Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Psychologist- Deputy Director in Menlo Park, California
Summary The National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (NCPTSD) is currently recruiting for a full time permanent GS-14 Psychologist-Deputy Director for the Dissemination and Training division located in Menlo Park, CA. This position is part of a joint recruitment effort with Stanford University, the selected candidate will be considered for a Stanford affiliation. A recruitment/Relocation incentive may be authorized for a highly qualified candidate. Responsibilities Responsible, with the Director, for all components of Division functioning including its strategic and long-range planning, programmatic design, interpretation and implementation of the Division priorities within the NCPTSD and Congressional mandates, delineation of administrative, research and clinical structures and all activities of the Division's staff. With the Associate Director of Operations and in conjunction with the Director, manages administrative and programmatic resources including a recurring budget of approximately 8 million dollars ($4 million in core Center funding and $4 million for VACO special projects). Develops short- and long-range Division strategy, goals, and plans, and develops and implements policies and procedures to ensure goal attainment. Directly or indirectly supervises 40 to 45 employees, including 3 above full performance and 17 to 20 full performance doctoral-level principal investigators and team leads, research staff, contractor workers, and trainees working under the direction of the principal investigators and team leads. Ensures implementation of, and oversees all Division scientific research, analytical, educational, and programmatic activities to maximize Veterans' functioning and promote their recovery from PTSD. Integrates and shapes the activities of Division principal investigators and team leads, who themselves exercise wide latitude in developing and executing novel research, education, and implementation initiatives to advance PTSD care. Applies scientific and administrative knowledge in identification, analysis, and resolution of issues pertaining to the quality of PTSD or trauma-related care. Serves as an NCPTSD liaison to a variety of other offices in VA, throughout VHA and VBA, and promotes collaborations between NCPTSD and those other offices. Serves as a press point of contact for stories related to PTSD and trauma-related mental health care. Assesses and supports Division-wide adoption of research and education priorities. Ensures all Division research is conducted as stipulated in approved protocols, is conducted in a timely manner, and follows established VHA ethical and procedural guidelines. Maintains an active program of scholarly research through obtaining grants and publishing peer-review articles, chapters, and books; conducts research on implementation, technology, training, or other PTSD-related topics. Presents research results at VHA and national scientific meetings. Fosters research collaborations with other National Center for PTSD Divisions and with other organizations and academic departments. Provides expert guidance, consultation, and leadership in developing methodologies to analyze and evaluate both PTSD research and education/implementation activities related to trauma and PTSD, technologies, and implementation science. Makes educational presentations about trauma and PTSD at national meetings for VA, other federal and non-federal agencies, universities, and professional societies. Work Schedule: Monday though Friday 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required This announcement will remain open until filled. Applicants who apply will be referred every two and a half weeks from the opening date of the announcement. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications 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) 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 (2) Have a doctoral degree in any area of psychology and, in addition, successfully complete a respecialization program (including documentation of an approved internship completed as part of the respecialization program) meeting both of the following conditions: (a) the respecialization 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 respecialization program, which includes completion of an APA or CPA internship. OR (3)Have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 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 and 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 and 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 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. 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. Preferred Experience: - Possesses 20 or more publications in the area of posttraumatic stress and trauma-related mental health, including research on clinical outcomes, health services research implementation science research, clinical training, and/or use of telehealth, web or mobile technologies. - Possesses recognized expertise in the field of PTSD or has professional knowledge in a related health field in order to provide research, education, treatment and program development for PTSD. - Possesses a successful track record of obtaining and conducting research as well as with other extramural funding for peer-reviewed grants from external agencies like the NIH. - Demonstrates expertise through multiple first author publications on the subject of posttraumatic stress, other trauma-related disorders disorder, and/ or dissemination and implementation in peer reviewed journals. - Utilizes a wide range of qualitative and/or quantitative methods for the assessment and improvement of program effectiveness and the improvement of complex management processes and systems. - Supervises and manages the work of a large complex group of professional staff effectively. - Translates national research goals or priorities into specific scientific project activities of significant complexity and sufficient sustainability. - Manages and directs the work of large complex research projects and in applies effective management practices. - Mentors young investigators to develop competitive research proposals. - Writes peer-reviewed articles published in top journals. - Possesses leadership and administrative skills. - Utilizes knowledge and interpersonal skills to sustain a productive and hospitable workplace environment. Grade Determinations: Psychologist, GS-14 (Assistant Chief) 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 the following KSAs: 1. Knowledge of and ability to utilize evidence based practices and clinical practice guidelines appropriately and ability to guide staff in using these tools. 2. Ability to provide professional advice and consultation in areas related to professional psychology and behavioral health. 3. Ability to organize work, set priorities, delegate tasks, and meets multiple deadlines. 4. Ability to supervise and manage subordinate employees effectively. 5. Skill in interpersonal relationships, including conflict resolution. 6. Ability to establish and monitor production and performance priorities and standards. References: VA Handbook 5005 Part II Appendix G18 Physical Requirements: This position is primarily sedentarily. Education IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application. 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. Additional Information Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. 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. VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. 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