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. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement. 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: Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j. Education: 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. (TRANSCRIPT WITH CONFER DATE REQUIRED) 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 (or will complete) as part of the re-specialization program) meeting both of the following conditions: Must be completed in an APA or a CPA accredited doctoral program, and, the specialty in which the applicant is retained must be consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed. (TRANSCRIPT WITH CONFER DATE REQUIRED). OR Have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature. (TRANSCRIPT WITH CONFER DATE REQUIRED) 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. 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. 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. (COPY OF LICENSE REQUIRED) Board Certification: Persons hired to psychology positions in the VHA who completed an internship that was not accredited at the time the program was completed must be 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. The board certificate must be current and the applicant must abide by the certifying body's requirement for continuing education. 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-15 Senior Psychologist (Service Chief) Experience: At least four years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-14 level. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: Ability to supervise and manage a large group of professional staff effectively. Skill in interpersonal relationships, including conflict resolution and ability to work collaboratively with supervisors from other units. Ability to accurately apply the qualification standards, assesses the potential of current and prospective employees, and promotes their professional development. Ability to develop appropriate productivity standards for professional staff, often across multiple program lines. Knowledge of the goals and objectives of the medical center and VISN and ability to communicate these to subordinates. Preferred Experience: Experience as supervisor in a behavioral health service or clinical area. Adult Inpatient and Outpatient experience preferred. Demonstrated experience and/or training in leadership, healthcare management, or business/operations skills. References: VHA Handbook, Part II, Appendix G18, Qualifications for Psychologists. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-15. Physical Requirements: Light lifting and carrying (under 15 lbs), use of fingers, both hands required, ability to distinguish basic colors, ability to distinguish shades of colors, working closely with others. ["The incumbent serves as the Senior Psychologist (Service Chief)/ Associate Chief of Staff for Behavioral Health (ACOS/BH) at the Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center (MGVAMC). The incumbent has broad and overall responsibility for the clinical practice, program management, education, human resource management, and supervision for the Behavioral Health Service (BHS). Duties will include: Scope of assigned duties: Administrative responsibilities (75%), Direct Patient Care (10-15%), Additional Duties (5-10%). Autonomously directs, oversees, and holds full responsibility for all clinical and administrative operations of the complex Behavioral Health Service (BHS) across all locations of the MGVAMC, a Level-3 VA Medical Center that provides inpatient and outpatient care to more than 30,000 Veterans annually, with a 60,000 square-mile catchment area within the US Inland Northwest. Oversees and has full responsibility for all clinical and administrative functions of programs, including but not limited to strategic short- and long-range planning; resource identification, allocation, and management; budget development and management; policy development and implementation; personnel selection and management; operational execution; continuous data-driven performance improvement; and program evaluation and reporting. Anticipates various programs' resources needs and advocates for the requisite funding, space, staffing, and decisional authority. Responsible for the Service's compliance with VA and external regulations, requirements, policies, and performance standards for its various programs and services. Responsible to proactively identify challenges, obstacles, and barriers that hinder the agency's ability to fulfil its patient-care mission, and to plan and implement preventive and remedial solutions, advocating for requisite resources when needed. Serves as the behavioral health executive for the facility, with responsibility for oversight of the professional practice of clinical staff of all mental health disciplines (psychiatry, psychiatric nursing, psychology, social work, and mental health counseling), including mental health providers of various disciplines who work outside of BHS. Provides administrative and professional oversight to a large, diverse multidisciplinary professional staff. Incumbent serves as direct or as indirect (second-, or third-level) supervisor to the following: (Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Senior Social Workers, Social Workers, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, and Clinical Pharmacy Specialist) as well as Vocational Rehabilitation Specialists, Social Science Specialists, Health Science Specialists, Addiction Therapists, Peer Support Specialists and administrative support staff. Directs and oversees subordinate supervisors and program coordinators by providing general direction, vision and priorities; by directing and assuring organizational alignment with agency mission; by specifying target outcomes; and by monitoring program performance toward mission objectives. Provides a full range of direct patient care to Veterans as a psychologist, in keeping with training, experience, and approved clinical privileges. Serves on facility's Executive Leadership Board, Executive Committee of the Medical Staff, Clinical Executive Council, Clinical Informatics Committee, Quality Council, Affiliation Partnership Council Meeting, and other facility committees as assigned. Incumbent serves as member of VISN Behavioral Health Council and as Chair of VA's Regional Behavioral Health Council. Incumbent serves on other VISN or VHA councils, workgroups, or committees as assigned. Incumbent may hold faculty appointment at affiliated university. May be involved in training of medical students, medical and psychiatric residents, fellows and other graduate or post-graduate trainees, as appropriate. Incumbent interfaces frequently with community leaders, congressional staffers, VA Program Offices, and the media on behalf of the facility. Incumbent develops responses to controlled correspondence on behalf of the facility, including responses to inquiries by elected officials, the media, the Office of the Inspector General, White House Hotline inquiries and others. Incumbent serves as Acting Chief of Staff for the facility and as Acting VISN Mental Health Lead as assigned. Incumbent also serves, as requested by VISN or by VHA Program Offices, as consultant to mental health leads and staff from other VA facilities and regions (e.g. as OMHO Site Visitor). Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00AM-4:30PM\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized\nEDRP Authorized: Please contact the VISN 20 EDRP Coordinator Stacy Hermann @ V20CompensationTeam@va.gov\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.