This Position Is No Longer Available

Job Title:  Psychologist [fill as either Staff Psychologist OR Staff Psychologist (Telemental Health)]
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  VJ-12-PJW-778449-R19

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$57,408.00 to $106,369.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 to Tuesday, December 04, 2012
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Walla Walla, WA United States
US Citizens and Status Candidates


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 778449 



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. 


How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to 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 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.


The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served 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”).


The Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center supports Psychosocial and Substance Abuse Residential Rehabilitation and Outpatient services to veterans throughout Southeastern Washington, Southwestern Idaho, and Northeastern Oregon.   If you would like more information regarding the facility please go to the following website:

Walla is a pleasant town of 40,000 near the beautiful Blue Mountain range of SE Washington State.   Excellent public schools and two 4-year colleges are an asset.   Our Main Street has been ranked as one of the best small town main streets in the U.S.    Sunset Magazine has proclaimed Walla Walla as one of the 10 best small towns in the U.S. and as a tourist destination because of the internationally acclaimed wine industry.

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 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.


AMENDED POSITION DUTIES:  This position may be filled as either A. Staff Psychologist OR B. Staff Psychologist (Telemental Health)


IMPORTANT NOTE:  This vacancy announcement has also been amended from original close date of Tuesday, 11/13/2012 to OPEN UNTIL FILLEDThe first cut off date for referral of qualified applicants will be 11/13/2012.  After 11/13/2012, any other qualified applicants that apply may be referred to the selecting official until it is filled. 


NOTE:  Permanent Change of Station expenses are not authorized. 



  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required


This position may be filled as either A. Staff Psychologist OR B. Staff Psychologist (Telemental Health) as per duties highlighted below: 


A.     Staff Psychologist:   independently provides clinical psychotherapy and psychological assessment to eligible veterans whose health care, psychological problems and needs are complex and require a high degree of clinical intervention . The incumbent is required to interact with the patient, family, significant others, college faculty/staff, community agencies, and other VA staff and collaborators. Specific to the role of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) specialist, the incumbent coordinates the PTSD programming at the facility and provides evidence based psychotherapies to veterans diagnosed with PTSD both on site and through video-teleconferencing.  


Provides psychological testing and other evidence based individual/group therapies for the full range of psychiatric disorders, as the needs of the service dictate. Coordinates and directs ongoing care for assigned patients and initiates appropriate referrals and consultations. Tracks performance measures related to PTSD treatment. Initiates and maintains effective liaisons with other programs and divisions in order to facilitate mutual referrals and promote continuity of care. Monitors PTSD programming for efficiency and effectiveness; makes recommendations to the Associate Chief of Staff for Behavioral Health (ACOSIBH) regarding improvement in programming and resource utilization.




B.     Staff Psychologist (Telemental Health):  Serves as a staff psychologist in the Telemental Health Program at our VA Walla Walla facility . The primary function of this psychologist is the provision of the assessment and evidence-based treatment for a number of mental health conditions (to include PTSD) via telemental health modalities (e.g., clinical video teleconferencing). These services will be primarily provided to veterans in the surrounding Community Based Outpatient Clinics, as well as other VA Clinics across VISN 20.


Obtains training and VA certification, if not already achieved, in the provision of evidence based psychotherapies for PTSD, to include Cognitive Processing Therapy and Prolonged Exposure Therapy.




To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all eligibility and qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.



· Citizen of the United States

· Doctoral degree in psychology from a graduate program in psychology accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).   The specialty area of the degree must be consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed.

·Completed a professional psychology internship training program that has been accredited by APA.

· Current, full, and unrestricted license to practice psychology at the doctoral level in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (e.g., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia

· Must be proficient in spoken and written English.


GRADE DETERMINATION:   The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13.  The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-11 to GS-13.  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.




References :   VA Handbook 5005/23, Part II, Appendix G18, PSYCHOLOGIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD , dated MARCH 17, 2006, at (also available in the local Human Resources Office)


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:   Applicants must be physically and mentally able to efficiently perform the essential functions of the position without hazard to themselves or others.  Depending on the essential duties of a specific position, usable vision, color vision, hearing, or speech may be required.  However, in most cases, a specific physical condition or impairment will not automatically disqualify an applicant for appointment.  The loss or impairment of a specific function may be compensated for by the satisfactory use of a prosthesis or mechanical aid.  Reasonable accommodation may also be considered in determining an applicant's ability to perform the duties of a position.

APPLICANTS 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.

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


Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.   You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.


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


This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.


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

-Subject to suitability determination.

-Males born after 31 December 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service  (see

-You may be required to serve a one-year initial probationary period, if not already completed.



To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen 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.

YOU MUST INCLUDE VHA FORM 10-2850c IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY.   You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online.  Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies.  Please see this guide ( for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications.  Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way.  Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  Check your account ( to see the status of your application after applying, 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 all supporting documents to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. 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: 778449.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, December 04, 2012.


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume (Required).
  2. VHA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at (required).
  3. Occupational Questionnaire (Required).
  4. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at  This is a required form for employment.  Recommend to include with your application package.
  5. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 (required).   Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at  
  6. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).


Pamela J. Weinacht
Phone: (520)792-1450x2998
Agency Information:
VHA Walla Walla VAMC
Department of Veteran Affairs
VA Medical Center
77 Wainwright Drive HR Department
Walla Walla, WA


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.

Control Number: 330197300
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