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. 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 - You 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. 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: (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. Transcript Required; OR Have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature; Internship Requirement - 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: 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. Grade Determinations Psychology Program Manager, GS-14 (a) Experience. At least three years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-13 grade level. (b) 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. Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G18 Psychologist Qualification Standard. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-14. Preferred Experience: five years clinical experience, 1 year in leadership, fully licensed as Psychologist. Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting (15-44 pounds); Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (2 hours); Standing (2 hours); Specific visual requirement (see computer screen); Hearing (aid may be permitted). Environmental Factors: Silica, asbestos, etc.; Working closely with others; Working alone. ["A. The incumbent has the broad responsibility for program management of the PCMHI program to include: services at the Main Facility in White City, Oregon and two CBOCS (Klamath Falls and Grants Pass,) and makes decisions exercising very wide latitude and independent judgment. The incumbent plans, organizes and directs administrative, operational, patient and personnel activities for the two programs. B. The incumbent has primary responsibility for ensuring each program meets VHA's Uniformed Mental Health Services Handbook requirements, VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guidelines for PCMHI, Joint Commission accreditation standards, and CARF accreditation standards when applicable. Thus, develops and implements policies, procedures, and programs to enhance the Veteran's Mental Health treatment experience. C. The incumbent has authority and oversight of administrative and programmatic resources and will deploy those resources in support of the program needs. D. Responsible for strategic planning to ensure the provision of high quality services to meet the needs of the Veterans being served i.e. the development and implementation of short- and long-term goals and objectives. E. Oversees the establishment and utilization of program monitors and outcome measurements within each program using data-driven quality assurance processes. Using information obtained from data analysis makes successive improvements in processes to benefit the Mental Health treatment experience for Veterans. Will be primary champion for SAIL metrics related to PCMHI areas of focus. Develops and implements information and workload systems to evaluate the quality of services provided and track productivity. F. The incumbent serves as a Champion for the Measurement Based Care (MBC) initiative to increase motivation and overall improvement in growth and mental health symptoms reduction within the PCMHI program. The incumbent is responsible for the development and implementation of this initiative within the PCMHI program, specifically to develop processes to train program staff and to implement MBC to inform treatment as well as to establish better communication and improvement in referrals between Residential, General Mental Health, and Specialty Care. G. The incumbent will work to maintain model fidelity to the PCMHI Program with the goal to attain VA Central Office designation as a Co-located and Collaborative service within PACT. The incumbent will work to develop/maintain programming to include Care Management utilizing tools such as Behavioral Health Laboratory, and acquire resources to fully staff a multidisciplinary team comprised of psychologists, social workers, and Nurse Care Managers. H. The incumbent also collaborates with and assists others within or across work groups to validate and/or improve practice, either based on application of current research based knowledge or conducting research. This may include methods to evaluate the outcomes of practice changes and reporting the results as appropriate. I. The incumbent is expected to collaborate with other Mental Health services on a regular basis to support the Mental Health Service Line (MHSL) mission. Mental Health services to include: Psychiatry Service (BHIP); Social Work Service (HUD/VASH, Homeless Programming, TCM, VJO); Vocational Rehabilitation Service; Specialty Services (PTSD, Neuropsychology, PTSD, Recreation Therapy,) and Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (RRTP). Also, coordinates with other VA SORCC departments to maintain a supportive and therapeutic Mental Health treatment environment. J. Participates in conferences/meetings with higher-ranking managers, supervisors, and staff from other disciplines or work units, and/or, as needed, with representatives of local public interest groups, congressional district offices, and employees of State and local governments. K. Primary Responsibility for Supervising Pre-Doctoral Interns when on the PCMHI rotation and/or supervising unlicensed psychologist working toward licensure. L. Serves as the Acting Outpatient Behavioral Health, Service Chief in the absence of the Service Chief. M. The incumbent must have complete knowledge of the following: Administrative knowledge of the programs, facility, and VHA organization that includes rules, regulations and policies regarding patient eligibility, screening, treatment, care, and discharge procedures, providing a continuity of services to Veterans, as well as all related matters such as HR, fire and safety, environmental controls, infection control, and risk management; Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 08:00am to 4:30pm Compressed/Flexible: May be available upon 90 day review. Telework: May be available upon 90 day review. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. EDRP Authorized: Contact Stacy.Hermann@va.gov or Crystal.White6@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator(s) for questions/assistance. Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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