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Psychologist (Associate Chief of Staff - Behavioral Health)
location icon Pittsburgh, PA
Overview
Summary
OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

Be a member of a team providing compassionate healthcare to veterans! The Department of Veterans Affairs is an employer of choice as a center of excellence in patient care, education, and research. VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS) is an integrated healthcare system offering acute care, nursing home, domiciliary care, and mental health services. VAPHS has an active affiliation with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, as well as other area medical schools.

Note: This is a multi-interdisciplinary position (only one position available) and selectee may be a Psychologist (GS-14 or GS-15), Psychiatrist, Registered Nurse (Nurse IV), or Social Worker (GS-14). This announcement will be closed once the vacancy has been filled, which may be prior to the noted closing date of the announcement.

Location: The primary location for this position is University Drive; however, may need to present to Heinz Drive for training, meetings, conferences, etc.

Incentive
~ Relocation incentive authorized for highly-qualified selectee.
Duties
Major Duties/Responsibilities
The Associate Chief of Staff (ACOS), Behavioral Health, reports to the Chief of Staff (COS) for day-to-day operation and management of clinical practice and staff in Behavioral Health.

~ Responsible for organizing and administering management of operations.
~ Work closely with COS in achieving strategic goals and performance measures within clinical area.
~ Exhibit leadership characterized by substantial and continuous responsibility and accountability for integrated programs that cross service/discipline lines, and influences organizational mission and healthcare.
~ Function as administrator, educator, and consultant, utilizing management theory, in collaboration with COS and other services.
~ Provide executive input into strategic planning, budget, mission, operational planning, and policy development for local and network efforts.
~ Utilize current trends and relevant theories in an analytical framework to design/modify, implement, and measure integrated programs and activities to achieve clinical and administrative goals of the medical center and/or network; evaluate outcomes against strategic priorities.
~ Consultant to medical center staff and greater community in behavioral health care psychology.
~ Plan, organize, direct, control, and evaluate programs and follow-up actions to facilitate delivery of care and meet required internal and external review standards.
~ Provide leadership in the development of policies and systems to devise strategies to enable the organization to successfully manage ethical issues and protect patient/family rights.
~ Aggregate data and participate in budget process to plan for current, emerging, and future resource requirements (financial, human, material, and/or informational).
~ Mentor/precept staff.
~ Participate in the development of education programs and staff development models to facilitate career progression and to increase productivity and performance.
~ Provide leadership in professional, community, and governmental bodies that shape health care policy, contributing to the development/improvement of the healthcare delivery system and improved patient outcomes.
~ Serve as Chair of facility Behavioral Health Council; provide regular updates regarding behavioral health performance metrics and initiatives to facility leadership.
~ Establish processes to support evidence-based clinical and administrative practices.
~ Responsible for knowing the reusable medical equipment (RME) - instruments, equipment, medical devices, and/or supplies located in clinical area(s).
~ Obtain, read, and follow standard operating procedures (SOPs) for all RME in clinical area(s).
~ Other duties as assigned.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday - specific schedule will be determined upon appointment; however, subject to change, depending on the needs of the medical center/service.
Functional Statement Titles:
Clinical Psychologist (Associate Chief of Staff - Behavioral Health) - GS-14; Clinical Psychologist (Associate Chief of Staff - Behavioral Health) - GS-15.
graph of estimated pay ranges
$103,877
$158,847
Job Details
Application Open Date
11/21/2017

Application Close Date
11/19/2018
Organization
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Who May Apply
Current Federal Employees; U.S. Citizens

Status
Full-Time


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    • 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.

      United States Citizenship Required; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

      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 or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

      Supervisory probationary period may be required.

  • QualificationsOpen Qualifications SectionClose Qualifications Section
    • 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:
      ~ 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. For the purpose of meeting this requirement, the term "specialty area" refers to the specific specialty areas recognized by the accrediting body and not to specific job duties that might require special skills. Currently, APA accredits doctoral programs in the specialty areas of clinical psychology, counseling psychology, school psychology, or combinations of two or more of those areas. PCSAS accredits doctoral programs in psychological clinical science. CPA accredits doctoral programs in clinical psychology, counseling psychology, clinical neuropsychology, and school psychology. There are no job assignments in VHA that require the skills of a school psychologist; therefore, an applicant with a degree in the specialty area of school psychology is not eligible for appointment. Strictly for the purpose of determining eligibility for appointment as a psychologist in VHA, there is no distinction between the specialty areas (with the exception of school psychology).
      OR
      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.
      AND
      Internships
      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.)
      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.
      Board Certification: Persons hired to psychology positions in the VHA who completed an internship that was not accredited at the time the program was completed must be 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. The board certificate must be current and the applicant must abide by the certifying body's requirement for continuing education.

      Grade Determinations & Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
      In addition to the experience noted below, the candidate must demonstrate the respective KSAs:

      GS-14 Psychologist (Service Chief) - Experience. At least 3 years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-13 level in Federal civilian service.

      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.

      GS-15 Senior Psychologist (Service Chief) - Experience. At least 4 years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-14 level in Federal civilian service.

      1. Ability to supervise and manage a large group of professional staff effectively.
      2. Skill in interpersonal relationships, including conflict resolution and ability to work collaboratively with supervisors from other units.
      3. Ability to accurately apply the qualification standards, assess the potential of current and prospective employees, and promote their professional development.
      4. Ability to develop appropriate productivity standards for professional staff, often across multiple program lines.5. Knowledge of the goals and objectives of the medical center and VISN and ability to communicate these to subordinates.

      Creditable Experience
      Current Professional Psychology Practice. To be creditable, psychological work experience can be obtained through paid or non-paid employment providing psychological work or through participating in a supervised postdoctoral psychology training program (i.e., fellowship or residency). Psychological work experience must have occurred after the doctoral degree was obtained and must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with current professional psychology practice. "Professional psychology practice" includes but is not limited to the following psychology-oriented job duties: providing professional clinical services, conducting research, carrying out education and training activities, carrying out program evaluation activities, clinical consultation, supervision and administration.

      The experience cited must indicate the ability to perform the duties of the psychologist in the area of work, and at the level of difficulty and responsibility of the grade being considered. Applicants must demonstrate abilities for the position, including these responsibilities.

      For all assignments above the full performance level (GS-13), the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), and range of variety, and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time.

      Preferred Experience: Previous management/supervisory experience.

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

      The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-15. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-14 to GS-15.
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  • How To ApplyOpen How To Apply SectionClose How To Apply Section
    • All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 11/19/2018 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 USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
      2. Click Submit My Answers to 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 USA JOBS 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 USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
  • Additional DetailsOpen Additional Details SectionClose Additional Details Section
    • Series: 0180-Psychology
      Job Pay Type: Per Year
      Job Openings:
      Job Position: CBCC-10084201-18-CSB

      Major Duties/Responsibilities
      The Associate Chief of Staff (ACOS), Behavioral Health, reports to the Chief of Staff (COS) for day-to-day operation and management of clinical practice and staff in Behavioral Health.

      ~ Responsible for organizing and administering management of operations.
      ~ Work closely with COS in achieving strategic goals and performance measures within clinical area.
      ~ Exhibit leadership characterized by substantial and continuous responsibility and accountability for integrated programs that cross service/discipline lines, and influences organizational mission and healthcare.
      ~ Function as administrator, educator, and consultant, utilizing management theory, in collaboration with COS and other services.
      ~ Provide executive input into strategic planning, budget, mission, operational planning, and policy development for local and network efforts.
      ~ Utilize current trends and relevant theories in an analytical framework to design/modify, implement, and measure integrated programs and activities to achieve clinical and administrative goals of the medical center and/or network; evaluate outcomes against strategic priorities.
      ~ Consultant to medical center staff and greater community in behavioral health care psychology.
      ~ Plan, organize, direct, control, and evaluate programs and follow-up actions to facilitate delivery of care and meet required internal and external review standards.
      ~ Provide leadership in the development of policies and systems to devise strategies to enable the organization to successfully manage ethical issues and protect patient/family rights.
      ~ Aggregate data and participate in budget process to plan for current, emerging, and future resource requirements (financial, human, material, and/or informational).
      ~ Mentor/precept staff.
      ~ Participate in the development of education programs and staff development models to facilitate career progression and to increase productivity and performance.
      ~ Provide leadership in professional, community, and governmental bodies that shape health care policy, contributing to the development/improvement of the healthcare delivery system and improved patient outcomes.
      ~ Serve as Chair of facility Behavioral Health Council; provide regular updates regarding behavioral health performance metrics and initiatives to facility leadership.
      ~ Establish processes to support evidence-based clinical and administrative practices.
      ~ Responsible for knowing the reusable medical equipment (RME) - instruments, equipment, medical devices, and/or supplies located in clinical area(s).
      ~ Obtain, read, and follow standard operating procedures (SOPs) for all RME in clinical area(s).
      ~ Other duties as assigned.

      Work Schedule: Monday through Friday - specific schedule will be determined upon appointment; however, subject to change, depending on the needs of the medical center/service.
      Functional Statement Titles:
      Clinical Psychologist (Associate Chief of Staff - Behavioral Health) - GS-14; Clinical Psychologist (Associate Chief of Staff - Behavioral Health) - GS-15.