Incident Support Services Director (police Psychologist)

Fairfax, Virginia
$85,524.40 - $142,541.78 Annually
Sep 25, 2021
Oct 09, 2021
Full Time
Job Announcement

Under the command structure of the Police Department’s Administrative Support Bureau, performs advance-level professional clinical psychology work providing direct clinical prevention and mental health treatment services (crisis intervention, psychological assessment, testing, evaluation, diagnosis, and psychotherapeutic treatment) to law enforcement officers, civilian law enforcement employees, retired law enforcement officers, law enforcement volunteers, and their household members; provides management of a section and/or management of several programs; maintains professional liaisons with all incident support service providers, other public safety agencies, and risk management staff, for the purpose of consultation/reaching agreement on treatment plans, providing and coordinating direct treatment services, and resolving clinical problems; serves as direct liaison for the Department’s Incident Support Services program; and performs related assignments as required.

Illustrative Duties

(The illustrative duties listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list. A complete list of position duties and unique physical requirements can be found in the position job description.)
  • Collaborates with the Incident Support Services (ISS) team, which consists of internal employees, County service providers, contractors, and other public safety jurisdictional support teams in the region;
  • Develops prevention strategies and techniques aimed at making officers less vulnerable to the impact of traumatic events through programs at the police academy, roll calls and other appropriate venues;
  • Performs the administration of standardized psychological tests used in the diagnosis and treatment of clients;
  • Performs the administration of standardized psychological tests used in the diagnosis and treatment of clients;
  • Performs a variety of psychological diagnostic evaluations and tests in order to assess: intellectual capacity, emotional functions, and capacity for life functions, abstract reasoning, memory, sequential reasoning, and other mental/emotional areas as they reflect mental health and behavior problems;
  • Participate in specialized studies and research to support departmental mission as it relates to psychological support;
  • Provides training to support law enforcement officers, civilian employees, volunteers, recruits, retired personnel, and family members;

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

( The knowledge, skills and abilities listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list.)
  • Thorough knowledge of, and the ability to apply the theories and principles of psychology, human growth and development, normal and abnormal personality development, learning theory, interviewing techniques, and personality, intelligence, interest and aptitude measurements;
  • Thorough knowledge of and the ability to apply psychological principles and methods in the diagnosis, prevention, treatment and amelioration of psychological problems, emotional and/or mental conditions of individuals and groups;
  • Thorough knowledge of applicable Federal, State, and County laws and regulations;
  • Extensive knowledge of the psychological principles, theories, methods, and techniques pertaining to police psychology;
  • Knowledge of principles, practices, and techniques of organizing and coordinating the work of a section or multiple programs; and of planning, analyzing and implementing programs policies;
  • Knowledge of using strength-based interventions and methods aimed at treating psychological symptoms;
  • Knowledge of the range of critical incident stress management approaches;
  • Ability to administer, score, and interpret difficult and complex psychological tests;
  • Ability to stay current with trends in psychology and the psychological dynamics of law enforcement work;
  • Ability to coordinate psychological support services for officers, civilians, volunteers, retirees, and family members in the times of crisis (i.e. Family Assistance Support teams);
  • Ability to act as liaison with bureau commanders to bridge psychological services to clients who are involved in police shootings, use of force events, and other traumatic events;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients and their families, with management and staff, and with other jurisdictional counterparts;
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in written reports and records;
  • Ability to maintain a high level of ethical standards;
  • Ability to demonstrate a high level of integrity and to be truthful at all times.

Employment Standards

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Doctoral degree in Psychology as defined in Title 18VAC125-20-54 of the Code of Virginia plus;
Three (3) years of post-doctoral progressively responsible clinical experience in psychotherapy and crisis intervention, diagnostic and psychological testing service experience.
At least one year each of post-doctoral experience in the following areas: providing early intervention for trauma and critical incidents, providing training and consultation to first responder agencies, and developing and providing evidence-based programs to meet emerging needs in public safety.
Membership in good standing with the American Psychological Association.

Law enforcement or public safety knowledge and management experience. Crisis intervention Management experience. Previous intervention with law enforcement officers, civilian employees and family members.

  • Driver's License (Required)
  • Licensure as a Psychologist by the Virginia State Board of Examiners for Psychologists.

All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or religious reasons will still be subject to the weekly testing requirement. Otherwise, vaccinated employees will complete the attestation online in the first day of employment.

The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background, credit check, driver's license check and polygraph exam to the satisfaction of the employer.

Must be able to communicate (both verbally and in written format) accurately utilizing various methods of media. Must be able to speak articulately in-person to large groups or one-on-one. Requires the ability to operate keyboard-driven equipment and to operate devices with tablet technologies. Ability to sit for long periods of time. All duties may be performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview; may include exercise.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or military status in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.

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