This position is eligible for the EDRP and SLRP student loan reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirement in accordance with VHA Policy 1021 and submit your application within four months of appointment. The final award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) is determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services office. Please contact the Consolidated Comp. Center of Excellence (CCOE) via email: V19RMNHRCompensation@va.gov 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. Education: (1) 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. For the purpose of meeting this requirement, the term "specialty area" refers to the specific specialty areas recognized by the accrediting body and not to specific job duties that might require special skills. Currently, APA accredits doctoral programs in the specialty areas of clinical psychology, counseling psychology, school psychology, or combinations of two or more of those areas. PCSAS accredits doctoral programs in psychological clinical science. CPA accredits doctoral programs in clinical psychology, counseling psychology, clinical neuropsychology, and school psychology. There are no job assignments in VHA that require the skills of a school psychologist; therefore, an applicant with a degree in the specialty area of school psychology is not eligible for appointment. Strictly for the purpose of determining eligibility for appointment as a psychologist in VHA, there is no distinction between the specialty areas (with the exception of school psychology). OR (2) Have a doctoral degree in any area of psychology and, in addition, successfully complete a re-specialization program (including documentation of an approved internship completed as part of the 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 the applicant is retrained must be consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed. AND (4) Internships Licensure: 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 and meet the criteria). Grade Determinations: Psychology Program Manager , GS-14 Experience: At least three years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-13 grade level. AND In addition to meeting the KSAs for the GS-13 grade level, the candidate must demonstrate all of the KSAs below: 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: VVA HANDBOOK 5005/103 FEBRUARY 7, 2018 PART II APPENDIX G18. PSYCHOLOGIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD GS-0180 Veterans Health Administration Physical Requirements: This position provides direct services to patients and their families through casework. Incumbents must be physically and mentally able to efficiently perform the essential functions of the position without hazard to themselves or others. Normal work of the position requires visual acuity (with the ability to read typewritten characters without strain, corrective lenses permitted), keen hearing (aid permitted), clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially moderate levels of lifting and carrying (15-44 pounds). The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs. Must complete annual Employee Health requirements, such as annual TB screening or testing, as a condition of employment. ["This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT and will remain open until January 31, 2023. The initial cut-off date for referral of eligible applications will be January 31, 2022, with subsequent cut-off dates on the 1st of each month. Eligible applications received after that date will be referred at regular intervals or as additional vacancies occur on an as-needed basis until positions are filled. Responsibilities include development and implementation of programs, policies, and procedures; oversight of clinical, administrative, and programmatic resources; and monitoring of outcomes using a data-driven quality assurance process. The incumbent, insures that agency policies and priorities are being followed; develops performance standards and evaluates work performance of an interdisciplinary staff. The incumbent gives advice, counsel and instruction to employees on both program and administrative matters. The incumbent hears and resolves minor complaints from employees; refers group grievances and more serious unresolved complaints to supervisor; effects minor disciplinary measures such as warnings and reprimands and recommends action in more serious cases. The Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary Program (BHIP) Program Manager has direct responsibility for the health and safety of the Veterans participating in the Sheridan VA HCS outpatient mental health programs. This is accomplished primarily through the supervision and monitoring of assigned clinical staff and coordinated task management of administrative staff and the day to day operations in the programs. The outpatient mental health program is a focus of the Uniform Benefits to which veterans are entitled. The outpatient mental health program is a very busy, multi-problematic setting in which issues such as medical or mental health can quickly escalate to a critical level. Additionally, the balancing of resident safety with budgetary concerns is a delicate mixture of clinical concern and knowledge and practical experience. Keen judgments with confidence and effective communication are imperative to the functioning of this position and are a major area of concentration. The incumbent has direct administrative and professional supervision of interdisciplinary staff assigned or annexed to the outpatient mental health programs (e.g. Nurse Practitioners, Secretarial staff, Nurse managers, Licensed Independent Providers, Nursing Staff, Addiction Therapists, and Peer Support Specialists). Considering all factors in assessing the needs of Veterans receiving care in the outpatient mental health clinic. The outpatient program has substance abuse care, dual diagnosis, posttraumatic stress disorder, and serious mental illness programs from which to choose. Coordinating the Quality Improvement Program with the outpatient mental health clinic to enhance performance in the program as well a meet or exceed regulatory agency standards. - The incumbent will plan work to be accomplished by clinical staff, groups/classes for Veterans, staff training, to be completed within a designated time frame. - The incumbent will assign work based on priorities, consideration of difficulty and the capabilities of the employees. - The incumbent will evaluate work performance on a continuous basis, providing oral and written feedback when indicated. - The incumbent will give advice, counsel or instructions to employees on work and administrative matters. - The incumbent will interview candidates for vacancy positions and recommend appointments. - The incumbent will hear and resolve complaints, refer group grievances and serious, unresolved complaints to a higher level. - Effect minor disciplinary measures and recommend action for more serious cases. The incumbent counsels Veterans participating in the outpatient mental health services with group and individual interactions specific to PTSD specialty care services. The incumbent makes assessments of the veterans referred and the type and scope of services required by each Veteran with specialty PTSD treatment needs. They use Evidence Based Practice models to provide specialty PTSD treatment. They represent the VA and Mental Health Leadership to the community, residents, families, agencies, legislators, surveying bodies and other VA's. They advise Senior Mental Health Leadership of any issues which need to be resolved on a higher level. May serve on Medical Center or Healthcare System, VISN, and/or National VA committees or task forces. Work Schedule: Monday- Friday, from 07:30am-16:00pm\nCompressed/Flexible: Not required\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position\nEducation Debt Reduction Program (EDRP): Authorized\nStudent Loan Repayment Program (SLRP): Authorized\nPosition Title/Functional Statement #:Psychology Program Manager /54588-O\nRecruitment/Relocation Incentives: Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.