Physician Assistant or Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner (CRNP) (Behavioral Health)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration - State College, PA

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The James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center consists of a parent site, located in Altoona, PA and three community based outpatient clinics (CBOCs) located in Johnstown, DuBois, and State College, PA. With approximately 600 employees, the Altoona VAMC is one of the largest employers in the area. The medical center serves Veterans from a 14 county area in Central Pennsylvania, providing exceptional health care in the areas of Acute Care, Behavioral Health, Diagnostic Services, Emergency Care, Long Term Care, Pharmacy, Primary Care, Social Services, Specialty Care, and Women's Health.
This position is located at the State College, PA Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) and may be filled with a CRNP who possesses a relevant certification (i.e. Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health) from American Nurses Association or another nationally recognized certifying body, or with a Physician Assistant with an interest in Behavioral Health who has a current certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician's Assistants (NCCPA).
***Relocation/Recruitment incentive MAY be authorized to highly qualified candidates.

KEY REQUIREMENTS:
U.S. Citizenship

Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.

Background and/or Security Investigation required.

Must pass pre-employment examination.

Duties

Additional Duty Location Info:
1 vacancy - State College, PA

The VA Medical Center in Altoona, PA is actively seeking a full-time Physician Assistant or Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner. The incumbent will be assigned to our outpatient clinic in State College, PA. Incumbent will work in the Substance Abuse Clinic and in the Behavioral Health Clinic areas, and will provide substance abuse, psycho-educational, medical, and bio-psychosocial counseling and guidance to patients. Tour of duty is Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

Qualifications and Evaluations

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
CRNP Applicants: Applicants must possess a Master's Degree in Nursing with completion of a university-based program for Nurse Practitioner. Must possess current RN and CRNP license in any state. Must possess relevant certification (i.e. Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health) from American Nurses Association or another nationally recognized certifying body.
PA Applicants: Applicants must possess a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree from a Physician Assistant training program certified by ARC-PA. Must have current certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician's Assistants (NCCPA).
The preferred candidate for this position will have a minimum of 2 years experience in the psychiatric and mental health field.
The preferred candidate for this position will have demonstrated initiative, self-direction, adherence to work obligations, effective communication and interpersonal skills.

You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.

After appointment, you will be subject to random testing for illegal drug use.

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

Physical Standards/Requirements: Applicants for this position must pass a pre-employment medical examination.
Licensure: Must possess a current, full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a State, Territory or Commonwealth of the U.S. or in the District of Columbia.
English Language Proficiency : Applicants must be proficient in spoken and written English.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Evaluated based on qualifications (i.e. education, training, experience and references).

Benefits and Other Info

BENEFITS:
You may participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits program, with costs shared with your employer. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#FEHB .

Life insurance coverage is provided. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#life

New employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). If you are transferring from another agency and covered by CSRS, you may continue in this program. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#retr

You will earn annual vacation leave. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#VACA

You will earn sick leave. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#SKLV

You will be paid for federal holidays that fall within your regularly scheduled tour of duty. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#HOLI

You can use Health Care Flexible Spending Accounts for expenses that are tax-deductible, but not reimbursed by any other source, including out-of-pocket expenses and non-covered benefits under their FEHB plans. More Info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#FSA

OTHER INFORMATION:
This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive civil service.

You will be required to serve a probationary period of 2 years.

How To Apply

HOW TO APPLY:
Vacancy Announcement 503-2011-BS-046

You must submit your application so that it will be received by the closing date of the announcement. Please include the following:
1. Physician Assistant Candidates should submit VA Form 10-2850 (application). This can be found at: http://www4.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850-fill.pdf .
CRNP Candidates should submit VA Form 10-2850c. This can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf
2. Curriculum Vitae
3. OF-306 Declaration for Federal Employment. This can be found at: http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf
4. A copy of your current professional license.
5. If you are a current or former Federal employee with reinstatement eligibility, you must submit a copy of your last Notification of Personnel Action (SF 50) showing your position, title, series, grade and eligibility.
6. If you are a current VA employees, submit a copy of your last two (2) Proficiency Reports.
7. Transcripts should be submitted to verify claimed education. Copies of transcripts are acceptable for the application process. If you are selected for a position, you will be required to submit an official copy.
8. To claim veterans preference, please submit a copy of your DD214.
Submit application package to VA Medical Center, ATTN: Bethany Snyder (10H), Human Resources Service, 2907 Pleasant Valley Blvd., Altoona, PA 16602-4377. You may also fax/email your application package.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:
Bethany Snyder

Phone: 814-943-8164, X7028

Fax: 814-940-7892

Email: bethany.snyder@va.gov

Agency Information:
Department Of Veterans Affairs

VA Medical Center

2907 Pleasant Valley Blvd.

Altoona, PA 16602

US

Fax: 814-940-7892

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:
Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. We expect to make a selection within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement. You will be notified of the outcome.

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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...