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Senior Psychologist/Clinical Director

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Department Of Veterans Affairs Los Angeles , CA 90009

Posted 2 months ago

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The Incumbent serves as the Assistant Chief of Community Engagement and Reintegration Service (CERS) and the Clinical Director for the CERS program at the VA Greater Los Angeles VA Healthcare System. The incumbent will oversee all aspects of clinical program performance, staff recruitment and retention, evaluation and outcomes from a housing, employment and healthcare perspective.

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  • Responsible for ensuring appropriate CERS programs meet all accreditation standards to include: VA, CARF, JCAHO and other appropriate quality and accreditation standards.

  • Responsible for the monitoring and implementation of productivity of CERS, ensuring maximum appropriate VERA reimbursement for GLA.

  • Collaborate with other programs and services concerning policies and decisions to coordinate and integrate activities of CERS with other services.

  • Serve on medical center program planning committees/task forces charged with developing new programs/policies.

  • Represent CERS and CERS Administrative Director on a number of GLA committees addressing a wide variety of system-wide issues.

  • Promote education and research activities within CERS.

  • Coordinate with National and VISN Homeless Coordinator to operationalize relevant initiatives.

Work Schedule: 8am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Recruitment and/or relocation incentive may be authorized.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


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HelpRequirements 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: You must 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. 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. OR 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 have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature. (UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED)

  • Internship: You must 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 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 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 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. OR 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. (SUPPORTING DOCUMENT REQUIRED)

Licensure: You 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. (COPY OF LICENSURE REQUIRED)

Grandfathering Provision: All persons employed in VHA as a psychologist on the effective date of this qualification standard (February 7, 2018) are considered to have met all qualification requirements for the title, series and grade held, including positive education (i.e., degree and internship requirements) and licensure/certification that are part of the basic requirements of the occupation.English Language Proficiency: Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Policy.

Preferred Experience:4 years of experience as a professional psychologist.

Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements of employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates. To be creditable, psychological work experience can be obtained through paid or non-paid employment providing psychological work or through participating in a supervised postdoctoral psychology training program (i.e., fellowship or residency). Psychological work experience must have occurred after the doctoral degree was obtained and must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with current professional psychology practice. "Professional psychology practice" includes but is not limited to the following psychology-oriented job duties: providing professional clinical services, conducting research, carrying out education and training activities, carrying out program evaluation activities, clinical consultation, supervision and administration. Experience is only creditable if it is post-doctoral experience as a professional psychologist directly related to the duties to be performed. Qualifying experience must also be at a level comparable to or exceeding professional psychology experience at the next lower level. Part-time experience is creditable according to its relationship to a full-time workweek. Postdoctoral fellowships or residencies are training programs in an advanced area of clinical practice. Training as a fellow or resident is considered to be creditable experience on a year-for-year basis.

Experience for GS-15: At least 1 year of professional psychologist experience to the next lower grade level (GS-14) and must fully meet the KSAs for that level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following professional KSAs and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterick(*).

  • Skill in managing and directing the work of large, complex organizational units and in applying effective management practices.

  • Ability to balance responsibilities in a complex environment and to work with great autonomy; ability to set priorities and delegate tasks, meet multiple deadlines, analyze complex organizational problems; and ability to develop and implement effective solutions for those problems.

  • Skill in persuasion, negotiation, and motivation to negotiate multiple program policies.

  • Skill in interpersonal relationships in dealing with employees and other managers using advanced consultation and problem solving skills.

  • *Ability to assess need for basic and complex services across multiple programmatic patient care venues.

  • Ability to coordinate the efforts of multiple program elements across a complex system.

  • Skill in the application and analysis of measurement tools to systems issues.

References: VA Handbook 5005/103 Part II Appendix G18. Psychologist Qualifications Standard, GS-180

The full performance level of this vacancy is 15.

Physical Requirements:
VA Handbook 5005/103 Part II Appendix G18. Psychologist Qualifications Standard, GS-180


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:

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