position will be GS-14, but will be dependent upon review of the Professional Standards Board.

References:
http://vaww.va.gov/OHRM/Directives-Handbooks/Documents/5005.pdf

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

Al

l 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.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
No special physical exertion is required. The work is primarily performed while sitting though some work may require periods of standing. The regular and recurring work of the position involves sitting at a desk, conferences, meetings, etc., and occasional visits to activity work sites. Occasional use of automobile and public conveyance may be required.

Veterans' 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 your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or 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 Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application

checklist

or visit

http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.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.

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://www.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp

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

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

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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...