Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Position Opening at usajobs.gov in North Little Rock, Arkansas

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Summary

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

The incumbent has broad responsibility for all Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation Psychology Services at CAVHS, a large and complex medical facility within the Department of Veterans Affairs. The incumbent provides supervisory and administrative oversight for the Outpatient Neuropsychology, Rehabilitation Psychology, Inpatient Neuropsychology, Geriatric Neuropsychology, and Geropsychology programs and services provided in the Mental Health Service at CAVHS, Little Rock and North Little Rock facilities and satellite CBOCs. This includes direct supervision and oversight of several interdisciplinary programs and clinics.

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Responsibilities

The Program Manager for Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation Psychology Services works at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System, (CAVHS), in the Mental Health Service at Little Rock, AR. The incumbent ensures the efficient operation of the organizational units which comprise Neuropsychology, Rehabilitation, and Inpatient Geropsychology and is directly responsible for the overall efficiency of this organizational area. The organizational area includes clinics in: Outpatient Neuropsychology, Inpatient Rehabilitation, Community Living Center (Inpt Gero), and Memory Disorders Clinic. The incumbent assures staff training, cross-training clinic assignments, and all job responsibilities for supervised positions. The incumbent is responsible for administrative and clinical supervision of all employees in this service to include performance appraisals, hiring and recruitment efforts. The Program Manager is responsible for developing, managing and allocating resources within the program area and is substantially involved in educational programming to include pre-doctoral internship, pre-doctoral internship (neuropsychology focus), and post-doctoral neuropsychology fellowship training. The incumbent will report directly to the Chief of Vocational Rehabilitation and Neurocognitive Services.

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Alternate schedules may be considered)

Functional Statement Title/#: Program Manager (GS-0180-14)Program Manager for Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation Psychology 000000

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

14

Who May Apply
This job is open to…

Open to Permanent CAVHS and VA Employees Only

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

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Requirements
Conditions of Employment
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

Physical Requirements: Light lifting, under 15 pounds; Light carrying, under 15 pounds; Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (2 hours); Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Hearing (aid permitted); and Mental and emotional stability.

Qualifications

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Education. Have a doctoral degree in psychology from a graduate program in psychology accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). The specialty area of the degree must be consisted with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed AND have successfully completed a professional psychology internship training program that has been accredited.
  • Licensure. Hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to practice psychology at the doctoral level in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (e.g., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia (This requirement may be waived if an applicant obtains licensure not to exceed 2 years from the date of employment).

Preferred Experience:

Board Certified in Clinical Neuropsychology (ABPP-CN)

Completion of a formal post-doctoral fellowship in neuropsychology

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**.

Grade Determinations:*Psychologist program managers have broad program management responsibilities which include the operation and management of key clinical, training, or administrative programs. The size of the medical center, program managed, and scope of responsibility are grade determining. Examples include (but are not limited to) managers of addiction, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), mental health intensive case management (MHICM), partial hospitalization, residential rehabilitation, domiciliary, palliative care, neuropsychology, and internship and post-doctoral fellowship training programs; psychology program oversight and coordination as a psychology executive; and program oversight and coordination as Associate Chief of Staff (ACOS) for Education, ACOS for Research, etc. Responsibilities include development and implementation of programs, policies, and procedures; oversight of administrative and programmatic resources; and monitoring of outcomes using a data-driven quality assurance process. Decisions made affect staff and other resources associated with the programs managed and are made while exercising wide latitude and independent judgment. Such programs deliver specialized, complex, highly professional services that are important program components of the medical center and significantly impact the health care provided to veterans. Psychologist program managers that serve as psychology executives have full responsibility for oversight of the professional practice of psychology to ensure the highest quality of psychological care provided to veterans throughout the facility and its affiliated clinics. This responsibility also includes ensuring that all psychologists in the facility and its affiliated clinics meet the requirements of this qualification standard.In-addition to meeting the basic requirements previously stated, applicants must also meet the grade requirements for the particular grade he/she wish to be considered. For GS-14, applicants must hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to practice psychology at the doctoral level in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (e.g. Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia. Applicant must have at least 1 year of professional psychology experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, and must full meet the KSAs for that level. In addition the candidate must demonstrate the following professional KSAs and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk ():ability to organize work, set priorities, delegate tasks, and meet multiple deadlines; *skill in managing and directing the work of others to accomplish program goals and objectives, and ability to devise ways to adapt work operations to new and changing programs, staffing, and budget requirements, etc.; *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; knowledge of, and ability to appropriately utilize, evidence based practices and clinical practice guidelines 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; and the *ability to analyze organizational and operational problems and to develop and implement solutions that result in sound operation of the program.

References: VA Handbook 5005/15 Part II Appendix G18. Psychologist Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

Education

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.

Additional information

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

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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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

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Required Documents
  1. CV or Resume.
  2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations. Available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf (Required).
  3. Occupational Questionnaire
  4. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at http://www.opm.gov/Forms/pdffill/OF306.pdf). This is a required form and must be submitted with your application.
  5. Notice of Personnel Action, (SF-50), from your Official Personnel Folder, noting current grade, salary, position title and tenure (if current or former Federal Employee). You must also include the SF-50 noting highest grade or highest previous rate. (Current CAVHS employees only: if your current SF-50 is not available through eOPF, you may contact your HR Specialist for assistance in getting a copy. However, a copy of your current SF-50 must be submitted with your application prior to the closing date of this announcement).
  6. License: You must submit a copy of your full, current, and unrestricted license to practice psychology at the doctoral level in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (e.g., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia. 7.* Transcripts:* You must submit a legible copy of your college transcripts qualifying you for the position.

Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, etc. You will not be contacted for additional information.

*Veterans' Preference:*When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP), on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section(s) provided. A legible copy of your DD214(s) indicating character of service, disability certification, SF-15 (if claiming 10 pt. preference) or if you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within 120 days; documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Documentation is required for eligibility verification.

*Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents: *You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 2010508.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

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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Benefits

A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

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  • Healthcare insurance
  • Pay and leave

VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp.

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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How to Apply

All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

To apply for this position, you must complete the View Occupational Questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, October 26, 2017 to receive consideration.

  1. To begin,* click Apply Online* to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

  2. Click Submit My Answersto submit your application package.

NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

To verify your application is complete,log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

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Agency contact information
Stephon Leonard
Phone

(501)257-1752

Email

STEPHON.LEONARD@VA.GOV

Address

VHA Central Arkansas HCS Little Rock HRMS - 05 2200 Fort Roots Drive North Little Rock, AR USA

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Next steps

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on “Application Status.” For a more detailed update of your status, click on “more information.” Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.

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Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/481453000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 10/12/2017 to 10/26/2017

Salary: $101,409 to $131,833 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 14

Work schedule: Full-Time - Full Time

Appointment type: Permanent - Excepted Service Permanent