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Psychology Program Manager- ARTS

Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Fairfield
Posted on: June 9, 2021

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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

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The VA Northern California Health Care System is currently recruiting for a GS-14 Psychology Program Manager for the Addiction Recovery and Treatment Services. This position can be filled at one of the VA Northern California Health Care System Sites.

The ARTS Program Coordinator has overall responsibility for program development and management for the VA NCHCS ARTS Program, including the ARTS/OTP program. Incumbent exercises broad responsibility, very wide latitude and independent judgment in decisions in establishing program direction and goals for the ARTS programming, and advises facility addition leaders on issues specific to addiction treatment.

Major duties include, but are not limited to:

Establishes, documents, and implements of short and long-range ARTS program goals.

Ensures efficient operation of the program, involving both day-to-day operations and long-term planning and growth. S/he develops and implements policies and procedures pertinent to all aspects of the ARTS program's operation and treatment services to ensure goal attainment and effective and efficient resource utilization and service delivery. The incumbent consults with other MH program leaders when developing policies, procedures, and practices to ensure that ARTS operations are integrated into other MH clinical operations.

Interprets policies, directives, guidelines and information letters from VA Central Office, NEPEC, VISN, and local leadership in order to ensure program compliance.

Develops all documentation and reporting standards for the patient clinical records, demonstrating compliance with NEPEC, Joint Commission, VA Directives, and VANCHCS requirements by all staff.

Exercises broad responsibility in the allocation and distribution of ARTS resources to ensure we remain in compliance with OMHSP directives, and deliver efficient and effective services. The incumbent is responsible for proper planning to ensure assigned staff, office space, funds/contracts and equipment are available to efficiently provide clinical services. The incumbent monitors expenditures, submissions and verifications of reports, develops staffing plans and requests resources and FTEE.

Provides public relations and community outreach/education regarding VA care for ARTS to various social agencies, medical, mental health, legal, housing and welfare organizations. The incumbent represents ARTS at appropriate clinical and administrative medical center meetings, conference calls and community events, and collaborates with these officials to form partnerships and develop alternatives and improvements to the current system of service delivery.

Hires and is involved in training all ARTS staff.

Establishes guidelines and performance expectations for staff, which are clearly communicated through the formal employee performance management system and monitored for progress and improvement to ensure accountability of outcomes and expectations.

Observes workers' performance; demonstrates and conducts work performance critiques.

Provides a full range of comprehensive assessments using the most appropriate techniques in providing quality care in support of the ARTS program.

Provides a full range of therapeutic interventions including evidenced based psychotherapy and psychoeducation.

Serves on Medical Center or Healthcare System, VISN, and/or National VA committees or task forces.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 8 AM to 4:30 PM

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Telework, if approved, would be on a regularly scheduled basis, but this is not a virtual or remote position.

The Salary Rates for the locations are below:

Mather, Yuba , McClellan 130,531 to 169,687

Redding, Chico 119,778 to 155,709

Martinez, mare island, Fairfield 146,110 to 172,500

This is a supervisory non-bargaining unit position.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to a background/security investigation
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process


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) 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. OR
  • (2) Have a doctoral degree in any area of psychology and, in addition, successfully complete a respecialization program (including documentation of an approved internship completed as part of the respecialization program) meeting both of the following conditions: (a) the respecialization 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 respecialization program, which includes completion of an APA or CPA internship. OR
  • (3)Have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature.
  • Internship: (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 (pre-1979) 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.

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:

  1. Ability to organize work, set priorities, delegate tasks, and meet multiple deadlines.

  2. Knowledge of and ability to utilize evidence based practices and clinical practice guidelines appropriately and ability to guide staff in using these tools.

  3. Ability to deal effectively with individuals or groups representing widely divergent backgrounds, interests, and points of view.

  4. Skill in managing and directing the work of others to accomplish program goals and objectives.

  5. Ability to translate management goals and objectives into well-coordinated and controlled work operations.

  6. Ability to establish and monitor production and performance priorities and standards.

  7. 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

Physical Requirements: This position requires moderate lifting and carrying, reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, and hearing (aid permitted).


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: 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-visitus-forrecog.html.

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