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Staff Psychologist (sleep Medicine)

Summary

~INCENTIVES NOT AUTHORIZED~
The Staff Psychologist serves as a staff psychologist for the Sleep Medicine department at the Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine Division(s) of the VA Puget Sound Health Care System. The psychologist's primary duties involve the provision of evidence-based behavioral treatments for a wide array of sleep disorders.
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Overview

  • Accepting applications
  • Open & closing dates

    04/19/2022 to 05/31/2022

  • Salary

    $73,098 - $135,437 per year
    GS-11 ($73,098-$95,022) GS-12 ($87,614-$113,902) GS-13 ($104,184-$135,437)

  • Pay scale & grade

    GS 11 - 13

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    Location

    1 vacancy in the following location:

    • Seattle, WA 1 vacancy
  • Telework eligible

    Yes-as determined by the agency policy.

  • Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

  • Relocation expenses reimbursed

    No

  • Appointment type

    Permanent

  • Work schedule

    Full-time

  • Service

    Excepted

  • Promotion potential

    13

  • Job family (Series)

    0180 Psychology

  • Supervisory status

    No

  • Security clearance

    Not Required

  • Drug test

    Yes

  • Position sensitivity and risk

    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

  • Trust determination process

    Credentialing

    Suitability/Fitness

  • Announcement number

    CBSV-11466532-22-JAS

  • Control number

    649551900

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This job is open to

  • Federal employees - Competitive service

    Current or former competitive service federal employees.

  • Federal employees - Excepted service

    Current excepted service federal employees.

  • Internal to an agency

    Current federal employees of this agency.

  • The public

    U.S. Citizens, Nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

Clarification from the agency

VETERANS PREFERENCE IS WAIVED FOR THIS OCCUPATIONAL SERIES IAW Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer (OCHCO) BULLETIN "FY22 Staffing Shortage Determinations" dated: 10/26/2021. Areas of Consideration are as follows: 1. Current permanent VA employees of the PSVAHCS and its outlying Clinics. 2. Current permanent VA employees of other facilities. 3. Current permanent Federal employees of other agencies. 4. Public/ US Citizens.

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Duties

The duties of the Staff Psychologist include but are not limited to:

Within the Sleep department, the Staff Psychologist's primary duties involve the provision of evidence-based behavioral treatments for a wide array of sleep disorders. Behavioral sleep medicine care provided by a sleep psychologist includes, but is not limited to: cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I), PAP desensitization for sleep apnea, behavioral interventions for hypersomnia, chronotherapy for circadian rhythm disorders, and nightmare management strategies such as IRT (imagery rehearsal therapy) or ERRT (exposure, relaxation & re-scripting therapy). Additionally, the psychologist will facilitate & coordinate with other providers on aspects of Veteran mental health care relevant to sleep, such as posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, and anxiety. Licensed psychologists obtain clinical privileges to practice general psychological procedures expected of all psychologists. They may also be granted specialty area clinical privileges to include (but not be limited to) Rehabilitation Psychology, Clinical Neuropsychology, Clinical Gero-psychology, and/or Clinical Health Psychology. Unlicensed psychologists practice under the supervision of a licensed psychologist with clinical privileges, covered by a Scope of Practice document.

Clinical Responsibilities (80 %)
Provides comprehensive psychological assessment and diagnostic services for Veterans with a broad range of psychopathology receiving care within the Sleep Department, including services for patients with complex psychopathology requiring advanced psycho-diagnostic skills.
Demonstrates expertise in using and contemporary interview and psychometric assessment methods for mental disorders and/or behavioral health conditions.
Provides evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions as indicated and appropriate for the specific job setting and duties of the psychologist, which may include individual, family, and group psychotherapy and psychoeducation. These may include cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I), PAP desensitization for sleep apnea, behavioral interventions for hypersomnia, chronotherapy for circadian rhythm disorders, and nightmare management strategies such as IRT (imagery rehearsal therapy) or ERRT (exposure, relaxation & re-scripting therapy).
Provides consultation to health care providers about assessment findings and treatment plan for patients to ensure that care is coordinated, collaborative, and integrated within the Medical Center.
Develops, implements, and documents the mental health treatment plan for an assigned caseload of patients, as indicated and appropriate for the specific job setting and duties of the psychologist.
Complies with all Service Line documentation requirements, including standards for timely completion of CPRS patient contact notes, use of required documentation templates, clinical reminders, treatment plans, and risk assessment protocols.
Adheres to all Facility and Service Line policies and practices for delivering clinical care, including but not limited to risk assessment and reduction practices for potentially dangerous behavior (suicide and violence), timeliness of care and access standards, professional conduct requirements, and CPRS documentation conventions.
Other clinical responsibilities (10%)
Sleep Behavioral Health electronic consultation review, triage, and completion.
Indirect patient care: returning telephone calls, responding to patient secure messaging, reviewing clinical data, communicating results to patients, communications with primary care providers and other specialists, as appropriate, and implementing improved quality in systems delivery.
Sleep-focused psychological assessment and evidence-based behavioral sleep care.
Administrative Responsibilities (10 %)
Assists the Team Leader and/or Program Director in the design, development, and implementation of clinical assessment and/or intervention programs.
Adheres to operational policies and procedures for the treatment team, established by the affiliated Team Leader, Program Director, and/or Service Line Leader.
Facilitates liaisons with other health care programs in order to effectively coordinate services.
Complies with national and local performance measures and facilitates organizational success on these measures at the team level.
Complies with all Facility and Service Line policies and expectations concerning administrative practices, including but not limited to leave authorization, responding to Suspense items, and completing TMS educational requirements.

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday: 8:00am to 4:30pm
Telework: Available-Pending Management Approval
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Functional Statement #: Staff Psychologist GS-0180-11/12/13; Functional Statement: 00000
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

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Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job.
  • All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period.
  • Subject to background/security investigation.
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
  • Must pass pre-employment physical examination.
  • Must possess a current, valid, and unrestricted State issued Drivers License.
  • Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP).
  • Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) - See "Additional Information" below for details.

Qualifications

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 Requirement. 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: (Transcript Required). The re-specialization program must be completed in an APA 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~
    Have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature.
    NOTE: You must submit a copy of your transcripts/documentation showing degree earned and conferred date.
  • Internship Requirement. 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.
    ~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.
  • 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.
    NOTE: If licensed, you must submit a copy of your current, valid, and unrestricted Psychologist license.
  • English Language Proficiency Requirement. Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j.

GRADE REQUIREMENTS.
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.
Quality of Experience. Experience is only creditable if it is post-doctoral experience as a professional psychologist directly related to the duties to be performed. Qualifying experience must also be at a level comparable to or exceeding professional psychology experience at the next lower level.
Part-time Experience. Part-time experience is creditable according to its relationship to a fulltime workweek. For example, a psychologist employed 20 hours per week, or on a half time basis, would receive one full-time workweek of credit for each two weeks of service.

Grade Determinations. In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates:

Staff Psychologist, GS-11 (Entry Level)
Experience. None beyond the basic requirements.

Staff Psychologist, GS-12 (Developmental Level)
Experience. At least one year of experience as a professional psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-11). Psychologists who are not licensed must practice under the supervision of a licensed psychologist but with less intense supervision than at the GS-11 grade level.
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs:
(a) Knowledge of and ability to apply a wide range of professional psychological treatments or assessment methods to a variety of patient populations.
(b) Ability to design and implement effective treatment strategies.
(c) Ability to incorporate new clinical procedures.
(d) Ability to conduct research activities, such as designing and implementing clinical research projects (staff psychologists with specified research job duties).
(e) Ability to perform basic research tasks of scholarship and research execution within the context of an established research team, including research participant relations, research documentation, data acquisition, maintenance, and collaboration.

Staff Psychologist, GS-13 (Full Performance, Level)
Experience. At least two years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-12 grade level.
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs:
(a) Knowledge of, and ability to apply, professional psychological treatments to the full range of patient populations.
(b) Ability to provide professional advice and consultation in areas related to professional psychology and behavioral health.
(c) Knowledge of clinical research literature.

Preferred Experience: Applicants should be certified in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (VA or equivalency certification) and demonstrate proficiency in other behavioral sleep medicine interventions. Preference for candidates who hold a Diplomate in Behavioral Sleep Medicine (DBSM) and/or Certification in Behavioral Sleep Medicine (CBSM).

References: VA Handbook 5005/103 Part II, Appendix G18 Psychologist Qualification Standard dated: February 7, 2018

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-11 to GS-13.

Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting (15-44 lbs.), Moderate carrying (15-44 lbs.), Reaching above shoulders, Use of fingers, Both eyes required, Depth perception, Ability to distinguish shades of color, Hearing (aid permitted), Operation of motor vehicle.

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-v....

Additional information

Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

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.

Pursuant to VHA Directive 1193.01, VHA health care personnel (HCP) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 subject to such accommodations as required by law (i.e., medical, religious or pregnancy). VHA HCPs do not include remote workers who only infrequently enter VHA locations. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required accommodation from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process.

Due to COVID-19, VA is currently in an expanded telework posture. If selected, you may be expected to temporarily telework, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Once employees are permitted to return to the office, you will be expected to report to the duty station listed on this announcement. Management officials will provide information about returning to the official, pre-pandemic worksite, when applicable. At that time, you may be eligible to request to continue to telework depending upon the terms of your organization's telework policy and the duties of the position.

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.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

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.

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  • As a new or existing federal employee, you and your family may have access to a range of benefits. Your benefits depend on the type of position you have - whether you're a permanent, part-time, temporary or an intermittent employee. You may be eligible for the following benefits, however, check with your agency to make sure you're eligible under their policies.

    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

    • License
    • VA Application 10-2850c Must be signed within the last 6 months
    • Resume
    • Transcript

    VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: https://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf.
    ~Required at time of application~

    The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), etc.

    • Cover Letter
    • License
    • OF-306
    • VA Application 10-2850c Must be signed within the last 6 months
    • Other (2)
    • Other (3)
    • PCS Orders
    • Performance Appraisal
    • Resume
    • Separation Notice (RIF)
    • SF-15
    • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
    • Transcript

    VETERANS PREFERENCE IS WAIVED FOR THIS OCCUPATIONAL SERIES IAW Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer (OCHCO) BULLETIN "FY22 Staffing Shortage Determinations" dated: 10/26/2021.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

Staff Psychologist (sleep Medicine)

Veterans Health Administration
Seattle, WA
Full time

Published on 04/21/2022

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