The Program Manager for PCT will supervise providers housed in the PCT clinic. 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: Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3.j. Education: (1) 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. 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. NOTE: 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. OR (2) 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: (a) The re-specialization 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 whichthe applicant is to be employed. (TRANSCRIPT OR CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION REQUIRED TO BE SUBMITTED WITH APPLICATION) OR (3) Have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature. AND Completed one of the following internship requirements: 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.) (CERTIFICATIFICATION REQUIRED TO BE SUBMITTED WITH APPLICATION) OR 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. 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 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 (KSAs): In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: Ability to organize work, set priorities, delegate tasks, and meet multiple deadlines. Knowledge of and ability to utilize evidence based practices and clinical practice guidelines appropriately and ability to guide staff in using these tools. Ability to deal effectively with individuals or groups representing widely divergent backgrounds, interests, and points of view. Skill in managing and directing the work of others to accomplish program goals and objectives. Ability to translate management goals and objectives into well-coordinated and controlled work operations. Ability to establish and monitor production and performance priorities and standards. Ability to analyze organizational and operational problems and to develop and implement solutions that result in sound operation of the program. References: VA Handbook 5005/103, Part II, Appendix G18. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-14. Physical Requirements: The work requires extreme patience and a strong ability to maintain composure. 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. 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). ["The incumbent supervises interdisciplinary staff including Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Social Workers, LPCCs, Nurses, Peer Specialists, and Vocational Rehab Specialists housed in specialty clinics throughout mental health, including conducting performance appraisals, handling disciplinary actions, managing time and leave, and evaluating for and recommending awards The incumbent is also responsible for training incoming staff on best practice, compliance within VA standards of documentation, and ensuring appropriate training for trainees across multiple disciplines. .Duties include, but are not limited to: Responsible for a variety of accountability practices, e.g., ensuring CPRS entries are current and in compliance with JCAHO and CARF standards, that there are appropriate quality improvement practices in place and providing necessary pertinent data on the programs included in the incumbent's sphere of responsibility. On a daily basis, the supervisor handles, prioritizes and delegates complex patient care, personnel, budget, education and program planning activities. S/he may be asked to serve as Acting Chief or Assistant Chief, MHS, in the event of their absence and will also provide coverage to other Program Managers as needed. Write facility policies and standard operating procedures consistent with national standards and remains knowledgeable of current staffing, productivity, clinical care guidelines/policies/directives that impact staffing and clinical care. Monitor access to care and devise process improvements when timely access is not available. Coordinate care with a vast number of other teams throughout the facility, to include Human Resources, Administrative Medicine and Occupational Health, Primary Care, as well as various MHS programs. Provides a full range of psychological assessment services and diagnoses mental disorders, particularly for complex or unusually difficult patients, to include psychological testing and evaluation. Teach didactic seminars to psychology interns students on an annual basis. Responsible for timely completion of all clinical charting and documentation required by the Medical Center. Participates in Medical Center or VISN committees as a member or chairs as well as assist with investigations or special projects as assigned by management. Attend all staff meetings. Functions independently as a member of the VAMC Medical Staff, with full clinical privileges. Assumes complete professional responsibility for his/her clinical assessment findings, patient care decisions, and documentation. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Telework: AdHoc Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized"]
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