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Job Title: Chief Psychologist
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: New Orleans, LA
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 11/07/2017
Expire Date: 01/06/2018
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Job Description
Chief Psychologist
Has supervisory responsibility for subordinates (psychologists, psychology/mental health technicians, clerical staff, and trainees) and is responsible for all professional, management, and administrative aspects Psychology. This includes approval of leave, ensuring coverage of clinic services, personnel actions, performance appraisal standards and evaluation clinical assignments, management of psychological clinical programs an services, etc.
Responsible for direct supervision of all clinical and clerical staff in Psychology including clinical assignments, and administration of all psychological clinical services and programs. Management and administration of all Psychology budget and resources. Responsible for assisting and directing Psychology staff to provide comprehensive services to Veterans in collaboration with the Associate Chief for Mental Health and the Mental Health Council.
Supervisor is responsible for all Psychology staff in terms of recruitment selection, competency evaluations, performance appraisals, setting workload documentation goals and guidelines, clinical assignments, supervision, scope ofcare and privileging, and supervisory disciplinary issues.
Responsibilities include oversight of doctoral staff psychologists, psychology/mental health technicians, peer support specialists, clerical staff pre-doctoral interns, post-doctoral residents and practicum students.
Responsible for clinical assignments of all Psychology staff including administration of staff s clinics and clinical schedules.
Responsible for all administrative actions associated with Psychology including accurate tracking of staff s assignments in Decision Support System (DSS) reports, tracking and evaluating staff's workload and productivity, Action itemsrelated to Psychology, staff responsiveness to and compliance with all referrals and requests for psychological services, creating, implementing and ensuring compliance with policies and procedures related to all aspects of psychology services, documentation of clinical services and workload, performance improvement tasks, compliance with all VA performance measures, meet appropriate strategic goals, compliance with requirements for follow up to Veterans who missed clinical appointments, ensuring utilization of clinical resources, maintaining access to psychological services, meeting all request established by the VA Uniform Mental Health Services.
Ensures that all Psychology staff comply with all requirements and standards established by VA, state agencies, and professional associations.
Decisions are made with very wide latitude and independent judgment.
Participates as voting member of Mental Health Council in making decisions about Mental Health services within SLVHCS.
Chairs Psychology Staff meetings, appoints Director of Training for Psychology, ensures Psychology Training Program operates effectively.
Chairs Psychology Professional Standards and Management Committee conducts professional practice evaluations of all privileged staff, and reviewing candidates for employment.
Under direct supervision of Associate Chief of Staff for Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences Services.
Represents Psychology at Professional Standards Board, Medical Execut Committee, Leadership Council, Directors Staff Meeting and other SLVHCS entities and forums.
Functions as Psychological Support Unit Leader, coordinating psychology services for staff, patients and families during crises and disasters.
Monitors and tracks all consults to Psychology Service for appropriate ev assignments and follow up.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

a. Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)

b.Education.

(1) 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 consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed.

AND

(2) Have successfully completed a professional psychology internship training program that has been accredited by APA. Exceptions: (1) 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 Central Office of Academic Affiliations at the time that the individual was an intern and (2) VHA facilities who offered full one-year pre-doctoral internships prior to PL 96-151 (pre-1979) are considered to be acceptable in fulfillment of the internship requirement.

c. 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.

GS-15

(b) Experience. At least 4 years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-14 level. In addition the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

(c) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

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.

Assignment: For all assignments above the full performance level, 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. Senior Psychologist Service Chief at the GS-15 level generally manages programs in Complexity Level 1 (High Complexity) facilities or in facilities of lesser complexity levels that have large psychology or mental health programs. They are responsible for all professional, management, and administrative aspects of the service or organizational entity. Supervision and resource management involve major decisions, and work activities and supervision significantly affect the ability of staff to provide comprehensive services to Veterans. The service or organizational entity is a major component of the medical center and the services or programs supervised are highly professional, technical, and complex. Examples include but are not limited to discipline-specific programs (typically in the role of Psychology Service Chief), the overall system of mental health programs (typically in the role of Associate Chief of Staff for Mental Health), research programs (typically in the role of Associate Chief of Staff for Research), or education programs (typically in the role of Associate Chief of Staff for Education). Responsibilities include oversight of a large, complex organization that encompasses several component parts integral to the functioning of the medical center or, alternatively, one large service or organization. They have broad and overall responsibility for a service-level organizational unit and have full responsibility for clinical practice, program management, education, human resource management, and supervision for the service. They autonomously manage substantive parts of specialized, complex, professional services which significantly impact the care provided to Veterans. They provide leadership with objective, independent assessments and recommendations for policy, operational, and administrative issues and initiatives requiring decision and action. They monitor work performance to ensure that requirements are satisfied; interpret and process a wide variety of data related to program planning and specialized needs of the Veterans, the service, and the medical center; ensure policies or issues have been fully coordinated, vetted, and staffed; advise leadership on implications, key issues, and relationships to interest groups (both internal and external) and recommend courses of action. They coordinate and negotiate resolutions to complex problems. They assure compliance with accrediting agencies and regulatory requirements and assure corrective action is initiated as needed. They are responsible for professional and administrative management of an assigned area which may include budget execution. They maintain interdepartmental relations with other services to accomplish medical center goals. They may prepare special reports and responses, Congressional responses, briefing papers, issue briefs, and decision papers for the medical center leadership, which may be highly sensitive, confidential, and of a complex nature. They develop policies and procedures and may develop performance standards, position descriptions and functional statements. They monitor the clinical performance of staff, conduct performance appraisals, and perform other clinical and administrative responsibilities to ensure that the mission of the service and the medical center has been satisfied. They may set training objectives for staff and delegate responsibilities to subordinate sections.
References: In accordance with VA Handbook 5005/15 Part II Appendix G18

http://vaww.va.gov/OHRM/HRLibrary/Dir-Policy.htm

Physical Requirements: A pre-placement physical examination will be completed prior to appointment to determine the physical and mental fitness of candidates. The examination will be concerned with the mental and physical ability of the applicant to satisfactorily perform the duties of the proposed assignment and will include requisite laboratory and other screening as required by Federal regulatory agencies. Physician applicants must have the mental and physical ability to perform core privileges required by the specialty position in addition to any specialty privileges requested. Pre-Employment physical is required.

Influenza Prevention Program Statement : Participation in the seasonal influenza program is a condition of employment and a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). HCP are individuals who, during the influenza season, work in VHA locations where patients receive care or who come into contact with VA patients as part of their duties. VHA locations include, but are not limited to, VA hospitals and associated clinics, community living centers (CLCs), community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), domiciliary units, Vet centers and VA-leased facilities. HCP include all VA licensed and unlicensed, clinical and administrative, paid and unpaid, full- and part-time employees, intermittent employees, fee basis employees, VA contractors, students, researchers, volunteers, and trainees who work at these facilities.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.
Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
*Resume

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:


*DD-214
*OF-306
*Other(10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations )
*Other Veterans Document
*SF-15
*SF-50
*Transcript
VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf)

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, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.


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 1967360.

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.

Must provide hours worked per week/ month(s) and year(s) of employment.

Qualifications & Requirements

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

a. Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)

b.Education.

(1) 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 consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed.

AND

(2) Have successfully completed a professional psychology internship training program that has been accredited by APA. Exceptions: (1) 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 Central Office of Academic Affiliations at the time that the individual was an intern and (2) VHA facilities who offered full one-year pre-doctoral internships prior to PL 96-151 (pre-1979) are considered to be acceptable in fulfillment of the internship requirement.

c. 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.

GS-15

(b) Experience. At least 4 years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-14 level. In addition the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

(c) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

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.

Assignment: For all assignments above the full performance level, 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. Senior Psychologist Service Chief at the GS-15 level generally manages programs in Complexity Level 1 (High Complexity) facilities or in facilities of lesser complexity levels that have large psychology or mental health programs. They are responsible for all professional, management, and administrative aspects of the service or organizational entity. Supervision and resource management involve major decisions, and work activities and supervision significantly affect the ability of staff to provide comprehensive services to Veterans. The service or organizational entity is a major component of the medical center and the services or programs supervised are highly professional, technical, and complex. Examples include but are not limited to discipline-specific programs (typically in the role of Psychology Service Chief), the overall system of mental health programs (typically in the role of Associate Chief of Staff for Mental Health), research programs (typically in the role of Associate Chief of Staff for Research), or education programs (typically in the role of Associate Chief of Staff for Education). Responsibilities include oversight of a large, complex organization that encompasses several component parts integral to the functioning of the medical center or, alternatively, one large service or organization. They have broad and overall responsibility for a service-level organizational unit and have full responsibility for clinical practice, program management, education, human resource management, and supervision for the service. They autonomously manage substantive parts of specialized, complex, professional services which significantly impact the care provided to Veterans. They provide leadership with objective, independent assessments and recommendations for policy, operational, and administrative issues and initiatives requiring decision and action. They monitor work performance to ensure that requirements are satisfied; interpret and process a wide variety of data related to program planning and specialized needs of the Veterans, the service, and the medical center; ensure policies or issues have been fully coordinated, vetted, and staffed; advise leadership on implications, key issues, and relationships to interest groups (both internal and external) and recommend courses of action. They coordinate and negotiate resolutions to complex problems. They assure compliance with accrediting agencies and regulatory requirements and assure corrective action is initiated as needed. They are responsible for professional and administrative management of an assigned area which may include budget execution. They maintain interdepartmental relations with other services to accomplish medical center goals. They may prepare special reports and responses, Congressional responses, briefing papers, issue briefs, and decision papers for the medical center leadership, which may be highly sensitive, confidential, and of a complex nature. They develop policies and procedures and may develop performance standards, position descriptions and functional statements. They monitor the clinical performance of staff, conduct performance appraisals, and perform other clinical and administrative responsibilities to ensure that the mission of the service and the medical center has been satisfied. They may set training objectives for staff and delegate responsibilities to subordinate sections.
References: In accordance with VA Handbook 5005/15 Part II Appendix G18

http://vaww.va.gov/OHRM/HRLibrary/Dir-Policy.htm

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