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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Psychology Program Manager (Psychology Program/Psychology Training Director) in Tucson, Arizona

Summary This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more Responsibilities The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (SAVAHCS) is seeking a highly motivated and innovative, professional psychologist with leadership and psychology training experience to join our team as the Chief of Psychology and Psychology Training Director Duties include, but are not limited to: The incumbent is the program manager and supervisor of the Matrixed Psychologists which encompasses the specialty psychological services provided by the Mental Health Service (MHS). The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System is a 1B complexity medical facility that treats over 55,000 Veterans annually with almost 13,000 Veterans receiving mental health care in 7 CBOCs and a busy main campus. Of those patients, approximately 1350 patients are referred for specialty mental health treatment. A main function of the Matrixed Psychologists Program Manager is overseeing the timely management of consults, ensuring quality, evidence-based MH treatment is provided, and creating a collaborative treatment environment within the treatment team and with other MH providers and referring clinicians. Due to the challenges of providing several different treatment modalities to a wide range of mental health patients, the incumbent must be well versed in an array of psychotherapies. Furthermore, the Matrixed Psychologists must be able to provide specialty MH treatment via telehealth as well as via face to face appointments secondary to the scarcity of resources in the CBOCs; therefore, the program manager must be able to interface with SAVAHCS telehealth department to get staff trained, acquire necessary equipment, and set up telehealth clinics. The incumbent must be able to address conflicts and complaints from staff and patients that may arise as a result of managing highly complex and potentially difficult patients. The incumbent is responsible for program development and evolution, quality improvement, SAIL measures, Joint Commission accreditation, day-to-day operations, hiring/firing actions, approving/disapproving leave, performance evaluations, patient complaints, employee grievances, and managing the budget/fund control point. As the Chief of Psychology, the incumbent oversees the professional practice of psychology throughout the SAVAHCS. The SAVAHCS has a faculty of 25 professional psychologists with plans for continued growth. The Psychology Training Director (TD) has broad program management responsibilities for all Psychology Training Programs across the SAVAHCS. These duties include the day-to-day operation and management of the organized, accredited, and VACO-OAA sponsored training programs at the Doctoral Internship and Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Residency levels. Additionally, is responsible for the WOC Psychology Practicum Program when operational. The Psychology Training Programs are embedded in the nature of the SAVAHCS. The Psychology Doctoral Internship program currently includes 4 interns (all 4 are VACO OAA funded). The Internship Program positions are located at the SAVAHCS. The Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Residency program currently includes 1 resident (VACO OAA funded). The Psychology Practicum Program currently includes externs (all WOC) at the SAVAHCS. In summary, the TD is currently responsible for 5 paid trainees and up to 2 WOC trainees covering 3 distinct levels of training with the possibilities of expansion as needed. The TD has responsibility for development of background information and preparation of final drafts for the Station's response to any request for position (RFP) that the medical center (through the Chief of Staff and ACOS-Education when applicable) decides to pursue for additional trainee positions. Provides a full range of psychological assessment and diagnostic services for mental health disorders. Provides comprehensive, evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions for a wide range of mental health disorders, including individual and group psychotherapy. Provides consultation to professional staff within SAVAHCS and to community providers, concerning clinical assessment findings and appropriate treatment plans for patients. He/she serves as the Psychology Training Director and assures the maintenance of American Psychological Association Accreditation of the Programs and to achieve the highest quality of training for Psychology interns and Post-Doctoral Fellows. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. work schedule, but work schedule may be adjusted to meet the needs of the service. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Psychology Program Manager (Psychology Program/Psychology Training Director)/PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized EDRP Authorized: Contact Jeffry Rogers @ (520) 792-1450 Ext 1-5271, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment 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 (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. 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, (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 which the applicant is to be employed. OR, (3) Have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature.] AND, Internships: (a) 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, (b) 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, (c) VHA facilities that offered full-time, one-year pre-doctoral internships prior to PL 96-151 (pre1979) are considered to be acceptable in fulfillment of the internship requirement; OR, (d) 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, (e) 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. 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 3j. 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). Preferred Experience: Significant experience with diagnostic evaluations, evidence-based psychotherapy, consult management, program management, and psychology training. Grade Determinations: Psychology Program Manager, GS-14 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. 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, Part II appendix G18, Psychologist Qualification Standards, GS-180, Veterans Health Administration. Physical Requirements: The work is primarily sedentary with prolonged periods of sitting. The work requires moderate lifting, carrying, pushing, standing; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; ability to read without strain; ability to hear the whispered voice with or without hearing aid; emotional & mental stability. Education IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application. 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: 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: Additional Information 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. 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.