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. ***This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT and will remain open until February, 28,2023. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis and qualified candidates will be considered/referred on an ongoing basis as applications are received. 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) 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, (2) 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. OR, (3) Have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature. AND (4) Internships (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. 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. (c) Assignment. Psychologist program managers have broad program management responsibilities for a specific program or programs that are designed to deliver specialized, complex, highly professional services that are important program components of the facility and that significantly impact the health care provided to Veterans. Programs include but are not limited to addiction, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), mental health intensive case management (MHICM), mental health compensation and pension examination (C&P) programs, Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Centers, inpatient mental health, residential rehabilitation, domiciliary, palliative care, neuropsychology, and internship and postdoctoral fellowship training programs; management of an off-campus site; psychology program oversight and coordination throughout the facility and its affiliated clinics as a psychology executive, typically at lower complexity facilities. Decisions made by the Program Manager affect staff and other resources associated with the programs managed and are made while exercising wide latitude and independent judgment. The type of program managed and scope of responsibility are critical aspects of the assignment at this level. Preferred Experience: Ability to work collaboratively with the Assistant Chief of MHRRTP and the Nurse Manager of MHRRTP Ability to manage medium size residential program and ~70 staff Familiarity with residential programs and VA knowledge Clinical experience with PTSD, Substance Use Disorders, Serious Mental Illness, and Homelessness Leadership/Supervisory/Management Experience Effective Communication Conflict Resolution Problem Solving References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/103 PART II APPENDIX G18 Physical Requirements: This position provides direct services to patients and their families through casework. Incumbents must be physically and mentally able to efficiently perform the essential functions of the position without hazard to themselves or others. Normal work of the position requires visual acuity (with the ability to read typewritten characters without strain, corrective lenses permitted), keen hearing (aid permitted), clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially moderate levels of lifting and carrying (15-44 pounds). The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs. Must complete annual Employee Health requirements, such as annual TB screening or testing, as a condition of employment. ["The MHRRTP Chief has direct administrative and professional supervision of interdisciplinary staff assigned or annexed to the MHRRTP (e.g., Nurse Practitioners, Administrative Support Staff, Nursing Service Line [Managers, RNs, LPNs, NAs], Social Service Assistants, Psychologists, Social Workers, Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Addiction Therapists, Psychological Technicians, Peer Support Specialists, Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Staff), Dietitians, Recreational Therapists, and Clinical Pharmacists. Responsibilities also include: Considers all factors in assessing applicants for admission into the MHRRTP. The multiprogram residential facility has substance use disorder, dual diagnosis, posttraumatic stress disorder, serious mental illness, vocational rehabilitation, and homeless programs from which to choose. Coordinates the Quality Improvement Program with the MHRRTP and conducts Point of Care reviews to enhance performance in the program as well as meet or exceed regulatory agency standards. Schedule the staff to provide the required supervision on all shifts and settings of the residential treatment programs. Plan work to be accomplished by clinical staff, training classes for residents, staff training, to be completed within a designated time frame. Assign work based on priorities, consideration of difficulty and the capabilities of the employees. Evaluate work performance on a continuous basis, providing oral and written feedback when indicated. Give guidance to employees on both clinical work and administrative matters. Collaborate with Human Resources to fulfill all duties in the recruitment process to include position management requests, recruitment packages, certification processing, ensuring accuracy and upkeep of manning documents, interviewing candidates for vacant positions, and recommending appointments. Effect many and all disciplinary measures and actions. Has oversight of all psychotherapies for Veterans living within the MHRRTP including over 100 hours of offered groups per week, multiple offered evidence-based procedures for issues of homelessness, substance abuse, relationship problems as well as issues of daily living within their level of experience and/or skills. Makes assessments of the Veterans referred and the type and scope of services required by each applicant; negotiate admission needs with each of the six tracks within the MHRRTP; make judgments about the safety and security of the residents within the facility. Represents the VA and Office of the Chief of Staff to the community, residents, families, agencies, legislators, surveying bodies and other VA facilities. They advise the ACOS of Mental Health of any issues which need to be resolved on a higher level. Provides educational leadership, guidance, and consultation to staff. Provide additional clinical supervision to staff of various disciplines and levels of training, including trainees seeking licensure. Serves as a consultant to other medical center staff and trainees, particularly related to the MHRRTP treatment setting. Develops and provides in-service education to bring an awareness to the medical center staff of the Veterans' perceptions of their experience, thereby contributing to improved staff understanding and attitude. Offers consultation to colleagues and trainees on the psychosocial treatment of patients in specialty areas, rendering professional opinions based on experience and expertise and role modeling effective practice skills. Demonstrates the ability to teach and mentor staff and trainees in a special area of practice and provides supervision for licensure or specialty certifications. May serve on Medical Center, VISN, and/or National VA committees or task forces. Actively participates in leadership roles on local, state, and national professional organizations. May be required to attend meetings, conferences, trainings, seminars, or other events that require travel and overnight stays. Work Schedule: Full time, Monday-Friday, 7:30am-4:00pm Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 55372-O EDRP Authorized: Contact Kim Romanchak, the EDRP Coordinator, at Kim.Romanchak@va.gov for questions/assistance. Learn moreThis 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. Recruitment Incentives: Authorized for highly qualified applicant. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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