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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
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
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
Observes workers' performance; demonstrates and conducts work
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.
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
- 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
- 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.
- (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
- (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
- 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.
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
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to
the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the
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
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
Physical Requirements: This position requires moderate lifting
and carrying, reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, and hearing
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your
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.
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