Job Description

Job Summary

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 661678 (Please include on all documents)

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.




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 to  

The James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center consists of a parent site, located in Altoona, PA and three community based outpatient clinics (CBOCs) located in Johnstown, DuBois, and State College, PA.  With approximately 600 employees, the Altoona VAMC is one of the largest employers in the area.  The medical center serves Veterans from a 14 county area in Central Pennsylvania, providing exceptional health care in the areas of Acute Care, Behavioral Health, Diagnostic Services, Emergency Care, Long Term Care, Pharmacy, Primary Care, Social Services, Specialty Care, and Women's Health.


This is a part-time position (40 hours per biweekly pay period).


**Relocation Expenses are NOT authorized for this position**


Salary to be determined by Professional Standards Board.


This part-time psychologist is assigned to the Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) program at the DuBois Community Based Outpatient Clinic.  The primary job functions include traveling to the Veteran's home to provide a full range of direct patient care for Veterans, consultation for difficult or complex cases, and staff education.  He/she provides comprehensive, evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions, including individual, family and group psychotherapy for substance abuse within the HBPC program and other clinical areas as required; provides education to patients, family members, and significant others for substance use disorders and other clinical areas as required; performs screening evaluations, team assignments, and initial treatment planning for Veterans referred to or presenting to the HBPC program; provides a full range of psychological assessment services and diagnoses of mental disorders for veterans referred to or enrolled in the DuBois CBOC HBPC program.

This is a bargaining unit position.

Additional Information

What To Expect Next

After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating.  We will also review your application to make sure that your résumé supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when your rating is determined. 


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, 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

Other Information

Applicants are responsible for giving complete information to accurately portray their experience. 

Selection for this position will be made without regard to political, religious, or labor organization affiliation or non-affiliation, marital status, race, color, sex, national origin, non-disqualifying physical or mental handicap or age.

This medical center provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact Human Resources.  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

The certificate established from this announcement may be used for filling the same type of additional positions for 90 days (6 months for non-bargaining unit positions) from the date of issuance of certificate.   The area of consideration is US Citizens.


The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 90 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website 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.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference.  For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit


This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. Your Résumé
  2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
  3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, May 10, 2013.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.  Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is easier, faster, and provides more information as applications are processed.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, simply reapply through My USAJOBS.  After applying, return to My USAJOBS ( to see the status of your application, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to (478)757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

 To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 661678.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

How You Will Be Evaluated

Your résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

Required Documents

The following documents are required:

  • CV or Resume (please click here to see what information should be included)
  • Application VA 10-2850c (required)
  • OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment
  • Responses to the questionnaire.
  • Copy of your professional license.
  • Proof of your APA accredited internship.
  • If you are a current/former employee, please submit a copy of your SF-50 as well as a copy of your last two proficiency reports.