This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. English Language Proficiency: Per VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, Section A, Paragraph 3j: No person will be appointed under authority of 38 U.S.C., chapter 73 or 74, to serve in a direct patient-care capacity in VHA who is not proficient in written and spoken English. Education Requirement - Must have a doctoral degree in psychology from a graduate program in psychology accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA), the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS), or the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) at the time the program was completed. The specialty area of the degree must be consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed; OR, have a doctoral degree in any area of psychology and, in addition, successfully completed a re-specialization program meeting both of the following conditions: a) the re-specialization program must be completed in an APA or a CPA accredited doctoral program; and b) the specialty in which you were retrained is consistent with the assignment you are applying for; OR, have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature. Internship Requirement - Must have successfully completed a professional psychology internship training program that was accredited by APA or CPA at the time the program was completed and that is consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed; OR, 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 Office of Academic Affiliations at the time that the individual was an intern; OR, VHA facilities that offered full-time, one-year pre-doctoral internships prior to PL 96-151 (pre-1979) are considered to be acceptable in fulfillment of the internship requirement; OR, Applicants who completed an internship that was not accredited by APA or CPA at the time the program was completed may be considered eligible for hire only if they are currently board certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology in a specialty area that is consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed. (NOTE: Once board certified, the employee is required to maintain board certification; OR, Applicants who have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature may fulfill this internship requirement by having the equivalent of a one-year supervised internship experience in a site specifically acceptable to the candidate's doctoral program. If the internship experience is not noted on the applicant's official transcript, the applicant must provide a statement from the doctoral program verifying that the equivalent of a one-year supervised internship experience was completed in a site acceptable to the doctoral program. Licensure - Applicants must hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to practice psychology at the doctoral level in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or the District of Columbia. May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation). [All persons employed in VHA as a psychologist on the effective date of this qualification standard are considered to have met all qualification requirements for the title, series and grade held, including positive education (i.e., degree and internship requirements) and licensure/certification that are part of the basic requirements of the occupation. (1) Employees grandfathered under this provision for this revision may be reassigned, promoted up to and including the full performance (journey) level, or changed to lower grade within the occupation, but may not be promoted beyond the journey level or placed in supervisory or managerial positions or beyond the assignment currently held for those being grandfathered to assignments above FPL.] (2) Psychologists who are appointed on a temporary basis prior to the effective date of the qualification standard may not have their temporary appointment extended or be reappointed on a temporary or permanent basis until they fully meet the basic requirements of the standard. (3) Psychologists initially grandfathered into this occupation who subsequently obtain additional education and/or licensure that meet all of the basic requirements of this qualification standard must maintain the required credentials as a condition of employment in the occupation. [NOTE: If psychologists who are grandfathered under this provision leave the occupation, the employee loses protected status and must meet the full VA qualification standard requirements in effect at the time of reentry to the occupation. Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates. For GS-14: Candidate must have At least 3 years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-13 level. which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics that are directly related to the duties of the position to be filled. This would include operation and management of key clinical, training, research, or administrative programs to include full responsibility for managing the day to day activities of those programs. Program Managers are responsible for strategic planning to ensure the provision of high quality services to meet the needs of the Veterans being served and planning, and developing and implementing short-and long term goals and objectives consistent with the programs strategic plan. In addition to meeting experience listed above, your resume must also demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs): 1. Ability to organize work, set priorities, delegate tasks, and meet multiple deadlines. 2. Knowledge of and ability to utilize evidence based practices and clinical practice guidelines appropriately and ability to guide staff in using these tools. 3. Ability to deal effectively with individuals or groups representing widely divergent backgrounds, interests, and points of view. 4. Skill in managing and directing the work of others to accomplish program goals and objectives. 5. Ability to translate management goals and objectives into well-coordinated and controlled work operations.6. Ability to establish and monitor production and performance priorities and standards. 7. Ability to analyze organizational and operational problems and to develop and implement solutions that result in sound operation of the program. References: VA Handbook 5005/87 Part II Appendix G18 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-14. Physical Requirements: This position requires light lifting (under 15 lbs.); Light carrying (under 15 lbs); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Emotional and mental stability; Hearing (aid permitted). ["The Psychology Training Director has broad program management responsibilities for the various Psychology Training Programs, which include the operation and management of the practicum, internship, and pre/postdoctoral fellowship programs in Psychology at CNVAMC. The CNVAMC Internship Consortium maintains a partnership with Augusta University to offer joint didactic experiences and to allow some sharing of interns depending on intern training needs and interests. Major duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Manages all aspects of the national recruitment and selection process of psychology interns and postdoctoral fellows and oversight of recruitment and selection of practicum students. Sets policies for the internship program which are consistent with guidelines from the VA Office of Academic Affiliations and the American Psychological Association. Maintenance of training records, collection of outcome data, completion of the APA self-study, ensuring that at policies at CNVAMC meet APA accreditation standards, and in hosting APA site visitors for the internship program. Oversight of administrative and programmatic resources of the Psychology Training Programs, which are highly specialized and complex, offering fully developed internship rotations and post-doctoral fellowship programs in clinical psychology. Organizes, directs, administers, and manages all aspects of the program including comprehensive planning, developing, and implementing policies and procedures, determining needs of the program, overseeing the quality and quantity of training, and establishing program initiatives and direction with the limitation of available staff and budget. Coordinates programming within the training program with Chiefs and Program Managers of other programs in Mental Health as well as with discipline supervisors of affected staff assigned to the program. Supervisory responsibility for 9 predoctoral psychology interns, 3 postdoctoral fellows, and 2-4 psychology externs. Partners with staff at the Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA) to ensure proper allocation of funds each year and responds to Request for Proposals (RFPs) regarding expansion of existing training programs. Develops program self-studies and coordinates all aspects of APA site visits as needed to maintain national accreditation. Maintains program evaluation records consistent with APA and APPIC standards. Coordinates the assignment of trainees to clinical rotations. Chairs monthly Training Committee meetings for the psychology internship, psychology postdoctoral fellowship, and psychology externship programs, including annual trainee selection meetings for internship, fellowship, and externship programs. Prepares affiliation agreements with affiliated institutions in conjunction with the ACOS, Education. Represents CNVAMC at professional/program community group/events and committees with representatives of local public interest groups, congressional district offices, and employees of state and local governments. Participates in monthly psychology staff meetings. Additional duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8am - 4:30pm\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position\nFunctional Statement #: F00492\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized to highly qualified candidates\nEDRP Authorized: Contact Remell.Wilson@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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