This position is assigned to the Engagement & Experience Office (EXO) at the Central Virginia VA Health Care System (CVHCS) and reports directly to the Chief, Engagement & Experience Office. The selected Psychologist will provide educational and coaching services to Service Chiefs, supervisors, workgroups, and individual employees at CVHCS. As such, work hours may vary to include coverage of all shifts (days, evenings, nights, and weekends). 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. English Language Proficiency Requirement - Per VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, Section A, Paragraph 3j: 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. 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. OR, have a doctoral degree in any area of psychology and, in addition, successfully completed a 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 you were retrained is consistent with the assignment you are am applying for; OR, have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature. Internship Requirement - You must 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). NOTE: 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. Exception: Non-licensed applicants who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements may be given a temporary appointment as a "graduate psychologist" at the GS-11 or GS-12 grade under the authority of 38 U.S.C. 7405 (c)(2)(B) for a period not to exceed two years from the date of employment on the condition that such a psychologist provide care only under the supervision of a psychologist who is licensed. Failure to obtain licensure during that period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment. Experience: In additional to meeting the basic requirements as stated above, you must have the following: GS-13 Level: at least 2 addition years of experience, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-12 level, as a professional psychologist that was obtained through employment as a psychologist or through participating in a supervised post-doctoral psychology training program that demonstrates 1) active professional practice that was paid/non-paid employment and/or 2) a full, current and unrestricted license. To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics associated with current psychology practice: Knowledge of, and ability to apply, professional psychological treatments to a full range of patient populations. Ability to provide professional advice and consultation in areas related to professional psychology and behavioral health. Knowledge of clinical research literature. *Experience is only creditable if it is post-doctoral degree experience as a professional psychologist directly related to the duties performed. Preferred Experience: Experience working with executive leadership and service chiefs; experience working across service lines; experience teaching or providing independent instruction at the graduate level; experience developing training programs. Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G18 Psychologist Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. Physical Requirements: The work is sedentary and is usually accomplished while the employee is comfortably seated at a desk or table. Some walking and standing may occur in the course of a normal workday in connection with attendance of meetings and conferences, or while researching files. Items carried typically are light objects such as briefcases, notebooks, and data processing reports. ["Duties include but are not limited to: Partners successfully with executive management and leadership to accelerate implementation of change to build leadership talent and fuel future growth, enhance organizational performance, and serve as an assistant in accelerating learning across the organization. Works closely with the Executive Leadership and Service Chiefs. Specializes in the development, implementation, application, and evaluation of systems in the areas of leadership development, work climate, and workplace assessment. Offers process consultation, task facilitation, action inquiry, coaching & mentoring to supervisors, and management consultation to both the clinical and administrative units of CVHCS directed at improving organizational culture and performance. Works in the areas of cultural transformation, report and statistical interpretation, communications strategy and planning, instructional systems design and implementation, program evaluation, and training and development. Partners successfully with Service Chiefs and supervisors to accelerate implementation of change, build leadership talent designed to fuel future growth, enhance organizational performance, and accelerate learning across the organization. Offers assessment services to the organization including knowledge of organizational culture, simulations, coaching and mentoring, training and evaluation. Offers process consultation to leadership groups and work groups. Utilizes coaching, best practices, and collaboration to improve service excellence throughout the organization and works to share and spread best practices. Undertakes or participates in special projects, ongoing analyses, investigations and initiatives. This may involve producing complex analyses and written reports, organizing and facilitating special committees/workshops/other gatherings, and initiating program reviews. Responsible for developing project plans, establishing measurement methods, monitoring progress and evaluating results. This may also involve using action research, work-based learning and collaborative action inquiry techniques to involve clients in developing solutions. Provides identification, determination, conduction, and administration of specific training programs. May conduct classroom or other group-setting instruction and identify ways to incorporate work-based learning for participants in these projects. Development of ongoing training initiatives includes marketing, assessment of interested groups, and training additional facilitators, as needed or required. Researches and/or analyzes organizational problems based on psychological theory or program requirements. Provides expert analysis and advice on complex program issues. Utilizing an extensive knowledge of organizational systems, the incumbent can identify issues considering operations and changing program requirements, as well as the latest research results in these areas. Work Schedule: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM, Monday - Friday Compressed/Flexible: N/A Telework: Ad Hoc Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Drug Test: Required"]
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