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. **Resume Requirement**: Your resume must include the following information: Job title, description of duties, beginning and ending date (month/year) of employment; and Full-Time or Part-Time or average hours worked per week for each job or volunteer exp.* 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 Requirement - 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 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: The re-specialization program must be completed in an APA or a CPA accredited doctoral program; and, the specialty in which the applicant is retrained must be consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed. OR Have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature. AND Internships: 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 your official transcript, you 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- Candidates 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. English Language Proficiency Requirement- Per VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, Section A, Paragraph 3j: Must be proficient in the English Language 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. In addition to meeting the basic requirements above in order to qualify at the GS-14 level please see below rquirements. Grade Determinations: Psychology Program Manager, GS-14 Experience - you must have At least three years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-13 grade level. AND Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. Your Resume must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: Ability to organize work, set priorities, delegate tasks, and meet multiple deadlines. Knowledge of and ability to utilize evidence based practices and clinical practice guidelines appropriately and ability to guide staff in using these tools. Ability to deal effectively with individuals or groups representing widely divergent backgrounds, interests, and points of view. Skill in managing and directing the work of others to accomplish program goals and objectives. Ability to translate management goals and objectives into well-coordinated and controlled work operations. Ability to establish and monitor production and performance priorities and standards. Ability to analyze organizational and operational problems and to develop and implement solutions that result in sound operation of the program. References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/103, 2018 PART II APPENDIX G18 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-14. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-14 Physical Requirements: Emotional and mental stability; communication abilities; working alone; working closely with others. ["The Director of Psychology Training Programs has program and personnel management responsibilities for all three components of the Psychology Training Program at the DC VAMC, the post-doctoral fellowship training program, the psychology internship training program, and the practicum student training program. Managing these programs involves comprehensive management duties including: planning, developing and implementing policies and procedures, day to day duties that are involved in the solicitation of applicants, coordination with graduate programs, assuring the appropriate supervision and training of all trainees is in place and up to the highest standards, meeting with and direct supervision and coordination of training needs with each of the trainees. In addition, the Training Director must coordinate roles and efforts among the training committees for both the internship program and the fellowship program (which the Training Director chairs), trainees, staff supervisors, and various departments and administrative officials. The position involves setting priorities and balancing the training needs of students alongside the needs of the Medical Center for patient care. Working with other individuals or committees, the incumbent manages many projects and processes throughout the year. Multiple deadlines exist, including the recruitment, selection, and orientation of interns and practicum students, the evaluation of trainees, as well as the coordination of program evaluations and site visits needed to maintain national accreditation. The incumbent maintains strong communication with the program's trainees and supervisors, clinicians, Medical Center staff, directors of other nationally-accredited training programs, and our accrediting bodies. This communication is especially helpful to manage ongoing changes within the field, changing national accreditation guidelines, and changes within the academically affiliated Medical Center in which these programs reside. Functions/Duties: Administrative Responsibilities (60%) Directly manage all administrative aspects of the APA accredited doctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship programs clerkship programs Annually identify and prioritize training improvement initiatives that incorporate data from multiple sources (standards of accreditation; past year trainee and staff feedback; identified Mental Health Service, Medical Center and VA priorities). Training Program operations management and facilitating the yearly Human Resources actions for both stipend paid and Without Compensation (WOC) appointed psychology trainees at the medical center Develops data driven strategies to assist Psychology Section leaders in creating an environment conducive to the delivery, application, and impact of training Provides status updates to Senior Management on training outcomes and programs and provide feedback; utilizes data and information to evaluate and improve the quality of the program while continuously monitoring program outcomes using data-driven processes. Coordinates the assignment of interns to clinical training sites based on training needs and interests, supervisory and space resources, and consistency with the educational mission. Interfaces with program and clinic coordinators to ensure a supportive training environment respectful of the need for efficient clinical operations. Reviews and updates program policies and procedures to ensure compliance with multiple oversight agencies: The American Psychological Association Commission on Accreditation (APA) (CoA); Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Programs (APPIC) and the VA Office of Academic Affiliations (VA OAA). Compiles required annual reports to APA CoA, updates to APPIC and responds to annual data requests from VA OAA. Conducts internal quality assurance processes through annual survey administration, review of records and conduct of individual out-processing interviews with graduating interns and fellows. Teaching/Education Responsibilities (30%) Directs team of psychology training leads to implement program activities including curriculum development, competency evaluation, program self-assessments and ongoing quality improvement initiatives Provides didactic seminars at the internship and fellowship levels on topics where they are a subject matter expert. Work Schedule: Mon-Fri 08:00 AM to 4:30 PM Compressed/Flexible: Available Telework: Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 0000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized EDRP Authorized: EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Learn more Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
About Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
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.