Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist; Team Leader (Vet Center; Interdisciplinary Vacancy)

Company Name:
Department Of Veterans Affairs
United States Citizens Excepted Service Permanent Full Time
Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1124459
## Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist; Team Leader (Vet Center; Interdisciplinary Vacancy)
## Closing Thursday, June 12, 2014
OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln''s promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America''s Veterans.
"As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go ;#8221;
Note: The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.
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.
Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.
Must pass pre-employment examination Must be proficient in written and spoken English Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required Background and-or Security Investigation required Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959. / DUTY HOURS: Monday -- Friday; 8:00 am to 4:30 pm; some nights and weekends are required to meet mission demands.
The Vet Center Team Leader is responsible for the over-all clinical and administrative operation of the Vet Center. The Team Leader in coordination with the regional manager defines the mission and scope of practice of the Center according to policies of Readjustment Counseling Service and the needs of the local veteran community. The incumbent supervises the staff of the Vet Center and is responsible for evaluating their performance. The Team Leader develops networks and working relationships external to the Vet Center and the Department of Veteran Affairs with veteran service organizations, community based agencies, and mental health organizations to enhance service delivery and develop referrals of veteran clients to appropriate care. The Team Leader develops priorities, based upon the direction of the Regional Manager, and makes independent professional decisions and recommendations with infrequent recourse to supervisory members of the Regional Manager''s office. The incumbent serves as a consultant and subject matter expert to programs and resources external to the Vet center on matters of readjustment needs of veterans.
The incumbent conducts assessment interviews, develops treatment plans and provides treatment to eligible veterans and their families. Participates in and provides consultation to other team members, interviews veterans to determine specific problems; provides clinical counseling to veterans and significant others with highly complex and diversified psychological/sociological promblems to include Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). He/she provides individual , conjoint, family, and group therapy for veterans and significant others; provide crisis intervention, serve as clinical case manager for clients, and will develop and determine appropriate community referral resources int eh VA and private sector, and will refer veterans'' and thier family members.
I. BASIC REQUIREMENTS. The basic requirements for employment as a VHA MFT are prescribed by statute in 38 U.S.C. 7402(b)(10), as amended by section 201 of Public Law 109-461, enacted December 22, 2006. To qualify for appointment as an MFT in VHA, all applicants must:
a. Citizenship. Be a citizen of the United States.
b. Education. Hold a master's degree in marriage and family therapy from a program approved by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) or have graduated from a nationally accredited program conferring a comparable mental health degree as specified in the qualification standards of those disciplines (Social Work, Psychiatric Nursing, Psychology, and Psychiatry). All additional course work taken to be accepted for MFT licensure must come from a nationally accredited program in one of the above areas.
NOTE: _A doctoral degree in marriage and family therapy from a COAMFTE approved program isconsidered to be a comparable mental health degree._
c. Licensure. Persons hired or reassigned to MFT positions in the GS-101 series in VHA must hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to independently practice marriage and family therapy in a State.
(1) Exception. The appointing official may waive the licensure requirement for persons who areotherwise qualified, pending completion of state prerequisites for licensure examinations for a period not to exceed 2 years from the date of employment on the condition that MFTs appointed on this basis provide care only under the supervision of a fully licensed MFT. Non-licensed MFTs who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements may be given a temporary appointment as a graduate MFT under the authority of 38 U.S.C. 7405(c)(2)(B). This exception only applies at the entry level (GS-9). For grades at or above the full performance level, the candidate must be licensed.
(2) Failure to Obtain License. In all cases, unlicensed MFTs must actively pursue meeting stateprerequisites for licensure starting from the date of their temporary appointment. At the time ofappointment, the supervisor will provide the unlicensed MFT with the written requirements forlicensure, the date by which the license must be obtained, and the consequences for not becoming licensed by the deadline. Failure to obtain a license by the prescribed date will result in removal from the GS-101 MFT series and may result in termination of employment.
(3) Loss of Licensure. Once licensed, MFTs must maintain a full, valid and unrestricted license toremain qualified for employment. Loss of licensure will result in removal from the GS-101 MFT seriesand may result in termination of employment.
d. Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
e. English Language Proficiency. MFTs must be proficient in spoken and written English inaccordance with VA Handbook 5005, part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j.
II. Grade Determinations. In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the followingcriteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates.
GS-12 Marriage and Family Therapist Program Coordinator
a. Experience, Education, and Licensure. In addition to the basic requirements, completion of1 year of progressively responsible assignments and experience equivalent to the GS-11 level which demonstrates knowledge, skills, and abilities that are directly related to the specific assignment. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the professional KSAs, below.
b. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
1. Ability to organize work, set priorities, meet multiple deadlines, delegate tasks and facilitate team building.
2. Ability to manage and direct the work of others to accomplish program goals and objectives.
3. Ability to devise innovative ways to adapt work operations to new and changing programs, todevelop staffing and budget requirements, and to translate management goals and objectives into well-coordinated and controlled work operations and ensure compliance with pertinent VHA policies.
4. Ability to establish and monitor production and performance priorities and standards and program evaluation criteria.
References: VA Handbook 5005/41, Part II, Appendix G42
Preferred Experience:
A valid driver''s license;
Program Management and Administrtative Supervisory Experience.
PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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.
Physical Requirements:
Heavy lifting, 45 pounds and over; Straight pulling, 2 hours; Walking, 2 hours; Standing, 2 hours; Kneeling, 1 hour; Repeated bending, 1 hour; Both legs required; Operation of a motor vehicle; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; Both eyes required; Depth perception; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Hearing (aid permitted); Emotional and mental stability; Far Vision correctable in each eye to 20/40.
Veterans'' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.
Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit .
Your application, r sum and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.
NOTE: The full performance level of this vacancy is 12 The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of 12 to 12. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be placed.For internal selectees eligible for promotion, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.
HOW TO APPLY: All applicants are encouraged to apply online.
To apply for this position , you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, June 12, 2014 to receive consideration.
1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
1. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, , select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
All applicants are _ required _ to submit the following supporting document type(s):
Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
Other Veterans Document
VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at ) (required).
Please use thischecklist__to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify),documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:
You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.
NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.
If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):
1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is1124459.
2. Fax your documents to .
If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, June 12, 2014Thursday, June 12, 2014 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.
To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:
1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaireView Occupational Questionnaire.
2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items .
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to . Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements. You will be notified when this decision is made.
Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at .
Receiving Service Credit for 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. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

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