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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Psychologist Program Coordinator-RRTP in Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Summary

The full-time permanent Program Coordinator is located within the Department of Veterans Affairs, Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (VA TVHS), Mental Health Care Line (MHCL), Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (MH RRTP).

Responsibilities

The incumbent provides approximately 90% program management services, to include: oversight of administrative and programmatic resources and responsibilities for a program that delivers treatment and related services and interventions including medication management, assessment, case management, psychotherapy, and education for Veterans with a full range of mental health treatment needs.

Duties include but are not limited to: Responsible for directing the activities of multidisciplinary clinical teams comprised of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, advance practice nurses, addiction therapist, counselors and program clerks. Directing, administering, and managing all aspects of the MH RRTP, a 24-hour, 7 day a week, 365 day a year program. 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; Ensuring MH RRTP compliance with policies and procedures of the MHCL, TVHS, VISN and federal rules and regulations; Ensuring that the MH RRTP complies with current performance measures; Maintaining high standards through the review and judicious application of evidenced based practices, practice guidelines, and best practices methodology; Developing quality management and performance improvement practices, and reporting the results to the Chief, Behavioral Health Section and Chief, MHCL; Overseeing the completion of any evaluation reports Ensures the MHRRTP meets and exceeds Joint Commission and CARF accreditation standards. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday; 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

Qualifications

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 Requirement - Per VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, Section A, Paragraph 3j: No person will be appointed under authority of 38 U.S.C., chapter 73 or 74, to serve in a direct patient-care capacity in VHA who is not proficient in written and spoken English. 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 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 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. Exception: Non-licensed applicants who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements may be given a temporary appointment as a "graduate psychologist" at the GS-11 or GS-12 grade under the authority of 38 U.S.C. 7405 (c)(2)(B) for a period not to exceed two years from the date of employment on the condition that such a psychologist provide care only under the supervision of a psychologist who is licensed. Failure to obtain licensure during that period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment. 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). Preferred Experience: Discipline specific clinical knowledge and administrative knowledge of mental health clinic settings is required including knowledge of contemporary behavioral science theories and practice including evidence-based practices and techniques. Grade Determinations:

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. 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 Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G18 Psychologist Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. Physical Requirements: The work requires extreme patience and controlling of emotions. The work may also require assisting physically disabled veterans. Day-to-day work involves sitting, walking, standing and carrying light objects, such as medical records and substantial computer entry. Work is typically performed in a clinical setting that exposes the incumbent to the communicable diseases common of the client population. The Incumbent may be required to work an irregular tour of duly and/or weekends as needed to accommodate the schedules of patients and families. Frequent keyboarding to operate a computer.

Education

IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

Additional Information

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. The health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority. Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members. If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application. Show a commitment to VHA: Applicants should demonstrate interest in a rewarding career working for VHA. Customer Service: Meets the needs of customers while supporting VA missions. Consistently communicates and treats customers (veterans, their representatives, visitors, and all VA staff) in a courteous, tactful, and respectful manner. Provides the customer with consistent information per established policies and procedures- handles conflict and problems in dealing with the customer constructively and appropriately. Must be able to accept criticism and maintain a calm demeanor in stressful situations. VA Interchange: If you are in a Hybrid occupation (i.e. Medical Support Assistant) you must meet the requirements for interchange to be considered for a position in the competitive service. What this means to you the applicant that is currently in a VA Hybrid occupation is that you must

  1. Be currently serving under an appointment without time limit;

AND

  1. Be currently serving in a position covered by the interchange agreement (Covers employees who occupy VA medical or medical-related positions and were appointed under Title 38 U.S.C. 7401(1) or Hybrid 7401(3));

AND

  1. Have served continuously for at least 1 year under Title 38 U.S.C. 7401(1) or Hybrid 7401(3)).

NOTE: IF YOU ARE ON A TITLE 38 OR HYBRID TITLE 38 APPOINTMENT AND DO NOT SUBMIT DOCUMENTATION TO SHOW THAT YOU MEET THIS REQUIREMENT YOU CAN NOT BE REFERRED.

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