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. English Language: Must be proficient in written and spoken English 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. 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. 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. NOTE: The applicant must provide an official transcript and/or certificate documenting the completion of the re-specialization program, which includes completion of an APA or CPA internship. 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. 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. 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. 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: These grade determinations can be reviewed in VA Handbook 5005, Chapter II, Appendix G18. Psychology Program Manager, GS-14 Experience: At least three years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-13 grade level. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: In addition to the experience above, the candidate 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. Assignment: For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), and variety, and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time. 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. Responsibilities include operation and management of key clinical, training, research, or administrative programs to include full responsibility for managing the day to day activities of those programs. They have oversight of administrative and programmatic resources and deploy those resources in support of the program needs. They develop and implement programs, policies, and procedures to meet program goals, VHA policy and external accreditation requirements, and monitor outcomes using data-driven quality assurance processes, and implement strategies for improvement based on data analysis. ["Major duties include but not limited to: Projecting future program needs, creating clinical justification and Business Case Analysis for future hiring needs as appropriate, productivity and performance management encounters, clinical documentation auditing, functional statement development in collaboration with discipline leads as appropriate. Input into performance appraisal in collaboration with the CBOC Chief. Development, implementation and coordination of measurement-based care program-wide. Responsible for policy development and implementation for the CBOC. Data driven monitoring for quality assurance and implementation of new policies and process changes as needed to ensure high quality care. Develop and implement clinic processes to facilitate episodes of care of quality, evidence-based treatment for general mental health. Develop and implement programs, policies, and procedures to meet program goals, VHA policy, and external accreditation requirements. Monitor outcomes using data-driven quality assurance processes and implement strategies for improvement based on data analysis. Update and manage tracking tools thus utilizing data driven process to identify challenges and implement changes based on dynamic clinic demands in order to ensure excellence in patient care. Collaborate with other Service/Service Line Chiefs and Medical Center Senior Leadership and Lead Professional Psychologist to assess the need for Psychological Services and resources to meet those needs. Develop policies for collaboration between the CBOC and other specialty mental health programs. Develop processes to increase access to general mental healthcare for high-risk veterans, including increasing access slots for the CBOC staff to facilitate availability for patients who are high risk or in crisis. Representation of the CBOC to other programs/care teams, including in-services for other teams, consultation on referrals to the CBOC, and representation of both clinical teams at MH Board and team lead meetings. Facilitate EBP training for clinical staff including advocacy for training slots and managing coverage for staff engaged in EBP training. Training for all new CBOC staff members, development of CBOC-specific new employee orientation program and schedule. Internal mental health consult management, tracking and assignment. Manage internal consults for CBOC team. Track all unable to schedule consults according to VISN guidance and manage action plans for consults over 90 days. Develop mental health position descriptions and functional statements in CBOC. Interview candidates for positions, recommend appointments, advancements, or disciplinary actions when appropriate. Responsible for professional and administrative management of assigned area/program. Identify continuing education and training needs of staff with a particular focus on ethics, diversity, and EBP topics relevant for the CBOC. Serve as a mentor to help employees develop their full potential. Ensures efficient operation of CBOC involving both day-to-day operations and long-term planning and growth. Responsibilities include program planning, development and program evaluation, on both a long term and short-term basis, to ensure both effectiveness and efficiency of the program Develop and initiate new treatment programs, workflows, policies, and procedures. Independently provide psychological services at all levels of complexity and consult with peers and supervisors as appropriate. Policy development for the CBOC to ensure program practices are in line with facility and national SOPs and standards for care, including implementing changes based on national. Encourages and promotes EBPQI and/or clinical research activities in the CBOC staff of CBOC relevant topics to include investigations which address culturally relevant variables, EBP, and telehealth. Responsible for congressional, patient advocate complaints, and behavioral contact meetings for Veterans who engage in disruptive behavior within the CBOC. Training for new staff members, development of program-specific new employee orientation. Allocation of resources to ensure new hires & current staff have resources needed to execute roles. Provides a full range of psychological services as needed, including providing evidenced based psychotherapy and assessment for individuals, couples, and groups. Consults with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues; routinely provides recovery-oriented consultation to Mental Health and other medical center staff. Is responsible for timely completion of all clinical charting and documentation required by the Medical Center or healthcare system. Work Schedule: 7:30am - 4:00pm Monday - Friday; Occasional Saturday rotations as needed Telework: This position is not eligible for telework EDRP Authorized: Contact V21CCOEEDRP@VA.GOV, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Learn more Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is the largest integrated health care system in the United States, providing care at 1,321 health care facilities, including 172 VA Medical Centers and 1,138 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics) to over 9 million Veterans enrolled in the VA health care program. At VA Long Beach Healthcare System, our health care teams are deeply experienced and guided by the needs of Veterans, their families, and caregivers. Our medical center provides primary care and specialty health services, including cardiology, mental health care, treatment for spinal cord injuries and disorders, suicide prevention, women’s health services, and more.