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. 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 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 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. Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. 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. 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-14 Psychologist (Chief) Experience: At least 3 years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-13 Level. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: 1. Ability to organize work, set priorities, delegate tasks, and meets 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. References: VA Handbook 5005/103 Part II Appendix G18 February 7, 2018The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-14. Physical Requirements: light lifting/carrying (under 15 pounds); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking/standing (1 hour); operation of a motor vehicle; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; both eyes required; depth perception; ability to distinguish basic colors; hearing (aid may be permitted); mental/emotional stability; cognitive stability. ["The Chief, Organizational Development Psychologist is aligned directly under the Executive Director and is responsible for delivering Organizational Development services to six sites of care for Salem VA Health Care System, including Salem, Lynchburg, Staunton, Wytheville, Danville, and Tazewell areas. The nature of the work is to ensure an organizational environment that supports staff experience, and thus high reliability care delivery. Duties Include but not limited to: The incumbent must be a dynamic, problem-solving individual who can provide leadership and consultative expertise relating to organizational development and analysis. Incumbent is expected to successfully partner with executive management to shape and implement strategic priorities, encourage continued development, and train staff to enhance employee involvement and overall organizational effectiveness. The incumbent has broad program management responsibilities for the Employee Experience and Engagement Office and has oversight of administrative and programmatic resources. The incumbent organizes, directs, administers, and manages all aspects of the program including comprehensive planning, developing, and implementing policies and procedures, determining needs of the program, overseeing the quality and quantity of training, and establishing program initiatives and direction with the limitation of available staff and budget. The incumbent is responsible for the supervision, administrative management, and direction of the program services assigned to them. Incumbent works collaboratively with other service chiefs and program managers to accomplish medical center goals. Incumbent provides leadership with objective independent assessments and recommendations for policy, operational and administrative issues and initiatives requiring decision and action. Incumbent advises leadership on policy implications, key issues, and relationships to both internal and external interest groups. Prepares special reports and responses, briefing papers, issues briefs, and decision papers for the executive leadership which may be highly sensitive, confidential and of a complex nature. Incumbent identifies new methods and tools such as data analytical thinking, human-centered design, equitable engagement practices and other innovative practices enabled by new technology to improve the employee work experience. Implements Human Centered Design (HCD) framework aimed at discovering and addressing the unmet needs of employees. HCD is an iterative approach that puts people, and their emotional experience, at the heart of problem solving. Incumbent serves as the authoritative source and key advisor in organization development, change management, servant leadership, psychological safety, high reliability principals, and employee engagement. The incumbent conducts team/individual assessment, cultural transformation, data interpretation, communications strategy and planning, instructional system design, and program evaluation. The incumbent is the central point for coordination of these topics. Incumbent provides consultation to supervisors and managers within SVHACS on relational and functional vulnerabilities within the work environment. Individual consultations related to service deficiencies, post-performance review, or post investigation will also be central to the role. The incumbent can discern when individuals, teams, or business units have experienced organizational trauma and works with stakeholders to assess, analyze, and validate group experiences while providing resources to move forward. Preemptively mitigating potential issues through preventative training and action will also be emphasized. Incumbent offers continuous assessment services to the organization and to employees, including expert knowledge of assessment tools such as but not limited to the 360-degree assessment, 180 assessments, simulations, coaching and mentoring, and the implementation of individual development plans. Offers process consultation to leadership groups and work groups. Incumbent interacts with employees of all levels of the organization as a consultant to provide assessment feedback and lead employees to resources that will meet their specific needs. Incumbent develops long and short-range goals, policies, and plans for the organization by coordinating the various needs and demands. Work Schedule: 7:45AM - 4:30PM - Monday - Friday Telework: AD-HOC-As determine by Agency Policy Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: Chief Employee Experience Officer (Organizational Development Psychologist)/000000 Relocation and Recruitment Incentives:: Authorized for highly qualified individual EDRP Authorized: Contact, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Learn more Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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