Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Psychology Program Manager in Austin, Texas
Non-Bargaining Position. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00a.m. - 4:30p.m. Some evenings, & weekends may be required.
This positions reports to the Chief, MH&BM; in Austin. This psychologist will work closely with other Supervisory Psychologist. However largely operates on a day to day basis in an independent manner with full responsibility to keep the chief apprised of activities & any issues in need of close collaboration. **Duties 20% of time Essential Administrative Responsibilities: Have broad program management responsibility, which includes the operation of key clinical programs at the Temple site. The Psychologist is responsible for program development/evaluation at the Austin site for a wide-variety of outpatient services. She/he will develop & implement programs,policies & procedures,& monitor outcomes/performance measures that apply to the outpatient programs: primary care behavioral health(PC-MHI), outpatient mental health clinic(MHC), outpatient substance abuse treatment/intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment, mental health intensive case management & outpatient PTSD. Has direct administrative & professional supervision of approximately 25 Psychologist & 8 non-Psychologist clinical staff, assigned to the Austin site, including services conducted by trainees, consultants, & paraprofessional staff. Serves as the first-line supervisor for all assigned. Provides leadership,guidance & consultation for the staff.
Duties 5% - Other Administrative Responsibilities: Ensure areas under their responsibility are in compliance with accreditation requirements for VA, Joint Commission, CARF & other required regulatory guidelines. Demonstrates knowledge of the performance measures (e.g., new patient access) assigned to MH&BM; & an ability to develop strategies for the service to meet/exceed the set benchmarks. Integrates, delivers cost effective, high quality patient care for their assigned clinical programs & administrative functions. Consults with & serves as a resource for other professional staff concerning the need for the development of mental health services. Oversees the utilization of funds, supplies and equipment as assigned. Serves on Medical Center, VISN and/or national committees as assigned. Actively participates in leadership roles within state & national professional organizations.
Duties 75%: See Responsibilities
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- Provides a full range of psychological services, group, individual psychotherapy, and assessment services using the most appropriate psychotherapeutic techniques in providing quality care.
- Provides appropriate clinical evaluations, including Compensation and Pension, Patient Caregiver Assessments, VA Initial Police Evaluations, and other evaluations, when needed.
- Provides clinical supervision to various disciplines and levels of training.
- Participates and supports the APA Psychology Internship Training Program and Practicum Training Program to ensure continued growth, vitality and accreditation.
- Involved in training of psychology interns, practicum/medical students, medical/psychiatric residents, fellows, and other graduate/post-graduate trainees and assist in their formulation of the appropriate treatment expectations regarding patients.
- Provides administrative and technical supervision of education and training given by staff to medical students, residents and other non-psychology students.
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- Clinical Psychologists
- Management Psychologists
- Psychologists, All Other
- Psychologists, Clinical
Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
- Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
- You may be required to serve a probationary period
- Subject to a background/security investigation
- Must be proficient in written and spoken English
- Financial Disclosure Report: Not required.
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. For the purpose of meeting this requirement, the term "specialty area" refers to the specific specialty areas recognized by the accrediting body & 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, & 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 (2) Have a doctoral degree in any area of psychology &, 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. 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. [Psychologists who have successfully completed a re-specialization program as described above & who were employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs prior to the implementation of this standard are considered to have fully met the educational requirements of these qualification standards.] OR (3)Have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 & 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature.] * Internship: (a) Have successfully completed a professional psychology internship training program that was accredited by APA or CPA at the time the program was completed & 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 & 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 & 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. NOTE: Psychologists who meet the requirements of this revision & who were employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs prior to the implementation of this standard are considered to have fully met the requirements of this qualification standard.] * Licensure:Hold a full, current, & unrestricted license to practice psychology at the doctoral level in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or the District of Columbia. * Physical Requirements: See VA Directive & Handbook 5019. * English Language Proficiency. Psychologists must be proficient in spoken & written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j. GS-14 Experience: At least 3 years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-13 level. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: 1. Ability to organize work, set priorities, delegate tasks, & meet multiple deadlines. 2. Knowledge & ability to utilize evidence based practices & clinical practice guidelines appropriately & ability to guide staff in using these tools. 3. Ability to deal effectively with individuals or groups representing widely divergent backgrounds, interests, & points of view. 4. Skill in managing & directing the work of others to accomplish program goals & objectives. 5. Ability to translate management goals & objectives into well-coordinated & controlled work operations. 6. Ability to establish & monitor production & performance priorities & standards. 7. Ability to analyze organizational & operational problems & to develop & implement solutions that result in sound operation of the program. See Assignment Information under How you will be evaluated.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
References: VA Handbook 5005/103; Part II, Appendix G18. Psychologist Qualification Standards; Dated: February 7, 2018.
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-14.
Physical Requirements:Must be able to hear (hearing aid permitted). Must be mental & emotional stable. Need to be able to work outside, inside & closely with others.
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Note:Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
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It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
United States Citizenship Required; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
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IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.
Assignment.For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), & variety, & 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 & 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 & pension examination (C&P;) programs, Psychosocial Rehabilitation & Recovery Centers, inpatient mental health, residential rehabilitation, domiciliary, palliative care, neuropsychology, & internship & postdoctoral fellowship training programs; management of an off-campus site; psychology program oversight & coordination throughout the facility & 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. Responsibility may include supervision of staff but is not required. Psychologist Program Managers are responsible for strategic planning to ensure the provision of high quality services to meet the needs of the Veterans being served and planning, and developing and implementing short- and long-term goals and objectives consistent with the program's strategic plan. 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.
NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be placed. For internal selectees eligible for promotion, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.
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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
- 10-2850c; Psychology Internship
VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/searchaction.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey;=&Action;=Search.
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's, documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).
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- 10-2850c; Psychology Internship
- Disability Letter
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Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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VA Central Texas Health Care System 1901 Veterans Memorial Drive Temple, TX US
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Open & closing dates: 03/14/2018 to 03/23/2018
Salary: $104,304 to $135,595 per year
Pay scale & grade: GS 14
Work schedule: Full-Time
Appointment type: Permanent