Psychologist Program Manager - General Mental Health
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Mather AFB, California
Internal Number: 692724400
The Veterans Affairs Northern California Health Care System (VA NCHCS) is currently recruiting a Psychologist Program Manager General Mental Health (GMH) for the Mather location. A recruitment/relocation incentive may be authorized for highly qualified applicants. 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) 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 (2) Have a doctoral degree in any area of psychology and, in addition, successfully complete a respecialization program (including documentation of an approved internship completed as part of the respecialization program) meeting both of the following conditions: (a) the respecialization 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. NOTE: The applicant must provide an official transcript and/or certificate documenting the completion of the respecialization program, which includes completion of an APA or CPA internship. OR (3)Have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature. Internship: (a) 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 (b) 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 (c) 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 (d) 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 (e)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: 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. English Language Proficiency: Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j. 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: GS-14 Psychologist Program Manager Experience: At least three years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-13 grade level. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following 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 Part II Appendix G18 Physical Requirements: Hearing (aid permitted) is required. ["The incumbent is responsible for planning, implementation, improvement, and maintenance of the continuum of care for GMH services delivered across all NCHCS sites. The incumbent works closely and collaborates with the ACOS/Assistant Chief for MHS or designee to assure that all aspects of the GMH Program are functioning optimally. This includes strategic planning, setting operational priorities and deployment of resources, engaging in quality improvement, performance measure outcomes, and encouraging and improving team and recovery-oriented care for Veterans. Work These GMH Program priorities include but are not limited to full-implementation of and ongoing process improvement activities related to the team-based Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary Program (BHIP) model, establishing short and long-range goals for the GMH Program, deploying and utilizing measurement-based outcomes to evaluate quality and drive improvement efforts, identification and management of Veterans' care who are placed at elevated or high risk, and providing guidance and direction to support ongoing process improvement of the GMH continuum of care across sites. The incumbent is tasked with ensuring GMH services are coordinated, standardized, and integrated within General Mental Health Program. The incumbent develops and maintains close collaboration with other MH programmatic components as well as partnering with service leaders outside of MH as appropriate. The incumbent facilitates GMH staff meetings, disseminates announcements, addresses operational concerns, addresses scheduling practices, and advocates as needed to assure that service-wide programmatic concerns are addressed, and makes strategic efforts to maintain and improve morale and staff cohesion. Major duties include, but are not limited to: Provides programmatic guidance and oversight of GMH operations across the service. Ensures efficient access to Mental Health services related to GMH program, involving both day-to-day operations and long-term planning and growth.Implements policies, procedures, and practice guidelines. Attends and/or facilitates regularly scheduled meetings to ensure efficiency and continuity of service delivery. Manages and monitors appropriate performance indicators, making adjustments as needed to assure adherence to programmatic expectations. Hires and trains staff as appropriate given the breadth of responsibilities of the position. Establishes guidelines and performance expectations for all supervisees, which are clearly communicated through the formal employee performance management system. Establishes and monitors productivity targets for supervisees. Provides advanced services at all levels of complexity for patients, with service delivery to include intake evaluation, diagnostic assessments, psychotherapy and patient education. Provides a full range of therapeutic interventions including individual therapy, group therapy, and psycho-education classes. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Telework: Telework, if approved, would be on a partial basis, but this is not a virtual or remote position. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: A recruitment/relocation incentive may be authorized for highly qualified applicants. Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required This announcement is an open continuous announcement with applicants being referred to the hiring manager every three weeks until a selection is made."]
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.