Wallops Island, Virginia
Dec 03, 2022
Dec 09, 2022
Full Time

* Recruitment (including decentralized hires)
    • The Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention (OMHSP) is committed to developing and preserving a culture of diversity, inclusion and acceptance and encourages all qualified candidates to apply.
    • The Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention (OMHSP) is an equal opportunity/ affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people.
The incumbent oversees and manages highly specialized and innovative national education and implementation programming dedicated to improving the mental and behavioral health care of Veterans within integrated care settings (e.g., pain and oncology clinics). The incumbent works in close collaboration with the Associate Director for Education and Implementation Operations, who primarily oversees integration within Primary Care. In collaboration they provide supervisory, administrative and leadership/oversight for Education and Implementation Cores for the Center for Integrated Healthcare.

Major duties include, but are not limited to the following:

Education and Implementation Program Management Responsibilities
  • The incumbent is responsible, for the development of long-term, short-term and immediate education and implementation strategies and programs for integrated care expansion programming, including oversight for development of lethal means safety (LMS) competency training for integrated care settings.
  • Provides conceptual leadership of education/implementation operations-related strategic planning for the Center, determines objectives, sets priorities, delegates work.
  • Provides guidance to the diverse individuals on the CIH team, and translates strategic goals and objectives into well-coordinated and controlled work operations that accomplish high priority action items to advance the national portfolio of CIH mission focused educational programs and products.
  • Analyzes organizational and operational problems and develops and implements solutions that result in sound operation of the CIH education/implementation integrated care expansion program.
  • Develops and manages budget to support CIH Education/Implementation expansion program goals and objectives.
  • Monitors expenditures and uses cost-benefit thinking to set priorities.
  • Oversees development of a comprehensive, high quality national portfolio of training opportunities and durable integrated care expansion educational products informed by current evidence and based on published integrated care competencies and is committed to continuous improvement.
  • Plans, develops, oversees and conducts integrated care-focused educational and implementation programs, emphasizing core competencies, measurement-based care, and evidence-based protocols appropriate for use in the specific medical setting.
  • Leads and participates in professional organizations and committees to further the development of integrated care; presents at regional and national conferences; publishes scholarly work to educate others and advance the field.
Administrative/Supervisory Responsibilities
  • Supervises education and implementation team within the integrated care expansion consisting of GS-11 through 14 psychologists, post-doctoral fellows, and GS-9 research assistants / coordinators.
  • Participates as a voting member of the CIH Executive Committee.
  • Reports productivity and progress towards goals and develops strategies for meeting goals.
  • Participates in the Monthly Research Meeting for CIH investigators focused on grant writing, peer reviewed publications, and development of research ideas and programs in order oversee the alignment of CIH research efforts with national VA education priorities.
  • Provides leadership and support to CIH investigators and affiliate researchers as they develop educational products to support dissemination of their research.
  • Provides mentorship to trainees including clinical psychology graduate students, psychiatry residents and to CIH post-doctoral fellows.
  • Provides seminars on integrated care processes and practice and on other topics pertaining to their subject matter expertise to trainees.
  • Participates in national training committee meetings.
Research Responsibilities
  • Consults with investigators and other subject matter experts as they develop their programs of research so that all CIH research endeavors support the CIH mission while aligning with national VA priorities related to integration of mental and behavioral health into medical settings.
  • Disseminates CIH research results in the scientific literature through individual and collaborative peer reviewed publications and presentations at national meetings.

Work Schedule: 8AM-4:30PM (ET), M-F
Virtual/Remote: This is a remote position.


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.
  • 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.


Basic Requirements:

United States Citizenship. Be a 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 3.g, this part.)

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.

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).
(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. 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 .
(3) Have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature.
(4) 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.
(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;
(c) 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;
(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.)
(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: 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.

GS-14 GRADE DETERMINATION: In addition to the basic requirements, the Psychologist must have at least 3 years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-13 level. This experience must be comparable to the next lower grade level and demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities described at that level:
  • Ability to organize work, set priorities, delegate tasks, and meets 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.

Selecting Placement Factor. This position includes a skill, knowledge, ability or other worker characteristic basic to -and essential for- satisfactory performance of the job. Selective Placement Factors are a prerequisite to appointment and represent minimum requirements for a position. Applicants who do not meet it are ineligible for further consideration. Evidence of the Selective Placement Factor must be reflected in your resume. The Selective Placement Factor for this position is:
  • This position requires 2-3 years of Clinical Experience in an integrated care setting (in PCMHI and/or other integrated medical settings). At least one year experience as an integrated care program leader is required.
  • 2-3 years of experience providing education for diverse medical professionals in integrated settings.
  • Experience providing and implementing evidence-based practices and programming in integrated care settings.
  • Knowledge and general expertise about integrated care in diverse medical settings.
  • Knowledge and expertise related to Lethal Means Safety."

Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.


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: . 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

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. Selected applicants may qualify for credit toward annual leave accrual, based on prior work experience or military service experience. 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.

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 .