This Position Is No Longer Available

Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  HP-646-13-JZ768735-R19

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$58,519.00 to $108,428.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 to Thursday, February 28, 2013
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
Few vacancies in the following location:
Pittsburgh Metro Area, PA United States
These positions may be filled by full-time or part-time hours.


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 768735

Salary: To be determined by Professional Standard Board of your peers and based on your education, experience, and professional accomplishments.

Applicant(s) selected for this position may be eligible to apply for an award up to the maximum limitation under the provisions of the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP).


Highly qualified candidates may be eligible for a Recruitment or Relocation Incentive.


You could be part of an important initiative to provide mental health care for our nations Veterans!

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs mental health professionals who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who serve our Country.  Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans.

Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA.   The VA is committed to hiring Veterans!

The VA is much more than just another employer.  It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care.  Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.   The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department.  The five Core Values define "who we are," our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries.  The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence ("I CARE").

America's Veterans need you!

To find out more, go to

PLEASE NOTE: Qualified clinical trainees, residents, fellows, interns, etc. are encouraged to apply; please follow the instructions in the How to Apply section.



  • US citizenship
  • English language proficiency
  • Background/suitability investigation
  • Physical standards - Must pass pre-employment examination


The psychologists in these positions would be responsible for conducting diagnostic evaluations and  providing evidence-based psychotherapy via Clinical Video Telehealth (CVT)  to veterans enrolled in other VA medical centers within VISN 4.  The psychologists will function within the Behavioral Health Service Line, although may be located at a community site. 

Applicants must be US citizens and graduates of APA-accredited clinical or counseling psychology program.  Furthermore, applicants must have completed an APA-accredited doctoral internship.  Applicants with prior VA training experience are preferred.


The VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System is a large medical center with 2 divisions.  Each division has recently undergone extensive construction projects and most behavioral health clinics are located in new, state-of-the-art buildings.  The psychology staff currently consists of 43 psychologists and we have APA-accredited internship and postdoctoral fellowship programs as well as an active practicum program.  We are committed to evidence-based practices and training.  In addition, our program emphasizes diversity training for both staff and trainees with many seminars and journal clubs focused on individual and cultural differences.  We promote a culture sensitive to and respectful of cultural and individual differences and seek to increase the diversity of our staff.  For information about the diversity of the city of Pittsburgh, refer to


For more information about the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System and our training programs, refer to




  • U.S. citizenship
  • English language proficiency (written and spoken)
  • Physical standards - All applicants must meet the physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to employment may be required.


Qualifications :   All interested applicants must hold a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from an accredited college or university; whose curriculum in psychology is approved by the APA (American Psychological Association).   Applicants must, in addition, have completed a one year APA approved internship and be licensed or certified as a Psychologist in a State.   The Secretary of the VA may waive the requirement of the licensure for an individual Psychologist for a period not to exceed two (2) years on the condition that such Psychologist provide patient care only under the direct supervision of a Psychologist who is licensed or certified.

GS-11 Level:   APA approved doctoral degree and APA approved internship. The specialty area of the degree must be the same as that in which the applicant is to be employed.

GS-12 Level:   (1) year of supervised post-doctoral experience in clinical psychology gained in a professional post doctoral program, appropriate to the specialty area of the position or gained in a supervised professional setting concerned with health, rehabilitation or vocational restoration.

GS-13 level:   (2) years of post-doctoral experience as described above for the GS-12 level.

Experience: The experience cited must indicate the applicant's ability to perform the duties of the Psychologist in the area of work and at the level of difficulty and responsibility of the grade being considered.   An applicant must have demonstrated abilities for the position including these responsibilities.   For positions in grades GS-12 & GS-13 levels, (1) year of experience must have been at a level of difficulty comparable to that of the next lower grade in the Federal service.

Note:   Qualification Requirements are from the VA Staffing Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G18, dated March 17, 2006.


NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the United States Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards your qualifications for this position. You can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency. 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.

Veteran's 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 DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, nonservice-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed SF 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and required documentation with your application materials.

For more information on Veterans' Preference, go to


Complete application packages will be reviewed to determine if the basic qualifications for this position have been met. A listing of candidates who meet the basic qualification requirements will be forwarded to the hiring facility where the credentialing and privileging screening process is completed.


VA offers a comprehensive benefits package.  This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:


This position will be filled on a full-time permanent basis. Upon completing any required probationary period, the position will be permanent.

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

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.


To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package (See "Required Documents" section below).  The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, February 28, 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.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application return to your member account in 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, and
  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. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page  using the following Vacancy ID 768735.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.


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

  1. Occupational Questionnaire 
  2. CV or Resume 
  3. VA Form 10- 2850a - Application For Associated Health Occupations -  Available at
  4. Proof of current certification, licensure or registration 
  5. Unofficial transcript(s) - official college transcript(s) will be required before being hired
  6. OF-306 - Declaration for Federal Employment - Available at
  7. Veterans should submit appropriate documentation as described previously in this vacancy announcement.
  8. If currently employed by the federal government, include a copy of your latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action.


Jolie Zelesnak
Phone: (412)822-3511
Agency Information:
VHA Pittsburgh VAMC
Pittsburgh, PA


You will receive e-mail notification as to whether or not you were included on the list of referred candidates. If you do not provide an e-mail address, your notification will be sent via U.S. Postal Service within 2-4 weeks. Important note: Applicants have the burden of producing all needed information prior to the closing of the announcement Thursday, February 28, 2013.

Control Number: 329052700
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