Psychology Program Manager (Suicide Prevention)

Location
San Antonio, Texas
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Apr 23, 2021
Closes
May 23, 2021
Ref
599099100
Specialty
Managerial
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
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: 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. OR,
Have a doctoral degree in any area of psychology and, in addition, successfully complete a re-­specialization program (including documentation of an approved internship completed as part of the re­-specialization program) meeting both of the following conditions:
  • The re-specialization program must be completed in an AP A or a CPA accredited doctoral program; AND,
  • The specialty in which the applicant is retrained must be consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed. OR,
NOTE: The applicant must provide an official transcript and/or certificate documenting the completion of the re-specialization program, which includes completion of an APA or CPA internship. [Psychologists who have successfully completed a re-specialization program as described above and who were employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs prior to the implementation of this standard are considered to have fully met the educational requirements of these qualification standards.]
  • Have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature. AND
  • Have successfully completed a professional psychology internship training program that was accredited by AP A 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 AP A 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 AP A or CPA at the time theprogram 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
  • Applicants who have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally­accredited 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.
NOTE: Psychologists who meet the requirements of this revision and who were employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs prior to the implementation of this standard are considered to have fully met the requirements of this qualification standard.]
  • 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.
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.

Preferred Experience:
1. Experience in managing workload, interdisciplinary teams and diverse staff members to accomplish program goals and objectives.
2. Experience in delegating work, managing multiple deadlines with organization and accountability standards.
3. Experience working with diverse mental health populations and training in the provision of evidenced based therapies and measurement-based care to monitor progress.
4. Experience with comprehensive risk assessments for high risk mental health populations.
5. Knowledge and experience with performance measures and accreditation standards such as CARF, Joint Commission, APA

Grade Determination: GS-14 Psychology Program Manager
  • Experience. At least 3 years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-13 level
  • Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: *
  1. Ability to organize work, set priorities, delegate tasks, and met 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
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.)

References: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G18 Psychologist Qualification Standard.

The full performance level of this vacancy is 14. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is 14

Physical Requirements: Light lifting, under 15 pounds, light carrying, under 15 pounds, Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other, Hearing with aid permitted, ability to perform privileges, ability to independently perform physical exam as appropriate to position, emotional and mental stability, 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.

Note: The doctoral degree must be fully 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. Verification of accreditation may be made obtained from https://accreditation.apa.org/accreditedprograms or https://cpa.ca/accreditation/CPAaccreditedprograms/ If your school has changed names, or is no longer in existence, you must provide this information in your application. If your school was accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA), the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS), or the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) at the time of graduation, but is no longer listed on the American Psychological Association (APA), the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS), or the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) website, you must provide documentation of accreditation with your application packet.

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