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. 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: Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j. Education Requirement: 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 the applicant is retrained must be consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed. OR, Have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature. Internship Requirement: 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); 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: In additional to meeting the basic requirements as stated above, the following criteria must be met for the grade level of the position: 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 (KSAs): 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. References: VA Handbook 5005/103, Part II, Appendix G18 Psychologist Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-14. Physical Requirements: Work is mostly sedentary; however, there will be some periods of walking. Work is primarily performed in an office setting located at the Dayton VA Medical Center. The duties of supervising and provision of mental health services may be achieved from this primary location. Work requires reaching, lifting, turning, or moving hands, arms, feet, and legs to operate hand and foot controls. Must follow prescribed safety procedures using appropriate lifting methods and body mechanics for heavy lifting or moving of heavy objects. For the clinical portion of the work, the incumbent will be required to assist patients with a variety of medical/psychiatric conditions and/or disabilities. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations, operative/invasive procedures, or home settings. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. Some of the duties may be conducted via telehealth technologies but whenever necessary, the incumbent may be required to be physically present. Thus, occasional Travel may be required to the 4 CBOCs under Dayton VA Medical Center. A valid driver's license is required and for official travel, the incumbent must be open to operating a government vehicle when available. ["Major duties and responsibilities include: Clinical Responsibilities: Provides a full range of psychological services to typical and atypical cases in areas of patient treatment assignment, consistent with approved clinical privileges and type of hospital appointment, with evidence of acceptable work quality by satisfactory supervisory peer case review ratings. Maintains productivity standards as indicated by maintaining casework loads in compliance with established service policies and response to requests for patient treatment services in a timely manner. Exhibits the capacity to develop effective work relationships with patients, team members, and relevant hospital employees. Complies with guidelines published for ethical standards of psychologists by the American Psychological Association and maintains professional knowledge and skills by receiving continuing education that satisfies state licensing requirements. Complies with national and local performance measures including timely health care screening and completion of clinical reminders for all patients. Complies with all EHR documentation procedures, including timeliness standards for documentation and proper patient check out procedure (e.g., entering diagnostic and procedure codes). Provides consultation to professional staff within the Dayton VAMC and to community providers, concerning clinical assessment findings and appropriate treatment plans for patients. Administrative Responsibilities: Adheres to operational policies and procedures for the treatment team, established by facility leadership, including the Program Director, MHRRTP & Specialized Program and the Chief, Mental Health Service; VISN and National directive; and state and local directive and accreditation and regulatory bodies. Executes ongoing program evaluation and data-driven quality improvement projects to monitor the effectiveness of the SUD programs. Facilitates liaisons with other Mental Health programs in the Mental Health Service and other services in order to effectively coordinate SUD services. Responsible for ensuring the SUD Program and staff comply with national and local performance measures. Responsible for directing the activities of the multidisciplinary clinical team comprised of psychiatrist, psychologists, social workers, mental health therapists, clinical nurse, specialists, and program support assistants. Duties include directing, coordinating, administering, and managing all aspects of the SUD programs, including comprehensive planning, developing and implementing programs, policies and procedures; determining program needs; overseeing the type, quality and quantity of services provided; setting priorities; and establishing short- and long-range program goals, initiatives, and direction. Attends and participates in administrative and informational meetings held by the Service Chief (or designee), Chief of Staff, and Medical Center Director. Attends regular Mental Health Service staff meetings, Medical Staff meetings, and complies with Mental Health Service and Psychology peer review procedures. Provides full range of psychological services to adult patients with substance use and mental health disorders. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM, or as determined by agency needs Telework: Available, based on the needs of the facility Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 918750 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized EDRP Authorized: Contact VISN 10 HR EDRP-SLRP, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Learn more Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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